5 African Restaurants in Cape Town You Have To Try

African Restaurants in Cape Town

Like the idea of a traveling taste safari? You don’t have to travel the length and breadth of Africa to taste it all.

Cape Town has become a melting pot of African cultures and traditions waiting to be discovered. The Mother City has a strong infusion of African restaurants capable of making your taste buds tingle. Here’s our pick of 5 lip smacking African Restaurants in Cape Town that’ll have you going back for seconds.

Addis in Cape

Consuming itself in Ethiopian tradition, Addis in Cape packs a punch in flavor sensation. Spicy and full of aroma, the unique dishes are served on a woven basket-like table called a Mesob. Indulge in steaming pancake-like sourdough (Injera). With your hands as utensils and the sourdough as your scoop, dive into roasting stews and sauces. And to drink, a cup of freshly ground Ethiopian coffee brewed to perfection.

The Africa Café

This humbling restaurant was the first to open its eyes on African cuisine in Cape Town during the apartheid regime. Flip through their diverse menu where you’ll find anything from succulent Karoo lamb stew to spicy Mozambican chili dip. This 3 storey restaurant is a hub of authenticity, vibrancy and décor. Where you can kick back and enjoy the smooth beats of Africa.

Gold Restaurant

Hungry culture vultures only! A 14 course Cape Malay feast waits. This taste safari will drive all your senses. Enjoy each more-ish course from snoek fishcakes to lamb bobotie to milk pudding while being amused by dancing Mali puppets and Djemba drums. You’ll leave feeling satisfied and a part of Africa you haven’t before.

Marco’s African Place

Located in Cape Town’s colorful Bo Kaap suburb, Marco’s African Place is the sweet spot for traditional Cape cuisine and live music. Tease your taste buds with one of their wild game dishes (springbok, kudu and ostrich) cooked to precision. Sample the cape’s local wines while being serenaded by live music performers after a heartwarming meal.

Mama Africa

Last but certainly not least on our foodie list – Mama Africa. Positioned on iconic Long Street with its colorful carvings, this is a place where you can fully immerse. Dressed casually, come alive with an evening of marimba and jazz performances while tucking into an assortment of delicacies. Try anything from a tender Moroccan Lamb roast or a juicy kudu steak – it’s a gorgeous feast unlike any other.

Like these culturally enthralling eateries? Check out this Cape Town journey coupled with a few days in the Kruger.


Romy Childs

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