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Top Choice International in Pretoria

Fermier

Some of South Africa's best contemporary cooking is being served in a large mud-walled and tin-roofed shed in the east of Pretoria. Chef Adriaan Maree conjures up a fabulous nine-course, three-hour-long culinary jou…
Top Choice Memorial in Pretoria

Freedom Park

This stunning park and museum honours fallen South Africans in all major conflicts and adopts an integrated approach to African history. It is a place of architectural imagination and collective healing. Start at //…
Top Choice Cafe in Pretoria

Grounded At Echo

It's easy to love this design-savvy cafe run by the nonprofit Echo Youth Development. It's a great spot for breakfast with a variety of granolas alongside some tempting egg dishes. The coffee and tea are top class a…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Pretoria

Capital Craft

Pretoria's premier beer hangout is a huge place whose long tables, both inside the barn-like bar and out in the garden, are perpetually packed. The focus here is craft beer from around the country. The selection is …
Top Choice Monument in Pretoria

Voortrekker Monument

The imposing, art-deco-style Voortrekker Monument was constructed between 1938 and 1949 to honour the journey of the Voortrekkers, who journeyed north over the coastal mountains of the Cape into the heart of the Afr…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Pretoria

Rietvlei Nature Reserve

This 38-sq-km reserve, 27km south of Pretoria, off Rte 21, is popular with locals who come for fishing in the dam, but is also great for wildlife viewing. Sightings of rhinos are common, often from the grounds of th…
Top Choice South African in Pretoria

Blue Crane

As part of the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Blue Crane is famous to ornithologists worldwide (and anyone else who enjoys a cold Castle lager at sunset), with a menu that begins with breakfast and moves on to steak…
Top Choice Bar in Pretoria

Carbon Bistro

This places oozes hipster chic, with its minimalist decor, craft-beer taps, and cuts of steak you've maybe never heard of. However, it's the gin menu – featuring over 150 different makes, including many South Africa…
Square in Pretoria

Church Square

A statue of Old Lion (Paul Kruger) takes pride of place in the centre of Church Square, which is surrounded by some impressive public buildings. The square was given a facelift in 2017 and is now a more pleasant spo…
Museum in Pretoria

Sammy Marks’ Museum

This handsome mansion, 20km east of central Pretoria, was built in 1884 for the industrial, mining and agricultural magnate Sammy Marks. Now it’s a fascinating museum that you can only enter on a tour (around five a…