Going out for breakfast or brunch is a very popular activity in Pretoria
, especially when the weather is warm, the sky is blue and you can find a good spot outside in the shade of a tall tree. Here are some of the best breakfast and brunch spots this side of the Apies River.
Blue Crane Restaurant & Bar
Restaurant, Wine Bar, South African, $$$
Situated next to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary in Groenkloof, the Blue Crane Restaurant & Bar has a lovely wooden deck, both open and covered, overlooking a dam where you can sit and watch the birds frolic in the water. A play area provides entertainment for the kids, while the Sunday breakfast or lunch buffets will keep you going back for more.
The Place Cafe & Grill
Restaurant, South African, $$$
Come early if you want a table at this popular eatery located in Menlyn Retail Park. They have a huge menu with a large variety of dishes to choose from and there is sure to be something there to tickle anyone’s taste buds.
Butcher, Deli, Restaurant, South African, $$$
If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, then look no further. An extension of the BOMA Meat Market, Cafe Boma is a meat lover’s paradise and all meals come with a healthy serving of vegetables, just like your grandmother used to make it.
Cafe 41 – Groenkloof
Restaurant, Cafe, European, $$$
Cafe 41 has a sophisticated atmosphere, informal and cosmopolitan at the same time, with a vibrant ambiance. With burnt-orange walls and twirling fans, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d step onto the set of Casablanca. Locals have been sampling the restaurant’s creative cuisine for years.
La Vie Lente
Bistro, South African, $$$
Situated on an urban farm, La Vie Lente is perfect for those who need to get back to nature and live life a little slower. Enjoy their changing contemporary menu, sourced from seasonal ingredients, while sitting in the shade of tall trees and listening to the birds chirping above.
Doppio Zero – Hazeldean
Bakery, Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
Doppio Zero is always abuzz with conversation and is the place to be for the hipster crowd. The restaurant boasts rustic colors and has an earthy natural feel to it. Their menu is distinctly Mediterranean, with seasonal dishes and great-for-sharing fare.
Ginger and Fig
Bakery, Tea Room, Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
Born of one man’s passion, Ginger and Fig is an artisanal eatery serving homemade, preservative-free, freshly baked, free range and organic foods. Their dishes are supremely Instagrammable and taste just as good as they look!
La Terasse Rooftop Café & Deli
Cafe, Deli, Tea Room, Moroccan, $$$
Offering a menu of traditional and fusion Moroccan cuisine, La Terasse is a popular foodie destination. Vibrant colors, fragrant aromas and spices, indulgent platters and mint tea – their dishes are a feast for the senses.
Papachinos – Silver Lakes
Restaurant, Pizzaria, Healthy, $$$
Ever-popular, child-friendly Papachinos in Silver Lakes in the east of Pretoria
provides quality and wholesome meals for the whole family. Bring the little ones to play on the jungle gym while you enjoy their natural, organic homemade fare.
Tashas – Brooklyn
Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
At Tashas the food is comforting, unpretentious and honest, but also beautiful and memorable. Queues at the Dutch Huguenot-inspired Brooklyn restaurant are always long, which is a sure sign they’re doing something right.