2018 Archives | Best Of Pretoria

2018

The best of the best awarded at the Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards 2018

Pretorians and winners of this year's prestigious Best of Pretoria Readers' Choice Awards got together at a lavish award ceremony held at Silver Lakes Golf Estate yesterday to raise a toast to this year’s winners. This was the 6th Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards...

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Living in Pretoria

Best courier company – DHL

Need a package delivered in a hurry? We have just the team for the job. The delivery experts at DHL will make sure your package reaches its destination in time, no matter the distance and destination. They even do same-day deliveries and you can track your deliveries or orders online....

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Living in Pretoria

Best place for a family outing – National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

When was the last time you visited the Pretoria Zoo? Did you know the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is the largest zoo in the country and the only one with national status? Pretty cool, huh? The kids will love it, guaranteed. Plus you might even learn a few things about our country’s wildlife that...

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Living in Pretoria

Best local sports hero – AB de Villiers

Known as one of the best cricketers of all time, AB de Villiers’ name is synonymous with success and we are so glad we can claim him as our own. Go AB! The cricketer is a familiar face around the city when he is not playing his part in the...

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Living in Pretoria

Must-hire venue for private functions – Hudson House

The newly developed architectural masterpiece Hudson House consists of 12 airy rooms with ample space for private functions, special events, meetings and conferences. The venue boasts an old-worldly charm that seamlessly blends with a contemporary, more discreet style of luxury as reflected in the spacious and clean architecture. And yes, they offer guests five-star luxury, so...

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Living in Pretoria

Best local radio station – Jacaranda FM

Radio shows these days go far beyond just entertainment – it’s a personal experience. Many of us want to feel at home when listening to our favourite radio station. When tuning into everybody’s favourite local station, Jacaranda FM, you’ll feel right at home. And with presenters like Martin Bester, Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, Barney Simon and Rian van Heerden, there is a...

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Living in Pretoria

Best local radio show – Breakfast with Martin Bester

Just when you think the man could not do any more, his fans voted his radio show, Breakfast with Martin Bester, their favourite local radio show. The man has some talents! And we’re very glad that we have great company on our way to the office every morning. The show is jam-packed with all kinds of interesting topics,...

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Living in Pretoria

Best local radio personality – Martin Bester

He’s hot, happening and one of the most popular radio presenters in the country. He is Jacaranda FM’s Martin Bester, of course. Add to that a few hit songs from his band Kinky Robot and his solo album, and you truly have an entertainment force to be reckoned with. Congrats on...

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Living in Pretoria

Best weekend getaway (3-hour drive) – Pilanesberg

Sometimes you just have to pack a few bags, hit the road and get away from the city’s hustle and bustle, and relax. Speaking about relaxing, when last have you been to the Pilanesberg? It really is nature at its best and the perfect place to unwind and spend some quality time...

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Living in Pretoria

Pretoria’s best kept secret – Pretoria National Botanical Garden

Ever been to the National Botanical Garden? No? Then you’re missing out big time! Situated in the east of Pretoria and boasting some of South African’s most beautiful plant and birdlife, the gardens are the perfect setting for a weekend picnic for you and your little ones. The gardens play host to an...

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Living in Pretoria

Best place to take out-of-towners – Voortrekker Monument

If you had to single out one spot in Pretoria that visitors simply have to see when setting foot in our city, where will it be? We asked and you answered. The historic Voortrekker Monument is known as one of the most prominent local landmarks as well as one of the very...

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Living in Pretoria

Best retirement village – Bougainvilla Retirement Village

Consisting of 536 retirement units – a combination of one- and two-bedroom apartments and two- and three-bedroom houses – this is the place to be when you are thinking about retiring. It’s situated in Montana, an area of the city which boasts milder winters and is very popular among retirees. The village has a...

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Living in Pretoria

Best property developer – M&T Development

Driving around the city, it’s easy to see why our beloved city is among the top cities in the country. Pretoria is definitely SA’s capital city for good reason. Everywhere you look, you can see streets, plots of land and buildings being expanded or revamped. M&T Development are at the forefront of...

