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 either sip a fine single malt or knock down a Red Bull before hitting the dance floor.
Over time, shisa nyama kasi culture has gained momentum. Though all shisa nyamas may serve meat, no two are the same. Here are some of the best shisa nyamas in South Africa.
Gqudu Butchery 110 in Gugulethu
Or GQ, as the locals call it, is the sister to Gqudu Lounge. Stop in during the day for a delicious lunch while you get your car washed. Or pop in for one of their memorable events hosted on weekends and at night. Gqudu Butchery opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 9am – 7pm, Saturday to Monday: 9am – 10pm. +27 (0)61 783 1922. Address: No.4, NY110, Gugulethu.
50 on Gux in Gugulethu
50 on Gux is the spot to be on the weekend. Here you can buy and braai meat while you have a few drinks with your mates, before taking the party to the dance floor to the sounds of AKA to Davido and more. 50 on Gux opening hours: Weekdays: 9am -7pm, Weekend: 9am – 11pm. +27 (0)82 553 3599. Address No. 90, NY 50, Gugulethu.
Rands Cape Town in Khayelitsha
Rands has hosted to some of the biggest parties in Cape Town, headlined by cool gqom and hip hop acts. Here you can also enjoy braai’d meats, stews and traditional sides. Rands Cape Town opening hours: Weekdays: 10am – 7pm, Weekends: 10am – 11pm. +27 (0)61 856 2492. Address: Shop 6, Khaya Bazaar, Makabeni, Khayelitsha.
Mzoli’s in Gugulethu
Mzoli’s was founded by Mzoli Ngcauzele in 2003. It’s located In the heart of Gugulethu and is frequented by locals and tourists alike. Definitely go early to get a spot to sit and enjoy your lunch.
Mzoli’s Opening hours: Open daily: 9am – 6pm. +27 (0)21 638 1355. Address: NY 115 Gugulethu.
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. PDL contact info: Address: 11666 Corner Moduba and Modjadji Street Pimville +272 314 4941.
Food. Carwash. Vibe. Enjoy braai meat while your car gets washed. The whole family is welcome. Moja Café opening hours: Daily from 10am. +27 73 082 4100. Address: 5976 Skota St, Orlando East, Soweto, 1804.
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. Kwa Lichaba opening hours: Open Thurs – Sun 8pm to late. +274 714 4439. Address: Vilakazi St, Orlando West, Soweto, 1804.
Bafokeng Corner is a venue in Soweto that acts as a carwash, butchery, shisa nyama, bakery and when the sun goes down it’s a super trendy and classy lounge that hosts some of the best events in Joburg. Bafokeng Corner opening hours: Daily 8am – to late +27 84 505 8318. Address: 00333 Sagila St, Phiri, Soweto, 1818.
Known by the locals say KwaMax, this is a well known and popular establishment among locals and visitors alike. Situated just off the main road, the vibe and atmosphere is palpable and the party starts from the moment you park your car. KwaMax is open 7 days a week from 7am-8pm. Address: Durban, 328 Mbe Rd, Umlazi, 4031.
Eyadini Shisa Nyama & Car Wash (Umlazi)
Eyadini Lounge is your no1 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. Eyadini Shisa Nyama address: 3 Peace Rd, Umlazi, Durban, 4001.
Mojos Carwash & Shisa nyama
The best carwash in the area with the juiciest meat, wors and tripe dishes. Mojos Carwash address: 77 Hemsley Groove Mayville, 4091 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
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