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Africa Cafe

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108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 422 0221
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Salisbury, Vermont , U.S.A.
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been planning to go to the Africa Cafe for several years as my son and I worked on plans for our South Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda trip, which we just returned from in mid-October 2016. I received the Africa Cafe cookbook years ago and have tried many of the recipes. The meal was AMAZING! At least 16 different dishes... More 

Thank hkillary
London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose to eat here for our last evening in South Africa, and it didn't let us down! We loved the atmosphere, the food was delicious, the service (thanks so much sarah) was great. We even had our faces painted, and the live singing added to the whole experience. Would recommend!

Thank VLH_87
Copenhagen, Denmark
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Upon arrival you are introduced to the set menu of the evening (as none of us have special dietary requirements I do not know if it is problematic to have changes to your menu). Food arrived at a nice pace and all the plates were properly introduced and where the dish originated from. During the meal there was a performance... More 

Thank Thedane80
Miami, Florida
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95 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very turistic. They serve typical food of most of Africa, they serve lots of it and all very delicious. The decor is beautiful and very colorful. It has a great location. The maids do several demonstrations of songs and dances of Africa. One of the waitresses plays very well the drum and also sings. Worth going to dinner. It is... More 

Thank Sandra M
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though the "Africa Cafe" is very touristic and obviously it doesn't represent the actual "african life" anymore we still liked it a lot! There is no menu! The will just bring you many many different dishes which you can try, if you want you can (for free) order additional portions of the things you like! For us the food... More 

Thank tenhouse
Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was so very good. A very wide range of dishes and all very well seasoned. I especially loved the young lady that painted our faces.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having eaten at this restaurant when we visited Cape Town three years ago, my husband and I decided that this year we would return to Cape Town with 10 of our family members. Our sister-in-law was celebrating her birthday, and we knew we had to take the family to experience the delicious food, the welcoming atmosphere, and the South African... More 

Thank WanderingDocToo
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited last night with my mother and daughter. We were not aware of the set menu but it was incredible value for money. 16 small dishes with a huge amount of variety. The staff also sang and danced which was a real treat. They also painted my daughter's face with a lovely African design. We were stuffed at the... More 

Thank Kate S
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12 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A large group of us visited here and we're served by a really friendly waiter who explained everything to us in preparation of our meal. He washed our hands and explained it is within African culture to eat with your hands, but knives and forks were laid on the table too rather than having to awkwardly ask for them. The... More 

Thank 866gemmar
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

What can I say about The Africa Cafe? The food was spectacular, the staff were extremely friendly and entertaining, the prices were fantastic, it was overall the complete experience. We went there as a group of 8 with very little in the way of expectations and were all delighted at the end of the night with everything that happened on... More 

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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
$20 - $25
African, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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?