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 event where we got to recognise the best the city has to offer as decided by readers – the residents of Pretoria – annually.

The MC for the event was none other than Jacaranda’s Martin Bester who also won two awards for himself – best radio show and best radio personality.

There is no denying that Pretoria is a first-rate city. In addition to breathtakingly beautiful scenery, a community with heart and a rich and diverse mix of culture and heritage, the city boasts charming suburban eateries, trendy hang-outs and top-notch shopping destinations.

This year, the people of Pretoria once again were not shy to give top marks to their favourites in the different categories and, after counting and auditing tens of thousands of votes, a beautiful coffee table booklet was again compiled as a guide to reflect the beauty and charm which underpins the character of the city. Make sure to get your hands on a copy.

The 2018 Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards winners’ list boasts names like SPAR as best supermarket, Mythos as best Mediterranean/ Greek Restaurant, Fournos as best bakery, Maragon as best English High School and MHC – A world in one store as best furniture/ home decor store to name only a few. For a full list of winners visit www.bestofpretoria.co.za.

“This morning’s event emphasised the sense of belonging that our Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards competition together with Rekord Newspapers and Get It Pretoria magazine have created between brands, the business community, personalities and our readers. Not only was it a successful gathering, it also left us appreciating that we all strive to have means to keep our community together whilst saving them time in their busy lives,” said Chris Mcinga, Business Manager at Capital Media.

As with previous years our ten reader winners also got to win their share of prizes worth more than R200 000 at the function held at the picturesque Silver Lakes Golf Estate Clubhouse. These names were drawn at random from the scores of people who entered this year’s competition.

This year’s prizes included vouchers from Placecol Silver Lakes or The Grove worth R2 500, vouchers from Metro Centre Home, a two night’s stay for two people sharing including breakfast at Legend Golf & Safari Resort worth R 9 200, a R2 500 jewellery gift voucher from Dust Designs, a one night’s stay including breakfast and a R300 dinner voucher for two at Farm Inn, Sunday lunch and a game drive for two people at Farm Inn worth R590, a Deetlefs wine tasting session for one lucky winner and a maximum of 29 guests at a place of their choice worth R8 000, a pair of Rayban Clubmaster sunglasses valued at R2 550 from Lambinon Optometrists, to name only a few.

A big congratulations to all the reader winners and overall winners in this year’s Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards 2018. From the Best of Pretoria team, thank you to every single person that voted and to those who won, keep up the good work. Hard work really does pay off and the people of the capital are not afraid to say thank you.

For more information visit us at www.bestofpretoria.co.za or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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. It’s that easy. So the next time you’re in a pinch, you know who to call!

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 you didn’t know before. It’s a win-win. Check out the 3 117 specimens: 209 mammal species, 1 358 specimens of 202 bird species or 309 specimens of 93 reptile  species – and don’t forget about the aquarium and reptile park.

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. Thvenue 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 it’s defi!

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 Heerdenthere is a show for everyone. Congratulations on winning yet again, guys!

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, great conversation, guests and, of course, music. 

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 being voted best local radio personality, Martin! We’re big fans.

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 thPilanesberg? It really is nature at its best and the perfect place to unwind and spend some quality time with those you love. As an added bonus, it’s also not that long a drive – under three hours to be exact. So go on, check it out and make a booking. A getaway is just what you might need right now.

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 array of events, so watch out for the next market, race or social gathering. It’s amazing! Don’t just take our word for it, go see for yourself …

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. Thhistoric Voortrekker Monument is known as one of the most prominent local landmarks as well as one of the very first buildings guests to the city see. It’s filled with history, beautiful to look at and majestic in stature. When last have you been there?

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 thcity which boasts milder winters and is very popular among retirees. The village has a modern  
24-hour frail-care facility, a medical consulting room, hair and beauty salon, library and shuttle service

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 making sure our city can compete with the best in the world, specialising in all spheres of the industry.

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 and birdlife or just enjoy the tranquil surroundings with a picnic on the luscious lawns. We cannot think of a better way to connect with Mother Nature.

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 thGarsfontein 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 chic restaurant. Hot summer days call for splashing around in the Olympic-length swimming pool or just lying in the sun. And while you’re there, why not make a note to visit Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Summit Place Lifestyle Precinct or Menlyn Maine Central Square. Go on and spoil yourself!

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 thcity’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 is renowned for the treatment of sports injuries at its special orthopaedics centre.

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 an ADT response car, do wave. They are the city’s preferred home security team, after all.