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Living in Pretoria

Best place to get back to nature – Pretoria National Botanical Garden

Being stuck in traffic all week can take its toll. Sometimes you just want to get away from it all. Strolling through the leafy walkways in the Pretoria National Botanical Garden, it is easy to forget that you are still in the city. Get lost among the many trails, admire the waterfall...

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Living in Pretoria

Best hotel – Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn

Want to sit back, relax and enjoy? Then Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn is the place to be. Conveniently located just off the N1 at the Garsfontein off-ramp, this one-of-a-kind hotel offers guests a world of fantastic experiences inside and out. Relax and unwind in the lap of luxury or indulge in delicious eats and drinks at the...

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Living in Pretoria

Best hospital – Life Groenkloof Hospital

In the heart of Pretoria East lies a hospital whose name and reputation precedes it. The Life Groenkloof Hospital, or Little Company of Mary as it was formerly known, is home to some of the city’s and country’s best medical practitioners. It is also a firm favourite among Pretorians when it comes to choosing a local hospital. The 214-bed hospital...

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Living in Pretoria

Best home security – Fidelity ADT

Security is top priority in any home and when it comes to the best home security company in town, you won’t get better than the team at ADT. They offer 24-hour security, quick response times and ample patrol cars – all at affordable prices. Who can say no to that? So the next time you see...

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Living in Pretoria

Best theatre – Atterbury Theatre

Arts and culture play a big part in most Pretoria residents’ lives – be it stage productions, musical concerts or art exhibitions. The Atterbury Theatre first opened its doors on 18 May 2011 and had sold-out shows for the first 24 performances of the musical Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux. More than 400 shows were showcased in the...

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Living in Pretoria

Best cinema complex – Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

We love ourselves some Netflix shows, but movies are so much better on the big screen. Add to that a few slushies and popcorns and you’re in for a treat. Movies are now shown in 2D, 3D, 4DX, Scene Xtreme and Scene VIP. Cool, hey? So get off your...

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Living in Pretoria

Best place to gamble – Time Square Casino

For many years we had to hit the road to Jozi, the Carousel Hotel and Casino or Sun City if we wanted to try our luck at the slots or tables. Now, we finally have our very own casino and we couldn’t be happier. If you...

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Living in Pretoria

Best travel agent – Flight Centre

When last did you go on holiday? Hmmm ... it literally feels like ages ago. We’ll have to do something about that and call in the help of the experts. At Flight Centre you’ll get the best holiday deals at the best prices. So where should...

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Living in Pretoria

Best university – University of Pretoria

Education, education, education. It doesn’t get more important than getting the best education. And at the University of Pretoria, you’ll get just that and so much more. Studying at UP is an experience. As an added bonus, you’ll get to rub shoulders with some of the...

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Living in Pretoria

Best gym – Virgin Active

For many, getting (and staying!) in shape is way more difficult than it sounds. But, thanks to Virgin Active, getting your body in shape gets easier by the day. And with clubs all over the city, there really is no excuse not to join. Choose...

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Living in Pretoria

Best golf course – Silver Lakes Golf Estate

Pretoria men (and ladies) are crazy about golf. You just have to take a look at how many golf courses we have to understand. It’s good for exercise and, as many a businessperson will tell you, it’s also the best way to clinch a deal....

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Living in Pretoria

Best local estate agent (letting) – Just Property Montana

Really need to find a place to stay, but just don’t have the energy to deal with all the hassle, shortlisting and financial responsibilities? The team at Just Property Montana makes finding and renting your dream home easy and painless. Finding a new place to...

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Living in Pretoria

Best local estate agent (buying and selling) – Pam Golding Properties

Since their inception in 1976, Pam Golding Properties boasts a network of over 300 offices in sub-Saharan Africa as well as offices in the UK, Germany, Mauritius and the Seychelles. They even facilitate property sales and residency in Spain and Portugal as well as property...

