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TTourists, celebrities and locals stream to Mzoli’s in Gugulethu to enjoy a great vibe and some of the best meat in Cape Town.

Enjoying a communal meal at Mzoli's Meat.

Every Sunday crowds of people head to Gugulethu carrying their drinks, crockery and cutlery, to sample some of the best braaied (barbecued) meat in Cape Town.

Gugulethu is a black township in the heart of Cape Town, and Mzoli's Meat, also known as Mzoli's Butcher, is owned by Mzoli Ngcawuzele. Mzoli's has largely been responsible for putting the township on the tourism map.

Did You Know?
BBritish celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has endorsed Mzoli’s, describing the food as “heaven.”

TTo say that Mzoli's is a butcher that sells fresh meat is accurate, but it is an understatement. Over the years it has become a place where politicians, tourists, locals and celebrities (including celebrity British chef Jamie Oliver) hang out. Every Sunday NY115 (the name of the street) in Gugulethu is filled with people carrying their drinks and plates to sample the meat at Mzoli's.

Mzoli’s Palace

FFresh meat getting the Mzoli's treatment. Image courtesy of asirap

Many have tried, and all have failed, to get Ngcawuzele to share the ingredients in his secret spices and sauces, which are slathered on the meat before it hits the sizzling hot coals. There is nothing fancy about the venue – round and trestle tables are covered in thick red plastic, and pap (similar to polenta) is served in large enamel bowls. 

"I can't get enough of the food at Mzoli's; the meat is fresh, well braaied and tastes delicious. I wish I could get my hands on that spice," says Capetonian Lynne Cloete, who has been a regular at Mzoli's for about five years. "I go as often as I can, and whenever my friends from out of town come to visit, we go to Mzoli's," she says.

EEnjoying the food and vibe at Mzoli's.

Writing on TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, Bdevries1988 of Pijnacker in the Netherlands says: "Was a amazing experience, great food, great music and a lot of amazing people. Order meat at the butcher than walk to the braai and 30 minutes later you will be eating amazing food with lovely people dancing around!"

Mzoli's is not licensed, so when you go take your own alcoholic drinks with you. 

  • To get to Mzoli's Meat from the inner city, drive down the N2 and take the Robert Sobukwe off-ramp; keep to the right to get onto Duinefontein Road. Continue on Duinefontein Road until you get to Klipfontein Road, turn left, and then left again onto NY115. Mzoli’s is immediately on your left.  
  • You can call Mzoli's on +27 (0)21 638 1355 

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