Mzoli's Place, Cape Town
Just off Klipfontein Road in Guguletu, Cape Town, is Mzoli's restaurant - a gem of a place known either as Mzoli's Place, Mzoli's Meat, Mzoli's Butchery or even Kwa-Mzoli.
Despite the confusion over its name, Mzoli's is principally a popular day and night spot that happens to be a butchery, but it is also a place to hang-out in the township on the outskirts of Cape Town, with a bit of a 'reputation' amongst locals for general drunkenness and disorderly behaviour.
Despite the merry making and general hubbub that is Mzoli's Place, it is extremely popular. Celebs hang out here as do out-of-towners and international visitors, who wouldn't miss a chance to visit the place when in Cape Town.
People dress up to attend the bustling butchery, which is also a music venue and something of a fashion extravaganza – the girls all look beautiful and sport a variety of hair styles, and men sport fancy shoes and tight jeans - where you can bring your own alcohol, and people do, or buy it in a nearby liquor store.
By late afternoon around 250 people swarm in here and the restaurant is a good place to sit and watch the happenings.
Mzoli's was opened in 2003 by Mzoli Ngcawuzele, who got a start-up fund from the Development Bank of South Africa as part of their support of black-owned businesses. From selling meat informally from a garage, Mzoli's, by 2006, had become one of the most popular hangouts in Cape Town. For directions and additional info see "Feast & Party at Mzoli's Place".
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