In Lusaka: Most of the banks and many bureau de change can be found along Cairo Road.
For groceries and general supplies, the newly opened Manda Hill shopping centre is where it’s all at. This is Lusaka’s first shopping mall and it’s becoming a big hit with an excellent range of shops and boutiques. There’s also a big supermarket in Cairo Rd. There are several suburban shopping centers, not of the mall type, but with a variety of shops that usually supply anything you need, mostly imported from South Africa and a little pricey. These are called Kabulonga, Northmead and Woodlands.
If not for shopping but just for the experience of how the local masses shop, a visit to one of Lusaka’s markets is a must. It’s an interesting experience and well worth a visit, if just for the colorful and lively atmosphere. The Soweto Market is two roads west of Cairo Road, and the other opposite the TAZARA building in Independence Ave. A new, smarter, roofed market has just been built along Freedom Way.
Curios and crafts can be found at Zambili in Luanshya Rd. The Book House shop, in the Manda Hills Shopping Center. Zintu Handicrafts are at the Holiday Inn. Moore Pottery on Kabalenga Road has an excellent range of ceramics, and Zintu Za Nyimba at the bottom end of Panganani Road sells a wide range of locally made wooden furniture, batiks, candle holders, lamps shades, hand-dyed cloths and carvings. Definitely worth a visit. Hope House in Luanshya Road is a charitable organisation providing support to Aids victims and sell a range of home-made crafts. Every last Saturday of the month there is an excellent craft market in Kabulonga suburb at the Dutch Reform Church grounds.
For Gemstones and fine jewellery, try Jagoda at the Intercontinental Hotel or Holiday Inn.
You can buy film and get photographs processed at Phoenix Photographics halfway down Cairo Road. Books can be found at Tower Books at the Castle in Makeni, the Book House Shop at Manda Hills and Mary’s Bookshop on the Leopards Hill Road.