Al Fresco Dining In Pretoria

One of the best things about Pretoria is the mild climate. Make the most of the balmy September weather and dine outdoors in the soon-to-be-blooming Jacaranda City. We’ve lined up a couple of restaurants that offer some great al fresco dining options.

Papa’s Real Food Papa’s Real Food’s eclectic architecture and design make this restaurant a unique experience. There are usually a couple of free-range chicks roaming about the piazza, which makes for a great outdoor meal setting. Kick back under the trees while enjoying something from the delicious, and pretty affordable, Mediterranean-with-a-local-twist menu. If you happen to be at Papa’s on Thursday evenings or Sunday lunchtime, you’ll likely catch some Blues being played.

Details: Duncan Yard, Hatfield / 012 362 2224 /

Blos Café If it’s open-air dining you’re looking for, look no further. Blos is a popular farmhouse-cross-modern café that has a lengthy back stoep with some great treetop views. It's an all-rounder when it comes to menu options and being a kid-friendly place.

Details: Leander Road, Faerie Glen / 082 466 2857 /

Rozenhof Tea Garden You can’t get any more al fresco than a tea garden. Rozenhof Tea Garden is situated in the manicured gardens of the four-star Rozenhof Guesthouse. The serenity and sophistication of this venue make for a fabulous open-air breakfast, brunch or lunch setting.

Details: 525 Alexander Street, Brooklyn / 012 460 8075 /

Jam and Daisies Jam and Daisies is a charming garden café and a leisurely spot to have breakfast, brunch, lunch or just some coffee and cake. Rooted in a passion for nature and comfort food, the menu options include Fancy Scrambled Eggs, a variety of French Toast, Crumpets, Quiches, Filled Pancakes and Anytime High Tea.

Details: Corner of Tram and Lange Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk / 012 346 6692 /

al Fiume al Fiume – the Italian phrase for “at the river” – offers everything you need for a great al fresco fine dining experience: a scenic open-air setting on a shady wooden deck on the banks of the Hennops River, excellent cuisine and outstanding levels of service.

al Fiume serves seasonal food that has been skillfully prepared and is presented without fuss. This riverside restaurant has been voted one of South Africa’s Top 10 Romantic Restaurants by the prestigious Wine Magazine and also one of the top champagne spots by Food24.

Details: No. 18 R511 Road, Hennops River Valley, Centurion / 079 531 3725 /

Tin Roof Café Tin Roof Café is a country-style restaurant with picturesque garden and fountain views that emulate the tranquillity of the countryside. This is a lovely place to enjoy a long lunch overlooking the garden. The Tin Roof Café pizza menu is extensive and also includes interesting meal choices such as the Parma Ham, Pear and Halloumi Salad.

Details: Mooiplaats / 072 367 5698 /

African Pride Café For the ultimate garden dining experience, opt for The African Pride Café located inside the Botanical Gardens. This contemporary African restaurant has a spacious outdoor terrace that offers guests a lovely al fresco environment overlooking the flora of the Botanical Gardens. In celebration of traditional food, African Pride Café serves hearty African meals and also a selection of international dishes.

Details: Botanical Gardens, Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria / 012 804 0811 /

By Jana van der Linde