The Best Braai Spots in Cape Town
When the sun is shining and there are clear skies, it can only mean one thing – a fun braai day out with friends and family. If you don’t have somewhere to braai, or you feel like a change of scenery, grab some snacks, drinks and your braai kit and head down to one of the best braai spots in Cape Town for an afternoon of fun in the sun.
Where to find the best braai spots in cape town
Wynberg Park is known for its lush greenery, colourful hydrangeas and awesome braai facilities. It also has a wonderful playground for the kids, so while the kids are entertaining themselves you can set up camp, snack and tend to the meat. If you live in the Southern Suburbs and you’re looking for a scenic spot to hang out with family or friends this park is the ideal place for you.
Location: Wynberg, Cape Town
Good to know: the Krakeelwater spring starts here.
Why you’ll love it: the park has a lovely conifer garden.
What we loved: the lawns for great for picnicking.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 08h00-18h00
Contact: 021 710 9403
Oudekraal is a well-known spot to locals; located just a short drive out of Camps Bay on the way towards Llandudno, it is definitely one of the best braai spots in Cape Town. Oudekraal falls within the Table Mountain National Park and offers some of the most incredible views over the ocean, with the mountain as the backdrop behind. Take along what you need to set up a cosy and sheltered braai in this alcove and enjoy the views nature has to offer.
Location: Just past Camps Bay on the way towards Hout Bay.
Good to know: R30 per adult and R15 per child.
Why you’ll love it: plenty of space and is sheltered.
What we loved: the unbeatable views.
Opening hours: Weekends and Public Holidays 08h00-18h00
Contact: 021 712 0527 (SANParks)
This charming farm rests at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains and it has the popular braai destination known as Granny’s Forest on the premises. Granny’s Forest boasts a number of braai sites, so you can pick the perfect spot to set up your braai and get down to the matter of cooking your succulent lamb chops, sausages and chicken.The forest also has an amphitheatre where you can listen to some easy going tunes or watch a play. Just make sure that you pay attention to the meat because you don’t want to ruin your reputation as the braai master.
Location: Klein Helderbergpad Rd, Raithby.
Good to know: bookings are advised during peak season.
Why you’ll love it: a fun place for the kids.
What we loved: there are amazing hiking trails.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 08h00-17h30.
Contact: 021 855 4308
The Cape Point National Park is to home indigenous plants, animals and some spectacular braai spots too. Buffels Bay boasts amazing views of the ocean and has a number of braai areas, as well as a shallow rock pool for the kids to swim in on those hot summer days. All you need to do is bring the braai kit, a big appetite, a good vibe and lots of meat. Take the family to Buffels Bay and spend a lovely afternoon at this famous spot.
Location: Cape Point, Cape Town
Good to know: the venue is kid-friendly.
Why you’ll love it: there is a shallow rock pool to swim in.
What we loved: the amazing views!
Opening hours: 07h00-17h00
Contact: 021 7809010
Showing off its wonderful view of the sea, Miller’s point is the ideal place to take the family. You can swim in the nearby tidal pool, go snorkelling and most importantly, show off your braai skills. Their facilities are great except they don’t provide you with anything other than a built-in braai. Be sure to bring your grid, braai kit and special apron along.
Location: Main Road (M65), Murdock Valley (5km south of Simon’s Town)
Good to know: it costs R14 per adult and R7 per child to get in.
Why you’ll love it: the braai facilities are awesome.
What we loved: whale watching.
Opening hours: open 24 hours.
Contact: 021 786 1142
Eerste Steen, Melkbosstrand
Gather your friends and family and take a short drive out of Cape Town up the West Coast and you’ll find Eerste Steen, one of the greatest braai spots in Cape Town. This beautiful nature reserve has the best panoramic view of Table Mountain. Eerste Steen is a picturesque braai spot where you can easily lose track of time chatting to your friends and tucking into some tasty chops and mielies.
Location: Otto du Plessis Dr, Bloubergstrand.
Good to know: kids can get up close with local ecology.
Why you’ll love it: the wooden boardwalk that takes you to the dunes.
What we loved: the pristine beach.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 08h00-19h00
Contact: 021 444 0454
A list of the best braai spots in Cape Town wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Maiden’s Cove. It’s a popular destination for beachgoers and locals who like to watch the sunset. It’s also a fantastic braai area, where you can tend to your meat while hanging out with your friends and taking in the views. As it gets closer to dusk, you can enjoy your meal with a sundowner and take a moment to admire the jaw-dropping sunset.
Location: Between Clifton and Glen beaches.
Good to know: it’s the perfect place to watch the sunset.
Why you’ll love it: you may spot a dolphin or two.
What we loved: the fact that you can free dive.
Opening hours: open all year round.
