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Africa Cafe

108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 422 0221
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“fixed menu” (13 reviews)
“tapas” (16 reviews)
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6:00 PM - 11:00 PMAll hours
African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

For foreigners wanting to have an experience, full of flavor, music and a excellent service, this place is a must! We had a wonderful evening with our kids who were charmed by the music, face-painting and the great variety of African dishes.

Thank Ingrid F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing time. Good food. Lots of fun. Seems like it might be touristy. But what a fun experience. And a wonderful way to get to know traditional African food.

Thank TimNYC2011
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do not miss this fantastic restaurant in Cape Town. Wat an atmosphere. Delicious food, singing and dancing waiters/waitresses. A must if you like the feeling of being in Africa.

Thank Nina K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You must reserve a table as a very busy restaurant. A set menu, don't want to say too much as I may spoil it for your visit.Very colourful, varied choice of dishes.Very pleased we went.A tourist hot spot. Far too much food for us, felt...More

Thank June l
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this restaurant with a group of friends based on a recommendation. What a treat! We had our own private room and waiter. The food was absolutely delightful - all 14 courses were wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed the setting, the food and the wonderful...More

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here with a group of 21 and the restaurant did an awesome job of serving the large group. I loved every course they offered, tasty and authentic! The ambiance was fun and comfortable, with tables large enough to sit several. The waiters and...More

Thank jrodg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a group of Four and had a meal last night. Food was african and well prepared but very basic and not realy in the African context as far as African food go. The price is a very high for the value you get...More

Thank AndreGroveSouthAfric
Reviewed 6 November 2017

The Africa Cafe provides and African food experience; the meal is a fixed menu and served family style. The variety of dishes is excellent and the portions are plentiful with seconds encouraged. Staff did provide some limited entertainment by signing a few songs approximately once...More

Thank Denis D
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Africa Cafe is a very different experience. They give you 14 dishes from various African countries. If you want more of any dish, just ask. The variety of flavors and ingredients is great. The singing and drumming is also a lot fun. The price was...More

Thank evan7
Reviewed 31 October 2017

We were a group of 25 visiting the restaurant. The food was excellent (a kind of tapas system, where you could always ask for more of a specific dish, but you got so much food that almost nobody asked for more). Interesting flavors, variation of...More

Thank Johan D
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Maabena G
16 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$ 20 - US$ 25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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
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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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