The Best Braai Spots in Cape Town

The Best Braai Spots in Cape Town

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Nothing says easy-going like the sound of sizzle with a waft of smoke. Fire up the barbie!

Braais are the quintessential year-round SA feast. Whether you call it tshisa-nyama, a barbecue or a good ol’ braai, it’s something all South Africans embrace and enjoy. So, in the spirit of Heritage Day, we’ve rounded up the best braai spots in and around Cape Town.

1. Newlands Forest

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What Surrounded by lush woodland and with several hiking trails, Newlands Forest is a very relaxing and wonderfully scenic place to fire up the coals. Either bring your own portable braai stand or use one of the built-in braai pits.
We love The many secluded braai spots, which offer privacy from other groups of braaiers.
Contact 021 689 444,
Cost TMNP conservation fee
R25 (adults – 12 years and older)
R15 (children)
(Additional R25 fee per vehicle) 
M3, Newlands Forest, Newlands, Cape Town

2. Maiden’s Cove

Maiden's Cove, Best Braai Spots
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What Located between Glen Beach and Clifton Fourth, this beautifully scenic area – and prime sunset spot – offers designated public braai and picnic spots with magnificent views of the Atlantic, 12 Apostles and Table Mountain, making it the place for a hot summer’s day braai.
We love The tidal pool, perfect for a dip between sunbathing on the big boulders. It’s also a great place to indulge in some diving and dolphin- and whale-spotting (between June and December).
Contact 021 438 8 212
Cost Free
Location Maiden’s Cove, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town


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What Located in the bustling township of Gugulethu, Mzoli’s is one of the most popular braai spots in Cape Town. Endorsed by the likes of British chef Jamie Oliver, Mzoli’s is loved by celebrities, tourists and locals alike. On Sundays, it gets pretty packed so, while you may have to queue for food, it’s a good way to soak up the famous vibe.
We love You do not prepare the meat yourself (just bring your own drinks, crockery and cutlery), but those who do, braai it to succulent perfection using their signature sauce, herbs and spices to ensure finger-licking goodness.
Contact 021 638 1355
Cost Varies
Location Mzoli’s Place, Shop 3, NY115 & NY108, Gugulethu, Cape Town

4. Helderberg Farm

Helderberg, Best Braai Spots
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What Nestled on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, this rustic farm has public braai areas with small benches, as well as private braai sections in Granny’s Forest, which can host up to 200 people. Braaing aside, there are a number of fun activities to help you work up an appetite, including: paintball, trail running, laser-shooting, strawberry-picking and hiking.
We love the farm’s traditional South African charm and friendly atmosphere.
Contact 021 855 4308,
Cost R50 (adults)
R25 (children 5 – 18 years)
Braai drum R50 (bring your own wood and grid; charcoal available)
Location Helderberg Farm, Klein Helderberg Road, Somerset West

5. Tokai Forest

Tokai Forest, Best Braai Spots
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What This serene woodland is perfect for long, languid braais with family and friends. It’s a great place to unwind and there’s ample space for the kids to run about and play.
We love The vast wide-open space and towering pines, which lend an enchanted-forest feel.
Contact 021 712 7471,
Cost TMNP conservation fee
R25 (adults – 12 years and older)
R15 (children)
(Additional R22 fee per vehicle) 
 Tokai Forest, Tokai Road, Tokai, Cape Town

6. Oudekraal

Oudekraal, Best Braai Spots
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What This sheltered cove between Camp’s Bay and Llandudno is beach-braai heaven. The secluded barbeque areas have seating with great views of the ocean.
We love With sandy beaches, clear waters for snorkelling on calm days, and huge boulders just a few meters away, it’s a deliriously relaxing spot for a family day out.
Contact 021 438 9555,
Cost TMNP conservation fee
R35 (adults – 12 years and older)
R20 (children)
Location Oudekraal, Victoria Road, between Llandudno and Camps Bay

7. Wynberg Park

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What With luscious green lawns, a duck pond and ample space to sit around the braai area, Wynberg Park is an old favourite among Capetonians.
We love The fully equipped kids’ play area means they can run wild while you relax.
Contact 021 710 9403
Cost Free
Location Wynberg Park, Corner of Klaasens and Trovato Link Roads, Wynberg, Cape Town

8. The Backyard Grill Lounge

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What With rustic picnic tables, an enclosed bar and spaces to lounge around in the backyard of this Sea Point restaurant, you get to relax while somebody else does the braaing!

