For butter or wors: your guide to South African shops in the UK

If you’re a Saffa who’s new to the UK, you might already be missing some favourite flavours from home.  But don’t fret – there are many physical and online stores that specialise in South African food imports.

So if that craving for Nik Naks, Creme Soda, biltong or Chakalaka becomes too strong, simply check through this handy list of Saffa shops. Find one in your area (or that delivers to your area) and indulge in all your favourite treats.

The Bok and Rose, Park Street, St Albans

A true SA store that’s run by a family originally from Durban, the Bok and Rose stocks a wide variety of grocery products, including Tastic rice, Jungle Oats and many more. They specialise in meat, though, and pride themselves on their butchery background and high quality droëwors and biltong.

Kalahari Moon, Corn Street, Bristol

This Bristol-based shop stocks South African newspapers, cold drinks, wines, beers, spirits, coolers, several grocery items like spices and canned goods, as well as a selection of SA music. Kalahari Moon also have fairly regular braais.

The South African Shop, Brock Lane, Maidenhead

Open seven days a week, The South African Shop is well worth a visit. You are likely to find almost every grocery item you could want.  They also stock SA memorabilia, magazines and Springbok and Bafana Bafana supporters’ clothes.  Buy three or more of the same item to qualify for a “bulk discount” wholesale price.

The Savanna, various stores and online shopping

You’ll love The Savanna for their massive selection of SA products, 6 London-based shops to choose from (which we’ve listed below), as well as their user-friendly online shopping platform with its UK-wide delivery. The Savanna also has a purpose-built butchery and an impressive 3,000 square foot warehouse.

  • Wimbledon: +44 208 971 9177
  • Raynes Park: +44 208 417 0044
  • Southfields: +44 208 780 3727
  • London Bridge: +44 207 357 9314
  • Liverpool Street: +44 207 374 4994
  • Victoria Station: +44 207 931 9314

No 1 South African Shop, St Catherine’s Hill, Christchurch, Bristol

Established in 2003, The No.1 South African shop is based on the edge of the New Forest. It stocks a wide selection of sweet and savoury favourites. They also do online orders and deliveries. In 2011, they won 2 of the 4 categories in the 2011 Biltong Taste Awards – BEST BEEF BILTONG & PEOPLES’ CHOICE.

The Safa Shop, Acton, London

They stock a wide range of South African goodies, including SA DVDs and CDs, clothing and braai gear, and potjies in various sizes. They are open 7 days a week and their website also facilitates online shopping.

We hope this guide helps you track down those Ghost Pops, Iwisa pap, Mrs Ball’s Chutney and whatever else you might be craving from home.

  • libraschild

    A friend took me to the Zulu cafe I think it is called in Edinburgh, should definitely make your list. Aside from some expat dry goods they offer SA softdrinks and make amazing smoothies and sarmies on location. (Avo and biltong one was amazing)

  • Rob Colton

    Berkshire Biltong sell online or you can click and collect. Biltong is getting great reviews.

  • Christopher Ackermann

    Any saffa shop “Dropship” company out there? please email me,

  • Jacqui Ellerker

    Thought i would share a lovely online South African shop that i have found, they have a great selection of South African products defo worth the try if you are looking for some treats from back home

  • Mark Richardson

    The best shop is the cash and carry in Erith nr dartford ( DA8 2AJ ) its Foods4u Ltd . pricing and the onsite butchery is great best boerie and biltong and steaks around.
    Coffee shop which has Vetkoek and mince , boerewors rolls and excellent service.