Although we are 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 definitely try out when you feel like connecting your tastebuds to your roots. Let’s get started, shall we?
Best known for their delicious tripe, Sakhumzi is a definite must try the next time you find yourself in Soweto. Aside from getting a full Soweto experience at the restaurant, their menu is full of authentic African cuisine that will have you going back for more! Try their buffet, served daily from 11:00 where you can taste traditional dishes! From tripe and mogodu (tripe and trotters) to tender stewed meats and hearty vegetable dishes, Sakhumzi provides a genuine taste of Soweto’s soulful cuisine.
For an authentic shisa nyama experience, head to Chaf Pozi in Orlando West. This lively restaurant and bar combines the joy of a braai (barbecue) with live music and a vibrant atmosphere. Take your pick from a selection of succulent meats, such as boerewors, chicken, and lamb chops, all expertly grilled to perfection. Pair your meal with traditional sides like pap (maize porridge) and chakalaka (spicy vegetable relish) for a complete and memorable dining experience.
Roots Grill and Restaurant
Connect to your roots and indulge in some beautiful art at the Roots Grill and Restaurant. The restaurant’s menu is a celebration of South African flavours, featuring dishes like boerewors, pap, and chakalaka. The ambiance at Roots is warm and welcoming, with live music often adding to the lively atmosphere.
Pata Pata Restaurant, located on Fox Street in Johannesburg’s vibrant Maboneng Precinct, is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Known for its eclectic menu that blends traditional African cuisine with contemporary culinary techniques, Pata Pata offers a unique dining experience. The restaurant’s interior exudes a warm, inviting atmosphere, with its rustic décor reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the area.
Details: 079 089 3676 | email@example.com | 286 Fox Street, Main Change Building, Maboneng.
1947 on Vilikazi Street
1947 on Vilakazi Street is a charming restaurant located on the famous Vilakazi Street in Johannesburg, the only street in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. The restaurant offers a unique blend of African and contemporary cuisine, providing a gastronomic experience that reflects the rich cultural heritage of South Africa. The menu at 47 on Vilakazi is diverse, featuring everything from traditional African dishes to more modern fare.
Details: https://1947-on-vilakazi-street-restaurant.business.site/| 011 258 4463 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 7156 Vilakazi street Orlando East.
Hombaze African Cuisine
Forget about the long trip to your home base and just visit Hombaze located in Parkmore, Sandton for traditional African cuisine that will impress even your gogo. Offering quality and healthy food paired with exceptional service you won’t want to go anywhere else. Hombaze is also rated as one of the top African cuisine restaurants in the country so give it a shot.
Little Addis originally on Fox Street has made its way to Milpark, a stone’s throw away from 44 Stanley. Serving their famous meat and veggie combo injera platters as well as several traditional Ethiopian delicacies, Kassa’s kitchen serves up delicious and hearty meals from Tuesday – Sunday. Little Addis has become a flagship meeting point in Maboneng Precinct with Kassa still preparing all of the dishes himself and a regular list to be proud of so come on over and have a cup of coffee with Kassa when you are next in the area!
Details: 082 683 8675 | email@example.com | 41 Stanley Avenue, Milpark.
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If you enjoyed reading this article, then view our top restaurant recommendations in Soweto here.