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afro-boer

afro-boer
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Cost
R55 - R85 avg main meal
Ambience
Business meetings, Groups, Special occasions, Views
Food
Bakery fare, Café fare, Coffee
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R50

Critic's review

Alicia Ryder

Food
There are few truly excellent restaurants in the new east of Pretoria but Afro-boer is definitely one of them. The menu is adventurous within its African/Afrikaner influences and diners are always satisfied thanks to the interesting selection of breakfast, sandwiches and light meals.

For breakfast, the kaiings and pap is an Afrikaner classic done right. Fried pork and sheep fat is served with whipped moskonfyt and putu pap. A farmer’s delight. There’s also excellent baked oats. The oats are baked with whiskey, cream and hazelnuts while the non-alcoholic version is prepared with berries, almonds and honey. For those more inclined to the savoury, the eggs Benedict and stuffed breakfast croissant are both excellent choices.

Sandwiches here are equally satisfying; the version with shredded lamb and chutney is a crowd favourite. The frikkadel braai broodjie is also not to be looked over; it’s a new spin on a South African classic. Other light meals to consider are the creamy chicken livers, Ouma’s fishcakes and the selection of generous salads. The kids’ menu is charmingly called Tots & Tantrums, and features the usual toasted cheese and baked macaroni. For adventurous little ones, though, there’s toast with biltong and a snack as well as a platter featuring sliced vegetables, panini and smoked chicken.

Where Afro-boer truly shines, though, is in its baked goods selection. The display is absolutely gorgeous and guaranteed to have something for every craving. The carrot cake is rich, dark and incredibly moist, while the chocolate-and-caramel tart is sinfully delicious.

Drinks
There is a list of perfectly suitable wines on offer. Expect a few Groote Post, De Grendel and Hermanuspietersfontein options, as well as a few well-designed cocktails, craft beers and the usual spirits.

Service
Service is friendly and efficient, albeit a little slow at times. The waiters can handle complicated orders with ease.

Ambience
The restaurant itself is bustling and busy, with beautiful modern farmhouse interiors. For a more relaxed feel, grab a table outside in the gorgeous garden. Alternatively, ask the waiter to bring you your meal under the trees for an impromptu picnic.

And…
Afro-boer is a true gem in the rapidly expanding east of Pretoria.

(September 2017)

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  • Alida Ryder

    Food
    Afro-boer has perfected the balance between classic Afrikaans culture and eclectic modern trends and offer a range of innovative, creative and delicious meals in a beautiful setting. The owner’s love for Africa is evident in the menu. For breakfast, a dish of eggs, pap and boerewors conjures up images of farm-style eating, but when you are presented with your meal, you’ll be surprised to see that the pap comes in the form of fried wedges, and is served with a rich red cherry tomato and onion chutney. The toasted Brie braaibroodjie will excite any braai lover and comes stuffed with caramelised onion and oozy Brie cheese. “Ouma’s Fishcakes” and “Lewer in Suursous” finish off the Afrikana vibe perfectly. For something lighter, try the pear, beetroot and feta salad: sliced pear, fresh beetroot and feta top a salad of mixed leaves. This is finished off with a sprinkling of toasted hazelnuts and a dressing of roasted pear. And if it’s something sweet you are after, the butternut fritters are served with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and koeksister syrup. Their “Tots and Tantrums” menu is adorable and offers childhood favourites like toasted sandwiches, spaghetti and homemade ice cream with sprinkles.

    Drinks
    The wine list is small but well planned. A mix of commercial and boutique wines is available, with a couple of options per style. They also offer a good range of artisanal beers.

    Ambience
    The open-plan space, big windows and vintage-modern furniture all lend the feeling of a farmhouse. Shelves packed with preserves and rusks remind one of Granny’s kitchen. The counter groaning under the weight of freshly baked cakes and pastries adds to the feeling of generosity and familial comfort.

    Service
    The staff are friendly and knowledgeable but service can be a little slow on quiet days.

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    If you can, grab a table outside under the huge trees and allow your kids to explore the beautiful garden.

