Loosely meaning burnt meat (in the Zulu language), shisanyama is much more than a cooking technique. It embodies the warm and inviting spirit of South Africa while celebrating culture, community and an explosion of fantastic flavors over blazing barbecue.
Imagine succulent cuts of marinated meat sizzling on a fiery grill, while traditional side dishes like pap (a corn porridge) and chakalaka (a spicy vegetable relish) are also prepared for the feast to come. Now add stories, laughter and aromatic scents wafting through the air, while lively music and a lively atmosphere create anticipation for the delicious dish that will be served.
Yes, it’s not just a meal; it is a common event that must be shared by everyone.
Shisanyama is an opportunity to unite in the joy of food, family, friendship and festivities. It is an age-old ritual where the barbecue becomes a scene of cultural exchange, forging bonds that go well beyond the dining table.
Are you ready for your own shisanyama experience?
You are invited to explore our list of the best hotspots in Cape Town. Join this iconic South African tradition by tasting the heart and soul of shisanyama, a tradition that has captivated our nation for generations.
Teez Lounge Gugulethu & Boucher
After the unfortunate closure of local institution, Mzoli’s, Teez Lounge emerged to take its place. It’s a great choice for international visitors and locals alike and guarantees an authentic experience.
The Duncan Shisa Nyama
Head to Duncan if you’re looking for perfectly seasoned meat and a hearty traditional chakalaka, pap or samp and beans on the side. This one is a local favorite for dining and takeaway and the welcoming staff will make you feel right at home.
Address: 39 Parklands Main Rd, Parklands, Cape Town, 7449, South Africa
Contact number: +27215564005
Chisa Nyama of Jabulani
Jabulani’s Chisa Nyama serves good-sized portions with vegetarian options available. Stay and have a few drinks or call and collect.
Address: 35 Vasco Blvd, Goodwood, Cape Town, 7460, South Africa
Contact number: +27215356000
Visit Meat Khayelitsha for great ambiance and great weekend vibes. Meet new people and enjoy the fantastic braai on offer, they have a great variety and generous portions.
Address: Spine Rd, Village 1 South, Cape Town, 7784, South Africa
Contact number: +27797331350
Located in Nyanga East, Maphindi’s Butchery is a perfect stop for perfectly cooked shisanyama and an immaculate township ambiance. It’s an affordable meeting place, perfect for a drink with friends.
Address: 2H3M+73 Nyanga, Cape Town, South Africa
Contact number: +27660693928
GQ Gugulethu is well known among locals for its lounge scene, good music and of course the shisanyama which you can select and prepare by the experts. GQ Gugulethu has rave reviews and is a popular choice among locals for good reason. Don’t forget to check out their live events and parties on social media.
Address: Dr Moerat St, Guguletu, Cape Town, 7750, South Africa
Contact number: +27762161718
Nomzamo Butchery has a rich history as one of the oldest township butcheries passed down from generation to generation. Come for the shisanyama and stay for the pristine township ambiance in historic Langa. At Nomzamo Butchery, quality is assured and it is widely considered the best shisanyama in Cape Town.
Address: 1509 Washington St, Langa, Cape Town, 7456, South Africa
Contact number: +27216954520
Rands Cape Town
This is a must visit to the heart of Khayelitsha for outdoor shisanyama and a great party in a safe environment. Arriving early is essential because it fills up quickly!
Address: XM75+CF Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa
Numb contacter: +27786167550
Pakwatu Braai Restaurant
Pakwathu Braai Restaurant is a table service restaurant specializing in African cuisine and shisanyama in Woodstock, just outside the Cape Town CBD. They pride themselves on making local cuisine easily accessible and accessible to everyone.
Address: 1 Strand St, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925, South Africa
Contact number: +27789464555
Emcimbini Braai Place
Emcimbini Braai Square is located in the municipality of Mfuleni. This roadside shisanyama is a great option to pick up a well-cooked braai if you’re driving through the area.
Address: O Nqubelani St, Mfuleni, Cape Town, 7100, South Africa
Contact number: +27613520446