Bordering Brooklyn, Bailey’s Muckleneuk, Lukasrand, Groenkloof and Waterkloof, Nieuw Muckleneuk is filled with things to do and places to see.
For someone who likes to explore their own city, Nieuw Muckleneuk is not a bad place to start. From the ever so popular Brooklyn Mall to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary and loads of well-known, but also lesser-known restaurants and coffee shops.
Officially proclaimed a nature reserve in 1985, the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary is fed by two streams – the Walker and the Argo – feeding water into wetland basins that attract water birds like Egyptian Geese, white-breasted cormorant and hadeda ibis. Other species that can be seen at this lovely bird sanctuary are the blue crane (our national bird) and the crowned crane. The sanctuary boasts a bird hide from where you can enjoy some bird watching. Guided walks can also be arranged at a mere R55 per person and there is even an exhibition hall for those who would like to know more about the species in the park.
The Blue Crane Restaurant is situated adjacent this sanctuary and boasts a lovely, exclusive bird hide venue where guests can host private celebrations and functions.
It feels like Brooklyn Mall has been around since Pretoria’s early days and still it is one of the favourite shopping spots when you speak to locals. With it comes about 220 different specialist retail stores and an assortment of trendy restaurants and coffee bars. Adjacent to the mall is the ever so popular Design Square, which boasts numerous restaurants, a kiddies’ play area and some impressive interior shops.
Jam and Daisies is a quirky, contemporary coffee house in Lange Street with a cosy fireplace ideal for a relaxing morning among friends. This is where you need to go if you’re in the mood for indulging. They serve a variety of warm indulgence, including a Bar One Latte. Not to mention the dessert coffees. For a more sophisticated celebration, they also offer some bubblies, wine and beers and if you’re keen, you can even order an anytime high tea, which then consists of a glass of bubbly, a quiche tart, a slice of cake and a pot of tea or a cup of coffee. It’s not only the cakes and coffee that lures you here, though. Their menu is filled with deliciousness – from indulgent French toast and delectable Belgian waffles to gourmet platters, tortilla pizzas and hearty meals.
If you’re looking for a fine dining experience coupled with art, Kream Restaurant might be the way to go. Their menu is based on local products and passionate cooking – a stylish upmarket restaurant that caters to anyone with a taste for style. The restaurant was founded in 2007 by Tufan Yerebakan and serves modern cuisine in an artistic environment.