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. ThAtterbury 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 following two years. Today ththeatre is busy throughout the year and is a firm favourite among Pretorians

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 couch, book your seats and go see a movie. Who knows, it could even turn into a date. We’ll definitely see you there!

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 haven’t been there yet, you are really missing out. Take a chance with Lady Luck, or just grab a bite to eat at one of the lavish restaurants and eateries situated throughout Time Square Casino. We promise you: you’ll definitely go back for more

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 we go? Italy? France? Or what about Greece? And don’t take our word for itgive them a callPretorians didn’t vote them best travel agency without good reason.nitely worth a visit.

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 country’s future stars, entrepreneurs and leaders. So why settle for any other university when we have the best of the best right here on our doorstep?

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 between the Virgin Active Red, Virgin Active Health Clubs and Virgin Active Collection. So go on, get that body back into shape!

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. That’s why we wondered if Pretorians have a preferred golf course, and it appears that they do. The Silver Lakes golf course in the Silver Lakes Golf Estate is the place to be.

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 stay has never been easier. So what are you waiting for? Stop stressing and start calling.

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 sales in the USA. We bet you didn’t know that! They boast over 600 offices worldwide and are the top local estate agent for buying and selling as voted for by you! Well done.

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 time together, all for a great cause. Congratulations on winning as best race in the Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards yet again, guys!

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 at the most affordable prices. They can help with friendly service, making the process easy and effortless.

This year more than 50 000 Pretorians voted in Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards and for the sixth consecutive year Tiger Wheel & Tyre won “Best of Pretoria, Best Place to Buy Tyres”. “Six years of readers voting for these awards, and six years of winning them for Tiger Wheel & Tyre. That is quite something,” said Group Marketing Executive, Joe du Plooy. “Thank you, Pretoria!”

To learn more about Tiger Wheel & Tyre and what makes it the most award-winning, best-loved and trusted wheel and tyre brand in Southern Africa, visit the website www.twt.to. You can also shop online, and online shoppers have the exclusive ability to “Book A Bay” online to have their newly purchased products fitted and services performed at the time and store of their choosing.

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. The team brings you the best modern sporting technology and design with experts to show you how to use them. You won’t have to dig deep into your pockets, but just choose the best design of innovative sporting gears. Who’s up for a game this weekend?

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 are over 500 stores? Pretty impressive. And then there’s the food and fun court, the fashion wing and grocery avenue to make shopping easy and manageable.

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, you’ll find the best beds available. Visit them today and choose a new bed. While you’re at it, you might even choose to change the décor of your entire room.

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 needlework yourself, there are even seamstresses that will do all the hard work for you with the fabric and size of your choice.

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. Congratulations to the Audi team for walking away with the title as the best new car dealership in this year’s competition.

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 all the hard work, uncomfortable sleeping bags and camp food? The experts at Outdoor Warehouse have all you need to make any outdoor trip the experience of a lifetime, no matter your preference. So go on … adventure awaits!

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 all titles available. Well, it feels like it anyway. Comedy, fiction, romance, even something for the little ones or that DIY project you’ve been wanting to start for a while now. Also, if they don’t have it in stock, they’ll find it for you. So, swing by!

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 city centre. They really do have everything and rightfully deserve the title as best appliance store in this year’s Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards. Happy shopping!

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, DIY and home improvement solutions. So, stop worrying about where to find everything you need to work for your weekend projects. Plus, Builders is open seven days a week.

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 the gardening experts and have the skill and knowledge to turn your garden into the envy of the whole neighbourhood.

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 Samsung is at the forefront – a true industry expert that caters to the needs of its customers in today’s rapidly changing market. Feel like shopping? Enjoy!

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 for the perfect flowers is only a click away. Shop online and surprise that special someone right at their front door. They also have great ready-made gift ideas if you’re in a pinch. You’re welcome!

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 you go to buy the latest computer and electronic products? MHC (Metro Home Centre) of course. MHC truly is a world in one store. So the next time you need an upgrade or the latest technology, you know where to go.

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 set menu – and don’t forget about the delicious desserts. Oh, and while you are there, do take a few pics and send them our way!

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 serves it. Fresh from the ocean, prepared in the most delicious way. Sigh, we can almost taste it already. Up for a sushi date? And since they walked away with the title as best sushi restaurant yet again, you know you’re in for a treat.

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 winning as best steak restaurant, you guys! We’re so glad you came to our shores

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 desserts and lots of romance. The restaurant is known as one of the capital’s foremost eateries and you’ll definitely score some brownie points. Trust us. Make a booking at Mythos and sweep the love of your life off his or her feet. 

