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The best braai spots in Cape Town
Spend a lazy afternoon doing what we South Africans do best
Last Updated: 21 April 2017
The sun is shining, the sky is blue, there’s not a cloud in sight and the glorious outdoors is beckoning. When the weather is this good, there's only one thing to do - pack the cooler box, grab some wood and head for your favourite braai spot in Cape Town. Braais - like rugby, biltong, and sunny skies – are among the defining elements of the South African way of life. Those who have visited our shores and been introduced to the braai have no doubt also grown to love this traditional pastime.
Cape Town has plenty of hidden (and not–so-hidden) gems, and everyone has their favourite braai spot, a place they can go to spend a quiet afternoon with friends and family to just relax and unwind. Though, for those yet to pin down their top fire-and-coals destination (or simply for those who want a change of pace), we’ve gathered our favourite braai spots around the Cape Peninsula.
Don’t forget to bring that grid, wood and firelighters before you venture out into the great outdoors – most spots don’t provide these things. And if you need some inspiration for the actual cooking bit, here’s the man who braais for a living and his advice to help you make the most of this South African tradition.
NOTE: Wild Card and My Green Card holders get in for free at many of the below spots; do call and confirm that this is the case before visiting as select parks are not covered by the special cards.
NOTE 2: Alcohol, dogs and music are prohibited in picnic/braai areas.
aMadoda Braai in Woodstock
There’s no need to bring firelighters or fuel along to aMadoda Braai- this mecca of meat has you covered. A laid-back township-style tavern in the heart of Woodstock, the coals at this spot are always hot. Guests can chill out to the deep house tunes that their resident DJ spins on deck, and there’s a team of braai masters on hand, ready to flame grill your order to perfection. With meals ranging from the R30 ’Quickie’ to the R250 ’De Feast’, aMadoda’s menu hits the sweet spot for any wallet. For those who opt for a DIY braai, R450 buys a ready-to-go grill, a braai pack of fresh seasoned meat, chakalaka (relish) and generous sides for eight. Eating with your hands is a must, so wipe off sticky fingers on tasty servings of pap (maize porridge) and steaming Xhosa bread.
Note: aMadoda is open five days a week from lunch till late (Closed Monday and Tuesday)
1-4 Strand Street | Woodstock | | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 2133
Silvermine Nature Reserve
With the gorgeous fynbos-clad slopes of Table Mountain as a backdrop, Silvermine braai and picnic area is arguably the most beautiful BBQ setting in Cape Town. This is a fantastic braai spot for an ultra sunny winter day as braaiing isn’t allowed during the hot summer months as it is a fire risk. The official braai areas are situated alongside the Silvermine reservoir, and each clearing boasts a large and relatively private picnic space for its users. There are also plenty of trails and bird watching perches as well. Entrance is R45 for adults and R25 for children (ages 1 to 11). The entrance to the Silvermine braai and picnic spots can be found on the Constantiaberg side of Ou Kaapse Weg.
Times: 7am – 6pm (October to April) | 8am - 5pm (May to September) | +27 (0)21 789 2457
Eerste Steen in Blaauwberg
The smell of chops on the fire, accompanied by a magnificent view of Table Mountain – makes Eerste Steen a great spot for a nice quiet barbecue and a few cold ones! Located in Blaauwberg Conservation Area, it offers excellent opportunities for water sports. Entrance to the braai area cost R13p/p, R7 for pensioners and R18 per car.
Times: 8am - 7pm (November to April) 8am - 5pm (May to October) | +27 (0)21 554 2745
Forests make for great braai spots – there’s something about the combination of the smell of pine trees and the sweet smell of chops on an open fire that gets the mouth watering. In this case, there are also formal picnic areas that make Newlands a grand grilling destination. Entrance is R25 per adult, R15 per child and R25 per vehicle. A secure parking bay within the fenced-in braai area will cost you R10. The entrance to Newlands Forest can be found along the M3 freeway near the University of Cape Town; watch out for a small sign on your right indicating directions to the forest.
Times: 8am – 6pm (October to April) | closed during winter | +27 (0)21 422 1601/2
This gorgeous oceanside spot lies between Clifton and Glen beaches and has great views of the sea and mountains. There’s a tidal pool for swimming and big boulders for sunbathing. There is also a grassy area to sit on and various braai places available to the public for free.
