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Africa Cafe Restaurant

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108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 422 0221
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fixed menu” (12 reviews)
“tapas” (17 reviews)
Opens in 20 min
All hours
African, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted to try as many African dishes in possible and the Africa Cafe made that possible in one delightful evening. The menu is set and served family style, leaving us to simply choose some wine and sit back and enjoy ourselves. We'll adventurous eaters...More

Thank Ayp031352
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

I read a guide book review of this restaurant and we were not disappointed. Great place to taste a wide range of dishes and get great service. Cocktails to start with were not really my thing, but worth a try. A very different experience to...More

Thank Martin E
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

This place is as much an experience as a restaurant. They have a fixed menu comprised of 16 small plates representing food from different part of Southern Africa. We enjoyed everything they put before us. The wine list represented many South African wineries. Each dining...More

1  Thank chrijoh
Reviewed 4 May 2017

This is a great restaurant with a variety of dishes from various African cuisines. The "finger food" starters came first followed by a few more substantial dishes and all topped off with a great "international" dessert. Yes - it's aimed at tourists but so what?...More

1  Thank MargateRu
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Went there twice within a month and both times were just great. The atmosphere, the food, the friendly service in short just everything. Forget Mama Africa and enjoy Africa Cafe

Thank GermanEgyptfan
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Sometimes you have to ask the people you are with how they liked a place not just your own tastes. Personally I did not like the food but the people I was with did. I don't think they were that excited about it as no...More

Thank Ed P
Reviewed 23 April 2017

The ambiance and food was spectacular. Every dish was unique and full of flavor. My favorite dishes were curry patties, chicken legs, broccoli salad and the dipping sauces were amazing. The community style serving was great and you can re-order your favorite dishes throughout the...More

1  Thank AriXoXo
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

This is an outstanding opportunity to sample the cuisine of Africa. A bit hokey in some ways but you do get a chance to try a variety of dishes and have more of nthose you like best (at no extra cost). It's a large venue...More

Thank Teresa M
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Third time in 7 years. I love this place. Always a great vibe, and delicious feast! Love the music from the staff.

Thank cfkam
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Best enjoyed in a group as you work your way through the extensive set menu of fabulous food that is best described as a communal feast. During the evening the staff members in their bright attire sing and entertain the diners.It is a FULL evening...More

Thank JoySmith
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Maabena G
How much a meal
16 June 2016|
Response from Ellen S | Reviewed this property |
I do not Know, We were there with a group andre the meal was prepaid.
I would like to know the average prices of lunches in Cafe's and dinners in Restaurants in Cape Town South Africa
13 April 2016|
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Response from Ann1943 | Reviewed this property |
The dinner was a set menu and it cost AU$38 per head. I would have found this to be a reasonable price in Australia, but it is expensive for Cape town. Having said that, one pays for the total experience - fantastic... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 422 0221
  • E-mail
The Africa Café offers a multi-cultural dining experience. Since 1992, chef Portia has been creating food infused with African soul and passion. Experience an exotic tapestry of flavours that will take you on a journey from North to South. Housed in an historic national monument, the restaurant is divided over 3 levels and 7 richly decorated dining rooms.
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