Waterkloof is a suburb filled with natural beauty, unique, local art and quintessential cuisine.
Waterkloof has become home to some of the city’s most expensive real estate, with lovely hilltop homesteads. It also seems to be one of the more health-conscious suburbs of Pretoria, with quite a number of unique restaurants catering for all types of diners. This is where art lovers, foodies and health-conscious locals hang out together because they can.
Village Ridge Boutique Hotel
The Village Ridge Boutique Hotel might be familiar to many, but it’s the additional offerings that make it special. Alfie’s Restaurant (based at The Village in Hazelwood), has opened Iskia by Alfie’s, situated in the open-air courtyard of the hotel. Although it is a seafood restaurant, their pizzas are a must. The hotel also boasts the Spicy Olive Indian Restaurant, where you’ll find the best curry in town. Visit the on-site Rain Africa Spa and browse through their Rain Africa Shop and a display of Kikomba’s African and Italian accessories. Then pop in at the in–house Thijs Nel Art Gallery, exclusively housing the part of his collection that’s for sale.
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Art without boundaries
Longstreet Art Lovers 1932 is passionate about the development of young artists, providing them with opportunities to participate in solo and group exhibitions. The gallery revolves around a John Keats quote: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness, but still will keep.” They feature a lot of contemporary art and it’s definitely a must-visit when you’re in the area. Make a morning of it and enjoy some fresh croissants and coffee at one of the restaurants just around the corner in the ever-evolving Milner Street.
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Litchi D’cor en Geegoed Gifts and Coffee Shop (coupled with Pienkvoet Pret)
If you’re a fan of décor and gift shops, Litchi D’cor en Geegoed is the place to be. We’ve included it under Waterkloof (even though it’s on the border of Waterkloof and Groenkloof) because it’s worth the visit. From homemade rusks to unique pottery, you’re sure to find some gifts and spoils here. Next-door is a wooden house that hosts Pienkvoet Pret, run by Nadia Rynners, a very educational and fun programme to take part in with your kids. Here you can develop your child’s skills while playing and you get to make friends with other moms and dads – a lovely bonus!
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Waterkloof is also home to a Korean restaurant, called Shilla Korean Cuisine, which serves what they call one of the most beautiful cuisines in the world. They prepare DakGalbi, Haemul Jijime and Dolsot Bibimbap in such a way that Pretorians are instantly transported to the heart of Korea.