Tourist-oriented Cape Town is so distinctly European that it’s all too possible to forget its roots. So head to the Africa Café set in a restored Georgian house from the 1700s on a street that has lately become a restaurant (and tourist) destination. The menu plays on dishes from three major South African cultures, Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele, and variants like the spicy Malay foods brought by Indonesian conscripts who first came to Cape Town 300 years ago. The fixed-price menu (170 rand per person) includes samples of 10 dishes, with the chance to take more of those you like, plus coffee and dessert. An adjoining ceramics shop offers original dinnerware designs reflecting the restaurant’s culinary heritage.
108 Short Market Street, Cape Town