Just In Time – Cape Town’s Coolest Braai Spots
Feel it, it is here.
Summer has been declared open, which means it’s time to gather up the tjommies and start the fire.
There ain’t exactly a shortage of top spots to braai here in the Mother City, but over at Cape Town Magazine they’ve put together a list of some that stand out from the rest.
We’ll just hand pick our favourites from that list – you’ll need your own grid, wood and firelighters to enjoy some of them, but we expect you braai experts have that nailed down already.
A PSA before we dive in though – please make sure that fire is well and truly out before you bugger off, and be a lekker person and clean up after yourself.
Nou braai ons.
Forests make for great braai spots – there’s something about the combination of the smell of pine trees and the sweet smell of chops on an open fire that gets the mouth watering. In this case, there are also formal picnic areas that make Newlands a grand grilling destination.
Entrance is R25 per adult, R15 per child and R25 per vehicle. A secure parking bay within the fenced-in braai area will cost you R10.
This gorgeous oceanside spot lies between Clifton and Glen beaches and has great views of the sea and mountains. There’s a tidal pool for swimming and big boulders for sunbathing. There is also a grassy area to sit on and various braai places available to the public for free.
This sheltered and incredibly scenic beach is tucked away between Camps Bay and Llandudno. There are multiple somewhat private braai areas halfway down the hill with seating and a view of the sea. It’s a great swimming beach as the cove is sheltered from big waves, and there are a few small grassy areas where children can play as well as boulders for them to climb…
Entrance costs R35 per adult and R15 per child.
Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif in Cape Point
These braai spots can be found within the breathtaking Cape Point Nature Reserve and provide a great mixture of sun, sea, and relaxation. Both areas boast beaches and tidal pools as well as grassy picnic and braai spaces. Baboons are also common visitors, so be wary of your food (don’t feed the animals!).
Entrance to the reserve is R135 for adults [and] R70 for children and students…
When you consider all the animals you can see on a drive around the reserve, that R135 seems like money well spent.
Silvermine Nature Reserve – for the memory bank (winter only)
With the gorgeous fynbos-clad slopes of Table Mountain as a backdrop, Silvermine braai and picnic area is arguably the most beautiful BBQ setting in Cape Town. This is a fantastic braai spot for an ultra sunny winter day as braaiing isn’t allowed during the hot summer months as it is a fire risk…
Entrance is R45 for adults and R25 for children (ages 1 to 11). The entrance to the Silvermine braai and picnic spots can be found on the Constantiaberg side of Ou Kaapse Weg.
Now we’re not going to tell you what you should be tossing on that braai, but we will say you that you should be washing it down with some quality beer.
Go on, treat yourself to the good stuff.
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