I usually like checking out art museums or galleries when visiting somewhere, and of course, there are a number of such places around Lusaka. Art is a great way to get a flavour for a new place and it can help put historical or social context around other sites you visit in country. I also find galleries and art museums to be relaxing so if you’re tired from sightseeing or stressed over something that didn’t go as expected, art may bring your stress levels back down (though, if you’re like me and hate modern art, don’t choose a modern art place).
In Lusaka, I visited a gallery called 37d. It’s small but lovely and well appointed with a wide variety of local art in various styles. Entry is free! There is also a gift shop and café attached to it. In the same compound is a jewelry store (Jagoda Gems) with all sorts of beautiful gems to tempt you.
Tip: A few doors down on the other side of the street, check out Eden Haus for a meal with chill vibes.
One thing I liked about Lusaka was the variety of restaurants with chill patios. I also found that for the quality of food and meal size, Lusaka restaurants are a lot cheaper than those I have visited in the West – my taste buds, stomach, and wallet were all very happy at the same time for once! If there is one local dish I would recommend, it would be fried bream – it’s the most delicious fried fish I’ve ever had! Restaurants that I recommend include 3 Trees Café, Chang Thai, Mint Lounge, and The Zambean Coffee Co.
Near Lilayi Lodge is the Lilayi Elephant Nursery. Be prepared to die from the cuteness of baby elephants! When I went, there were five of them. From a raised hide, you can see these cutie pies being bottle-fed and watch them play after their lunch. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys in the surrounding lands!