By far one of our favourite restaurants for just about anything – from beer to bratvurst and everything in between–Beerhaus Bavaria in Pretoria East also serves up a mean hamburger. Think big patties made to perfection by hands that have seen decades of kitchen work. Yup, these burgers are handcrafted and topped with mature cheese, the most beautiful greens and a streak of bacon or three. We suggest you wash this down with one of the many craft and Bavarian beers they have on tap.
Details: 95 Haymeadow Cres, Valley Farm AH, Pretoria / www.facebook.com/Beerhausbavaria/dk
When you sit down at Old Town Italy, you enter a whole new atmosphere. The high ceilings and wall-to-ceiling windows on one side add an open, spacious quality to this restaurant. The outdoor seating offers an ideal view of Menlyn Maine’s plaza square, making it a great place for people-watching. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly – they do their best to ensure that you have a good time.
Details: Shop 53, Menlyn Maine, Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria / oldtown.co.za
The interior is low-key and casual but don’t be fooled: the dishes on the menu are bursting with flavour, and, upon request, have a proper spice kick. Tranna only uses the best ingredients like fresh spices and herbs, the A-grade meat and the freshest vegetables, every dish is simply sublime.
Details: Parkview Shopping Centre, Pretoria East / https://www.tranna.co.za/
Park Acoustics has turned into a monthly one-day festival, pulling in a mixed crowd of starry-eyed people by the thousands. The Park Acoustics vibe is very laid-back and lazy. Many attendees go all out and rock up with picnic blankets and a braai (such a South African thing to do at festivals). The best part about Park Acoustics is getting a bit of a buzz going from a couple of drinks and watching the sun set from the top of the hill. If you’ve not done that before then we suggest you to check out the next Park Acoustics gig.
Details: Eeufees Rd, Groenkloof 358-Jr, Pretoria, 0027 / https://www.parkacoustics.co.za/
We can’t write an article about craft beer hopping in P-Town without mentioning Capital Craft in Menlopark, right? Right. Well, it’s the kind of place you go to to enjoy a good burger with a great craft beer. Their mission is to support the South African craft beer craze to the fullest of their ability – and they’re doing a stellar job at it. You can expect the usual suspects such as Aces, Brewdogs, Redrock and many more.
Details: Greenlyn Village Centre, Menlo Park, Pretoria / www.capitalcraft.co.za/menlo-park
Irene Green Market Shop
Irene Green Market supplies a range of organic, free-range, natural, biodegradable and environmentally friendly products. The organic fresh produce selection includes vegetables, dairy products, artisan cheeses, raw honey, sourdough breads, organic eggs, free-range chicken and sprouted nuts. Irene Green Market conveniently offers two shopping options. You can request an online order list, submit your order list via e-mail by Monday evenings and collect your order from the Irene Green Market Shop on Wednesday mornings. Alternatively, you can visit the Irene Green Market shop and purchase from there directly.
Details: Smuts House Museum, 53 Jan Smuts Ave, Irene, Centurion, 0062 / www.irenegreenmarket.co.za
Set in a secret garden dedicated to the Pretoria market scene, The Collection is your go-to place for all things artisan. Be it food or handmade goods, this is one market that stands out above the rest. From its vintage-themed sports pub to the ducks in its pond, there is something soothing about this venue. The Collection is a market venue in the sense that it hosts many different markets, which adds a fresh flavour to the local bazaar scene. Check their website to stay up to date with what’s going down at the Collection. To boot, they host night markets as well.
Details: 2021 Boendoe Ave, Pretoriouspark, Pretoria / www.thecollection.co.za
By far one of the coolest markets in Pretoria, the Cowhouse Market is set down a long, dusty road inside a, you guessed it, cow house. This massive market has something for everyone – from thrift store clothes to vetkoek and mince. With live music and over 42 stalls, the owners have made sure to have a wide variety of food, drink, entertainment and craft stalls available. The Cowhouse gives back to the community by donating a percentage of their bottled water profit to Club 21 School and great effort has been taken to recycle water used during their festive duck race in order to create a sustainable and conscious event.
Details: Ridge Road & Oukraal Boulevard, Hazeldean, Pretoria / www.cowhousemarket.co.za
Monate Game Lodge – Mookgophong
Known as the gem of the Bushveld, Monate Lodge is a superb choice if you want to treat yourself, or someone special, to an elegant getaway. Less than two hours’ drive from Pretoria, this peaceful game lodge has deluxe accommodation options that include a private splash pool overlooking the Bushveld and in-room fine dining. Combined with early morning game drives and a visit to the spa, Monate Game Lodge is the epitome of luxury Bushveld breakaways.
Details: Modimolle, Mookgophong / 014 718 7000 / www.monatelodge.com
Groenkloof Nature Reserve
For those of you who just want to spend a relaxing day out, Groenkloof Nature Reserve has you covered. You can enjoy the on-site picnic area and braai facilities. Just remember to bring your own braai wood. This is great for a relaxed outdoor family lunch. If you want to host a little get-together, the reserve offers lapa hire. This is perfect for an out-of-the-city party experience. They also offer a night drive that includes the use of the lapa.
Details: 335/M7 Eeufees Rd, Groenkloof 358-Jr, Pretoria / 012 440 8316
Dube Private Game Reserve
The reserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including blue wildebeest, warthog, giraffe, jackal, and a plethora of birdlife. If you’re into mountain biking, bring your bicycle along and enjoy their mountain bike trail. If you feel like hoofing it, try their hiking trail on for size. But if you prefer to explore and relax at the same time, sit back and enjoy a game drive. The resort offers a swimming pool, braai facilities, a television/games room and a children’s play area.
Details: www.dubegame.co.za / 082 375 6179
By Shawn Greyling