Cape Town’s Best Braai Day Hot Spots

Beach braai With Heritage Day on the horizon, Capetonians across the city are no doubt eagerly anticipating their first braai of the season. However, not all of us have access to private braai facilities. Thankfully, we do have access to beautiful surroundings and public braais designed to help us locals make the most of the weather, the holidays, and our unique heritage. These are a few of Cape Town’s favourite braai spots that are open to the public this Heritage Day. Take your pick and happy braaing! FREE ENTRANCE
Maiden’s Cove Maiden’s Cove: This beachside braai spot is situated on the coast between Clifton and Glen beaches, and offers striking views of both the ocean and the mountain. Other features include a swimming friendly tidal pool, large boulders for sun tanning, a grassy area on which to sit, and numerous braai places available to the public. This spot is open to the public all year round, and entrance is free.
Little Bay Little Bay: This popular braai spot located in Blouberg is ideal for active families who enjoy kite flying, kite surfing and wind surfing. The braai spots are situated on a lawn, which means braai goers are privy to braai food sans seasoning by sand on windy days. This spot is open to the public all year round, and entrance is free.
Wynberg ParkWynberg Park: This park features a number of braai and picnic spots, ample greenery, a river and a well-equipped children’s play area. The park is located in Wynberg, open from 8am-6pm daily all year round and entrance is free.
Meulwater ParkMeulwater, Paarl: Enjoy unrivaled scenery at the Meulwater Wildflower Reserve in Paarl while making use of one of the reserve’s many braai areas. The reserve also offers various hiking trails available to the public. Entrance is free.(Image source:
ZandvleiZandvlei, Muizenberg: Known for its sprawling lawns, beautiful lake and popular braai spots, Zandvlei is open to the public in summer between 8am and 6pm. Entrance is free. (Image source:
ForrestTokai Forest: A fantastic spot for the kids to run around while the adults take it slow, Tokai Forest boasts a large number of braai spots beneath the shade of the forest’s pine trees. The area is open from 7am - 6pm (October to March) and 8am - 5pm (April to September). Cost to enter: R20 per adult, R10 per child and R20 per car.
OudekraalOudekraal: Situated between Camps Bay and Llandudno beaches, this beautiful beach boasts relatively private braai areas offering seating and a view. Entrance costs R35 per adult and R15 per child. Open from 7am – 6pm (October to March) and 7am - 6pm (May to September).
Cape PointBuffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif in Cape Point: Both of these spots are located within the Cape Point Nature Reserve. They also both offer access to beaches, tidal pools, and grass covered lawns. Entrance is R110 for adults and R55 for children and students. The reserve is open from 6am – 6pm (October to March) and 7am - 5pm (April to September).
Krismis CampKrismis Camp, Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve: Enjoy surroundings of fynbos, boulders and olive trees at the Krismis Camp Mountain Nature Reserve in Paarl. Entrance costs R29 per car, R8 per person on weekends and public holidays, and is free on weekdays. (Image source:
BraaiEerste Steen, Melkbosstrand: Eerste Steen is situated within the Blaauwberg Conservation Area. The spot boasts striking views of Table Mountain and ample opportunity to practice water sports. Alcohol is prohibited. The area is open from 8am – 7pm (November – April) and 8am – 5pm (May – October). Entrance costs R13 per person, R6.50 for pensioners, and R18 per car.
LangebaanPreekstoel & Kraalbaai, West Coast National Park: Arguably two of the most widely loved braai spots in the Western Cape, both Preekstoel and Kraalbaai are located within the West Coast National Park and boast braai facilities overlooking the Langebaan lagoon. Entrance is R40 per adult and R30 per child. (Image source:
Millers PointMillers Point, Simon’s Town: A braai spot on the beach known for being sheltered from the wind, Miller’s Point is a firm favourite amongst Cape Town locals. The area also boasts a boat launching slipway, tidal pool and allows for the use of gas and portable braais. Entrance fee is minimal and area is open between 8am and 6pm daily. (Image source:
Don’t forget that while braaing may be a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the outdoors, it can be dangerous. Fires can start in seconds and spread just as fast, so be sure to never leave your fire unattended. Pay extra attention to your fire on warm, dry, windy days as these present the highest risk for veld fires. Keeping a large bucket of water next to your braai is advisable in case of an emergency. Remember, pets, children, alcohol and even the weather can all present an increased risk of trouble around an open fire. Also take care not to litter while enjoying braaing – especially in areas of nature conservation. Consider using eco-friendly logs and fire lighters out of respect for the environment, and make sure to leave your braai location the same way you found it.
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