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Living in Pretoria

Best race – SPAR Women’s Challenge Pretoria

We all know the importance of following a healthy diet and staying fit. However, very few of us actually do it. The Pretoria leg of the SPAR Women’s Challenge annually brings thousands of women together to do just that. Stay (or get) active and spend...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best place to buy tyres – Tiger Wheel & Tyre

The most important parts of a car are the tyres. And yet it is one of the parts many people tend to overlook until they are so run down that they must be replaced ASAP. Tiger Wheel & Tyre stocks the best brands in tyres...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best sporting goods store – Mr Price Sport

Rugby, soccer, netball … you name it and the residents of the capital either take part themselves or love to support it. We’re a pretty active bunch, really. Mr Price Sport is known as the home of a variety of sporting goods for any age....

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best shopping mall – Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

When it comes to shopping malls, Pretorians are spoilt for choice. And it definitely doesn’t get bigger or better than Menlyn Park Shopping Centre. Home to some of the best local and international brands, the shopping centre really caters for everyone. Did you know there...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best place to buy a bed/mattress – MHC – A world in one store

Struggling with backaches and pain? Don’t be too quick to blame just work stress. When last did you take a look at your bed? Your mattress can’t do all the work and needs a sturdy support system. At MHC World in the Pretoria city centre,...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best pharmacy/healthcare shop – Dis-Chem

Ask any mom and she will tell you – kids usually get sick in the early hours of the morning. Therefore, it is important to make sure you fill your medicine cabinet with everything you might need to keep your family healthy. Dis-Chem stocks everything...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best shop to buy paint – Builders

They say a new lick of paint is as good as a total revamp and we have to agree. But where to go for paint, that is the question? At Builders you’ll find all the colours of the rainbow as well as all the tools...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best haberdashery MHC – A world in one store

Anything from needles, thread, buttons and lace to the widest range of fabric you’ve ever seen. At MHC World (Metro Home Centre) they sell everything you might need for your next project. And we mean everything! If you don’t want to try your hand at...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best craft/flea market – Irene Village Market

You haven’t really been to a market until you’ve been to the Irene Village Market at the Big Red Barn. The arts and crafts market is a must-visit and has received many accolades since its inception in 1989. Only original art and craft are traded...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best pre-owned car dealership – Volkswagen

One cannot always have new things and when it comes to cars, it really isn’t necessary. At Volkswagen you get the best deals on pre-loved cars. And they usually look brand new as well. So, if you’re looking to expand the family, you know where...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best new car dealership – Audi

Close your eyes and think of your dream car. For us, and apparently a lot of you guys, it’s an Audi. Sigh. We can already see it. Oh, and preferably brand new. Pretorians agreed and it’s only fair to reward excellence where it is due....

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best outdoor and camping store – Outdoor Warehouse

Remember camping as a kid? Roasting marshmallows on the open flames and sleeping in tents … Well, how would you like to spend some time outdoors or even go camping? Did you know there’s now such a thing as glamping, which is basically camping without...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best bookshop – Exclusive Books

Many of us love to cuddle up with a hot cup of coffee and a good book after a long day. And, thank goodness, good reads are easy to find. Looking for a new book? Exclusive Books is a real bookworm haven. They stock almost...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best appliance store – MHC – A world in one store

We really can’t resist a new nifty home appliance or two. And with technology changing by the day, they really do make our daily lives so much better and easier. For the widest range of home appliances, we love visiting Metro Home Centre in the...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best auto spares and accessories store – Midas

Us ladies can do pretty much anything, but it doesn’t hurt to ask for help from time to time. Especially when it comes to cars and car parts. YouTube can only do so much. That’s why we trust the auto spares experts at Midas when...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best optometrist – Spec-Savers

When last did you get your eyes checked? It’s really important! Book your eye test today or visit their website for deals, the latest trends and more. It’s as easy as going online. You can order eyeware and contact lenses and get it sent right...

