Winter comes with many excuses as to why you’d rather stay indoors, but Pretoria’s weather is really something this time of year and we say: Use it!
Pretoria’s summer months could become unbearably hot, which makes a swimming pool and cocktails a must. Winter, however, is often more bearable with rather mild days that boast many opportunities for roaming the city, finding the best coffee spots, the best hiking trails and other outdoorsy activities.
Pretoria’s culinary and coffee industries are booming and there’s no way of knowing where it will end. Many a bro would love to have their own coffee brand, which is why the coffee brewing trend has become such a hype in Pretoria. +27 Café ranks quite high when it comes to coffee in Pretoria, so next time when you hop off the Gautrain in Hatfield, be sure to pop in for a cuppa. Of course, Seattle Coffee Co is a no brainer, with some really creative and delicious coffees to choose from at their Menlyn and Brooklyn shops. They also have a relatively new shop at Queenswood Quarter, so swing by when you’re in the area. Spout Coffee at The Village is another favourite that cannot be missed this winter and if you’re keen on getting out of the city, try out a proper Boeretroos at Jasmyn in Hartebeespoort – coffee with condensed milk that comes in a tin cup with a delicious, freshly baked rusk.
It is so easy to fall into the trap of cuddling on the couch in stead of getting active and staying fit during the winter months. Pretoria has countless options when it comes to staying fit – all you need to do is get off the couch. Groenkloof Nature Reserve is one of the favourite trails when it comes to mountain biking and another more recent favourite is Wolwespruit, which is also pet-friendly and has its own on-site restaurant with a kiddies’ play area (and good coffee too). Both these parks are open to hikers and bikers. Further out is Rosemary Hill, another beautiful mountain biking trail and The Big Red Barn which has a cycle park and mountain bike trails for the whole family.
Staying active in the winter months is probably one of the hardest things to do – a lifestyle decision one needs to take very seriously. Staying indoors for too long may even lead to feelings of depression and rejection, which can snowball into a whole lot of other nasty things.
We are so lucky to have weather that lures us outdoors. Can you even imagine having to go out to the park while the city is covered in knee-deep snow?
Take advantage of Pretoria’s lovely weather this winter and let’s stay healthy and fit all year round.