Did you know?
The Menlyn Drive-In was the first drive-in cinema in the world that was built on top of a shopping complex
Menlyn Park in welcoming Pretoria is so popular with South Africans that many shoppers from Johannesburg prefer to drive to Menlyn in Pretoria instead of doing their shopping in one of their closer malls. The spacious centre is one of Africa’s biggest and is conveniently situated along the N1 highway.
It is hard to think of an item that you will be unable to buy at the prestigious Menlyn Park, which boasts all the country’s main chain stores, but is also home to an impressive array of specialty shops. Scuba diving gear, designer dresses, a cup of delicious coffee or a three course meal: it won’t take you long to find it in Menlyn.
When it comes to entertainment, the Menlyn experience is hard to beat. For starters, there is the big screen at the Menlyn Drive-In. This was the first drive-in in the world that was built on top of a shopping centre. It makes a great family outing and the later shows are popular with romantics, who can hire an old Cadillac and and enjoy the latest blockbuster movies at an affordable price.
Movie-lovers can also visit Menlyn's Nu Metro cinema complex, a Pretoria favourite. A branch of the Barnyard Theatre is also situated in the mall, along with Galaxy World. This is an entertainment centre that offers plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained in the evening. There is a 12-lane ten-pin bowling alley, more than 100 state-of-the-art arcade games, pool tables and a cocktail bar and terrace.
This Pretoria shopping centre has an incredible floor space of 115 000 square metres, which is well used by the centre's more than 1,5 million monthly visitors.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)12 348 8766
How to get here
From Johannesburg take the N1 north in the direction of Polokwane. Take the Atterbury offramp and turn right at the traffic light and cross the highway. Menlyn Park Shopping Centre is situated on the right-hand side of the road.
Best time to visit
Menlyn Park is open seven days a week, but be aware that the shopping centre is very popular and can get rather crowded in weekends and public holidays.
Around the area
Why not visit the historic Voortrekker Monument when in Pretoria? It recounts the history of the Boers' trek north.
Length of stay
You will find it easy to spend half a day at Menlyn Park.
What to eat
A quick hamburger at a fast food chain, a typical South African meal, or a delicious sushi meal and more − Menlyn Park has it all.