Restaurants: Woza Restaurant in Cape Town

“We make our food with the best meat and the most aMAIZEing mielies.”

Woza restaurant, a traditional food restaurant conveniently situated on the corner of Burg and Church streets prides itself in sourcing the freshest ingredients straight from the plot to the pot.


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Menu on the wall


I visited Woza restaurant last week on a sunny spring afternoon.  The interior walls of the restuarant are adorned by beautifully coloured African artwork.  The restaurant was packed with people from different walks of life.  One lady was on her laptop enjoying a beer, a group of young entrepreneurs were sitting on the corner concentrating  on their laptops seemingly having a lunch meeting, one middle aged lad having lunch while reading a newspaper.  That’s not all, two guys were enjoying a meal, downing it with Chibuku Shake Shake, a traditional Zimbabwean beer made from fermented maize and sorghum.  Two mature ladies walked in with one senior gentleman appeared to be worn out from a shopping trip and needed to sit down, fuel up and relax.

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Strawberry Milkshake


Breakfast is served all day, however that is not the main attraction – the menu consists of items such as vetkoek (amagwinya), roosterkoek, steam bread etc.  These items come in generous sizes and the prices are not bad considering that you are buying them from a restaurant in the middle of Cape Town.

I started off with a strawberry milkshake, the waiter mentioned that they make it themselves and for that reason I wanted to try it.  It was good and it got me to look forward to other items on the menu.  I ordered my favourite, umgqusho (samp and beans) with beef stew.  I also got to taste their tripe with muriwo and pap.

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Umngqusho (samp and beans) with Beef Stew


The other interesting aspect of the menu is that one gets to make their own combinations, one gets to choose a meat dish whether its beef chops, chicken stew, tripe, beef stew or grilled chicken.  The meat items can be combined with either pap, samp, fries, steam bread etc.  Relishes include  chakalaka, muriwo (green leafy vegetables) and gravy.  It’s all up to you.  Prices range from R13 to R60 for meat dishes and R5 to R10.50 for starch items like vetkoek, pap, rice or samp.

The food is affordable, anyone whether a local or tourist can just walk in just grab meal or have a take away.   I had fun just sitting there enjoying my meal while watching passersby.

The food was delicious, more like the food one would have at home or at a traditional ceremony. The vibe laid-back and unpretentious.  The waiters are friendly with a warm South African hospitality.  Free wifi is just a cherry on top!  However, I would love to see items like maotwana (chicken feet), atchar and gemere (ginger beer) on the menu.  I’ve been asked countless times to refer people to a Cape Town restaurant that offers chicken feet and it would be interesting to have them at Woza.  Other than that, it is an awesome hangout with great food.


Update:  The Woza team added some Maotwana on their menu after reading this review.  Isn’t that cool?  Hope you get to try them out!


Contact on:  021 422 0053

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Opening times: Monday to Friday 7am-5pm and from 09:00 – 15:00 on Saturdays

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Author Info


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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  • Karen

    We LOVE Woza too! #wozafood

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