Somali Street Food Cafe

Makers and providers of fresh, healthy, authentic and traditional Somali cuisine, to eat in or take away. Event catering also available.

Sharifa Abiikar standing outside the Somali Street Food Cafe, dressed in a blue headscarf

Proud cafe owner serves authentic cuisine

Sharifa Abiikar

“Business is in my blood.”

Sharifa migrated from Somalia to Australia in 2008 and secured child-care and cleaning jobs. However, business was in her blood. In Somalia, she grew up working in her family’s wholesale grocery shop and small ice-making factory.

“I thought it was very difficult to start a business in this country because the rules and regulations were totally different. I didn’t know how to register a business name, and that sort of thing.”

However, through the Stepping Stones program, she met other women of migrant and refugee backgrounds who were entrepreneurial like herself.

“The program encouraged me that I could do something as well, and really, to start with the basics – that you don’t need a lot of capital, you just need an idea.”

Not long after completing the program, she saw a local cafe for sale and decided to take the chance. Three years later, Sharifa is now the proud owner of the successful Somali Street Food Café, offering fresh and authentic Somali cuisine and employing five staff.

Location: Northern Melbourne
Opening hours: 8.30 am – 7 pm
Categories: catering | authentic cuisine | food and grocery

Business owner: Sharifa Abiikar
Contact number: 0413 157 681
Address: 84 Wheatsheaf Rd, Glenroy VIC 3046
E-mail: cabelu(at)hotmail.com
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An ornate teapot and cup of tea on a silver tray
Sharifa standing and smiling in front of the Somali Street Food Cafe
Sharifa and others standing in front of a table laden with food

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