    (August 2015)

  • Hennie Fisher

    The people
    Michelle Cronje-Cibulka, owner and chef at afro-boer, says her high school home economics teacher was convinced she had cheated when, out of the whole class, only her recipe worked while all the others’ failed. Michelle says she’s just always had a natural talent for cooking and baking (and now training other people to do so) – and it’s evident in every morsel that leaves her kitchen.

    Michelle has undergone extensive training in artisanal bread baking from some of South Africa’s top bakers, and is so in love with our cultural diversity that she decided on the name of her business as a tribute both to the African-ness of our local context (afro) and the legacy of the Voortrekkers, whose nomadic restlessness resulted in them travelling up north from the cape (boer).

    The food
    For breakfast, try the baked oats with roasted hazelnuts, honey and berries, or eggs Benedict done the authentic way. For homey comfort, nothing beats dark, dense wedges of whole-wheat bread and jam with farm butter, but as South Africa’s cultural roots also stretch back to Europe, croissants (plain, almond or chocolate) and quiches are also available. Comforting meals include cauliflower soup with chilli butter and ciabatta, an array of pies, and a sublime green bean and fresh asparagus salad with caramelised pear and goat’s cheese. There are about 10 sandwich options, including a version of smoked mackerel melt on sourdough with parmesan, herbs and cream. You’ll also find a nice selection of baked goods and sweet items like biscotti and rusks to take home, apart from the usual cakes.

    The drinks
    A retro Coke float with a difference is offered as a dessert, comprising ice cream, chocolate ganache and sugared nuts topped with cola. The afro-boer moerkoffie, strong and sweet, also hints at a classic local beverage, while the caramel latte is a delightful addition. Cold drinks are all made from home-prepared cordials, such as the green tea and apple cooler or the vintage lemonade. Fresh smoothies include an apricot, honey, yoghurt and vanilla version and the fresh-pressed juice offering boasts options such as beetroot, pear and carrot or spinach, asparagus, apple and celery.

    The service
    All 22 of the permanent staff were employed via non-traditional ways; for example, one kitchen staff member was picked from her banana stall on Lynnwood Road before the café had even opened. Michelle interviewed each staff member personally and these success stories illustrate she’s ploughing back into the community. The skill and finesse of front-of-house staff give the impression that they’ve been in the industry for ages. From Godwill the barista (who has subsequently trained two additional baristas) and the friendly faces behind the large counter to the staff in the light, airy kitchen, everyone exudes an air of confidence and belonging to the afro-boer ‘family’.

    The ambience
    Do not expect an interior too closely associated with the name: no leopard print, khaki or ox wagons are to be found. The décor is a result of careful thought and planning. While the large veranda and white sash windows lend a South African farmhouse feel to things, the interior is slick and modern, with a pale beige and cream colour scheme that does not distract from the star of the show: the food.

    Homely elements like a twig wreath above the fireplace (brought back from a road trip to the Free State) each contribute a story. The wooden blocks spelling ‘thula’, the boerpampoen in the corner and the crocheted plastic shopping bag baskets all provide a gentle reminder of SA’s diverse richness. Even the toilet facilities have quirky South African references. It’s about exploring our society’s variety and highlighting alternative views of what it means to be African and South African. This philosophy also extends to the garden, where fabulous rose bushes grow alongside coral, huilboer and thorn trees.

    And…
    An adjacent room, called Die Wit Olifant (still a separate shop) will in the near future be converted into a room for craft beer, beverages and wine with ethical and sustainable credentials. There are also plans underway to enlarge the already substantial gardens so that guests can pick up a basket from the counter and picnic outside on the lawn. In keeping with trends, the revised menu will offer customers some banting options in the foreseeable future, too.

