About Cooking with Lekka Kombuis

The Afrikaans word “lekker” is a complex one. On the surface, it means, “nice” or “great”. But, really, it means so much more. There’s an element of comfortable familiarity, an inviting feeling. So, Lekka Kombuis is so much more than just a “great kitchen”. It’s a warm spot where locals and international visitors get to enjoy the traditional flavours of the Cape Malay cuisine coupled with a real family home vibe.

Lekka Kombuis is situated in the historical Cape Town suburb of the Bo Kaap, where colourful houses and cobbled streets tell the tale of the Mother City’s rich heritage. This area also played an important role during the Apartheid regime, when there were massive political upheavals and physical displacements due to racial injustices. Today, though, it is a vibrant neighbourhood, where older folk sit on the porches, children play in the streets, and families enjoy the gorgeous views of Table Mountain and the City Bowl.

Lekka Kombuis celebrates the Cape Malay food by hosting cooking classes and introducing the array of flavours to visitors. Malay slaves that were brought to South Africa hundreds of years ago brought with them exotic spices; like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and coriander. They added loads of garlic and ginger to their meals, opening up a whole new world of culinary adventures. Today, their cooking is still characterised by these bold flavours and awesome combinations, which are a real treat for the palate.

Visitors to the Lekka Kombuis will get to see the local cooks in action as they whip up delectable dishes for sampling. All the while, they’ll discuss the dish and its origins to add to the moreish appeal of the plate.

After enjoying real South African treats, head down into the city centre to explore the galleries, boutiques, street markets and historical attractions of the Western Cape’s capital city. Or, take the cable car up to the iconic flat top of Table Mountain for views of Robben Island and the Cape Winelands.

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Where81 Wale Street, Bo Kaap, Cape Town City Bowl, Cape Town, South Africa

WhenStrictly by appointment. Please phone to book.

Telephone+27 (0)21 423-3849 or +27 (0)79 957-0226

OvernightStay nearby in Bo Kaap, in Cape Town


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