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February 27, 2009

The Africa Café – A Cape Town Tourism Flickr photo essay

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The Africa Café Restaurant has been feeding Capetonians and visitors for nine years in a beautiful 18th-century Georgian home on Heritage Square in downtown Cape Town.  The grand old building has three floors of dining and seven richly decorated dining rooms.

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The dining rooms have their own individual character inspired by African countries and people. Much of the décor has been collected on family holidays by the owners, Hector, Portia and Jason, who have explored the vast African continent for over a decade. Above is a view from the Gambia room into the Egyptian room.

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The restaurant serves a feast of flavours infused with African soul and passion – guests are invited to share in 16 different dishes and may eat as much as they like.

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The ceramic used in the restaurant is produced by its sister company, Africa Café Ceramics. It can be found in various shops across South Africa and Europe as well as Zig Zag, the shop on the ground floor of the restaurant adjacent to the Xhosa dining room.

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The restaurant staff hail from backgrounds as diverse as the food they serve – from Cape Town to Zimbabwe, Malawi and Burundi. Every night, in addition to presenting and explaining the feast, the ladies of Africa Café sing traditional Xhosa songs to thank guests for visiting.

© Remo Belluco

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