Pretoria Restaurants Off The Beaten Track

It’s great to add a bit of an adventurous twist to the end of a long day or an even longer week. Tired of the same old plans? Break away and give these restaurants, nestled on the outskirts of the city, a try. And if you get lost on the way, you might just find a hidden gem of your own... 

Tin Roof Café Out on a plot in Mooiplaats, you’ll come across Tin Roof Café – an aesthetically pleasing restaurant with a rustic countryside atmosphere. Water features, fairy lights and a gorgeous garden make for a photo-friendly background. In the mood for Italian? You’ll find killer pizzas and flavoursome pastas here. You might be glad to hear that they have vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. They offer an impressive range of drinks, but should you wish to bring your own wine, you are welcome to at the charge of a small corkage fee. Keep an eye out for live entertainment events to spice up your experience. Keep in mind you’ll hit a patch of gravel road on the way, but it’s well worth the destination.


La Vie Lente Urban Farm Bistro This quaint spot near Lynnwood Road is an ideal spot for a long brunch with friends, or an outing with the family. Here you’ll find dishes that are both mouth-watering and visually pleasing. Their menu, though not expansive, is impressive. The menu changes with the seasons, ensuring that things stay exciting as time flies by. They cater for your modern dining needs, offering vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. The simple, elegant décor gives you that comfy farmhouse feel. This is the perfect place for small functions, like kitchen teas or bridal showers as it offers a choice of private function rooms and the landscape makes for stunning photographs.


Kitty Hawk Clubhouse and Restaurant If you like experiencing something different with your meals, Kitty Hawk Clubhouse and Restaurant might be the place to go. As it's located in the middle of an airfield, you can watch light aircraft take off and land while you chow down. If you’re lucky, you might even see some in-air acrobatics. And besides the surrounds, you’ll be sure to find something to tickle your taste buds on the comprehensive menu, including a few vegetarian options. You can expect live entertainment on weekends too, so be on the lookout. You’ll find this gem out on Boschkop Road. A bit of a drive, sure, but it’s worth the change in scenery.

Details: 076 491 2109 / Plot 307 B, Wapadrand near Equestria, Equestria, Pretoria

Bosveld Lounge and Steak Bar Also found out on Boschkop Road, this restaurant forms part of the Kitty Hawk Lodge and offers you a South African dining experience that will make you feel right at home. As the name suggests, if you’re looking for a steak this is your place. The bilingual English/Afrikaans menu offers a variety of food and drinks. And yes, you’ll find selection of craft beers on tap too. Be sure to check out the ‘Chef’s Special’ menu for a selection of wild game dishes. This is a wonderful venue for a family outing and the kids will love it. They even allow you to use the pool as long as you bring your own towels. And in the midst of this bosveld experience, you’ll be offered free wi-fi – always a bonus.


Written by Tilana de Wachter Kitty Hawk Clubhouse and Restaurant Photos taken by Tilana de Wachter Other photos supplied by the restaurants.