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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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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“fixed menu” (12 reviews)
“tapas” (17 reviews)
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African, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This place has been humming along for 20+ years, for a good reason: they offer a fun and delicious entree into African cuisine and culture, in a way that's friendly to large groups. I was among a group of about 20, mostly college-age women, and...More

Thank Erik O
Reviewed 3 days ago

We intended to go to Mama Africa, took an Uber there, and it was CLOSED. I searched on my iPhone and found this place. We are so glad we did. Our daughter had been studying in Cape Town for a couple months so had been...More

Thank ljrullman
Reviewed 6 days ago

55 of us descended on the Cafe after a day of conferencing. We were seated in four contiguous rooms, and read with interest the menu pasted inside jars. A hostess came to clarify the proceedings - we would have everything on the menu, and if...More

Thank A-Nutty-Prof
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An evening meal at this venue was an interesting experience.....good food and friendly staff. Couple the meal with the staff entertaining us with song and dance and it all makes for a great night. The meal is a set menu with good choices. They will...More

Thank ScotlandRosslea
Reviewed 14 July 2017

This restaurant offers a great set menu (there is only one option, the set menu) that allows you to try different foods from across Africa. They bring plenty of each dish and are happy to bring more of anything you particularly like. Everything we tried...More

Thank Miller_World_Edition
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Great food and experience, brilliant service. Very much enjoyed as a big group, worth the money! Recommended

Thank MrLubbaLubba
Reviewed 11 July 2017

A great venue for a family dining experience, especially with an African theme. The set menu is ideal for family dining and the food was exceptional. The service was very good and our waiter, Azola, was very attentive and went out of his way to...More

Thank TheFreenes
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Perfect way to sample lots of different, typically African, good food. Some entertainment, personally going from room to room - nothing formal, but interesting. Personable staff. God Cafe has more elaborate entertainment but this food was just as good, if not better.

Thank Murraymary
Reviewed 25 May 2017

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

1  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
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Response from Ellen S | Reviewed this property |
I do not Know, We were there with a group andre the meal was prepaid.
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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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