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Where To Enjoy Some Proper African Cuisine

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Despite living in South Africa, it's not always easy to find great African cuisine restaurants. Here, we have compiled a list of fantastic restaurants you should try out when you feel like connecting your tastebuds to your roots. shutterstock_432619747


Next time you find yourself in Soweto, Sakhumzi is a must-try. Trust us. Aside from getting the full Soweto vibe, their menu has authentic African cuisine that will have you craving more, and all to the beats of township music. In addition, wine lovers, you're sorted! Be sure to check out their Wine-Wednesdays.

Chaf Pozi

If you're feeling for shisa nyama, a cold beer and a vibrant atmosphere, then Chaf Pozi is definitely the place to go. Located in Soweto, you won't have a more authentic South African experience than this. Look forward to chicken livers, chakalaka, pap and gravy and even traditional dessert, served up on platters at your table!

Roots Restaurant and Gallery

Connect to your roots and indulge in the beautiful art at the Roots Restaurant and Gallery. Enjoy live performances/entertainment, a cigar and wine lounge, arts and crafts and delicious African meals. From single meals to platters and buffet options, there's something suited for everyone's taste preferences.

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Located on the famous Vilakazi Street in Soweto, Nambitha is one of the most popular and long-standing African eateries in Soweto, offering classics like mogodu (tripe), samp and umngqusho (samp and beans). In addition to their a la carte menu, they offer catering services, conferencing and venue hire, as well as buffet bookings. No matter what the event is, you're guaranteed a plate of soul food.

Mandela Family Restaurant

Owned by Winnie Mandela, the Mandela Family Restaurant on Vilakazi Street serves classic Soweto street food like kotas filled with mince and polony, chips, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips, garlic and cheese, and processed meat – all with African flair. It's the perfect venue for a quick bite or casual dining. Bring your family and friends!


Forget about the long trip to your home base. Visit Hombaze for traditional African cuisine that will impress even your gogo. Find quality and healthy food with exceptional service. You won't want to go anywhere else. Hombaze is also rated one of the top African cuisine restaurants in the country, so give it a shot.

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By Cleopatra Shava [assisted by Neo Sesinye]

Know other great African cuisine restaurants not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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