Contact: 021 4388212
Perdekloof is a hidden gem that is located in Scarborough. This is an amazing place to get away from the city and have a peaceful braai. Make sure that you pack in a few cold drinks, fresh meat and braai kit, so you can really enjoy your day out. The scenic drive out to Perdekloof is worth it and you’ll get see why this is the most beautiful city in the country.
Good to know: there’s a small entrance fee.
Why you’ll love it: there are shaded areas in case it gets too hot.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00-18h00.
Contact: 021 780 9002
Berg River Resort
The Berg River Resort is the ultimate playground for kids – there are so many fun activities like canoeing, roller-skating and volleyball. As the kids are working up an appetite, you can soak up the sun’s rays before using their excellent braai facilities to impress your friends and family. This is one of the most fun and entertaining braai spots in Cape Town for sure.
Location: R45 Franschhoek Rd, Paarl South.
Good to know: it’s filled with fun activities for kids.
Why you’ll love it: you can go canoeing.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 08h00-18h00.
Contact: 021 007 1852
Zevenwacht Wine Estate
If you’d like to braai but you don’t want to get all the ingredients, head down to Zevenwacht Estate where they’ll take care of you and the family with their Braai Basket. It’s one of their most popular picnic baskets and you’ll be supplied with everything needed to make a braai special. Booking in advance in order to get a lovely spot as close to their braai facilities as possible.
Location: Langverwacht Road, Kuils River.
Good to know: there are four different picnic baskets.
Why you’ll love it: the braai basket does all the prep work for you.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 08h30-17h00 | Sat-Sun: 09h00-17h00
Contact: 021 900 5700
With the sea slapping the rocks, a gentle breeze blowing and the mountains as the backdrop for your braai, Klippies Bay is an idyllic place to hang out with your friends. You can chill and sip on a few cold drinks as the meat sizzles away on the grid. Get away for a day by taking a trip to Klippies Bay with your mates and bask in the sunshine.
Location: Clarence Drive (R44), Gordon’s Bay, Cape Helderberg.
Good to know: it has two other beaches as neighbours.
Why you’ll love it: it’s peaceful.
What we loved: the whale watching.
Opening hours: open all year round.
Contact: 084 413 4093
Kogel Bay Resort
Situated in-between the high mountains rich with indigenous fynbos and the wonderful beach in front, Kogel Bay is a great place for a family outing. The mountains shelter the beach from the wind, so you won’t have any trouble starting a fire for your braai. Enjoy a cool drink or two while preparing a feast fit for the family while enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun in Kogel Bay.
Location: Clarens Drive, Gordon’s Bay
Good to know: they don’t provide you with braai equipment, so bring your own. And also, watch out for baboons!
Why you’ll love it: a kid-friendly environment.
What we loved: you can go fishing.
Opening hours: Open 24 Hours.
Contact: 021 856 9620
Preekstoel Caravan Park (Stilbaai)
Break out the braai kit, grab your surfboard, round up your friends and make your way out to Preekstoel for a great braai day. With pristine beaches, a lagoon and a stunning braai area, Preekstoel is the ideal place to hang out if you love kitesurfing; windsurf, sunbathing and braaing. Enjoy your day out in Preekstoel with some good company, conversation and tasty braai meat.
Location: Preekstoel Road, Stilbaai.
Good to know: the caravan park allows day visitors.
Why you’ll love it: it’s great for water sports.
What we loved: the relaxed atmosphere.
Opening hours: open all year round.
Contact: 028 713 7848
The Backyard Lounge and Grill
Sometimes living in the city means you can’t have a braai at your flat which can be a bummer. When there’s a big game on naturally you want to crack a few cold ones with your friends and enjoy the sizzle of meat on the grill. At the Backyard Grill and Lounge, you can still enjoy this… even if it is cheating a little. The Backyard Lounge and Grill is a fantastic place to enjoy some amazing braai meat, watch sport and have a cool conversation around the fire. It really is like being in the backyard of a good friend. They’re known for their famous ribs and warm atmosphere, so if you’ve got a hankering for braai meat but don’t have a braai, head to The Backyard.
Location: 72 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town
Good to know: it’s a great place to bring groups of people.
Why you’ll love it: the warm atmosphere.
What we loved: their famous ribs.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 17h00-22h00 | Sat-Sun: 12h00-22h00
Contact: 021 433 1296
If you think about the best place to get shisa nyama in Cape Town, Mzoli’s will definitely come to mind. From the regulars who link up every Sunday, to the tourists who drop by on occasion, they will all tell you how good the meat is. You can choose from succulent cuts of beef, lamb, sausage and chicken; braai masters will then baste it in their secret sauce and the mountain of mouthwatering meat will be delivered to your table once braaied to perfection. Once you begin to feast, it will be difficult to exercise self-control!
Location: Ny 115, Guguletu, Cape Town.
Good to know: there is a store next door that sells napkins and paper plates.
Why you’ll love it: there is DJ on deck.
What we loved: the secret basting!
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 09h00-18h00
Contact: 021 638 1355
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