Find your way

This is a  map of Cape Maclear by Harrington Masula. You could also print it out or take a screen shot on your phone. 

Local Bars and Restaurants

All the lodges in Cape Maclear offer food and drinks. There are also a few local bar and restaurants: Banapaya, Thomas’s Grocery, Makata. Other local bars: Uncle Charlos, Chiwaya bar (beach boys bar), Manda (lewis bar), Njoka bar and Singini bar.

There are also street vendors who sell French fries along the main road. They fry it in front of you, which make it a great snack. Remember to tell them to fry “brown” otherwise it tends to become soggy. It is also possible to buy fish on the beach and ask your home family to cook it for dinner.

Bars

If you feel like trying out some local Chibuku beer or some banana wine, give a couple of these local bars a try. 

  • Uncle Charlo's Booze Den or Uncles as it more popularly known in Cape Maclear, is the biggest and most famous bar with 2 bars, a stage and a night club. It is very lively every night of the week and goes until the early hours. They also have regular bands playing from around Malawi. You can also get some very nice beef Kebabs.
  • Thomas's Bar and Restaurant is the original local restaurant in Cape Maclear and been operating for about 15 years and is famous for its chicken chipatis and curries. It is located next door to Kayak Africa. 
  • Beach Boys bar is also known as Chiwayas is a busy bar centrally located where  the tour guides enjoy a drink at the end of the day. They also have the Gulu Wankulu dancers regularly coming to perform. 
  • Rilo's Bar  or Makatas is a quieter bar at the far end of town near the Fisheries Cottage. Locals meet up to watch soccer and relax. They also have a great restaurant and serve very good chicken kebabs.
  • Njokas  a small bar operated from Mr. Njoka's grocery and is a popular place to sit on the road during  the day and watch life passing by. 
  • Singini is another popular bar with the fisherman. It can be found near Chembe Lodge and has regular pool competitions. 
  • Hiccups, the smallest nicest pub in Cape Maclear.


Restaurants

  • Restaurant Banapaya or Snoops place is fast becoming Cape Maclear’s favourite local restaurant with its beach bonfires and drumming sessions. Banapaya  serves a great buffet style meal on the weekends and you can enjoy many local dishes during the week. 
  • Dinner with a local family is a great way to enjoy a night of good, traditional, local food with a family and find out more about Cape Maclear. If you are interested please send an email to maclearcommunity@gmail.com.
  • ​Thomas’s Bar and Restaurant is the original local restaurant in Cape Maclear and been operating for about 15years and is famous for its chicken Chipatis and curries it is located next door to Kayak Africa 
  • Rilo's Bar  or Makatas is a quieter bar at the far end of town near the Fisheries Cottage, locals meet up to watch soccer and relax. they also have a great restaurant and serve very good chicken Kebabs.​
  • Mungo restaurant serves delicious local food.
  • Hiccups has a large menu, also some vegetarian options. 

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