Top 5 Places To Eat Around Pretoria

May 15, 2019

by Rosalyne Field

If you’re anything like me, one of the first things to check out when visiting somewhere new is the food life. South Africa is a country of vast and untamed beauty, and Pretoria, not too far outside of the capital of Johannesburg, is certainly a wonderful place to visit, with its rich history and culture, not to mention some amazing places to eat. Take a train ride on the famous Gautrain from Johannesburg to get out of the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day trip and try out one of these scrumptious restaurants whilst here.

KAROO Grill & Bar at Irene Village Mall

With its choices of mouthwatering local delicacies such as oxtail stew and Cape Malay Bobotie, you can’t go wrong if you want to immerse yourself in South African cuisine. Or if you want to try something fun, order a shared meat dish – a range of huge steaks to choose from which will be brought to your table and carved in front of you to share with a friend or that someone special. With an all-you-can-eat salad bar and a delicious choice of drinks and cocktails, you won’t regret a visit to the KAROO Grill and Bar.

Old Town Italy at Menlyn Maine Square

This place is special in so many ways, taking you on a journey to Italy itself where you can peruse the imported delicacies to buy and take home with you at the deli, or sit down at the cheese bar to sample a selection of cheeses and cold meats, pickled capsicum and olives whilst sipping on a glass of wine. Alternatively, sit down at a table for a mouth-watering meal. I love visiting Old Town Italy with its magical ambiance and relaxed atmosphere. It isn’t hard to spend an entire afternoon relaxing outside on the patio under the African sun, sipping on a Gin and Tonic and munching on cheese and salami imported directly from Italy. It’s not a place to miss.

23 On Hazelwood at 23 Hazelwood Road

This delightful street cafe created for the “hustlers, the creative entrepreneurs, the misfits and the rebels” is a great place to hang out, chill and let your creative juices flow whilst enjoying one of the many delicious meals on their menu. Boasting a restaurant, bakery and bar, this place has it all, topped off with a friendly atmosphere and live music nights. Become a mixologist for the day, mixing your own blends of Gin and Tonic: choose from the many different Gins on hand, pick your own garnish and type of Tonic, and sit back to relax and enjoy the evening with friends. If craft beer is more your style, there’s plenty of that to be had as well.

The Hussar Grill at The Grove Mall

South Africa is famous for its meat and with good reason. Succulent, juicy steaks are the norm and you will find some of the best at the Hussar Grill. From huge Ribeye steaks on the bone to fillets and rumps, this place will cater to your meat cravings with style and flare. Coupled with their extensive wine list and awesome atmosphere, you can guarantee a great night out. To top it off, you can’t leave without trying their delectable dessert favourite – the chocolate vodka martini – truly stunning and a perfect way to end the night.

Capeesh Italian Restaurant at the Cherry Lane Centre

What better way to finish off this list than with a fabulous Italian restaurant where pizza, pasta and other heavenly meals are lovingly prepared and served whilst you enjoy the cosy surroundings. A comprehensive wine list, including both local and internationally imported wines, enhance your meal, and some incredible desserts to choose from top it off wonderfully.

South Africa is abounding with a magical atmosphere, vast and rugged landscapes, incredible wildlife and rich history. It is known as the gateway to the rest of Africa and a must see place for any traveller. Pretoria boasts some of that rich history and beautiful culture and is within easy reach of Johannesburg, the capital of this very special nation. You won’t go wrong deciding to visit, and with this list of places to eat, you’re all set. You won’t regret trying out any of these places, and your tastebuds will be thanking you for it!


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