Quality of Life

Shopping in Malawi

Shopping in Malawi can range from a trip to a supermarket, to a quick visit to a small town store, or even a stop-off at a roadside stall in the middle of nowhere.

Malawi produces a variety of colorful arts and crafts. Items are invariably handmade and there is no factory production of curios. Purchases include woodcarvings, wood and cane furniture, soapstone carvings, decorated wooden articles, colorful textiles, pottery, beadwork, cane and raffia items.

The standard of woodcarving is one of the highest in Africa. The Mua Mission, south of Salima, where carvers are trained, has an excellent shop. Traditional musical instruments are also sold throughout Malawi.

Malawi boasts of several of supermarket chains including, Peoples, Shoprite, Pound stretcher, Chipiku Stores and Game Stores. In the more cosmopolitan cities of Lilongwe and Blantyre, is it possible to find a few European-style shops as well.

Lilongwe’s Old Town Mall, located close to the NICO Centre, carters perfectly for visitors looking for something special to take home. The Mall’s shops offer everything from craft items and gifts to up market clothing and fast food. The newer Gateway Mall located on Lilongwe’s Mchinji Roundabout, is also a popular place to shop and the Chichiri Shopping Mall in Blantyre.

Nightlife in Malawi

There is some nightlife in the European or US sense. Some restaurants have entertainment as do some of the hotels but outside Blantyre and Lilongwe this will usually take the form of a display of dancing during or after dinner at the lakeshore hotels.

 Business hours

Normal business operating hours are 7.30a.m to 12noon, and 1.30p.m to 5:00p.m from Monday through Friday. Most offices close for lunch. Banks open at 8:00a.m and close for business at 3.00pm with no lunch break in between from Monday through to Friday and on Saturdays from 8.30am and close at 11:00a.m. Some selected banks are open beyond 3pm from Monday through Friday.

Mission & Vision

To make Malawi an attractive destination for business

To promote and facilitate sustainable inclusive and transformative investment and trade in Malawi

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