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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
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Cape Town, South Africa
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Africa cafe is a nice restaurant for an authentic experience however it was the most expensive restaurant I ate at during my ten days in Cape Town yet it was the worst one when it came to the food. It's ok if you're just after a fun experience but do expect to pay alot. Set price 330 rand per... More 

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Addison, Texas
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76 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has a set menu and will bring you what seems like 28 different plates to sample. Great food but do not over indulge on the first few options since there are plenty more to come. There is live music but come in rounds so that you can still carry on a conversation and not be drowned out by... More 

Thank worldtraveler0520
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently hosted some guests from overseas and opted for dinner at The Africa Cafe to give them a real African taste. The food was delicious and plentiful and the variety of vegetarian options were also great. The atmosphere was casual and fun. Participating in hand washing, face painting song and dance were all part of the enjoyment of the... More 

Thank Blommekind
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited some years ago, had a great time then so wanted to go back. Menu virtually the same as our first visit and unfortunately the staff seemed too busy to interact. The singing was really good.

Thank lyndyl001
London, United Kingdom
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313 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant has 3 levels and we were seated on the top floor, which is partly open air and offers views of table mountain. They offer a set menu consisting of around 15 different items, at least half of which are vegetarian. There isn't much red meat on the menu. The food is served tapas style to share and divided... More 

Thank ishan23
Buenos Aires
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59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always had good memories of this place. We always return on our trips back to the Cape. This time we went with a new generation of the family and they loved it.

Thank fermal
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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here as a friend back home insisted we had to come. Our last night in South Africa after a long road trip, this restaurant was next door to our hotel so we decided to eat here. It is a taste of African food - about 14 dishes plus desert. Women are offered face painting and sometime during the meal... More 

Thank karenbeanpole
High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

dined with my wife not knowing much about the ensuing evening, the menu is set and we were presented with far too much food on far to many plates, the the table disappeared! Most of the food i thought was either too bland or too spicy. Too many vegetables and not enough meat.. yes it is African cuisine and you... More 

Thank Greg M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went with a group of eight people to the Africa Cafe. Diners do not order from a menu. Instead, we were served a 16 course feast. Many of the dishes were excellent, and most were very good. About midway through the meal, some of the staff sang a couple of African songs and danced too. This place caters to... 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, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
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?