The Brooklyn dining scene has a place for every palate. Here’s a selection of the best eateries you’ll find in this beautiful area.

Padbok Thai

Padbok is a casual yet chic restaurant specialising in authentic Thai and Japanese cuisine. Although Padbok has a big selection of sushi, this restaurant has become Pretoria’s go-to Thai food place. You’ll find a great selection of Thai soups and curries on the menu as well as some interesting Thai desserts. The Crunchy Banana Fritters are served with coconut ice cream and are a seriously indulgent treat.

Padbok is open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 22:00, Sunday from 11:00 to 16:00 and from 11:00 to 21:00 on public holidays.

Details: Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, Brooklyn / 012 346 3308 /

Ginger and Fig

This artisanal eatery is all about fresh, free range and organic. Owned by IT-expert-turned-chef Zane Figueiredo, this quaint little café is renowned for amazing sarmies, breakfasts worth getting up early for and delicious cakes. Not to mention the milkshakes! All-time favourite items on the menu include the legendary Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Smoked Trout Rosti Breakfast, Caramel Popcorn Milkshake and a selection of interesting salads like the Pork Belly and Stone Fruit Panzanella. Cake flavours are usually along the lines of Earl Grey Sponge Topped With A Lemon And Poppy Seed Buttercream or Vanilla Sponge With Chocolate Fudge, Rose Turkish Delight And Almonds. This contemporary and cool café experience is topped off by friendly and efficient service.

Ginger and Fig is open from Monday to Friday from 06:00 to 17:30 and Saturday from 07:00 to 15:00.

Details: Shop no 5, Brooklyn Centre, 751 Jan Shoba Street, Brooklyn / 012 362 5926 /

Lucky Bread Company

If you’re a bread lover, this edgy bread shop is a must-visit. Fresh, wood fire artisan breads are used to create some exceptional sandwiches. Served open or hot pressed, the sandwiches are bursting with garden-fresh veggies, farm butter, locally produced cheese and mouthwatering cuts from the charcuterie. The Chicken Meltdown is always a winner. Lucky Bread Company also serves delicious croissants, pastries and great coffee. And while you’re there, pick up a loaf of their Sweet Potato Bread to take home…you won’t regret it.

Lucky Bread Company is open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 19:00 and weekends from 09:00 to 17:00.

Details: Shop 289, Brooklyn Mall /  012 346 0979 /


Kream is a glitzy fine dining establishment with a stellar reputation. The setup is stylish and the décor is impressively modern, adding to the sophisticated ambience. This upmarket restaurant is a dressy kind of outing, and the menu options are abundant! The Smoked Pork Belly With Apple-Sage Mash, Sirloin With Biltong And Blue Cheese, Cape Malay Vegetable Curry, Blondies And Brownies and the Almond And Pear Tart are just some popular selections from the wide variety of gourmet meals on the Kream menu.

Kream is open daily from 12:00 to 22:00 and recently opened a second branch in Mall of Africa.

Details: 570 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn / 012 346 4642 /

Café 41

Café 41 is a continental, cosmopolitan café with a Casablanca feel. The owners of this flourishing franchise succeed at creating a vibrant restaurant atmosphere where a meal simply means pleasure. Acclaimed as one of Pretoria’s top seven restaurants, with a multiple award-winning wine selection, Café 41 offers creative and flavour-filled cuisine. The Meze Platter, Prego Roll and Moroccan Lamb Chops come highly recommended. Café 41 also has a build-your-own-sandwich option to accompany the extensive drinks menu.

The Groenkloof branch is the flagship store of the Café 41-group. Originally opened to serve as the local Groenkloof coffee shop, it has, over the past 15 years, grown into one of Pretoria’s best restaurants with a widespread, loyal customer base.

Café 41 is open Monday to Saturday from 07:30 until late and Sunday from 09:30 until late.

Details: Shop No 1, 43 Bronkhorst Street, Groenkloof  / 012 460 5216 /

Carbon Bistro

Carbon Bistro is all about exceptional food, good wine, craft beer and craft gin. This modern restaurant with its relatively minimalist décor, offers the largest selection of craft gin in the entire Gauteng. With a strong focus on the core values of what makes a good restaurant, you can expect good service and great food. Aside from some quality options from the grill, the burger menu is well worth a try: with titles like the Honky Tonk, Firehouse and Rhinelander, these are sure to be a taste adventure. Carbon Bistro is also renowned for its regular food and drink pairing events.

Carbon Bistro is open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 until late and Sunday for lunch.

Details: 279 Dey Street, Brooklyn / 012 340 0029 /


Huckleberry’s probably won’t be winning any fine dining awards anytime soon but having a good old bacon and egg breakfast while enjoying the view of Magnolia Dell definitely isn’t too shabby. The menu is a selection of quality, traditional breakfasts and the usual burgers, pizzas and toasted sarmies.

Huckleberry’s is open daily from 07:30 to 22:00.

Details: Magnolia Dell, Corner of Florence Ribeiro and Nicolson Streets, Muckleneuk / 012 346 4588 /