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11 of South Africa's best shisa nyama spots

Since the OG of it's time, Mzoli's in Gugulethu, the shisa nyama kasi culture, has begun to gain steadfast momentum. What was once a way for butchers to promote and sell their meat, shisa nyamas have fast become the gathering place for up-and-coming urban professionals, tourists and local township residents looking to eat braaied meat, have their car washed and have a few drinks before hitting the dance floor.

Here is 11 of the finest in Cape Town, Joburg and Durban.

11 of South Africa's best shisa nyama spots

Cape Town

Gqudu Butchery 110 in Gugulethu

Affectionately referred to as GQ by the locals, it’s the new kid on the block and is the younger sibling of Gqudu Lounge. When they are not hosting events, Gqudu Butchery is ideal for a quick lunch while getting your car washed by the gents on the corner.

Rands in Khayelitsha

Opened in 2015, this shisa nyama has grown bigger and better, and the food has stayed as delicious. Rands also hosts some of the biggest parties in the Mother City; AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Lulo Cafe and gqom royalty Distruction Boyz have performed there.

50 on Gux in Gugulethu

Butchery by day and the place to be on a sunny Sunday afternoon. You can buy and braai succulent red meat or just lounge around with your friends over a couple of beers.

Mzoli’s in Gugulethu

Mzoli’s, in the heart of Gugulethu, is a Cape Town institution and Mzoli Ngcauzele is the godfather of shisa nyama. Popular for being packed with patrons over the weekends, it is advised you come early if you want to order and still have a table.



PDL Car Wash puts an entirely new spin on getting your wheels clean – with a buy and braai you can fill up while you give your ride some love.

Moja Café

Food. Carwash. Vibe . Enjoy deliciously braaied meat while your car gets washed. The whole family is welcome.

Kwa Lichaba

Located on the edge of the most famous street in South Africa (Vilakazi Street), Kwa Lichaba offers an authentic shisa nyama experience in a chilled and relaxed environment

Bafokeng Corner

Bafokeng Corner is a venue in Soweto that acts as a carwash, butchery, shisa nyama, and bakery but when the sun goes down it's a super trendy and classy lounge that hosts some of the best events in Joburg.


Max’s Lifestyle

Known by the locals as KwaMax, this is a well known and popular establishment among locals and visitors alike. Situated just off the main road, the vibe and atmosphere are palpable and the party starts from the moment you park your car.

Eyadini in Umlazi

Eyadini Lounge is your number one ekasi shisa nyama experience – located in the heart of Umlazi Township. A dream that came to life in 2008, Eyadini is a highly sought out shisa nyama restaurant and premium event venue popularly known for its “Eyadini walk”.


The best carwash in the area with the juiciest meat, wors and tripe dishes.

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