Cape Town's Best Braai Spots (And How to Beat the Crowds!)

What's better than a braai? A braai outdoors in Cape Town's sweet summer... minus the inevitable crowds 😩 Don't worry though – we got the sauce. Herewith a list of Cape Town's best, less-busy braai spots...

...because no one likes shouldering a heavy cooler bag in the heat, while searching in vain for a spot to flame your vleis!


blaauwberg nature reserve

All but a quick 30-minute drive from the Mother City, this pearler of spot is located in the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve and offers a welcomed escape from the bleh of the busy city.

Bring the whole family to enjoy pretty-as-a-postcard scenes of Table Mountain and the sea, a bouquet of sweet scents afforded by an abundance of indigenous fynbos, a kitted kids' play park, and even dank options for sports on and in the water. What more?

Find it on the map here.


buffels bay

Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif, Cape Point

We all know Cape Point Nature Reserve is a tourist's haven, but if you get there naice and early, you're sure to find a plush picnic/braai spot right on the incandescently white shores of Buffels Bay or Bordjiesdrif beach. Yes, right on the beach indeed!

Both spots promise with spoils of tidal pools perfect for splishing and splashing and rolling lawns beckoning your basket of picnic specialties – we recommend getting everything but the meat deelivered; shop our Braai & Party section here to see how we can make your day a little more convenient.

As is to be expected of Cape Town, you'll also be ensconced by stupid-pretty views of the mountains and ocean. Important to note is the local wildlife: reserve baboons like to make an appearance when they smell food, which is cool for your Instagram holiday dump – just DO NOT feed them!

Find the Buffels Bay Picnic Site here and the Bordjiesdrif Picnic Site here.


perdekloof scarborough

Perdekloof and Wildschutsbrand Picnic Sites, Scarborough

Less of a beach person? This is your beat. Perdekloof and Wildschutsbrand are two picnic areas located smack in the middle of a faerie-esque woodland, just yonder the beach village of Scarborough, along the Cape Peninsula.

Wildschutsbrand is bigger and open all year round, while Perdekloof is closed during the winter months. Expect plenty of braai facilities with tables and seating for all the whole crew. As always though, get there early to snag a spot.

Find them on the map here.



Tsaarsbank, West Coast National Park

Want to explore a little further afield? Take a day trip to Tsaarsbank in the West Coast National Park. an hour’s drive from the CBD. There you'll find a pristine marine protected area on the Atlantic Ocean coastline with loads of braai spots. What makes it super special? Whale-watching opportunities between August and October. A must-see!

Find it on the map here.


klippies baai day camp

Klippies Bay and Sparks Bay Day Camps, Kogel Bay

Another one for your bucket list of days trips, Klippies Bay and Sparks Bay can be found in the unbelievably beautiful Kogelberg conservation area along the False Bay coast. Buckle up for a slow, slow drive (trust us, the views are worth gaping at all the way!) along the R44. Make sure you get a good squiz at the ocean and the mountain along the Kogelberg Mountains as you go.

When you arrive, go past the camping site to find the two day camps a few meters down the road. There's a tidal pool and a host of braai spots along the beach. Bring enough boerewors because the operative word for this day is 'languishing'.

Find it on the map here.


Looking for more incredible ways to enjoy the Cape? See what else we have on our blog here.


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