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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)
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African, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
££ - £££
108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Africa café in capetown is like a fairytale! We did visit a lot of great restaurants during these 2,5 weeks, but this i definitely one I do remember. There is no à la carte menu, they serve different African dishes to share with the...More

Thank Ingedd
Reviewed 4 days ago

Recently my wife and I with 6 other friends visited Cape Town. One evening we went to The African Café for dinner. This was an experience we will never forget. To start with the service was outstanding. We were promptly seated and a server came...More

Thank Adventure722754
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place, extremely modern. The food is an explosion of flavors. I really loved the experience.

Thank hstratis
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I first dined at the Africa Cafe twenty years ago as a foreign student in South Africa and was thrilled to discover on my first trip back that the restaurant has survived (and thrived). For a set price, you get to sample over a dozen...More

Thank Kory M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is just a highlight!! The variety and the taste of local dishes are amazing! The musical insert from the waiters are a nice entertainment. We can highly recommend this restaurant and we will come back - for sure.

Thank trawelbird
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Fits the bill for a quality pan-African dining experience. We had a very friendly waitress and the communal menu was a feast...we could not finish it all! Springbok curry, Liberian vegetables in coconut sauce, and the fat cakes were the winners on our table.

Thank Rob K
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

We went there for dinner after having read all the positive comments and feedback. Staff very nice, very nice location and atmosphere. However the food is definitely too spicy, hot curry everywhere and the result is that you loose the taste of all the different...More

1  Thank Olallie B
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

Staff accuse us of stealing a serviette Cashier asks for more tips Pathetic behaviour Spoilt out evening out It later appeared that the serviette was cleared off with the dishes Our bill was R 1,730 We can afford the buy a few serviettes Didnt care...More

1  Thank AjitS712
Jason d, Owner at The Africa Cafe' Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear Ajit S, We are most disappointed that you had an unpleasant end to your evening. I believe, from staff reports, that you and your party enjoyed the food and service in the early part of the evening. So we are saddened that your parting...More

Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

Day 7 of our honeymoon trip to South Africa, seven nights at the V&A Waterfront. This was great find on the recommendation of a local taxi driver. We wanted authentic local African food and maybe even some singing/dancing for our last night in Cape Town...More

1  Thank summer582
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

Super good food and offcourse great wine. Ambiance is also Nice; you get a warm Welcome and great singing inbetween some courses. Take good care of allergie! Great start of enjoying food in Africa.... and wine and Nice People!

1  Thank Marcissotripping
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29 May 2018|
Response from Jasond4179 | Property representative |
Hi David C, Hope this response does not come too late to be of use to you. Please go to our website at AfricaCafé,co,za and click on Our Restaurant Promise where you will find all the information you need about allergies... More
29 May 2018|
Response from Ingrid F | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Some dishes have peanut sauce.
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.
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
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
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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