6 spots for satisfying brunches in Pretoria

Keen for a lazy start to the day in the capital? We’ve got you covered.

Afro-boer (Die Wilgers)

Afro-boer ‘makes and bakes’ daily, so expect a lavish spread of freshly baked muffins, breads, pastries, tarts and cakes for brunch, along with an à la carte menu. If you’re adventurous, try the kaiings and pap (fried pork or sheep crackling served with putu pap and moskonfyt-flavoured whipped fat), baked oats (served with Bell’s whiskey, cream and hazelnuts, or a more virtuous version with berries, toasted almonds and honey), or a variety of egg dishes. The coffee here is particularly good, served hot and strong. Best of all, you can enjoy your lazy brunch in Afro-boer’s lush garden, which is filled with scented flowers and chirping birds.


Pancakes at Afro-boer. Photo supplied.

Blos Café (Faerie Glen)

The breakfast menu at this recently revamped eatery is extensive, and includes a couple of banting options. If you’re that way inclined, you might enjoy the bacon banting option, which includes streaky bacon, poached eggs, braaied mushrooms, mushroom duxelles, roasted balsamic-cherry tomatoes and Hollandaise sauce. If you prefer to partake in a feast of carbs, try the French toast, which is rolled and filled with either cream cheese, gooseberry compote and bacon, or cream cheese, brown mushrooms and bacon. The banana bread with honey and cinnamon butter is also worth a mention. The restaurant’s open deck is wonderful if you like a bit of a breeze with your breakfast.

A filled croissant at Blos Café. Photo supplied.

A filled croissant at Blos Café. Photo supplied.

Carlton Café (Menlo Park)

The menu might be small here but the dishes are big on flavour. One of this café’s most popular breakfasts is its anchovy toast (two slices of grissone with butter and anchovies mashed with fresh lemon and rosemary). The putu pap with biltong is also a favourite, as is the eggs Benedict; the latter features the chef’s own buttermilk biscuit with your choice of fried pancetta or smoked salmon trout, topped with two poached eggs and creamy Hollandaise sauce. You can also build your own ensemble breakfast, choosing individual items priced per portion. Wash your meal down with one of Carlton’s chillers, which are syrup infusions topped off with sparkling water, or perhaps a taai coffee (condensed-milk coffee).

The Marmite tart topped with a soft-poached egg at Carlton Café Delicious. Photo supplied.

The Marmite tart topped with a soft-poached egg at Carlton Café Delicious. Photo supplied.

Chocolat et Café (Hazelwood)

As the name suggests, this pretty little eatery is most famous for its hand-made chocolates, sinful baked treats and rich, velvety hot chocolate made with real chocolate pieces and available in ‘thick’ or ‘thin’. The café also serves coffee in a cone, if you’ve always wanted to give it a go. Try the chocolate omelette or pancake with strawberries, or for something savoury, the open omelettes with either spinach, feta and sun-dried tomatoes or aubergines, sun-dried tomatoes and feta. The Mexican omelette is also good. While you enjoy the surrounding buzz of Hazelwood village, have a cup of tea, served in delicate, beautiful teapots, with teacups to match.

Baked treats at Chocolat et Cafe. Photo: supplied.

Baked treats at Chocolat et Cafe. Photo supplied.

Old Town Italy (Menlyn Maine)

The festive atmosphere at this Italian-style restaurant will have you in a good mood in no time. The croissants here are particularly good: big enough to share and generously filled. The almond-flavoured one is rich and buttery; the chocolate-filled version is dark and delicious; and the custard-filled croissant is creamy and decadent. (They have plain ones too.) The plated meals include the Rustico (artisanal toast with fresh sliced tomato, home-made hummus, crushed avocado and cream cheese), or Sebastian’s sausage patties (breakfast sausage patties topped with poached eggs and oven-roasted tomatoes, and served with home-made orange-ginger marmalade), which are carb-free. Old Town Italy also makes pretty good shakshuka (eggs baked in Napoletana sauce with chorizo, cannellini beans, peppers and onions). If you’re up for a boozy brunch, they offer two morning cocktails, a Bellini and a Ketel vodka Bloody Mary. They also have a refreshing range of freshly squeezed juices, and good, strong coffee.

The stylish interior at Old Town Italy. Photo supplied.

The stylish interior at Old Town Italy. Photo supplied.

Olifants Café at The Big Red Barn (Olifantsfontein)

A firm favourite of those who like to start their weekends engaging in a little outdoor activity (the Big Red Barn is home to a very popular cycle park), Olifants Café welcomes late risers, too. Rumbling bellies will be satisfied with a breakfast menu that includes salmon röstis (crispy potato röstis topped with scrambled eggs, cream cheese, avo and smoked salmon, and served with home-pickled red onion), and the healthy Paw Paw Plate (papaya topped with double-cream yoghurt, honey, roasted almonds and pumpkin seeds). There’s also a trio of waffles on offer, along with muffins and scones. Kids are catered for with a special children’s menu. The outdoor setting is really what draws most people, as the Big Red Barn is situated next to a eucalyptus forest, and overlooks an expansive vista of fields, grasslands and a stream.

A pretty salmon dish at Olifants Café. Photo supplied.

A pretty salmon dish at Olifants Café. Photo supplied.

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