Al Fresco shopping at Duncan Yard

In the heart of Hatfield, Pretoria lies a genuine jewel - Duncan Yard. From the busy Jan Shoba Street and the surrounding roads, this spot may seem like just a small, quirky, and unassuming business complex; but Duncan Yard is so much more. Hidden behind those walls is a treasure trove of shops and cafes, all wrapped up in a quaint village setting that’s reminiscent of Tuscany.

As you enter Duncan Yard, you’ll be greeted with beautiful cobblestone alleyways and corridors just waiting for you to explore them. The al fresco-style of this quirky complex adds to its relaxed vibe. You’ll find something unique and exciting around every corner as you make your way through the Yard. All businesses in Duncan Yard are one-of-a-kind – you simply won’t find them anywhere else. It’s a pure melting pot of art, food, music, clothing, and all sorts of curiosities – great for young and old alike. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Grabbing a bite

Duncan Yard is already well-known as the home of Papa’s Real Food, a beautiful eatery set in a courtyard under cover of trees. Papa’s is a lovely spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some funky chickens roam about the courtyard, adding to the quaint village feel. Whilst the food is widely reviewed as delicious, word on the street is that you should definitely try the curry, sandwiches, or one of the homely pot pies.

If your sweet tooth has been neglected lately, you should drop by Chocolate and Friends for a sweet treat. From delicious Belgian waffles and coffee to decadent truffles, chocolate clusters, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and gift baskets… This little shop packs a sweet punch.

If you’re looking for a cosy dining experience, pop by the Deli on Duncan for breakfast, lunch, or something sweet to eat. Grab a seat outside in and enjoy the Tuscan-style courtyard while you indulge in their limited but well put-together menu. Regulars highly recommend the baked french toast, the chicken tandoori pita, or the open sandwiches. And why not indulge in one of the various cakes and other sweet treats on display while you’re there.  


You’ll be greeted by all sorts of unique shops as you follow the winding cobblestone paths. From crafts and trinkets to indoor and outdoor decor, boutique clothing, jewellery, antiques, and flowers. Whether you are looking for a unique gift for someone, or you just want to browse and maybe treat yourself, you are bound to stumble upon something during you Duncan Yard expedition. They even have a fantastic kiddies play area where your children can have fun while you shop.

Brides to be can check out The Wedding Collective in their search for the perfect dress. Jewellery enthusiasts can drop by M Jewellery Designs in search of the perfect, proudly South African piece. For interesting knick-knacks, clothing, and all sorts of funky things, you should drop by Cherryamber or Zoetlief Lein – you’re bound to stumble upon some treasures.

Treat yo’self

If you feel like it’s time to pamper yourself, Duncan Yard has got you covered. Drop by the Beautiful Beginnings Beauty Salon for all of your pampering needs. You can get a mani-pedi, enjoy a massage, grab a spray tan, indulge in a facial, or brave a wax. The welcoming, professional staff have got your back for all of your beauty needs. If you feel like every day is a bad hair day, you can visit Hair Creations in Duncan Yard for a fresh new do.


Calling all photographers! Since Duncan Yard boasts a rustic, whimsical beauty, it has become a top spot for photoshoots and is very popular among many photographers in Pretoria. If you would like to use the space for photoshoots, contact [email protected] to secure your date and to check payment details.

When everyday city life starts getting you down, Duncan Yard may be just the spot to escape to. Relax for a few hours while winding your way through the place, shopping a little, and grabbing a bite. Keep an eye out for upcoming events and new openings – word has it that we can look forward to The Mystic Boer coming soon to Duncan Yard. Drop by Duncan Yard soon; who knows what you might discover while you’re there?

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By Tilana de Wachter