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Pan-African warmth. Woven in Ubuntu spirit. Rooted in wellbeing.

Inspired by its namesake, the Eastern Cape town of Alice, eDikeni is a uniquely Ubuntu-centric kitchen-bar-lounge tucked away in Africa’s commercial heart, Sandton, Johannesburg. 

Its location, 11 Alice Lane, is no accident. It’s a vision come to life for Ubuntu champion Lereko Ntshona, who grew up in Alice. But it’s not only a nostalgic ode to Ntshona’s hometown. Because of Alice’s historic and symbolic meaning, this space resonates with a heritage we all share. Being at eDikeni, surrounded by high-rises and corporate giants, feels a lot like being watched over by our great leaders, who overcame the odds to graduate from Alice’s Fort Hare University before changing our nation’s story. In a sense, Alice might be home to us all.

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Umntu ngumntu ngabantu

In this concrete jungle with its modern challenges and stresses, we’re missing a sense of connection – a sense of the village. It is connections that build us. You are recognised here, because we intentionally practice Ubuntu. This is reflected in the way we share food together. Together, we share a sense of being back home.
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Flavour + memory

In true African style, we treat all our guests generously.

Food comforts us. It makes us feel taken care of. But it also magically whisks us back to our childhood. Cook Noxolo Tshabangu stirs up the nostalgia of our youth and family togetherness with abundant heritage tables and hearty dishes that might celebrate a meld of Zulu, Swati, Tsonga, Portuguese and Indian cuisine.

Tuck into a la carte favourites like frikkadels, boerie rolls or a range of fresh salads and veggie dishes. Buffets for bigger groups include oxtail potjie (“My mother’s ‘knock-them-dead-with-my-eyes-closed’ dish, with its most special ingredient: HOPE!”) and u-mngqusho (samp and beans). All washed down with home-brewed eDikeni beverages – or any premium beverage you’d rightly expect to find in Sandton.

At eDikeni, though, Ubuntu is the star ingredient. You’ll be fed, but so will your soul.

Where the heart is

Home isn’t pretentious. Here, you can breathe easier. You’re recognised. You belong. You’re free to just be you. It’s also imbued with memory. And it’s where connection happens.

Opening a little later than expected

We were planning on officially opening our doors on 28th March 2020, but have had to postpone this due to COVID-19 and its impact on our communities, including the hospitality industry.

It goes without saying that when we do, we’ll be maintaining the highest standards of hygiene and sanitation to safeguard everybody’s health.

We can’t wait to welcome you home to eDikeni! In the meantime, stay well.

With optimism,
Your eDikeni family

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Please leave your contact details with us so that we can keep you in the loop as to when we’ll be able to welcome you with open arms!

"A pan-African social fabric, nourished by the roots of Wellbeing and woven in the spirit of Ubuntu…Wamkelekile eDikeni – Welcome to Alice"

Lereko Ntshona


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not taking reservations at this time.

Please leave your contact details with us at the bottom of this page, so that we can keep you in the loop as to when we’ll be able to welcome you with open arms!


Download our menus to see what’s available:

Main Menu   |   Buffet Menu