Addis in Cape is a delightful Ethiopian restaurant in Cape Town that serves exotically spiced gluten-free meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes. The décor is 100% authentic and complemented by the restaurant’s customary coffee ceremony and traditional food presentation. With its Ethiopia-born owners and chefs, you’re guaranteed a genuine East African dining experience.

Did you know?

Addis in Dar is one of the oldest traditional Ethiopian restaurants in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Addis in Cape brings Ethiopia’s history and culture to life through the authentic, fragrant flavours of its delicious cuisine.

Housed in an eye-catching red building with beautiful views of the city’s streets, Addis in Cape has become something of a landmark. The interior is warm and inviting, with polished floorboards, low-slung wooden chairs, authentic Ethiopian furnishings and glowing candlelight. Umbrellas hung from the ceiling give a colourful, quirky touch and add to the relaxed ambience of the restaurant.

Historically, Ethiopia was situated on a spice route, influencing its cuisine and giving it rich, sumptuous textures that are heady with herbs and spices.

Addis is a haven for vegetarians and vegans, with a good part of the menu dedicated to meat-free dining. Vegetarian dining in Cape Town is becoming increasingly popular, and vegetarians and vegans have never had so much choice in this cosmopolitan coastal city.

Popular options at Addis in Cape include spiced vegetable curries, split red lentils sautéed with onions, and garlic and home-made chickpea cakes. Dishes are served on a large traditional rice-flour injera pancake (or ‘edible tablecloth’), which is torn away in portions and used to scoop the food.

A meal at Addis in Cape is not complete without a cup of robust Ethiopian coffee or fragrant mint tea.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Addis in Cape
Tel: +27 (0)21 424 5722

How to get here

Addis in Cape is located at 41 Church Street in Cape Town. From the N2 highway, take the Strand Street exit. Continue down Strand Street until Long Street, and turn left into Long Street. The restaurant is a little further along, on the corner of Church Street.

Best time to visit

The restaurant is open for lunch Mondays to Fridays from12h00 to 14h30; and for dinner Monday to Saturdays 17h30 to 22h30.

Around the area

Browse through the nearby South African National Gallery and South African Museum; take a walk through the Company’s Garden; tour the Castle of Good Hope; or visit the District Six Museum.

Get around

The restaurant is easily accessible by car, or via hotel transfer or taxi.

What will it cost

There is a small selection of starters, beginning at R35. For the main course you have the option of a set menu for R198 per person, or a combo that allows you to choose two items from menu the for R112. The set menu comprises a starter and eight different non-vegetarian or vegetarian main dishes, followed by dessert and coffee.

Where to stay

There’s a variety of accommodation in the immediate vicinity. If you’re on a budget, try the popular Long Street Backpackers; for something different, try the Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel & Apartments or the funky Grand Daddy Hotel in Long Street; or for a regular hotel stay, try the Hilton Cape Town City Centre.

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