• Just because Heritage Day has come and gone, that doesn’t mean South Africans will love their braai food any less. South Africa is a country renowned for its diverse culinary scene, among its many culinary treasures, Shisanyama stands out as a beloved and unique tradition. A celebration of food, culture, and community, Shisanyama is a South African barbecue that has captured the hearts and taste buds of locals and visitors alike. So whether you’re braaing it yourself or looking for great local spots to enjoy a juicy, delicious Shisanyama feast, you can celebrate South African Heritage all month and indulge in a good braai meal. 

    Explore some of the best local Shisanyama eateries across South Africa:

    Gqudu Butchery 110 in Gugulethu

    GQ Butchery Gugs
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    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. 

    Times: Tuesday – Friday, 9 am – 7 pm; Saturday – Monday, 9 am – 10 pm. 

    Contact: 061 783 1922. 

    Address: No.4, NY110, Gugulethu.

    Siga’s Culinary Restaurant

    Siga's culinary restaurant
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    Just when you thought you knew all the appetizing eat-outs within Alexandra, here’s a fairly new one to discover and one that is out of the ordinary. Siga’s Culinary is an Afro-Mexican restaurant that fuses African and Mexican cuisine. There is a variety of options on the menu and a delicious fusion of Mexican flair with Shisanyama to try. 

    Times: Sunday – Friday, 11 am – 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am-9 pm

    Contact: 082 269 7777

    Address: 384 E Bank Ave, East Bank, Alexandra, 2014

    Max’s Lifestyle

    Max's Lifestyle
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    Heading east to KwaZulu-Natal, Max’s Lifestyle, a gem in the heart of Umlazi. This lively establishment is famous for its lively atmosphere, fantastic Shisanyama, and wide selection of beverages. Enjoy succulent meat, perfectly marinated and grilled to perfection, while immersing yourself in the vibrant local culture and music.

    Times: Monday – Thursday, 7 am – 10 pm; Friday – Sunday, 7 am-2 am

    Address: Durban, 328 Mbe Rd, Umlazi, 4031

    Contact: 031 906 1393

    Rands, Khayelitsha

    Rands has hosted 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. 

    Times: Weekdays: 10 am – 7 pm, Weekends, 10 am – 11 pm. 

    Contact: 061 856 2492

    Address: Shop 6, Khaya Bazaar, Makabeni, Khayelitsha.

    Chesa Nyama

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    Chesa Nyama is a fast-growing Shisanyama chain. With multiple locations across the city, Chesa Nyama offers convenience and consistency without sacrificing quality. From mouthwatering beef, chicken, and pork to flavourful sauces and sides, Chesa Nyama caters to every palate.

    Times: Call or email for operating times/[email protected]

    Contact: 010 492 3793

    Address: Business Park @ Zambesi, 143 Milkplum Ave, Montana, Pretoria, 0151

    Busy Corner Imbizo

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    Busy Corner Imbizo is a renowned Shisanyama eatery that has been serving up delectable dishes for decades. It’s a place where locals gather to enjoy flavourful cuts of meat and catch up with friends. The welcoming atmosphere and authentic flavours make it a true South African gem.

    Times: Monday – Thursday, 10 am-10 pm; Friday – Saturday, 8:30 am – 2 am; Sunday, 8:30 am – 12 am 

    Contact: 082 611 6819

    Address: 32 Thekwane Crescent (ERF 2975 Cnr Main Road & 29th September Street Ebony Park (extension 1, Midrand, 1632


    South Africa’s Shisanyama culture is a testament to the nation’s love for good food, great company, and rich traditions. Whether you’re a devoted foodie or a traveler seeking an authentic taste of South Africa, exploring these Shisanyama spots is a delicious and culturally enriching journey you won’t want to miss. 

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