Baby Light my Fire: These are the Best Shisa Nyamas in South Africa


Call it what you want — a braai, barbecue, Shisa Nyama, we South Africans love cooking food over hot coals. Add a little bit of a music and a great vibe, and you’ve really got a party. Ask any South African, and they’ll tell you there’s nothing quite like the shisa nyama kasi culture which has seen the classic braai being elevated to new heights. Since its inception in early 2003, Mzoli’s in Gugulethu has paved the way for shisa nyama kasi culture all over the country. First created as a way for butchers to promote and sell their meat products, shisa nyamas are now the places to see and be seen for everyone from tourists to locals looking to sip on fine liquor or knock down a couple Black Labels. No two are the same, which is what makes each of these eateries special! Not sure where to find one in you city? Here are South Africa’s best shisa nyamas in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban!


Gqudu Butcher 110, Gugulethu

gqudu lounge

Dubbed GQ by locals, Gqudu Butcher is the new kid on the block for those who wish to have their car washed and grab a tasty bite to eat while they wait.

Open Tuesday to Friday from 09:00 to 19:00 and Saturday to Monday from 09:00 to 22:00. For more information contact 061 783 1922.

50 on Gugs, Gugulethu

50 on gugs

Butchery by day and party spot by night, this is the place where locals flock on a sunny Sunday afternoon. 50 on Gugs allows guests to buy and braai the most delicious red meat, or just lounge around while enjoying a few cold ones.

Open weekdays from 09:00 to 19:00 and weekends from 09:00 to 23:00. Contact 082 553 3599.

Rands, Khayelitsha


Rands has only grown bigger and better since it opened its doors in 2015, Here you’ll find some of the biggest events in the Mother City with performances by AKA, Cassper Nyovest and Distruction Boyz.

Rands is open weekdays from 10:00 to 19:00 and weekends from 10:00 to 23:00. For more information call 061 856 2492.

Mzoli’s, Gugulethu


The orginal shisa nyama, Mzoli’s is situated in the very heart of Gugs. Started by the godfather of shisa nyama, Mzoli Ngcauzele, it’s known to be packed with patrons over the weekends. Arrive early and come hungry!

Mzoli’s is open daily from 09:00 to 18:00. Contact 021 638 1355 for more details.




If you’re looking for new and interesting spots to give your wheels a clean, PDL Car Wash is the perfect place. Buy and braai and have your car washed while you wait – talk about convenience!

Contact 072 314 4941 for more information.

Moja Café, Soweto

moja cafe

This family-friendly joint offers up luscious chow and a fun vibe. You can also get your car washed by the helpful guys and support a local business.

Open daily from 10:00. Contact 0773 082 4100.

Kwa Lichaba, Soweto

kwa lichaba

Located on most famous street in the country, Vilakazi Street, Kwa Lichaba boasts a chilled environment perfect for taking a breather and enjoying the simple, happy things in life.

Kwa Lichaba is open from Thursday to Sunday from 20:00 until late. For more information contact 074 714 4439.

Bafokeng Corner, Soweto

bafokeng corner

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Bafokeng Corner is a butchery, bakery, shisa nyama, and carwash by day, which transforms into an ultra classy lounge at night that hosts some of Joburg’s hottest parties.

Open daily from 08:00 until late. Call 084 505 8318.


Max’s Lifestyle, Umlazi

max's lifestyle

Lovingly known by locals as KwaMax, this well-known restaurant is situated just off Umlazi main road in Durban. The atmosphere is pumping and the party starts before you even walk through the doors!

KwaMax is open 7 days a week from 07:00 to 20:00. 

Eyadini Shisa Nyama and Car Wash, Umlazi


Situated in the centre of Umlazi township, Eyadini Lounge is the top shisa nyama spot in Durban. Brought to life in 2008, this event venue and restaurant is popularly known for its famous ‘Eyadini Walk’.

Find Eyadini at 3 Peace Rd, Umlazi, Durban, 4001.

Mojos Carwash & Shisanyama


This hot spot serves up traditional, local dishes like tripe and succulent meat and wors that’s simply to-die-for!

Address: 77 Hemsley Groove Mayville, 4091 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

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