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Africa Cafe Restaurant

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108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 422 0221
18:00 - 23:00
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New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 meal. Drinks including water are an additional charge. Cons: the per person cost fluctuates and... More 

Thank AriXoXo
Atlanta, Georgia
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85 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 covering several floors and there is a traveling entertainment troupe.

Thank Teresa M
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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
Cape Town, South Africa
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111 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 - a special occasion !Note that those you cannot handle stairs may have a problem... More 

Thank JoySmith
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An African feast, similar to Dutch rijsttafel, where 16 dishes are presented to the diner. A nice variety of dishes, and flavored from all over Africa. I was a little disappointed that umngqusho - a traditional Xhosa dish was not one of the dishes.

Thank Kevin J
Stamford, Connecticut
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1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The taste, the service and having the ability to try everything is amazing. Singing and dance was great

Thank gdomond
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4 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an absolutely fantastic experience! I am so happy our group came to this restaurant between the atmosphere, face painting, performance, and of course food... this place was spectacular. Everyone was very nice and accommodating to our group's allergies. I had a blast! Well worth it for the quantity of food.

Thank Alyssa D
Ames, Iowa
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

With only two days in Cape Town and a desire to try new foods, the Africa Cafe was the perfect choice. Even if there were only tourists, the prix fix menu was very tasty and full of surprises.

Thank World_traveler_mamma
Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This was, by far, my most favourite restaurant in Cape Town. It's interactive and the food is delish.

Thank KathrynToronto
Cape Town, South Africa
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

We were tourists, so thought i be a fun way to experience African foods in a nice setting. It was slightly more touristy than we hoped, however the vibe as good and food as well. There was some singing and dancing by staff. We loved it, but would have enjoyed it even more if it looked like the staff also... More 

Thank Imali2017

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4,5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
African, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?