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Entertainment and Leisure in Pretoria
Pretoria is a wonderful combination of characters: international diplomats; government officials and students in search of a good time. This means there needs to be something for everyone in terms of entertainment and there’s no doubt that, with its bars, restaurants and shebeens, Pretoria delivers the goods
Pretoria’s famous jacaranda trees were originally imported from Rio de Janeiro in 1888.
The city of Pretoria, embraced by the municipality of Tshwane is a fun place for entertainment and leisure pursuits
With a large university as part of the cityscape, Pretoria is partly a ‘student town’ and as a result it has a thriving nightlife and entertainment scene. The area of Hatfield is a favourite with the party crowd and no doubt the football fans will enjoy the bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the area. Even hardcore Johannesburgers will tell you that some of the best nightclubs and live music venues can be found in Pretoria. For those fans who enjoy a bit of gaming, there’s also Sun International’s Morula Casino & Hotel – so try your luck on the tables or the one-armed bandits.
Pretoria offers a wide variety of dining-out options for every taste. There are so many foreign embassies in town, and this diversity is reflected in your dining options. There’s Indian, Chinese, Moroccan, Thai, French (award-winning), and a range of wonderful authentically African choices. However, you simply can’t come to South Africa without trying out some good traditional boerekos, so make sure you look out for eateries offering local fare. Wherever you go in Pretoria there are loads of places serving up jolly good bar snacks, plus a wealth of hamburger and take-out joints for hungry fans travelling on a budget.
Pretoria is the diplomatic hub of South Africa – which means cultures from all corners of the globe call this city home. So if you’re in the mood for Indonesian, Moroccan, French, Japanese or home-grown South African fare – it’s all on offer. It’s making the decision that’s the hard part.
There are over 25 international embassies and consulates in Pretoria. Eating out in Pretoria/Tshwane is a treat, as here eat, drink and be merry is the name of the game. It is a city of diplomats so the multicultural fine dining options are superb. Should your team win, you will be spoilt for choice with sophisticated celebration options.
The host city of Pretoria is home to the famous State Theatre as well as the historic Breytenbach Theatre, the Centurion Theatre, the West End Theatre and the fun and fabulous Barnyard Theatre in Menlyn.
The place is definitely shop ’til you drop territory. Here you will find the gargantuan Menlyn Park Shopping Centre as well as Brooklyn Mall, Centurion Centre and many more. There are also fun craft markets as well as weekend organic markets – watch the local newspapers for details when you’re here.