Right, so you’ve been living in Pretoria for how long now? And you’ve never seen the Voortrekker Monument let alone taken a selfie with the cats at the Anne Van Dyk Cheetah Centre? Seriously? Do you ever leave the house? Well lucky for you, we have compiled 24 hours that will guide you through your own city.
Market madness pretty much started in Pretoria long before the Jozi’s and Capetonians caught onto the trend. So if you’re in a market kind of mood, try these:
If you live in Pretoria and you haven’t been to the Irene Market at the Big Red Barn then shame on you. Famous for its arts and crafts, the market has been around since 1989. Only original art and crafts are traded, with exhibitors and their goodies undergoing a strict selection process. You may even find a thrifted clothing gem or unique trinket while you’re at it.
7 Nelson Rd, Sunlawns AH, Olifantsfontein.
012 667 1659
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Hazel Food Market
This is another must-visit if you have lived in Pretoria for most of your life and never been. Come hungry for this one as the spread on offer is seriously special with delicious food to buy and try. From fresh bread and home-made cheeses to pesto’s and sauces – this is a delicious way to spend a Saturday morning
64, 13th St, Menlo Park.
078 593 7716
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DON’T BE A SQUARE
Church Square in central Pretoria, the site of the city’s first church, was built in 1855. Used as a marketplace and sports field back in the day, today it’s an iconic part of the city and one of the must-see places to visit in Gauteng. The square is surrounded by historical buildings in varying neo-classical architectural styles, including the impressive Palace of Justice where former president Nelson Mandela and several of his comrades were tried and charged for treason during the infamous Rivonia Trial, the Old Capitol Theatre and the Ou Raadsaal (Old Government) building.
Right, now that you know a bit more about your city, you should eat something at one of the cool spots nearby.
Capeesh Italian Restaurant is about 5km from Church Square and is a must if you are in the mood for some authentic Italian. From thin based crispy pizza’s to veal pan fried in butter, fresh lemon and white wine, the menu caters to various palates with one common denominator – YUMMINESS!
Cherry Lane Shopping Centre in Brooklyn
012 346 1932
La Pentola is about 3km from Church Square and has a global menu with infused South African flavours. La Pentola’s culinary roots are drawn from French, Italian and rich Mediterranean flavours, fused with the best local produce available.
5 Well St, Riviera.
012 329 4028
End the day with a trip to The Pretoria Art Museum which hosts the largest collection of South African art, displaying more than 3 000 works, including old masters such as Henk Pierneef, Frans Oerder, Irma Stern, Pieter Wenning and Maggie Laubser.
Francis Baard St & Wessels St, Arcadia.
012 358 6750
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There’s just so much to do and see in and around Pretoria so use our guide as a starting point, go out and explore your city! There’s no better time than now.