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Best hardware store – Builders

Home is everyone’s favourite place and the best homes are built using quality material. We asked – and you answered. Congratulations to Builders for being chosen as the best hardware store in the capital! They are the preferred choice when it comes to building materials,...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best garden centre – Plantland

We truly live in the most beautiful city in the country and you just have to look at our residents’ luscious gardens to see why. But where do they get all these wonderful garden buys, you might ask? At Plantland, of course! They truly are...

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Best electronic brand – Samsung

Technology does make the world go round, doesn’t it? Just look around the house. There are electronic appliances and products everywhere. For the best electronic devices, from mobile phones to computers, the experts at Samsung has you covered. Innovation is key in today’s life and...

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Best furniture/home décor store MHC – A world in one store

Wood, leather, faux leather, chrome, glass or stainless steel. No matter your fancy, at MHC you will most definitely find the latest in furniture and home décor to help turn your house into a home. And with the expert team of staff on hand to...

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Lifestyle and Shopping

Best florist – NetFlorist

Nothing says “I love you” quite like a big bunch of freshly cut roses. Or maybe you just want to spoil your mom or a friend, but your schedule is too hectic to shop around for a beautiful bunch of flowers. Thanks to NetFlorist, shopping...

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Best computer/electronics store MHC – A world in one store

Whether we want to believe it or not, electronics have become an integral part of our daily lives. Most of us simply cannot go a day (or even just a few hours) without our smartphones. And then there’s the ongoing changes in technology. Where do...

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Dining Out

Best Mediterranean/Greek restaurant – Mythos

Dreaming of a Mediterranean holiday, but don’t have the funds just yet? No worries. Get the family together and head on over to Mythos, where the food is so authentic and good you’ll feel like you’re already there. Order and share dishes or choose from the...

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Dining Out

Best sushi restaurant – Ocean Basket

We’ll confess. When we’re in some desperate need of pampering, we love a plate (or two) of freshly prepared sushi and a glass of wine. Or in the case of the guys, an ice cold beer. Sweet prawn futomaki, tuna tulips, salmon nigiri ... You name it and Ocean Basket...

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Dining Out

Best steak restaurant – Turn ‘n Tender

We can already taste it. A succulent matured steak  perfectly prepared and flame-grilled, served with chips or salad and a creamy cheese sauce. Yummy! At Turn ‘n Tender, this dream can become a reality. And it is so delicious, we won’t blame you if you rush right over. Congratulations on...

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Best romantic restaurant – Mythos

With modern-day schedules getting more hectic by the day, finding time for a little romance can be tricky. Maybe it’s time you spoil your significant other a bit. Nothing beats a romantic candlelit dinner for two at Mythos, where you’ll get good food, delicious drinks, gourmet...

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Dining Out

Best new restaurant – Salsa Mexican Grill

Best new restaurant (opened between July 2017 and July 2018) Ever since we first got a taste of their delicious Mexican food, we have been fans. And if you haven’t visited them yet, you are in for a treat – it’s a Mexican taste explosion...

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Dining Out

Best neighbourhood restaurant – Spur

With hectic schedules, the last thing you want (or need) after a busy day at the office is to drive kilometres for a good meal. You  know what they say: we want dinner and we want it now! And the winner in the best neighbourhood restaurant category is...

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Dining Out

Best Italian restaurant – Panarottis

Gone are the days where you had to travel to Italy for a taste of authentic Italian cuisine. Now you can do it right here in the capital. We asked and you voted. At Panarottis they are passionate about Italian-style food and when preparing meals, use only...

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Dining Out

Best Indian restaurant – Geet Indian Restaurant

If you love Indian cuisine, there really is only one place to go. Gita Jivan and her team at Geet Indian Restaurant are experts at Indian fine dining. The family-run business boasts a unique and delectable menu derived from Gita’s phenomenal experience over the years. So if you haven’t...

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Dining Out

Best seafood restaurant – Ocean Basket

Every so often the seafood craving hits and with so many restaurant options available in and around our beautiful city, Pretorians are spoilt for choice. At Ocean Basket, the options are endless. Hmmm … we can already taste it. Deep-fried calamari, their famous fish and chips, perfectly...