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 more awesome than anything you’ve ever experienced. No, really! Their menu boasts authentic Mexican recipes and they only use traditional cooking methods … with a modern twist. And you can even design your own meal. Olé!

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 … a big congratulations to everyone’s favourite local steakhouse, Spur. It’s the perfect eatery for even the pickiest eaters … and the little ones will love it! Ask anyone

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 the finest ingredients. Pasta, pizza – take your pick. And just like the Italians, they do not skimp on their portions. So next time you’re in the mood for some real Italian cuisine, visit your nearest Panarottis. You don’t even need a visa! 

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 popped by yet, you’d better do so or you’ll be sorry. Oh, and book your table in advance. They get very busy.

Best seafood restaurant – Ocean Basket

Every so often the seafood craving hits and with so many restaurant options available in and around our beautiful cityPretorians 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 prepared sole and prawns. Sigh! Are you also suddenly feeling hungry?

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 garden in 2009. Her small business grew from strength to strength and became one of the hottest eateries in town. It, of course, helps that she’s situated in Graham Road (Lynnwood Road Extension) in Zwavelpoort, complete with conference facilities and the best amenities for special events.

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 and warm and welcoming atmosphere, Turn ‘n Tender is the perfect place for a business lunch, birthday party or everyday occasion.

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 the ambience is perfect for a night out with your love. It’s one of our favourite restaurants, so you’ll probably see us there. Wave if you do.

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 restaurants in SA to serve bottomless coffees, we’re definitely fans of the brand. Mugg & Bean strives to always give you more and more. And with their seasonally inspired menus and generous portions, they really do.

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 any pocket. Congratulations on the winning Wimpy team. You deserve it!

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 loads of options to choose from and the bottomless coffee keeps on coming. It’s perfect! 

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 can blame us! If you haven’t tasted Krispy Kreme doughnuts yet, you better head on over. And, as an extra bonus, they also serve coffee and chillers. Enjoy! 

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 no wonder they’ve been chosen as the city’s favourite and best supermarket. Congratulations and keep up the good work! 

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 boasts Greek, Portuguese and Italic cuisine. The market is open every Saturday from 8am to 2pm. So if you haven’t been there, make sure to swing by. You can thank us later. 

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 with the gorgeous venue in Zwavelpoort and you have the perfect venue for some quality time with the ladies or your mom or mother-in-law. Anja’s Tea Garden is also the perfect venue for your next baby shower or kitchen tea. Your guests will be very impressed. 

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 for everyone. And the best part? It’s fresh and delicious, just like a home-made meal. Gourmet food-to-go that will impress even the toughest critic. 

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 better, ordering online. They have the best deals online, so make sure to check out their website. 

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 chips, Steers! 

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 and you have a meal that even the kids would approve of. But where to go? Steers, of course! 

 

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 a lot over the last couple of years and now even include bubbly, shooters, whisky and ciders. So grab a bottle and toast to their success. 

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 simply out of this world. We’re talking condensed milk, apple pie, lime and mint, red velvet, sweet melon and Turkish Delight – to name only a few. You definitely won’t be sorry. Find them at Centurion Mall, Woodlands Boulevard, The Grove Mall, [email protected] and Wonderpark Shopping Centre. 

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 Glen, they specialise in wood-fired pizzas, delicious fresh bread, rolls, cakes and so much more. We definitely know where we’re going this afternoon. 

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 very first Fruit & Veg store back in 1993. Since then, the Food Lover’s Market family has extended to all the corners of our beautiful country. If you bump into us in the aisles, do say hello. We’re suckers for a good bargain and there are many at FLM. 

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 Oaks. No matter what your fancy, the experienced barmen (and ladies) will know a drink that will blow your mind. And tell them that we sent you. 

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 – they have two! They love Mugg & Bean and House of Coffees. These coffees are to die for and don’t even get us started on all the delicious food options. Yummy! So the next time you need a caffeine fix, you know where to go! 

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 and meat sizzling on the flames right now. At Boma Meat Market, you’ll find the widest variety of quality cuts – beef, lamb, pork and chicken along with cold meats, biltong and droëwors. They also rent out spitbraai equipment and can process your venison or game according to your preferences. 

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 store to buy beer is and you answered. Congratulations yet again to TOPS at SPAR. Their variety of options are endless, and pairs perfectly with biltong or canapés. So the next time you’re in the mood for a cold one, you know where to go! 

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 award-winning exclusive wines while you are there. You definitely won’t be sorry and your guests will be very impressed. 

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 simply have to give it a go. It’s out of this world. While you’re there, make sure to browse their impressive butchery selection. 

