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Khayelitsha Restaurants, Cafés  & Nightlife Route

Curated by 
Abigail Mbalo

Abigail Mbalo, Founder and Creative Director of 4Roomed eKasi Culture, is a Dental Technologist by profession. After participating in MasterChef SA, she swapped her lab coat for an apron to follow her passion for food, art, and home décor. This saw this birth of her company 4Roomed eKasi Culture.

Abigail is making it her mission to get Khayelitsha and other townships on the tourism map in a bid to improve the socio-economic challenges facing residents, while preaching the benefits of traditional foods with a healthier twist though the company’s CSR project on backyard gardening.

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1. 4Roomed eKasi Culture

4Roomed is the brainchild of Abigail Mbalo-Mokoena, who started the business while she was competing in Masterchef SA. It operates out of a four roomed home modelled on those found in the oldest townships of South Africa, and guests can expect traditional township cuisine with fine-dining flair.

Accepts EFT, cash, Credit and Debit cards, Zapper

Fri – Sun 12h00 – 20h30 (open to walk-ins, but booking advised)  Mon – Thurs by request only for minimum 10 pax

Abigail Mbalo  Cell: 076 157 3177 

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2.Igugu Le Africa Caterers and Restaurant

For a taste of authentic South African cooking, visit Igugu Le Africa, located in the heart of Khayelitsha. Sample the delicious food and get a taste of the area’s culture and heritage. Igwinya (a fried dough bread with various fillings) is the most popular item in the menu!

Accepts Cash, EFT

Mon – Sat 08h00 – 17h00  Sun by bookings only

Abe Bokwe  Cell: 072 475 6402 

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3.Siki’s Koffee Kafe

Siki’s Koffee Kafe is more than a coffee shop: it’s a hub for go-getters, artists, and entrepreneurs in Khayelitsha. Spend a few hours here sipping on a cup of Siki’s signature blend, grab a home-baked muffin and mingle with locals while you catch up on news over the free WiFi.

Cash, Credit and Debit cards.

Mon – Fri 07h00 – 17h00 
Sat 08h30 – 15h30
Sun Closed

Sikelela Cell: 082 369 8229

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4.The Village House

The Village House is an oasis of eclectic quirkiness in the heart of the shacklands. Owner Thusi has hand decorated the space with slatted wood ceilings, plants, trinkets, and photos, and has arranged them in a burst of colour that is sure to leave any visitor in awe. The 20 seater restaurant offers traditional meals, and even has a spa room for those who want a massage while waiting for their food.

Accepts EFT, cash

Daily 09h00 – 20h00 (please call ahead for bookings)

Thusile Celesi  Cell: 073 193 8685

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5.Ciki’s Eatery

This neighbourhood restaurant serves up home cooked African food in Ciki’s very own backyard in Khayelitsha. Ciki makes the food herself and Ciki’s Eatery has been receiving praise and rave reviews from both locals and visitors. Their traditional food is beautifully presented and their excellent service is securing their place as one of Khayelitsha’s favourite new hot spots.

Their good food and excellent service has made a stop at Ciki’s Eatery is a must for lunch or dinner when visiting Cape Town.

EFT, credit and debit cards and cash.

Breakfast from 09:00 – 11:00  Lunch / Dinner 12:30 – 18:00

Lindile Ndzaba Cell: 073 081 3691

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6. iKofu Coffee

Coffee culture has found a new hub in Khayelitsha in the iKofu Coffee café where you can get a world-class coffee at an affordable rate. Positioned close to the train station and Khayelitsha Mall, iKofu is perfectly located for locals and visitors on the go who need a warm cup of quality coffee served with a smile.

Cash only
Mon – Fri 07:00 – 16:00

Clementine Toto +27 (0) 61 852 0145 

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7. Kwa Ace

Khayelitsha’s Kwa Ace is one of South Africa’s hottest party and entertainment destinations. Their newly revamped two-story club showcases weekly events where you can catch some of the biggest local and international DJs and artists performing live. They also serve up platters of meat Shisa Nyama style (deliciously barbequed to perfection over the fire) as well as pizza, sides and ribs.

Add a meal and night out at Kwa Ace to the top of your weekend to-do list when you’re in Cape Town and expect an experience to remember.

Cash, debit & credit cards.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 13:00 till 04:00

Sifiso Cell: 081 300 6977
Molatelo Cell: 081 300 6977

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8.Rands Cape Town

Rands Cape Town is a party venue in Khayelitsha, known for its exceptional shisa nyama (barbequed meat), daily events and music. Visit on a Thursday for traditional African food. Weekends are busy, so arrive early to secure a table.

Cash & Cards

Opening Hours: Daily: 11am – 11pm

Raymond Pani Cell: 083 993 0191

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9.The Milk Restaurant and Bar

The Milk Restaurant and Bar is a new upmarket restaurant and lifestyle bar in Khayelitsha. Enjoy a great meal in the downstairs family-friendly venue, or head upstairs to the lounge or balcony with a bottle of premium brand cognac, vodka, gin, or whiskey.

Cash, cards
9am – 11pm daily, closed Wednesdays

Cell: 072 156 0620