Pretoria is the diplomatic hub of South Africa – which means cultures from all corners of the globe call this city home. So if you’re in the mood for Indonesian, Moroccan, French, Japanese or home-grown South African fare – it’s all on offer. It’s making the decision that’s the hard part.

Did you know?

There are more than 100 international embassies and high commissions in Pretoria.

Dining out in Pretoria is a treat, as here eat, drink and be merry is the name of the game. It is a city of diplomats so the multicultural, fine-dining options are superb. You will be spoilt for choice with sophisticated celebration options.

In Pretoria, restaurants offer a wide variety of cuisine. If it's Belgian chic you are after Chef Daniel Leusch's La Madeleine, one of Pretoria's longest-standing fine-dining restaurants, is the way to go. Recently joined in the kitchen by his daughter Anne, Chef Leusch senior has begun to incorporate youthful elements of molecular gastronomy into his otherwise classic repertoire.

If Italian is your flavour, try the deliciously ebullient Ritrovo Ristorante for marvellous Mediterranean cuisine. From the first bite of antipasto to the last mouthful of zabaglione you can't go wrong with father and son team Giovanni and Fortunato Mazzone.

Congolese culinary cool is on offer at Zemara, where Chef Jackie Picard conjures up delicious palm pulp-infused antelope casseroles, roasted tilapia fish and deep fried plantains with aplomb.

For a curry treat, head for the Oriental Palace in Arcadia. The bhindi gosht okra curry with aloo naan paratha bread is a one-way trip to paradise (but, please note, there is no alcohol allowed at this establishment).

Or if you fancy a taste of relaxed boerekos, the Sunday buffet at Monument Restaurant inside the Voortrekker Monument offers unbeatable flavours and value for money. Each Sunday up to 400 people arrive to dig into the three-course feast, including a full carvery.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

La Madeleine
122 Priory Road, Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria
Tel: +27 (0)12 361 3667

Ritrovo Ristorante
103 Club Ave, Waterkloof Heights, Pretoria
Tel: +27 (0)12 460 5173

Monument Restaurant
Voortrekker Mounment, Eeufees Road, Pretoria
Tel: +27 (0)12 321 6230

Oriental Palace
The Colosseum Hotel, 410 Schoeman Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
Tel: +27 (0)12 322 2195

How to get here

Pretoria is roughly 45 minutes to an hour from Johannesburg on the N1 highway.

Tours to do

Take a half-day tour of Pretoria and see the historical sights such as the Union Buildings and the Voortrekker Monument.

What will it cost

Costs vary depending on your choice of restaurant. A basic burger and chips with a beer will cost you around R75 at a steakhouse. A main meal at a fine-dining restaurant could be in the region of R150.

Where to stay

There are excellent city hotels in Pretoria as well as guest houses and bed and breakfasts that cater to the diplomatic community.

What to eat

The choice is vast and varied but make sure you taste bona fide African food at least once on your trip.

Best buys

Local wines to go with your meal.

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