As part of our Restaurants In Johannesburg series, we're proud to take you on a culinary tour of African cuisine in and around the great city of Johannesburg. Let's get started, shall we?

Sakhumzi

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! To top it off, if you love wine with every dish, you're sorted! Be sure to check out their Wine-Wednesdays.

Chaf Pozi

If you're feeling for shiza nyama, a cold beer, and a vibrant atmosphere with township music to set the tone, then Chaf Pozi is definitely the place you need to go. Also located in Soweto, you won't have a more authentic South African experience than this. Some of the menu goodies you can look forward to including chicken livers, chakalaka, pap and gravy, and even traditional dessert!

Roots Restaurant and Gallery

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

Nambitha

Located on the famous Vilakazi Street in Soweto, Nambitha is one of the most popular African eateries in Soweto. Serving soul food while offering catering services, conferencing and venue hire as well as buffet bookings; no matter what the event is, you're guaranteed a delicious plate of satisfying African cuisine with a touch of a la carte menu options.

Mandela Family Restaurant

Owned by Winnie Mandela, the Mandela Family Restaurant, also located on Vilakazi Street, serves classic Soweto bunny chows with chips, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips, garlic and cheese, and processed meat – all with an African touch. It's the perfect venue for a quick bite or casual dining with family or friends.

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.

African Restaurants

The Roving Bantu Kitchen

A thing of legend, the Roving Bantu Kitchen is a small setup ran by passionate individuals. The menu is small but is always fresh and wholesome, cooked in-house with love and fresh ingredients. The Roving Bantu Kitchen serves up Afro-soul food. Patrons can expect to find mogodu, peanut and coconut chicken, cow heels, and samp and beans on the menu. Vegetarians and vegans are also catered for. Try Sifiso’s African risotto, a combination of samp and beans cooked long and slow with pork hocks.

Little Addis

Little Addis on Fox Street is a must-try food experience. 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!

African Restaurants

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

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

Kwantu African Cuisine Restaurant

The name says it all, Kwantu, because it means the place of gathering. If it's South African flavour you're after, Kwantu is a great place to start. Who needs a knife and fork when their food will leave you licking your fingers? Dishing up with the best beef stew, tripe, umngqusho (samp and beans), dombolo (dumplings) and chakalaka in town, the flavours are authentic and delicious. If you like a good, hearty meal, Kwantu is for you. Check them out on their Facebook page.

Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant 

Let's travel to Addis Ababa! With aromatic spices and flavours like these and an authentic dining experience, you'll feel as if you're no longer in Joburg. The Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant serves quality traditional dishes, paying special attention to vegetarians, vegans, the health conscious, and the adventurous eaters among their customers. Visit this website
to find out more.

Little Addis Traditional Ethiopian Food 

I'm pretty sure you've heard about this amazing place. Another Ethiopian cuisine hotspot, Little Addis on Fox Street is a must-try. Serving their famous meat and veggie combo injera platters, as well as several traditional Ethiopian delicacies, the kitchen is open from Tuesday to Sunday. And their food is simply soulful.

Exotically Divine Ital

It's strictly vegetarian this side, guys! But even if you're not a vegetarian, we promise you will enjoy the amazing food at Exotically Divine Ital. It's hip and happening here too. Stating that they're believers in the power of Ital – the secret in healthy food, that magic, the zing – and the many benefits of a vegetarian diet. With that said, ladies and gentlemen, Ital is vital. Let's embrace healthy, vegetarian African food. Visit their Facebook page or this website for more information.

Moyo

If it's a unique African dining experience you're looking for, make sure you come to Moyo. Inspired by the traditions and values of its African roots, Moyo is a celebration of our beautiful continent. The menu offers dishes from across its countries while the South African dishes all have a unique Moyo twist. The ambience embraces art, music, culture and cuisine making the Moyo experience an unforgettable one. Check out both venues at Melrose Arch and Zoo Lake. For more information on Moyo visit this website.

The Roving Bantu Kitchen

Okay let's get one thing straight, The Roving Bantu Kitchen is NOT a restaurant. They define themselves as an eatery, a living museum, a 'kultural base' showcasing what it is to be African, South African, past and present. They promise an experience that's unique but familiar and as many have said, you feel right at home in their kitchen. It's all about afro soul food and while their menu changes often, you'll always find some of your favourites when you go there. Check them out here for more information.

Sakhumzi

What do the millennials say? I think they say, "Issa vibe." And at Sakhumzi, they really do have a vibe. The restaurant is in Soweto, in the hip and happening Vilakazi Street, the tourist Mecca of Soweto. Opening its doors to everyone who wants an authentic African experience from the drinks to the food to the overall atmosphere, it's a popular place and highly recommended. Visit their website for more information.

Chafpozi

It's not an African restaurant list without a place that offers chisa nyama. And Chafpozi is where you want to go as they do it the Mzansi way. So you can be sure it's amazing. This place reflects how vibrant Soweto is, so rich in culture. Make sure you visit at least once, take our word for it, you'll come back for more. Visit this website for more information about Chafpozi.

Vuyo's Restaurant

I get hungry just looking at their website. Check it out, you'll understand! If you visit Soweto, Vuyo's is a definite must-see, must-eat kind of place. We did mention that it's also on Vilakazi Street, the trendy hub of Soweto? We didn't? Ok, let's rephrase… the whole of Soweto is hip and happening but Vilakazi is just where it's at.

HomBaze African Cuisine

Let's end the list with one BIG BANB! HomBaze gives you the whole continent in one place. Serving traditional dishes from particularly the East, West, Central and Southern Africa, this is an upmarket place and you'll find them in Parkmore, Sandton and also in Pretoria. Visit their website for more.

Sakhumzi

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.

South African food

Nambitha

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!

Hombaze

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.

South African food

By Cleopatra Shava [assisted by Neo Sesinye]

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

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

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