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 nyama’s have fast become the gathering place for up-and-coming urban professionals, tourists and local township residents looking to eat braai’d meat, have their car washed and either sip a fine single malt or knock down a Red Bull before hitting the dance floor.
Though all shisa nyamas may serve meat, no two are the same. We’ve narrowed down some of the finest in SA, starting off with Cape Town.
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.
Opening hours and contact details: Tuesday to Friday: 9am – 7pm, Saturday to Monday: 9am – 10pm. +27 (0)61 783 1922. Address: No.4, NY110, Gugulethu.
A 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.
Opening hours and contact details: Weekdays: 9am -7pm , Weekend: 9am – 11pm. +27 (0)82 553 3599. Address No. 90, NY 50, Gugulethu.
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.
Opening hours and contact details: Weekdays: 10am – 7pm, Weekends: 10am – 11pm. +27 (0)61 856 2492. Address: Shop 6, Khaya Bazaar, Makabeni, Khayelitsha
Mzoli’s, in the heart of Gugulethu, in 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.
Opening hours and contact details:. Open daily: 9am – 6pm. +27 (0)21 638 1355. Address: NY 115 Gugulethu.