In 1974 Faerie Glen was the most Eastern part of Pretoria. Today it is a well established and relatively large suburb and even though it’s a mission to get to the highway from here, many believe it is one of the best residential areas of the Jacaranda City.
Faerie Glen may look like your ordinary suburb from the outside, but once you’ve discovered its rich nature, culture, art and cuisine, it’s difficult not to want to call it home.
The Faerie Glen Nature Reserveis one of the most underrated and unexpected gems of Pretoria when it comes to what the city has to offer in terms of nature and habitat. It boasts the perfect quick escape from the rush of the city, with hiking options that won’t take too much of your time, but still takes up enough time to clear your head. The secret to this reserve is that in addition to its lovely views and the fact that it is dog-friendly (once you’ve obtained a permit), they offer pre-booked tours of the reserve. They also offer great initiatives where visitors can get involved in the clearing of invasive plants and community clean-up days.
Another place that needs no introduction, is the famous Blos Café. This inviting café with its always expanding hospitality offerings has gone full-out, boasting what I’d like to call one of the most unique and inviting bed and breakfasts in the city: Blos BLY. Who knew? Literally two steps away from the café it consists of three artistically designed, luxury en suite rooms that offer an array of amenities and facilities. Whether you are an ambassador, a traveller from afar, a business executive or just a curious wanderer, you need to experience this unique Pretoria stay.
Combine your stay with a visit to the Tina Skukan Gallery and Tea Garden just around the corner. Situated on one of the last remaining smallholdings in Faerie Glen, this gallery and tea garden holds a lot of history and interesting stories. Residing here for 53 years, owner Thea Nigrini adapted the old barn 23 years ago which now houses a gallery for contemporary art and craftwork. Be sure not to miss out on the exhibition openings that happen once a month on Sunday mornings at 11:30.
According to Francois Liebenberg and Karien van Vuuren, a visit to Faerie Glen is not justified without trying one of La Fiamma Ristorante Pizzeria’s pizzas. They have clearly done something right, as this is one of the top recommendations from Faerie Glen locals and well, when in Rome! La Fiamma has also recently joined Uber Eats ensuring that those who can’t reach the East soon enough, can still get their La Fiamma fix. In February diners at La Fiamma can look forward to quite the line-up for the acoustic Sunday sessions. From Ghapi and Paul Gioia to Johnathan Martin and Martin Marais. Also, don’t forget about their Craft Beer Mondays – the perfect way to cure the Monday blues.
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