Open all year round
Just 20 minutes from Cape Town, Little Bay in Blouberg is a great spot for families. This area is ideal for kite flying, kite surfing and windsurfing, and the view of Table Mountain is postcard perfect. The braai area is on a lawn for those who prefer not to have sand in their food, and best of all, entry is free! Go on a wind-free day as this area can get rather blustery.
Open all year round
This sheltered and incredibly scenic beach is tucked away between Camps Bay and Llandudno. There are multiple somewhat private braai areas halfway down the hill with seating and a view of the sea. It’s a great swimming beach as the cove is sheltered from big waves, and there are a few small grassy areas where children can play as well as boulders for them to climb. It’s also a nice place for snorkeling as the water is calm. Entrance costs R35 per adult and R15 per child.
Oudekraal is closed to the public on week days and opens on weekends and public holidays from 8am to 6pm | +27 (0)21 438 9555
Perdekloof Picnic Area
Just 45km outside of Cape Point, this quaint little picnic spot is a hidden gem. If you’re looking for a quiet place to have a braai and see the spectacular views that the Western Cape has to offer, then this is it. There are concrete tables and braai spots, and as is the case with other spots, those visiting will have to bring wood, braai grids and all the necessary gear to get a fire going. Please note, the picnic area does not allow portable braais or dogs. Entrance is R15 per adult and R7 per child.
Times: 9am – 5pm (October to March) | Closed in winter | +27 (0)21 780 9204
Berg River is the ideal location for a family day of games, putt-putt, swimming and – best of all, swimming! The spacious lawns make for a perfect family gathering around some tasty chops and sausages. Entry into Berg River will cost you R60p/p and R60 per vehicle.
Times: 8am - 6pm | +27 (0)21 863 1650
Situated on the hills of the Helderberg Mountain just outside of Stellenbosch and Somerset West, this family-orientated farm is a hive of activity perfect for keeping both young and old busy and entertained. Build up an appetite with a hike, test your off-road skills with one of the 4x4 routes, feed the animals in the Farmyard Nursery or run around in the play park. Whatever your preference, you’ll be sure to find respite in the beautiful surroundings of the farm. What’s more, the Granny Forest is excellent for braaiing in both summer and winter - its towering poplar trees provide ideal shelter for fire-making and boerewors cooking. Entrance is R50 for adults, R25 for children between 5 and 18 years, and R25 for pensioners. It costs R50 per braai area, and it is essential to book a braai spot beforehand due to popular demand.
Times: 8am – 6pm| Open all year round | +27 (0)21 855 4308
The Backyard Grill Lounge
This laidback Sea Point joint is giving space-deprived locals and curious foreigners the chance to gather ‘round the fire for an authentic South African braai in the urban jungle. While the chilled-out restaurant is situated on the Atlantic Seaboard suburb’s crowded main road, just beyond the front door, the interior of the eatery explodes into a massive backyard area with picnic tables, loungy nooks, an enclosed bar and, of course, a sturdy braai. The meat is of the highest quality, and visitors can choose their cut and weight from the counter at the front, alongside typical braai-style sides. There are also options for vegetarians and pescetarians as well as for those who’d rather forego the flame-grilled grub altogether in favour of an oven-baked or pan-fried starter and main. Do note, the braai area is partially covered and wind free, so no matter the weather, you can have your boerie and eat it too.
72 Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 433 1296
Wynberg Park is where the spring of the Krakeelwater River begins. With over 22-hectares of ground, the park is a popular spot throughout the year, and in summer, it boasts an attractive display of hydrangeas. The grounds also host several braai and picnic spots as well as a fully equipped kids play area, all of which make the greenway a great family destination. Entrance to the park is free. Wynberg Park can be found on the corner of Klaasens and Trovato Link roads.
Times: 8am - 6pm| Open all year round
Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif in Cape Point.
These braai spots can be found within the breathtaking Cape Point Nature Reserve and provide a great mixture of sun, sea, and relaxation. Both areas boast beaches and tidal pools as well as grassy picnic and braai spaces. Baboons are also common visitors, so be wary of your food (don’t feed the animals!).Entrance to the reserve is R135 for adults, R70 for children and student while pensioners apply at the park's discretion. Cape Point can be found near the seaside town of Kommetjie – visit capepoint.co.za for directions to the Cape Point Nature Reserve.
Times: 6am – 6pm (October to March) | 7am - 5pm (April to September) | +27 (0)21 780 9204
If being surrounded by Mother Nature is your thing, check out our guide to the top picnic spots within in the Mother City!
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