Lelapa Restaurant

Township Cuisine



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Welcome to Lelapa Restaurant

Home of  Township Cuisine

Lelapa, which means ‘the home’ was established in October 1999 in Langa, Cape Town’s oldest township (or informal settlement), when Sheila and Monica Mahloane (mother and daughter) converted our home in order to seize an entrepreneurial opportunity. We saw all the tourists’ buses driving past our township on the way to the winelands and our idea was to create a restaurant serving traditional township cuisine and invite guests to experience a bit of township life.

We are open by reservation only.

Our Menu

Lelapa specialises in traditional township dishes, made with fresh local ingredients and a lot of love. Below are some examples of what to expect from our buffet.


Gently braised and tossed in lemon and a mix of three herbs.


Baked sweet potatoes in caramelized sauce and mustard seeds.


Ostrich strips are marinated with coriander, chilli and salt. It is cooked with onion and 3 kinds of sweet peppers, and flavoured in a tangy sauce.


What People are Saying

“A Great Find”

What a remarkable restaurant! We enjoyed a combination of mouth watering food and enchanting atmosphere of music and culture. It was indeed a very memorable lunch and event! Will definitely recommend it to all my friends visiting Cape Town

S.Claudia: Canada

“Dont Miss – The real deal”

“This was a truly authentic experience. I tried antelope for the first time. Food is tasty and abundant but the music and talking to Mama Sheila is the icing on the experience. We were four Jamaicans connecting to our roots and this just added to make it more memorable.”

satcpa: Pennsylvania, USA

“Great Opportunity to Enjoy Local Food”

“My second return to this restaurant – this time with 27 American college students in tow. They encouraged students to join them on the marimbas and drums. The range of foods was amazing and delicious. And of course we were treated to hearing Sheila’s story. Definitely worth the visit to Langa.”

TheBayanQueen: Delaware, USA

“Amazing local food experience”

“Sheila converts her home into a restaurant in the vibrant township of Langa and serves some of the best food I have ever had. This is one of the best meals I have had in Africa and has something to offer everyone. Vegan options, gluten free options, adventurous game meats to explore, an assortment of spice level, variety of vegetables, desert, etc.
And there was an awesome band playing! Highly recommend”


Business Hours


Lunch and Dinner at your preferred time. 

Please note, we do not accept walk-ins, but cater for groups, events, functions and conferences. 


49 Harlem Avenue, Langa,
Cape Town, 7456

Drop Us a Line

Don't be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!

Phone:  +27 (0) 61 071 4976
Email:  info@lelapa.co.za

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