Everything You Need to Know About Lusaka’s Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week is coming to Lusaka
Restaurant Week is coming to Lusaka | © RWLusaka

Freelance Writer

Lusaka is a vibrant city with various options when it comes to restaurant culture. From fine dining to eateries serving international cuisine or traditional meals, there is something for every palate in Zambia’s capital. It is with that in mind that the first edition of the global gastronomy event Restaurant Week is finally launching in Lusaka. Here’s what you need to know.

Loved by over 40s

Restaurant Week Lusaka will take place from Monday May 7 to Friday May 18 in the Zambian capital, and participating restaurants throughout the Greater Lusaka area, including cafés and other eateries, will deliver discounted menus, create exciting fixed-price dinner menus, and extend great deals to the public in a citywide culinary celebration. Some of the more-than-40 participating restaurants include Latitude 15, Intercontinental Hotel, Italian restaurants Casa Portico and Il Portico, Dulce by Jessie and The Cake Bar.

Latitude 15 is one of the restaurants participating in Restaurant Week Lusaka

In addition to Restaurant Week Lusaka, there will also be a ‘Restaurant Run,’ which aims to get the general public to eat at as many participating restaurants and cafés as possible, and gain access to different prizes along they way. For instance, those who eat at two or three restaurants qualify for various ‘foodies prizes.’ Those who eat at between four and six restaurants or cafés qualify for the ‘Fine Diner Prize’. Those who eat at seven restaurants qualify for the ‘Grand Prize’. Other prizes include hampers, restaurant vouchers, discount coupons, and spa prizes.

While Lusaka is a small city, restaurants serve cuisine ranging from Italian, Indian and Turkish, to Ethiopian, Nigerian and more. Restaurant Week Lusaka aims to reflect that diversity, as Leelee Ngwenya, director at Sole Source Limited (founders of RWLusaka) stated, “Our aim with Restaurant Week Lusaka is to get more people into restaurants and trying out new things and new places that they haven’t been to. If you look at the youth bracket, you see many Zambians enjoying sushi, seafood, Indian food, Lebanese cuisine, Greek cuisine. We are a melting pot of cultures; the city is full of people from other countries who have chosen to settle here and build a life. We believe that the diversity of Lusaka and its population is what will make our Restaurant Week a success; there is something for everyone. Restaurants are challenged to put their best menu forward so that the people dining out can have a new experience.”

Restaurant Week Lusaka

The founders of Restaurant Week Lusaka have used their social media platforms to ask their followers what restaurants and cafés they would like to be included as participants. As Ngwenya explains, “We have to take into consideration our target market and what they want, and it’s a good way to gauge the market and for us to deliver a solid 10 days of Restaurant Week. The people are the ones who will be dining out and enjoying the experience.” Local food bloggers have also been tapped to provide reviews.

Future plans for Restaurant Week Lusaka include creating editions in other cities and provinces in Zambia and releasing an app that will be launched later this year.

Restaurant Week Lusaka takes place from May 7–18

Foodies can sign up for tickets on Monday April 9 at 12 p.m. Central African Time that cost approximately USD $5 or ZMW 50, or purchase physical tickets at the Wine Shop at Arcades and Centro Mall Kabulonga. The ticket is valid for the whole period of Restaurant Week Lusaka. Only 500 tickets will be sold, so interested diners should purchase as early as possible. There will also be radio giveaways of tickets and other prizes on popular radio stations starting April 23.

Restaurant Week Lusaka is set to be staple in the gastronomy scene in Lusaka for many years to come. For the latest information including information on participating restaurants and their offerings, follow RWLusaka on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.