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This is an African restaurant with a difference, serving a wide variety of Zambian and international cuisines. Mama Muriel's Restaurant offers you traditional and tasteful meals, with the original taste from the range of different delicacies of your choice. All ingredients used are locally sourced to guarantee that exquisite taste. The restaurant prides itself in offering you a wide range of dishes in a clean, warm and welcoming environment.
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This restaurant provides a relaxed atmosphere for guests to enjoy authentic Zambian traditional dishes as well as continental dishes. The restaurant has a range of drinks including the popular traditional drink 'munkoyo'. Mikiti Kitchens can accommodate between 250 and 300 guests and it is available on weekends for hire for private events such as kitchen parties and weddings with a menu tailored to your specifications. They also handle event management and décor to ensure any event is a memorable occasion.
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As the name suggests, this restaurant has a homely feel and provides guests with a clean and relaxed atmosphere as they sample a delicious array of cuisines. Dishes include traditional Zambian dishes, Western dishes and pastries (available on request). A mini bar is available with a variety of non- alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.
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The Boma African Restaurant is an ideal place to take guests that want to experience authentic Zambian cuisine. Indulge in freshly grown vegetables and a selection of meats such as game meat, oxtail, village chicken and smoked fish. This is a great place to eat and the Boma prides itself in providing over 15 different local vegetables.
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The Kabwata Visual Arts and Cultural Association, KAVICA, was established in 1974 and currently has 120 subscribed members. It's a popular Lusaka attraction where visitors can find traditional Zambian artefacts to take home as souvenirs and gifts. Other works are beads, drums, spears, walking sticks, African printed fabrics, tie-dye and batiks. The cultural village has a restaurant called Tigwilizane which is an uncommercialised traditional restaurant with all the main Zambian delicacies such as ifisashi.
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Shamilimo Lodge offers secluded accommodation in a gorgeous rural setting – for the travelling businessman or holidaying family. A large conference centre is available, suitable for both seminars and corporate functions. It has an on-site butchery which sells fresh and frozen meat. This lodge is approximately 40 minutes drive north of Kapiri Mposhi and 20 minutes drive south of Ndola. Game viewing is an option at the nearby Nsobe Game Camp.
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Traditional restaurants in Zambia

Zambia has a wide selection of traditional restaurants offering you an exciting and authentic African dining experience. You will be served deliciously prepared Zambian food in an atmosphere that is comfortable and relaxed. Zambian traditional restaurants have beautiful african arts and crafts displayed, of which most are known to have been done by Zambians, this gives you a traditional feel, while the great aromas and music creates an atmospheric dining environment. There are a number of traditional restaurants in Zambia including Mikiti Kitchens, Mabel's Kitchen and Shamilimo Lodge.

Zambian cuisine is inspired by the traditions and values of her people. There are about 73 tribes, in Zambia’s ten provinces all offering different versions of preparing Zambian food. Cultures all over the world love to add hot spices when preparing food, Zambia on the other hand, tends to hardly use any hot spices at all. However, they use other traditional ingredients and spices that give Zambian foods that distinctive unique taste and flavor.

Zambia’s traditional restaurants offer lots of delicious food prepared the Zambian way!

Zambia’s fish options include:

  • Boiled small fish (Tikatika)
  • Fresh or dried fish such as bream, smoked or fresh
  • Dry fish in peanut sauce (Chapatwa ya Kusashila)
  • Small sardines (Kapenta)

Zambia’s exotic meat options include:

  • Special village chicken (inkoko ya kutumba)
  • Village chicken in peanut sauce (inkoko ya kusashila)
  • Grilled game meat (inama ya mpanga ya kocha)
  • Fried caterpillars (ifishimu fya kusalula)
  • Oxtail

Zambia's vegetable options that are served in season include:

  • Sweet potato leaves (kalembula)
  • Black jack (kanuka)
  • Lady's fingers or okra (chilungu ntanda)
  • African polony (chikanda)
  • Dried amaranthas (bondwe)
  • Pumpkin leaves (chibwabwa)
  • Cassava leaves (katapa)
  • Solanum macrocarpon (impwa)

All the above options are popularly served with nshima which is Zambia's staple food. Nshima is a form of carbohydrate made from maize flour prepared into a thick porridge and is eaten together with vegetables, chicken, fish or meat, traditionally using your hands rather than a knife and fork.

Some traditional restaurants in Zambia offer Munkoyo, Zambia’s most favorite and well-known non-alcoholic drink. The methods and ingredients of cooking Munkoyo differ from one part of the country to another, though the basics and final product is the same. The most popular way of preparing Munkoyo is prepared by mixing together warm maize porridge with Munkoyo roots and allowing the mixture to mature overnight. Preparation of Munkoyo is traditionally a women’s specialty and it is best enjoyed with sugar added. You'll be lucky to get a chance to enjoy this filling Zambian traditional drink!

Not only will you enjoy a variety of eye-candy and authentic cuisine, you will also get to experience the country’s famously warm hospitality, making your experience an unforgettable one. Plus you will get to learn about Zambian food, how the Zambians eat, the culture of the country, the customs, and even sample a few Zambian languages! And make sure to look out for restaurants that have cultural song and dance performances, those will certainly give you a bonus to your Zambian experience.

Zambian cultural song and dance performances are very much alive in all parts of the country, it's as diverse as Zambia's 73 ethnic tribes. You will enjoy watching performers dressed in traditional costumes passionately dance and sing in a way that truly expresses their love and pride for their culture, performers will also play traditional instruments such as drums, flutes and xylophones.