The Village in Hazelwood: 16th Street is jam-packed with lovely restaurants and eateries in a lovely retro style that makes the outing feel like more than just a dining experience. With many quality establishments to choose from, this is a place that you could visit many times without getting bored. Day and night also offer very different experiences, with a day visit meaning shipping crate coffee shops and excellent ice cream, and a night visit offering sparkling fairy-lit trees and warm dining experiences.

Market @ the Sheds: This is a colourful event held in the city centre that showcases some of the best of our city’s art, food and music. The market has a wonderful energy that feels utterly South African and is certainly competing with the likes of Joburg’s Neighbourgoods market. It usually occurs on the last Saturday of the month.

Spoken Sessions: Being a platform for poets and performers, Spoken Sessions organises poetry and music nights at various venues in the area. They recently hosted an Open Mic Poetry Night at Bravo Pizzeria, just down the road from campus, and at Huckleberry’s. They have shows roughly twice a month, although not always in Pretoria. Check Facebook to find out where and when the next session is.

The Daily Coffee Café: One for those who would rather get their social fix with their pets than people. This coffee shop boasts more than just fantastic coffee, as they also boast a full “doggie menu”. If you have a dog that needs some spoiling, you and your dog can make your way for a meal at this establishment (there is a separate menu for humans). A trip here, if you are missing your pooches at home, can be a heart-warming experience.

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