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The Africa Cafe' Restaurant

108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 422 0221
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This restaurant is totally amazing with variety of African food from many country such as Kongo, Egypt, Tanzania, Morocco, Botswana and etc. It’s 15 food tasting dishes and it’s all so yummy and mouthwatering. I found my favorite pinotage bottle here.. lekker lekker. During the...More

Thank Chanida S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This cafe is a tourist spot, somewhat removed from what Africa really is. It is based in south africa but no south africqn food is showcased, no mopani wurms, no tripe, no mielie pap, no sheba-niks. The food on offer is mainly chicken with only...More

Thank kdgarlipp
Jason d, Owner at The Africa Cafe' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi kdgarlipp, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I’m sorry you were disappointed with your experience. - As you may know we are a family run restaurant that has been going for 26yrs. My wife and I started in Observatory serving...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great evening here and loved the concept where they bring a number of dishes and courses to try and after eating do an impromptu show that was right from the heart! They also had a great little shop with some unique and interesting...More

Thank Miamiboynative
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful food in a set menu with dishes from different parts of Africa. Very big portions, good service and nice decor. Maybe a bit touristy, but the vibe is glad and friendly.

Thank klasherman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fabulous experience! We arrived late, just in time to be serenaded by the staff: what a talented bunch of musicians! And such fun. But it was quite fun to be in a room full of uptight Europeans and Americans who didn't seem able...More

Thank robdotinfo
Reviewed 12 March 2018

Went to Africa Cafe after having been recommended Mama Africa (which was closed at the time of our trip) and wanting a similar experience. Needless to say we were not disappointed, either by the phenomenal 15 course menu or the highly enthusiastic staff. We both...More

1  Thank Abana87
Jason d, Owner at The Africa Cafe' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Abana87, Thanks for your glowing review. We hope you’ll pass on the word to all your traveling friends. Look forward to seeing you again. Regards,

Reviewed 7 March 2018

An extremley enjoyable evening with Superb food. Both my partner and I dined at this restaurant, we walked in off the street and we were very lucky for them to fit us in. There is a set menu which I think consisted on 14 small...More

1  Thank hcanderson85
Jason d, Owner at The Africa Cafe' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi hcanderson85, So glad to have hosted you. We love all guest responses and yours sums up your experience so well. Hope to see you next time you are in Cape Town. Regards,

Reviewed 6 March 2018

Just an amazing restaurant. The 14 prefixed course menu shouldn't deter you, although a healthy appetite would serve you well. From the staff's colorful and cheerful demeanor, to the live drumming and singing they put on during the evening, to the fantastic food, this was...More

Thank Eddie H
Jason d, Owner at The Africa Cafe' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Eddie H, Thank you for your warm and generous response. We are so glad you found our restaurant by chance. We are very passionate about good service and good food and I guess that’s why we’ve kept going for 26 years. We are three...More

Reviewed 3 March 2018

This is a lovely decorated place, and you get a set tasting menu with food from all over Africa. Of the 14 dishes (and you can order a refill if you want), there was not a single one we did not like. The only negative...More

Thank MK1Barry
Jason d, Owner at The Africa Cafe' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi MK1Barry, Thanks for your thoughtful review. We want our guests to experience a generous feast of dishes from all over Africa. Hence the set menu. We are considering a smaller menu for the low season, but we are turning guests away, who like our...More

Reviewed 2 March 2018

We had a very enjoyable evening with delicious food plus 2 vegetarians in our group very well catered for. Attentive staff, explained every course, with the bonus of live entertainment - and so entertaining it was, with singers, musicians, rhythmically moving through the restaurant to...More

Thank fortonbear
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Maabena G
17 June 2016|
Response from Ellen S | Reviewed this property |
I do not Know, We were there with a group andre the meal was prepaid.
13 April 2016|
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Response from Ann1943 | Reviewed this property |
The dinner was a set menu and it cost AU$38 per head. I would have found this to be a reasonable price in Australia, but it is expensive for Cape town. Having said that, one pays for the total experience - fantastic... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$33
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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
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
  • E-mail
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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