She is a minister at a church in Lynnwood and living in the city of jacarandas for 25 years has already made her realise that there’s nowhere else she would rather live.
Fay van Eeden says Pretoria is a beautiful city with countless trees. To her, it is a friendly and energetic city. “The climate is lovely. The people are friendly and they care for one another. The neighbourhood where I live often feels like a small town within the big city. Pretoria has an energy I love.”
Fay is a foodie and says that the people of Pretoria are spoiled for choice when it comes to decent restaurants and quirky coffee shops. She loves having coffee at Vintage and 23 on Hazelwood. Her favourite dining spots include Caraffa Restaurant in Alphen Park and Culture Club at The Village in Hazelwood. Pretoria can get very warm in summer and with its warm summer afternoons in mind, she suggests a gin and tonic with friends at Meet on Milner.
If this foodie could change anything about Pretoria, she would have loved for it to have fewer malls and more artisanal shops like bakeries, butcheries and greengrocers. Fay also enjoys taking advantage of summer – her favourite places to get some Vitamin D being the Hazel Food Market, the Moreleta Park Spruit and Jan Cilliers Park.
Even though the city is known as the jacaranda city and its streets turn purple in October and November with jacaranda trees blooming everywhere, Fay’s spring starts a month earlier. For her, the coral trees that paint the streets of the city red from September is a big favourite.
Fay’s occupation often requires her to stay in Pretoria over the festive season. She doesn’t seem to mind at all, though. “Pretoria is peaceful in December. The restaurants are empty and the streets are quiet.” Well, an empty restaurant definitely boasts the best seats for this foodie and her friends!