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5 of Cape Town’s Most Buzzworthy Braai Spots

Even though it’s technically winter in Cape Town, braai lovers are still rejoicing in between courses of perfectly seasoned lamb chops and grilled calamari. What’s not to rejoice about when braai culture and shisa nyamas (braai get-togethers) are so integrated into daily life that restaurants serve braaied dishes year round?

You might not be anywhere remotely close to South Africa, but don’t let that stop your imagination from taking a flight. After all, it would be a travesty to celebrate the “Summer of Braai” without highlighting some of the most buzzed-about braai restaurants from one of the world’s premier braai capitals.

1. Karibu

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(Photo courtesy of Rachel Lovinger, Flickr)

If you’re ready to feast with your fancy fingers, this hot spot is all about quality. We’re talking top-grade, premium cuts of everything from ostrich fillet to a traditional venison potjier to crocodile carpaccio (pictured above). In addition to choice meats, Karibu has a spectacular view of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean.

2. Mzoli’s

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Don’t let the open-air-shack vibe fool you. Located in the township of Gugulethu, Mzoli’s is so braai-worthy, it’s been nicknamed Gugulethu’s “Church of Meat.” Aside from epic titles, Mzoli’s has a special place in the hearts of braai lovers because there’s a strong emphasis on the customer experience. You can choose your own meat from the counter and then take it to the braai, where they marinade it in a world-famous, top-secret sauce.

3. The Backyard

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(Photo courtesy The Backyard)

Isn’t there something comforting about a restaurant called “The Backyard”? That’s the whole point behind owner Jason Shaw’s neighborhood grill. “I want people to come here and feel as if they’ve walked into a South African home,” explains Shaw in an interview with Cape Town Magazine. If the rave TripAdvisor reviews about the down-home feel and peri peri chicken are any indication, Shaw has accomplished his mission. 

4. Die Strandloper

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Foodies don’t always give seafood braai the respect that other braaied dishes get, but that’s probably because those individuals haven’t visited Die Strandloper. With main entrees such as braaied snoek and smoked angelfish, it’s only a matter of time before even the most devoted red meat braaiers diversify their palates with some good eats at Die Strandloper.

(Photo courtesy of Vincent Maher, Flickr)

5. aMadoda Braai

If you’re looking for a full braai experience, aMadoda Braai in the township of Woodstock is definitely your place. There’s a high emphasis on culture at this restaurant, evidenced by its mandate that customers eat with their hands. aMadodoa Braai takes the experience even further by doubling as a dance club.

Did we miss any of your favorite braai destinations in Cape Town? Comment below and let us know!

 

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