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Dining Out

Best restaurant for lunch in the country – Anja’s Tea Garden

Sometimes you simply just need to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. And when it comes to grabbing a lavish lunch in the Pretoria countryside … yes, there is such a place. It doesn’t get better than Anja’s Tea Garden. Owner Anja Erasmus first started her tea...

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Best restaurant for a business lunch – Turn ‘n Tender

When clinching that perfect deal, it definitely helps to have the meeting at a good location. And when it comes to location – and good food, of course – it doesn’t get much better than Turn ‘n Tender. Known for their exquisite selection of steak, good wine...

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Dining Out

Best expensive restaurant – Kream

When last did you spoil yourself? And we mean really spoiled yourself – delicious food and drinks in good company? At Kream in Brooklyn you’ll get the VIP treatment … and don’t even get us started on the service and menu. The food is out of this world and...

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Dining Out

Best spot to head for brunch – Mugg & Bean

Didn’t have time for breakfast? We know just the  place to grab brunch. The very first Mugg & Bean opened in 1996. Since then, people from across the country got to indulge in delicious food, drinks, baked goodies and so much more. And as one of the first...

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Dining Out

Beat the budget – Wimpy

In tough economic times, we all feel the pinch. And sometimes luxuries such as dining out is one of the first expenses to be cut. Wimpy knows the struggle and has the best budget menu in town. The food and drinks are delicious and priced to fit...

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Dining Out

Best place to get an English breakfast – Mugg & Bean

Hmmm … we sure love a good English breakfast. And we mean the whole shebang. Bacon, eggs, toast, onions, mushrooms … sigh! You know what we’re talking about. For the best English breakfast in the city, we love visiting Mugg & Bean. The food is delicious, there are...

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… Eat, Drink

Best place to buy doughnuts – Krispy Kreme

We were so happy when we heard Krispy Kreme was heading our way. Since their opening, we’ll confess that we’ve probably been one of their best customers. With choices like Rolo, red velvet cake, peanut butter and chocolate, milky bar, milk tart and cookies – who...

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… Eat, Drink

Best supermarket – SPAR

We barely have time for ourselves, never mind shopping. That’s why we have very high expectations of supermarkets. We want everything we could possibly need all under one roof. Food, fresh produce, cleaning supplies, diapers – you name it. And with weekly special deals, we simply love SPAR. It’s...

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… Eat, Drink

Best food market – Hazel Food Market

If you love discovering new food, you’ll love the Hazel Food Market. Situated in the heart of Pretoria’s old east at the Greenlyn Village Centre in Menlo Park, the tastes and smells here will have you coming back every week. Their array of food is phenomenal and...

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… Eat, Drink

Best tea garden – Anja’s Tea Garden

When last did you have tea with the girls? Yes, tea! And cake, of course. At Anja’s Tea Garden, you are in for a treat. Owner Anja Erasmus knows how to host a tea party and her baked goodies and treats are simply out of this world. Pair this...

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… Eat, Drink

Best place to buy gourmet-to-go (takeaway) – Woolworths Food

Sometimes after a busy day at the office, we’re really just not in the mood to cook dinner. At Woolworths’ food section, you’ll find the best gourmet dishes that the entire family will love. Burgers, lasagne, pizza, ready-made meals and salads – there is something...

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… Eat, Drink

Best spot to go for pizza – Roman’s Pizza

Hmmmm ... pizzas go with Friday nights just like Christmas pudding is synonymous with Christmas. Right? And when it comes to the best pizzas in town, you don’t have to look much further than Roman’s Pizza. It’s as simple as making a phone call, or even...

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… Eat, Drink

Best chips – Steers

Crispy and lightly salted. That’s how we prefer our chips and at Steers you get just that. Sigh! We can already taste it. Freshly cut and deep-fried potato chips paired with your favourite burger? Yes, please! Congratulations on yet again walking away with the title as best...