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 caterers like Ginger Apple Café & Cullinary Architects takes the hassle out of cooking – allowing you to simply sit back, relax and make some more memories with the people you love. So the next time you want to entertain and you’re looking for the best menu in town, look no further. 

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 day? For the best boerewors in town, head on over to Boma Meat Market. Don’t forget to invite us for a bite to eat. Enjoy! 

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 imaginable. Plus, their coffee is also great. As an added bonus, Fournos also specialises in platters. So the next time you want to impress your guests, you know who to call. Enjoy! 

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 Africa? It is also the only university in the country that has a veterinary science faculty. Students definitely get world-class education with more than 53 000 students, nine faculties and a business school, 1 213 study programmes as well as 230 degrees, certificates and diplomas on offer.

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 world of tomorrow. They achieve this by using traditional teaching strategies as they selectively blend cutting-edge trends that incorporate paradigm shifts, as enriched, legislated and accredited curricula are taught. 

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 after-care centre. If you’re looking for the best school for your child, look no further. 

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 to fly higher and achieve their ultimate potential. Congrats! 

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 voted or go see for yourself

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 concert, Maragon family events and grandparent tea, among other events. Sport is very important and bulletjie-rugby and mini-cricket are firm favourites among both kids and parents. 

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 the school is also celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Congratulations Garsies, you definitely deserve the win! 

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 as an added bonus the playground is sure to kick-start their appetite in no time. Just be warned, you might have trouble getting the kids to leave … and they definitely will want to go back! 

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 the agony and pressure when it comes to planning the perfect party all by yourself. Let the Spur team do all the work while you capture the best moments of your kid’s birthday celebration. Now doesn’t that sound amazing? 

 

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 available at the best prices. Leather jackets, sneakers and frilly dresses – you’ll have the best dressed tot in town. 

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 at great prices. And they don’t stop at babies. Make sure to check out the wide variety of children’s toys and other related products to help make parenting easier. 

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 will definitely find something there. As an added bonus, there’s a Rewards R Us programme designed to reward customers for purchases made at Toys R Us, Babies R Us and Reggies stores. 

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 array of different colours, styles and, of course, the latest trends. Shopping for the perfect fit has never been easier and you can even shop online. 

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. Never shopped there before? Shame on you! Make sure to swing by your nearest Nicci Boutique at Menlyn Maine, Brooklyn Mall or Woodlands Boulevard. 

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 to the table. If you agree, we know a shop that has just the perfect comfortable fit for you: Woolworths! You actually need to check it out to understand Pretoria’s obsession with it. 

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 experts at Herbalife. If you want to get your weight down, Herbalife has fitness plans, meal plans, coaches and products to help you on your weight loss journey. 

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 are you waiting for? Call them for an appointment now and experience the magic for yourself. 

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 to provide customers with the most beautiful pieces at the most reasonable prices. So the next time you’re looking for something sparkly for yourself or that someone special, you know where to go. 

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 occasion, season and trend. David Jones, Studio-W, Trenery, Edition, RE: and Country Road are just a few of the brands available helping men around the capital look and feel their best. 

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. But who do you trust as the best nail bar in the city? Sorbet, of course! Getting your nails healthy and glamorous is as simple as booking yourself in at Sorbet, picking a colour of your choice and the type of shape you want. Not only are they trendy, glamorous and colourful, but they also make you feel like everything you put your hands on is golden. Do your nails with Sorbet for that great feeling! 

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 help look your best for your next event or date. Congratulations, guys! 

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 even combine it with a quick getaway to enjoy some quality ‘me-time’. So the next time you’re in desperate need of some TLC, remember their name. You definitely won’t be disappointed. 

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 conveniently situated in all major shopping centres and suburbs, looking good is as easy as one, two, Clicks! 

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 look and feel like a million bucks.

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 Elephant & Friends Pub and Grill to grab a few cold ones and watch the game every chance we get. Come join in the fun the next time you’re in the area. We could make a toast on the pub’s win

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 & Grill is the place to be. The number one neighbourhood pub in the city, to be precise. It’s the perfect spot for drinks after work or a delicious bite to eat with friends. Oh, and don’t forget to tell them we sent you.

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 over to Elephant & Friends Pub and Grill. The atmosphere is great, the beer cold and the food fantastic. So call everyone and see you there. You’ll love it!

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 anything from light classical music to the latest and greatest radio hits.

The band consists of professional musicians who can perform as part of a brass quintet, carnival group, parade band, full  
concert band, light music unit and jazz ensemble.