Top African Cuisine Restaurants

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.



Best known for their delicious tripe, Sakhumzi is a definite must try the next time you find yourself in Soweto. Alongside 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 your 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 include 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.


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 twist/ touch to it. It’s the perfect venue for a quick bite or casual dining with family or friends.

By Cleopatra Shava [assisted by Neo Sesinye]

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

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