Blantyre is the commercial and trading center of Malawi. The downtown area is full of shops run by Asians and so you can find a abundant asian items being sold. The city center is a bustling market area popular with locals offers all kinds of fruits, veggies, used clothing, construction materials etc. If you are looking for western-style shops, then head to Chichiri shopping mall. There is a lot of variety and available at reasonable prices.