Top 10 Brunch Spots In Pretoria

What we love most about brunch is that anything goes. Order something eggy, something meaty or something sweet and enjoy it with a glass of chilled bubbly or a cappuccino – whatever you feel like! Because brunch is our favourite time, here’s a list of 10 of P-town’s best brunch spots.





Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar has a unique, relaxed ambience. Located adjacent to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, the waterfront deck seating area is the perfect setting for a laid-back brunch. On weekdays you can opt for something from the à la carte menu, like French Toast (layered with bacon and caramelised fruit, topped with mascarpone and toasted almonds) or Bobotie Spring Rolls. Accompanied by a glass of champers, a tomato cocktail or a Mochaccino, you’re pretty much guaranteed a mouthwatering meal. On Sundays you can make a brunch of the legendary Blue Crane breakfast or lunch buffet options. Make sure to book a table in advance.

Details: Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Melk Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk / 012 460 7615 / www.bluecranerestaurant.co.za

Old Town Italy Brunch at Old Town Italy promises to be a buzzing, authentic and cultured affair. This relatively new café-deli offers guests ample choice when it to comes to seating and menu options, accompanied by plenty of ambience. Some scrumptious orders include Sebastian’s Sausage Patties, Polpette with Polenta, the signature Romagna Flatbread Sandwich and the Old Town Italy Cronut. Add a craft beer – from the enormous collection on offer – cocktail or cold-pressed juice, and brunch is sorted. Bravo, Old Town Italy!

Details: Central Square, Menlyn Maine / 012 348 2802/ http://oldtown.co.za/

Black Bamboo Restaurant Located inside the trendy Menlyn Boutique Hotel, the Black Bamboo is as much an artistic as a fine dining experience, and a brunch-time visit is no exception. The ultra-stylish, modern décor has been tastefully selected and the service is top-notch. Recommended drinks include the Cranberry Rooibos and Chocolate Fondue speciality teas, as well as some vegetable pressed juices. When it comes to ordering food, opt for a gourmet version of an old favourite like Eggs Royal or something more daring like the Meatball Fondue Pot, Smoked Egg or the Buckwheat Waffles Served With Halloumi And Chimichurri Aioli.

Details: Menlyn Boutique Hotel, Tugela Road, Ashlea Gardens / 084 508 9752 / http://www.theblackbamboo.co.za/



Afro-boer

Afro-boer’s garden locale sets a breezy brunch scene. Munch on a Cha Cha Pan (poached eggs served with mushrooms, chorizo, truffle oil, chilli and lemon cream), Eggs Up (fried eggs topped with bacon jam and tomato butter), Pork Belly Round-up Panini or a Frikkadel Braai Broodjie while sipping on a Flat White Coffee, Crème Brûlée Latte or a Margarita. You’ll have no problem hanging around here way past brunch time.

Details: Lynnwood Road / 012 807 3099 / http://www.afroboer.co.za/

Love It Art Café

For an art lover's brunch, check in at Love It Art Café. This quaint café-cum-art gallery offers a Launch The Day Menu that includes Fried Eggs Dipped In Spicy Napoletana Sauce, served in the pan. For the carnivore palette, the Steak, Egg and Chips won’t disappoint. Have a Rooibos Cappuccino or a Jeffrey’s Lime Iced Coffee to round off an artsy and tasty brunch.

Details: Waterkloof Heights Centre, Club Avenue / 082 375 3408 / https://www.facebook.com/Love-It-Art-Cafe-465581100265403/

Carlton Café

Carlton Café has become somewhat of a legend on the Pretoria dining scene. If you’re brunching at this homey café, try the Southern Fried Chicken or Old-fashioned Marmite Tart. Must-try sweet stuff include the White Chocolate Blondie, chock full of macadamias served with vanilla bean ice cream, or a slice of Upside Down Fig Cake. Try the Chilli Hot Chocolate or the Rosemary Lemonade Chiller to quench your brunch time thirst.

Details: 71 Thirteenth Street, Menlo Park / 012 460 7996 / www.carltoncafe.co.za

Broodhuijs Broodhuijs is an artisanal bakery, coffee shop and European-style café, all in one, and a great place to have brunch. Take your pick from a range of freshly baked breads that are used to make gourmet sarmies topped with home-made pesto, marmalade, chutney, salsa and international cheeses; a selection of freshly filled croissants and decadent pastries; mouthwatering pizzas; house blended and roasted coffee; craft beer or boutique wine.

Details: Corner of Bronkhorst and Dey Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk / 012 346 5753 / http://www.broodhuijs.com/



Oppiplaas Oppiplaas is a friendly, garden venue that oozes tradition and a welcoming ambience. The smell of freshly baked boere bread fills Oppiplaas on a daily basis. The Oppi Beach breakfast (egg, tomato, haddock with cheese sauce and fried mussels) is great brunch time option. If you’re not pressed for time (isn’t that what brunch is all about?), opt for the bottomless coffee and afterwards you can hit that sweet spot with a double thick milkshake or Cream Soda float. Childhood memories, anyone?

Details: 1147 Terblanche Street, Villieria / 012 333 2117 / http://www.oppiplaas.co.za/

Café 41 Café 41 is a continental, cosmopolitan café with a Casablanca feel. Acclaimed as one of Pretoria’s top seven restaurants, Café 41 offers flavour-filled cuisine. The Meze Platter and Prego come highly recommended and are ideal brunch orders. Café 41 also has a Build Your Own Sandwich option to accompany the extensive drinks menu or a glass of vino from the award-winning wine list.

Details: Shop No 1, 43 Bronkhorst Street, Groenkloof / 012 460 5216 / http://www.cafe41.co.za/

Whisk Wine Bar Whisk is an eclectic food and wine bar. Brunch menu hits include freshly made Banana Bread, Duck Springrolls and Nathi’s Little Lamb Pizza (pulled lamb, mint pesto, goats cheese and sundried tomatoes will leave subtle flavour hints of a Sunday lamb roast lunch). Make a stop at the bar and enjoy a craft beer, cocktail or a glass of crisp bubbly to get your brunching buzz on.

Details: 1 Cornwood Ave, Centurion / 012 667 2883/ www.whiskwinebar.co.za

By Jana van der Linde