It is hard to miss the boldly painted exterior which proudly announces that this is Marco’s African Place. Situated in the historic Bo-Kaap district of Cape Town, it occupies an old warehouse building which has been cleverly converted into a double storey restaurant with wonderful high ceilings and plenty of space for a stage and dance floor. Owner Marco Radebe has been in the restaurant business all his working life, and although originally a self-taught chef, he polished his skills with a stint at hotel school. His hands on style in the kitchen has paid dividends with a good team of dedicated staff who ensure that things run smoothly behind the scenes.
The interior of the restaurant is versatile with a separate bar area complete with fireplace which is a popular drawcard in the winter months. The fully licensed bar is well stocked with local wines and beers as well as home-brewed African beer. Adjacent to the bar is the smoking section which is separated from the main restaurant area by glass panels. The stage and dance floor are centrally situated to ensure that most diners (including those on the upper level) can view the ongoing entertainment whilst enjoying their meal. Marco’s African Place attracts a mixed clientele of sophisticated Africans, suburbanites and large numbers of tourists, particularly Germans and French in the winter months.
The menu offers a pleasing selection of game such as springbok, ostrich, kudu, (as well as crocodile tail when available), which dishes are always popular with overseas visitors. Locals enjoy the more traditional dishes such as tripe with onions, savoury chicken pieces with onions and peppers, and of course samp and beans which are prepared in true African style. Other than the delicious food, which ensures full tables on a regular basis, Marco’s other attraction is the variety of live bands who play seven nights a week and include a variety of traditional African music and excellent jazz. Join Marco Radebe and his friendly team for a memorable evening of music and true African hospitality.
From Muizenberg follow the M3 through to Eastern Boulevard. Take the Strand Street offramp and follow to the Buitengracht Street intersection. Cross Buitengracht Street and turn into the first road on your left.
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15 Rose Street
Tuesdays - Thursdays: 12:00 - 23:00
Friday - Saturdays: 12:00 - 24:00
Sundays & Public Holidays: 15:00 - 23:00