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The Africa Café, Cape Town

108 Shortmarket Street
Cape Town
South Africa 8001
Tel: 27 21 422 0221
www.africacafe.co.za
Concierge.com's insider take:

"In Africa, we like to eat with our fingers. You should feel free to do the same," explains a waitress at the Africa Café, a restaurant located a few minutes' walk from Cape Town's Greenmarket Square. Like the atmosphere, the decor here is festive (mosaics, ceilings decorated with animal engravings, feathered light fixtures), although you'll hardly notice it once 16 traditional Ndebele, Xhosa, and Zulu dishes start arriving at your table. The meal rings in under $30 per person, and you're allowed to order more of your favorite dishes (ours was the Cape Malay Salomi, ground beef seasoned with curry and wrapped in a roti pancake), but chances are you'll be sated sans seconds. It's worth overlooking the restaurant's touristy elements, such as the gift shop and the face painting, because, surprisingly, when the servers dance through the seven dining rooms, banging drums, stomping so hard that the floors shake, and singing heartfelt tribal songs in haunting harmonies, it doesn't feel corny or contrived. It all just reminds you of how far you are from home.—Josey Miller

Open daily 6:30 until 11:30 pm (closed Sundays during low season).

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