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Africa Cafe

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108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife, son and I had an amazing experience here at Africa Cafe. I can't thank the staff enough for being so helpful, thoughtful and understanding towards us... Leo for being so nice on the phone when we booked, Minty our beautiful waitress, Jennifer for giving us the lovely gifts to remember South Africa, Kevin one of the managers and... More 

1 Thank Ade O
Bot River, South Africa
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24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

3 floors of great food, excellent entertainment by the singers and drummers and really good, dedicated service. All the staff are African and they know good service and how to treat customers well. We really had a great time with drumming, singing and face painting at the table so the evening was filled with laughter & the majority of my... More 

2 Thank Bwana-Rafiki
Austin, Texas
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate here during a recent visit to Cape Town with my family. Whilst it was nice to taste African food and experience some African culture, overall it was a pretty poor experience. It was way overpriced compared to anywhere else we ate in Cape Town (of a much higher standard) and the service was really poor. We sat for... More 

1 Thank SarahP2008
London, United Kingdom
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119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend had just become an advocate and wanted to catch up over a QUICK meal to tell me how he was getting on. I was so sorry to have suggested we eat at the Africa Cafe. We are both vegetarians and was served samples of what was to come later. Unfortunately it took so long to come as we... More 

1 Thank Jenny B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

yumm food with several dishes served in small bowls so that each person can help oneself. I liked the fact that they also had many vegetarian dishes. staff was friendly and helpful.

Thank eyi f
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Extremely talented and friendly staff who both sing/perform and serve food. Fun to talk with and hear African background

1 Thank Peter A
Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Get the REAL feeling of so many African regional dishes from Mozambique to Zimbabwe. No menu, simply dish after dish of amazing and delicious food! We didn't have room to even try dessert. Service is great, warm and inviting. With a little African singing, drumming and dancing, you'll leave feeling welcomed to another country with a lot of culture to... More 

1 Thank FemMOTO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

I'm Cameroonian so I can vouch for authentic food that is well seasoned, and this is it. They served us something exactly the same as beignet made in my culture, which was delicious, but I also loved the coconut chicken. I appreciated that the food was actually spicy! At home all I eat is spicy food and it was hard... More 

1 Thank Alexandra Y
Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

The food was amazing and the service was very unique. It was great to sample lots of different types of foods. The waiters sang and painted faces. Very fun place to visit for a touristy experience.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Came to the Africa Cafe on our last night in Cape Town. Is it touristy? Yes, but that's what 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. All of the waitstaff was lovely, and took the time to get to know my husband... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $25
African, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
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: 214220221
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?