Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry and culture that is African food. Distinctive dishes from all over Africa lay nestled in restaurants in and around the beautiful landscape of Cape Town. We have a list of the Top 5 upmarket African restaurants that you absolutely have to try at least once.
1. The Africa Café – City Centre
The colourful decor jumps out at you and the smell of delicious aromas slowly fill your nose. It is from this moment that you are transported into the heart of Africa (where you may never want to leave!) The Africa Café boasts flavours from all over the African continent, such as: Tanzanian Sesame Chicken Kebabs, Cape Malay Roti & Curry and Mauritian Pineapple Pickle. Started in 1992, this African restaurant was opened despite the laws at the time and overcame oppression to stand tall to this day. Come in, feel like family, make new friends and explore the different flavours from across the African continent.
2. Mama Africa – City Centre
It’s one thing for a restaurant to provide great food but what about the atmosphere? Well Mama Africa has atmosphere to the roof with their live bands churning out energetic, authentically African tunes from 8pm onwards. The sound of marimbas will have your head nodding as you dine on their plentiful starter platters consisting of Kudu biltong, Game kebab, vegetable samoosas and homemade raisin bread. Once you take a break and have built up an appetite for the mains, you can expect Zimbabwean Dovi, lamb curry, Game Potjie or chicken in peanut sauce (which are popular choices). The Mama Africa experience is truly an unforgettable one and who knows, you may even see Justin Bieber on stage with the band on your next visit!
3. Marco’s African Place – Schotsche Kloof
Marco Radebe started Marco’s African Place in 1997. He aims to provide an evening of authentic African dining and live music to patrons of this 220 seater restaurant and bar. Leather couches, wooden tables and contemporary decor are what make up the interior of Marco’s African Place. You feel like a celebrity as the best hand-picked live bands play in front of your table as you eat. There are three different menu options to choose from at Marco’s: À la carte, Set or Buffet. The specialities include: a Springbok, Kudu & Ostrich platter, traditional Xhosa dishes (such as Umngqusho) and home-brewed African beer. Let Marco’s make you feel like a star.
4. Gold Restaurant – Green Point
Organically produced whole grains, beans, fresh fruit and vegetables. This is the mantra of Gold Restaurant in Green Point. Besides fresh wholesome food, Gold Restaurant’s goal is for their patrons to experience the sights and sounds of Africa while they are dining. Three unique performances which start off with a praise singer welcoming you to the restaurant and providing an overview of the following acts. The second performance sees singers, dancers, puppets and musicians all showcasing the different celebrations prevalent in the African continent. The third and final performance is a dedication to the royal African queens of the nation.
5. Addis in Cape – City Centre
Addis in Cape brings a taste of Ethiopia to Cape Town with food prepared in the traditional Ethiopian way. All spices used in Addis in Cape’s dishes are imported directly from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and range from mild to hot flavours. Try their “Pumpkin Alicha” which are cubes of pumpkin sautéed with onions, garlic and turmeric then cooked in a mild sauce. Or, if you’re after something spicier, indulge in the “Kai Sega Wot” which is a tender beef stew slowly cooked with Berbere (a key ingredient in Ethiopian cuisine). With a menu that caters to vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.