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Africa Cafe

108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 422 0221
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“fixed menu” (12 reviews)
“tapas” (17 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
African, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our last evening in Cape Town at Africa Cafe. It was recommended to us on two separate occasions so we had to try it out. The food was amazing (do arrive hungry though - 15 course set meal), the service was friendly...More

Thank Currant_Bun1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK, it feels a little touristy, but the range of different dishes (served communal style), the singing/dancing by the waitstaff, the decor, the overall vibe made for a very pleasant evening. Try to go with a bigger group if you can, although worth it even...More

Thank mattne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An all around fun evening. We started with having traditional face painting as ladies do for special occasions...and it was. A delicious sampling of dishes from across Africa. The staff entertained us with songs and drumming. Could not have enjoyed the evening more. A bit...More

Thank Martha M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I had a most unpleasant experience here yesterday. The concierge at our hotel called a couple places looking for something that had vegan options. I don't know if he didn't understand, or if the restaurant was unclear, but when we got the...More

1  Thank Joellepretty
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has been humming along for 20+ years, for a good reason: they offer a fun and delicious entree into African cuisine and culture, in a way that's friendly to large groups. I was among a group of about 20, mostly college-age women, and...More

Thank Erik O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We intended to go to Mama Africa, took an Uber there, and it was CLOSED. I searched on my iPhone and found this place. We are so glad we did. Our daughter had been studying in Cape Town for a couple months so had been...More

Thank ljrullman
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

55 of us descended on the Cafe after a day of conferencing. We were seated in four contiguous rooms, and read with interest the menu pasted inside jars. A hostess came to clarify the proceedings - we would have everything on the menu, and if...More

Thank A-Nutty-Prof
Reviewed 7 August 2017

An evening meal at this venue was an interesting experience.....good food and friendly staff. Couple the meal with the staff entertaining us with song and dance and it all makes for a great night. The meal is a set menu with good choices. They will...More

Thank ScotlandRosslea
Reviewed 14 July 2017

This restaurant offers a great set menu (there is only one option, the set menu) that allows you to try different foods from across Africa. They bring plenty of each dish and are happy to bring more of anything you particularly like. Everything we tried...More

Thank Miller_World_Edition
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Great food and experience, brilliant service. Very much enjoyed as a big group, worth the money! Recommended

Thank MrLubbaLubba
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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.
12 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, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
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
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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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