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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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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“fixed menu” (13 reviews)
“channa” (5 reviews)
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our meal very much but have to say it was a bit too much as it is a set menu. Excellent, friendly & warm, helpful service. Totally recommend this colourful experience. Attached is a fabulous little gift shop 👍

Thank Brenda S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Got recommended this restaurant from the hotel we we staying in. Restaurant is diferent and has an African feel to it which is nice. You get to try about 6/7 African dishes from deferent African countries and you can order extra for the same price....More

Thank MiguelLuisFerreira
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food. You get to try different African food specialities and whatever you like you can re-order. Great way to try different foods. Entertainment —singing and dancing and face painting. Great night

Thank Rainylb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 14 April 2018

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
Reviewed 8 April 2018 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 8 April 2018 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 4 April 2018

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

1  Thank robdotinfo
Jason d, Owner at The Africa Cafe' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Robdotinfo, So glad to have hosted you. As they say word of mouth is the best advertising, so we appreciate you taking the time to write in such detail. Hope to see you next time you are in Cape Town. Warm regards,

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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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,

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Questions & Answers
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
Julia W
9 January 2016|
Response from Jason d | Property representative |
Lots of vegetarian options! Congo salad with Jungle Dressing Cassava bread (unique!) Cape Malay Roti & Lentil Curry Broccoli salad with cashew mayo Coconut curry sauce Ethiopian Aib Dip Etc...
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Restaurant Details

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