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Africa Cafe

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108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 422 0221
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18:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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Seattle, Washington
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342 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Yes it seems touristy with the song-and-dance of the wait staff and their costumes, but it's still worth it if you're looking for a quality selection of cuisines from all over the African continent. Everything is small plate/tapas but you can repeat any of the dishes---they're actually surprised if you don't ask for seconds. It is also an institution that... More 

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Thank loveDCA
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The ambiance of the place was very welcoming and relaxing. They offered a nice selection of dishes that were each different and unique. Not from South Africa but would definitely recommend this place for anyone visiting the area. The group singing and playing the drums were a added treat that will not be forgotten as well as the face painting.

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Thank Windyxman
Encinitas, California
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143 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I thought the ambience as well as the food was exceptional. The fact that they represent foods from all over Africa was great and delicious. Also enjoyed the entertainment.

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Thank NancyK2
New York City, New York
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76 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was highly recommended to us upon our arrival in Cape Town by our tour co. proprietor. We decided to check it out. Upon arrival since the four of us did not have any reservations, the staff asked us to wait a couple of minutes to check for availability. Lucky for us there was a table for 4! We... More 

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1 Thank ecbmdpsych
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Set menu of 16 dishes- pick the ones you like and ask for more if you can fit it in. Absolutely stuffed with delicious food. A great way to taste different countries dishes all in Cape Town. Music was fun. Definitely recommend - even the grumpy hubby got his face painted, tapped his feet with the music, and agreed all... More 

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1 Thank Karen F
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I absolutely loved this restaurant. The food was fantastic. Even though they come in small plates (but you can repeat your favorites as much as you like), as I went by myself, I found myself struggling to even finish the first round - and I do eat a lot! The service was also really nice as the waitress paid a... More 

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Thank StreetBarPhilosopher
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Was expecting to hate the whole touristy thing but it was actually quite fun. Even got my face painted !!! The star of the show here is the food. Everything here was delicious. Pace yourself - there's a lot to get through.

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Thank jeffpeters
Stamford, Connecticut
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Expected a touristy experience and got it. And it was great. Tasted lots of different dishes. (It's a set meal of 16 things). Wasn't expecting a good food but I was wrong. The food was great. We were stuffed. Singing waiters, face painting and all. A really fun time. I'm a NY foodie snob. Not something I thought I would... More 

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Thank TimNYC2011
Palmyra, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

I'll start off by saying it was cool experience. Very creative and colorful decorations everywhere. The lady servers go around and paint people's faces. It took a little while to receive drinks or food. This is not genuine African food, but it was good. There is a gift shop downstairs with high quality items.

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Thank NicoleLM1987
Chesterfield, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

A fun dining experience. Seems to be touristy and the service starts slow, but it was great to try foods from all over Africa. They are all very nice and you can get more of whatever you like. Face painting was a nice touch with dancing and singing!

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Thank Amber L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Cuisine
African, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 23:00
Monday
18:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 23:00
Thursday
18:00 - 23:00
Friday
18:00 - 23:00
Saturday
18:00 - 23:00
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
Description
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?