Livingstone is one of the most touristic places in Zambia. Spread on a few main streets with street business all around, it’s an interesting mix of Western standard accommodation and informal businesses. When it comes to cuisine, it provides more variety than many other similar sized towns in Southern Africa. Chances are you’ll easily be able to find something on your taste while in Livingstone. If you’re still struggling to make a choice regarding where you should have a good meal, do consider the recommendations below.
1. Try the crocs and chili bites at Cafe Zambezi
Cafe Zambezi is one of the most popular places in town, both among locals and tourists. Their menu is creative, offering a good mix of local food, often with a Western twist. It’s the place to try hamburgers and grills, but don’t worry if you’re a vegetarian, as there are quite a few vegetarian options in the menu. The portions are big, tasty and filling - what else could one want from a restaurant?
Address: Shop 214 of 217 Area off Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia
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2. Home made ice-cream at Da Canton Restaurant
With its relaxed atmosphere and affordable menu, Da Canton is a good choice for dinner. As the owner is Italian, they specialize in pizza. However, they do also offer local specialties, pasta and salads. And, most importantly, they serve the best ice-cream in town; real Italian flavors. Da Canton is a good choice for both large and small groups.
Da Canton Restaurant
Address: Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
3. Experience real Indian flavors at Golden Leaf Indian Restaurant
Indian food anyone? Owned by Indians and linked to one of the lodges in town (Ngolide lodge) across the street, Golden Leaf offers great Indian food on all spiciness levels. They have a high variety of choice, both vegetarian and meat dishes. Don’t worry if you’re not sure how to order Indian food, most waiters are well trained and ready to help you make the right decision for you.
Golden Leaf Indian Restaurant
Address: 1174 Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
Website: Golden Leaf Indian Restaurant
4. Interact with locals at Zam Mex Restaurant
Placed right in the center of the city, not far from the main bus station, Zam Mex Restaurant is the place where locals and tourists interact. Their menu includes local specialties and a limited choice of Mexican food. It is mostly aimed at backpackers traveling on a budget, don’t expect anything fancy. However, it is worth mentioning that the restaurant is an income generator for a local NGO, so the profits will go to local projects.
Zam Mex Restaurant
Address: Kunawa Road | Plot No. Liv/4557 Flat 03, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
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5. Fast food at The Clock Bar & Restaurant - FezBar
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Known more for their Friday and Saturday evening long lasting parties, the Clock Bar & Restaurant (also known as FezBar) offers a selection of pizzas, burgers and steaks. It is not the busiest eating place in town, but it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a quick basic meal.
The Clock Bar & Restaurant - FezBar
Address: 123 Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 10101, Zambia
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6. Some seafood at Ocean Basket Restaurant
If you feel like seafood, Ocean Basket, a South African chain restaurant, is the option you have in Livingstone. You can even find good quality sushi here at reasonable prices. Even if Livingstone is not precisely close to the ocean, the restaurant manages to keep its products fresh.
Ocean Basket Restaurant
Address: City Center - Shoprite Area, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
Website: Ocean Basket Restaurant
7. Have a quick bite at Wonderbake
Placed on the main tire road, Wonderbake serves a variety of cheap pies and cakes. It is a Zambian chain, a place for a quick snack and coffee, especially at times when internet is needed - their WiFi usually works. Most locals head here for breakfast or a small lunch snack.
Address: Mosi-oa-Tunga Rd, Livingstone, Zambia
8. Socialize with elephants at The Elephant Cafe
One of the most luxurious places in town, you can consider the Elephant Cafe if you’re looking for an extraordinary experience. Placed on a wooden deck on Zambezi River, you will get here after a 25 minute speed boat trip upstream from Victoria Falls. The experience is unique, as the place hosts a high number of rescued hand-reared elephants. The food menu is very creative, providing an overall magnificent experience.
The Elephant Cafe
Address: Nakatindi Road | Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
Website: The Elephant Cafe
9. Experience Italy at Olga's Italian Corner
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This traditional pizzeria provides guests with good Italian food in a relaxing ambiance. Suitable for both official and informal dinner, Olga’s Italian Corner will give you the opportunity of having an excellent meal in a nice location. It is not the place to taste local food, as they only focus on Italian cuisine.
Olga's Italian Corner
Address: 20 Mokambo Road, Livingstone 60138, Zambia
Website: Olga’s Italian Corner
10. Dance at AVANI Victoria Falls Poolside Bar & Grill
If you’re looking for a place to have a romantic evening while enjoying the music of a live band, AVANI Victoria Falls Poolside Bar & Grill is an excellent choice. It is placed very close to Victoria Waterfalls and you can often spot zebras and giraffes if you walk a bit around the huge land on which the hotel is placed. The atmosphere is nice and the food, although pricier compared to other options in town, is well prepared.
AVANI Victoria Falls Poolside Bar & Grill
Address: Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
Go on a world food journey in Livingstone
There might not be a lot of variation if you stay in Livingstone for more than a few weeks, but you can still experience quite a lot of different cuisines here, even though the town is relatively small. No matter on your budget and on your food preferences, you should be able to find something suitable. And do make sure to ask for nshima (Zambian white polenta) at least once during your travels.
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