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… Eat, Drink

Best burger – Steers

Weekends are for relaxing, spending time with family and friends – and junk food. In particular, burgers. Nothing beats the taste of a juicy beefy burger, complete with slices of tomato, lettuce, onion rings and a good sauce. Pair it with a few chips and a milkshake...

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… Eat, Drink

Best wine – Four Cousins

Love wine? Us too! Red, white … we don’t mind. We asked and you voted. And the winner of the best wine category in this year’s Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 is … Four Cousins! Congratulations, you guys. Their repertoire of drinks has expanded quite...

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… Eat, Drink

Best place to get ice cream – Cups & Cones

When last did you have a scoop (or two) of ice cream complete with a cone and a flake? At Cups & Cones you are in for a treat. Choose between frozen yogurt, scoops of ice cream, soft serve, milkshakes, frappés, flurries and smoothies. And the flavours are...

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… Eat, Drink

Best continental deli – The Pantry Bread Co

Nothing, and we mean nothing, beats the smell of freshly cut sliced bread. Add to that a generous blob of butter and we’re in absolute heaven. The Pantry Bread Co is a must visit if you’re in the mood for some delicious bakes. Conveniently situated in Faerie...

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… Eat, Drink

Best place to buy fresh produce – Food Lover’s Market

As passionate as we are about good food and wine, we are equally as passionate about fresh produce. It doesn’t get fresher and you won’t find better quality than at Food Lover’s Market. And who do we thank? Brian and Mike Copping, of course. They opened the...

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… Eat, Drink

Best cocktail bar – Bugatti Café

Cocktails anyone? Yes, please! After a hectic week, we’re in desperate need of some delicious cocktails and downtime. And when it comes to the capital’s favourite cocktail bar, you don’t have to look any further than Bugatti Café at Brooklyn Mall, The Grove or Silver...

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Best coffee shop – Joint winners: Mugg & Bean/ House of Coffees

What’s better than a cup of freshly grounded coffee? Uh, nothing! The bean drink has become a daily staple for many and we definitely can’t get through a day without a cup (or two). For the freshest brew in town, Pretorians don’t have just one favourite –...

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… Eat, Drink

Best butcher – Boma Vleismark/Meat Market

Apart from the Jacaranda trees in full bloom, an array of festivals and markets, and the Blue Bulls, the capital city is also known for its residents’ love of a good braai. Sigh! If we close our eyes we can actually hear the fire crackling...

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… Eat, Drink

Best bottle store to buy beer – TOPS at SPAR

When it comes to entertaining over weekends, the correct refreshments are key – just ask any good host. And when it comes to hosting the perfect braai, beer is at the top of the refreshment list. But where to shop? Hmmm. We asked where the best bottle...

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… Eat, Drink

Best bottle store to buy wine – TOPS at SPAR

Sigh! We sure love our wine. So where better to shop for the widest selection of wine than at TOPS at SPAR? Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot – they have it all. And we mean ALL. Do make sure to check out their...

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… Eat, Drink

Best place to buy biltong – Boma Vleismark/Meat Market

Biltong is as synonymous with rugby as a few tjops and wors on the braai. No event is complete without a few slices of perfectly spiced and dried biltong. Thin sliced or thick, with fat or without, Boma Meat Market has a treat for everyone. If you haven’t tasted their droëwors yet, you...

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… Eat, Drink

Best caterer – Ginger Apple Café & Culinary Architects

During your life on earth there are loads of memories and events that deserve to be celebrated. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, the beginning of a new life … What helps make it even more memorable are the people and, of course, the food. Roping in the help of...

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… Eat, Drink

Best boerewors – Boma Vleismark/Meat Market

Boerewors brings South Africans together. No, don’t laugh – it really does. Just think. What is an event in South Africa without boerewors? The answer is simple. An event without any boerewors and pap is not a real event. After all, who can resist a traditional boerie on a hot summer’s...

