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Africa Cafe

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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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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Africa Cafe by chance on a google search when visitors from overseas wanted a local dining experience and I must say it was an absolute treat! Being local we don't really think about eating African food often but this experience has definitely changed that. The food was absolutely incredible! The atmosphere and decor are perfect for the type... More 

Thank Cariane W
London UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is definitely a fun and different dining experience that's worth doing. Yes, of course it's aimed at tourists, but it's tastefully done and the friendly staff are committed to making sure guests enjoy themselves. (They can also really sing.) In all honesty we have had far better meals in Cape Town for the money - some of the starter... More 

Thank Hoocha
Hoedspruit, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dining there is an unforgettable experience! Absolutely good value for money. The 16 course menu was delicious and one had the opportunity to taste specialities from different countries. It was more than enough. Singing and dancing by staff was very entertaining. All rooms are individually decorated, this itself was an experience!

Thank AndreaKiki
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I have just returned from dinner at the Africa cafe. Having been recommended we visit by a friend we booked a table. Upon arrival we were greeted amazingly, but it was downhill from there. The service was average, food was greasy and worst of all, you aren't told how much the food will be until you're given... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent food, very good service and even singing performed by the staff. You get a good idea of african meals.

Thank Kurt M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

The food is real, authentic african food. It was interesting to try, and with the entertainment is was a really good experience. Recommended

Thank Alf Robin G. M
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Came to the Africa Cafe on our last night in Cape Town. Quite touristy but that makes it so wonderful. The food is absolutely delicious and has tons of vegetarian options, which isn't easy to come by in some foreign countries. A performance and face painter came by during dinner, which I loved.

Thank Pierre S
Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Yes it seems touristy with the song-and-dance of the wait staff and their costumes, but it's still worth it if you're looking for a quality selection of cuisines from all over the African continent. Everything is small plate/tapas but you can repeat any of the dishes---they're actually surprised if you don't ask for seconds. It is also an institution that... More 

Thank loveDCA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

The ambiance of the place was very welcoming and relaxing. They offered a nice selection of dishes that were each different and unique. Not from South Africa but would definitely recommend this place for anyone visiting the area. The group singing and playing the drums were a added treat that will not be forgotten as well as the face painting.

Thank Windyxman
Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I thought the ambience as well as the food was exceptional. The fact that they represent foods from all over Africa was great and delicious. Also enjoyed the entertainment.

Thank NancyK2

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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
USD 20 - USD 25
African, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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?