We love that you can sit back and wait for your meal to be delivered to your table, hot off the coals. All you need to do is select your meat (or seafood) and side dishes such as mealies, veggie kebabs and salads. The best part? You get to enjoy the braai without smelling like you’ve been to one!
Contact 021 433 1296,
Cost R80 – R180 (main meals)
R160 (per person for group braai platter)
Location Backyard Grill Lounge, 72 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

9. Silvermine Nature Reserve

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What Located in Table Mountain National Park, this peaceful braai spot is arguably one of the most beautiful in the Western Cape and is open for picnics all year round, but because its a high-risk fire zone, braaiing is only permitted in winter.
We love that there are over 40 sites scattered around the reservoir, nestled in discreet rocky hollows and tucked behind thriving fynbos, you’ll feel as if the entire park is yours.
Need to know Swimming in the reservoir is permitted, so bring your togs.
Contact 021 789 2457,
Cost TMNP conservation fee
R45 (adults – 12 years and older)
R25 (children)
Location SilvermineOu Kaapse Weg, Westlake, Cape Town

10. Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif

Buffel Bay, Best Braai Spots
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What Worth visiting for the views alone, both Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif in the Cape Point Nature Reserve are famous for their great braai and picnic spots. There’s also a safe tidal pool for the kids. Bring your own grid and wood, and don’t feed the baboons!
We love the unparallelled views of endless ocean, rugged rocks and dizzying cliffs, not to mention the rich flora and fauna (buck, Cape mountain zebra and over 250 bird species).
Contact 021 780 9204,
Cost Standard Cape Point entry fee
R125 (adults)
R65 (children)
Location Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Point Road, Cape Town

11. Tsaarsbank

Tsaarsbank, Best Braai Spots
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What Located in the West Coast National Park, Tsaarsbank has braai facilities with views of the Atlantic Ocean.
We love During whale season, between August and October, you can spot the majestic creatures while enjoying your braai. Other activities such as hiking, biking and bird-watching can keep you busy for hours, so you can make a day of it.
Contact 022 772 2144,
Cost (Outside Flower Season)
R45 (adults)
R22 (children)
(Inside Flower Season)
R64 (adults)
R32 (children)
Location West Coast National ParkR27, West Coast

12. Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve

What Just outside Stellenbosch in the Jonkershoek Valley is where you will find the leafy Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve. Formerly a cultivated flower garden, the reserve has various hiking trails now open to the public.
We love that they only allow 60 people into the reserve per day to help with conservation efforts, which we commend. You can also enjoy swimming in the Eerste River.
Contact 021 866 1560,
Cost Conservation fee R40 (adults)
R20 (children)

Location Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, Jonkershoek Road, Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch

13. Kogel Bay Resort

Kogel Bay, Best Braai Spots
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What Located along Clarence Drive, a 20-kilometre scenic route between Gordon’s Bay and Rooi Els famous for whale-spotting.
We love The high mountains, which surrounding the resort shelter the beach and protect it from the strong summer southeaster, making it an ideal braai spot.
Contact 021 856 9622
Cost Camping fees (R111 – R169)
Location Kogel Bay Resort, R44, Helderberg Rural, Cape Town

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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 19 September 2016

6 Responses to “The Best Braai Spots in Cape Town”

  1. Lexi Hillyard

    So for my 21st I’m looking for a beach to have a huge bonfire at? Any suggestions? Around Cape Town

  2. salome

    was looking for a place for a day camp for -/+150 people. alcohol must be allowed

  3. Revona Kees

    What a great article, so insightful – it gets 5 stars from me! Makes me want to start a braai fire RIGHT now! Thanks to the writer 🙂

  4. Justine

    Looking at those popular braai spots it seems to me one would need to bring their own braai stands…..Progress group situated in Cape Town manufactures and distributes quality portable braai stands suitable for both indoor and outdoor use!

  5. nasiphi

    I just want to find out is alcohol allowed in zandvlei park? Thank in advance

  6. Domonique

    These places are mostly coastal and southern subs , however you should also check out the Braai spots in the northern subs like Farmyard , Berg rivier


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