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… Eat, Drink

Best bakery – Fournos

Sigh! Nothing beats the smell (or taste) of a freshly baked bread, fresh from the oven. We’re a sucker for any baked goods really. At Fournos, you know you get the freshest bakes made from only the best ingredients. Scones, croissants, buns, cakes, doughnuts and all the sweet treats...

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Best educational institution – University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria is as well-known in the capital as the Blue Bulls and purple Jacaranda streets. The university celebrated its 110th birthday in 2018 and boasts many accolades. Did you know that UP is one of the biggest research producers in South Africa and in...

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Best private school – Maragon

For Pretoria parents, making sure their kids get the best education possible is of the utmost importance. Maragon private schools understand the struggle and strive to help produce exceptional, mature, well-balanced young adults who possess loyalty and love for God and country, capable of prospering in the...

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Best primary school (English) – Glenstantia Primary

Established in 1981 to serve the south-eastern suburbs of Pretoria, Glenstantia primary school started out with only 500 learners but today serves almost 1 500 learners. Pretty impressive, huh? The school prides itself in offering its learners the best academic, cultural and sport education – and even offers an...

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Best primary school (Afrikaans) – Laerskool Garsfontein

Garsies, Garsies, Garsies for the win! With so many prestigious Afrikaans primary schools from which to choose, we were very interested to see who would walk away as the best of the best in this category. And the landslide vote was pretty clear: Laerskool Garsfontein. At Laerskool Garsfontein, teachers and students aim...

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Best high school (English) – Maragon

Maragon private schools are changing the face of education and follow a blended learning approach from grades 7-12. Academics is key and learners are equipped with skills like collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking. But don’t just take our word for how great they are. Trust the thousands of Pretorians who...

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Best nursery school – Maragon

At Maragon Pre-School, a dedicated team of teachers aim to prepare little ones for life in the 21st century by focusing on the development of basic core skills. These eager little learners work hard, play hard and love to share what they have learnt at their annual...

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Best high school (Afrikaans) – Hoërskool Garsfontein

When it comes to education, parents know to trust only the best. And as far as Afrikaans high schools go, it doesn’t get better than Hoërskool Garsfontein. Academic, culture and sports-wise, the accolades just keep streaming in. What makes their win even better is the fact that...

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Best restaurant to take the kids – Spur

Most kids are fussy eaters, and we know how worried mamas and papas get when their little ones simply don’t want to eat. And, yup, we have the perfect solution. Take them to Spur! They’ll love the food, the milkshakes are out of this world and...

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Best place to have a party for children – Spur

There is a lot to stress about when it comes to planning kiddies’ parties. The grocery shopping, how to design invitations and – the most annoying of them all – who is going to clean the mess after the fun. Right? Stress no more! Spur spares you...

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Best store for kids’ clothes – Woolworths

Gone are the days where kids’ fashion consisted of only the basics like shoes, pants, jackets and Babygros. Nuh-uh! These days children’s fashion is cuter than ever and dressing up the little ones has never been more fun. At Woolworths you’ll find the latest fashions in great quality and...

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Best shop for baby essentials – Baby City

Ask any mom and she will tell you: babies need a lot. Diapers, wet wipes, bum cream, blankets, toys, food, milk, medicine, carriers, diaper bags, dummies … the list goes on. Thank goodness for a store like Baby City – a one-stop-shop for all your baby needs...

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Best shop to buy kids’ toys – Toys R Us

Need to shop for a gift for your little one? Pssst … we’ll let you in on a secret. Toys R Us stocks more than 180 different brands of toys, including Barbie, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol. Need we say more? No matter your child’s age or needs, you...

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Best shoe shop – Woolworths

When it comes to finding the perfect shoes, comfort is key. Heels, mules, pumps, sandals or sneakers … we all have our preferences. However, finding the right pair can be easier said than done. Woolworths offers shoppers a wide variety of shoes available in an...

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Best exclusive boutique – NICCI

Be it an outfit for a dinner date, wedding, a casual day out with the family or a formal business meeting, Nicci Boutique stocks clothing for any occasion. They stock brands to the likes of Hunter, Bensimon and EMJ – so you know you are in for a treat....

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Best clothing store for her – Woolworths

Every woman has a relationship with the clothes she wears every day. What keeps that relationship going daily, other than love, is comfort. Many women find it very hard to have a working relationship with a piece of clothing if it does not bring comfort...

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Best weight loss clinic/programme Herbalife

Not happy with your weight? Luckily there are some healthy options to consider. Herbalife changes the lives of thousands of men and women daily. So if you want to lose a few kilograms or just want to follow a healthier lifestyle, make sure to look up the...

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Best beauty salon – Placecol

Looking good takes more than a little effort. Luckily, thanks to the team at Placecol the best version of yourself is only a booking away. Waxes, facials, hair, skin treatments and nails – the team has everything you need to look and feel your best. So what...

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Best jewellery store – NWJ

Jewellery says as much about a person as the clothes they wear. And with so many unique designs available to choose from, finding pieces to suit your style is easier than ever. At NWJ, they cut out the middleman and craft their jewellery in-house as...

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Best clothing store for him – Woolworths

Nothing makes a man look more handsome and put-together quite like a good outfit. As they say, the clothes maketh the man. Be it workwear, formalwear, sportswear, or just jeans and a T-shirt for the big game at the local pub – Woolworths has an outfit for any...

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Best nail bar – Sorbet

With so many nail bars popping up all over the city, there really isn’t any excuse to not have pretty nails. Get pampered with a full manicure or pedicure or just step in for a quick gel or paint application – the options are endless....

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Best accessory shop – Lovisa

Want to make a statement with your outfit? It’s as easy as adding a few good accessories. At Lovisa you’ll find everything from earrings and necklaces to hairpieces and rings. Voted the best accessory shop in this year’s Best of Pretoria Readers Choice Awards, you can trust Lovisa to...

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Best beauty mecca (spa) – Renu-Derm

We asked who the best spa in the capital is and, boy, are we happy with your choice. Renu-Derm Salon and Spa have teamed up with the stylish Blue Diamond Boutique Hotel to offer guests the ultimate lavish pampering experience. Plus, as an added bonus you can...

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Place to buy beauty products – Clicks

Shopping for the latest and trendiest beauty products has never been easier thanks to Clicks. Nails, hair, make-up, skin care, and even medicine and vitamins – they stock it all. Everything you need to look your best all under one roof. And with Clicks stores...

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Best hair salon – Studio M

Whether you’re thinking of going short, adding some hair extensions or just want a trim, look no further. At Studio M, owner and hairstylist Monica Swanepoel makes sure her clients get the VIP treatment every time. Her slogan isn’t #fortheloveofhair for nothing. She’s passionate about hair and will make you...

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Best place to watch the big game- Elephant & Friends

If you are a resident of the capital city, we’re guessing that sport is pretty high on your priority list, even if just to watch. However, watching the big game at home all by yourself isn’t any fun. That’s why we love meeting up at...

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Best neighbourhood pub – Elephant & Friends

When last did you have a night out on the town? No, we don’t mean clubbing, necessarily. Just hung out with some friends or family at your favourite local neighbourhood pub. Not sure where to go? Well, from what we hear Elephant & Friends Pub...

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Best nightclub – Weiveld

Branded as the place where Afrikaans and dancing is top priority, the Weiveld stage has played host to many of South Africa’s favourite musicians and artists such as Jay and Lianie May. Haven’t been there yet? Shame on you! Get the gang together and hit the road, Lynnwood Road...

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Best place for a cold beer – Elephant & Friends

After a long day (or week) at the office, there is one thing that makes us instantly feel better: an ice-cold beer! You too? Well, then we have something to share. The next time you want to unwind with a cold one, make your way...

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Best Local Band – Tshwane SAPS Band

Congratulations to the Tshwane SAPS Band on walking away with the crown for best local band. This band has played a huge part on the SAPS history over the years and has a proud heritage as one of the best military bands in South Africa. They perform...

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