    (May 2014)

User reviews

  • One can escape the city at this wonderful little gem. Beautiful gardens, play area for kids and a relaxing atmosphere with funky food. Mens voel tuis, asof jy by ouma se plaas huis en stoep kuier. Baie lekker
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  • This is the place to be on a Saterday morning with the family. The coffee is great! The breakfast is scrumptious. I just love the beautiful gardens there, lets you just forget for a moment that you actually live in the city. PS: Dont forget their delectable Milkshakes and Rainbow cake!
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  • There are not many places that deserve an all round 5-star rating. This place felt like a little piece of heaven hidden away within a busy city. The atmosphere was so relaxed! Catering for young couples, families, pensioners or even singles looking for a good coffee breakaway. And the food could not be faulted. Delicious! I told my whole family about Afro-Boer after my hubby surprised me with a brunch date here. Best choice; will now be our first choice!
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  • One of the best in the country! Constantly trying to better the menu if that is even possible. You can taste the love, best ingredients and passion in each bite!!! Best of all just 2km from my house.....
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  • Afroboer is a little bit of heaven in Pretoria. The atmosphere and service is superb, the food is the best quality and super tasty. The cakes are just the best in Pretoria!! And they cater for gluten and dairy free - amazing!
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  • Patrons are always welcomed by friendly staff and an incredible hostess. I've frequented Afro Boer now for two years, and have only ever experienced impeccable service. A dynamic menu with local delights, freshly baked treats and a hidden gem in their Moer Koffie, something I have found to be a new found delight. I love your atmosphere, and attention to detail, and you have a wonderful garden for the children to enjoy. An absolute treasure, well done on establishing and maintaining a truly fabulous restaurant.
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  • I love this place so much and people know that, so even my son treated his mother for coffee and cake at Afroboer when he had to come to Pretoria a few days ago. A special memory made at a special place!
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  • There are a few places in Pretoria that make you feel like you're on a mini vacation. Sitting on the stoep with a generous cup of yumminess, soaking up the winter sun, is enough to make anyone breathe a little easier. I constantly have to remind myself not to put my feet up... I love everything about this place. Surrounded by the most beautiful, lush garden, Afro-Boer is my go-to for long afternoon catch-up sessions with dear friends, lunch with the family and much needed introvert blogging times. Friendly staff, scrumptious meals and can I also just say, I'll live off the banana bread... Just saying. High five!
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  • My wife recently celebrated a special birthday and AfroBoer was our choice for a special high tea. From the planning of the party to the big day, nothing was ever too much trouble for management and staff. Add the special ambience of AfroBoer to the quality of the food served and we were it once that we got much more than what we have paid for. Michelle, Maria and staff you rock!
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  • What a delightful experience. Mother and I had a late lunch after shopping so we were starving when we arrived. It was a sunny autumn afternoon and we opted to sit outside. It is really lovely as the garden is beautiful with huge trees and a lot of laughter and people. They were extremely busy but what I really appreciated is the moment we sat down our waitress brought us a glass of water with lemon and ice without us asking. The drinks selection are very large and I had one of the best g&t ever, the pink lady. I ordered the burger without buns and it was a very nice big portion. It was tasty and the salsa is very good. I would've liked fries but they only offer lays chips or salad. The salad would have been nice with a little cheese in. The bathrooms are clean and tidy and I really enjoyed our afternoon lunch at this little teagarden.
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  • Love ❤️ love ❤️ love ❤️ I love this place, such a wonderful atmosphere and the food is divine at very good prices. Yummy coffee and always friendly service. Thank you and keep up the good work!
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  • If you are looking for something different with an amazing atmosphere and vibe, this is the place for you! Friendly staff, amazing venue and the food is out of this world! A must try! I promise you will be back again and again!
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  • Afro Boer is a unique and exceptional restaurant. It caters for everyone and is very family friendly. We spent a Sunday afternoon on their lashes lawn under the big trees where they have picnic benches and anklets. Our toddler could run around while we sampled their fantastic menu. I can't wait to go back and make more memories.
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  • I have been going to Afroboer for the past 4 years. I travel 30+ kms to experience their great food and service. So worth it! Michelle and her team are truelly remarkable at what they do. The menu is amazing - I always struggle to decide what to order. But if I had to single out something it has to be their mosbolletjie french toast! Oh my goodness...its life changing! Whats even more amazing is that they are now open on Sundays! Love taking my family there or catching up with friends over a good cuppa and delicious bakes. From the creative menu to the relaxed setting...its memorable every time! Definitely a must visit spot in Pretoria!
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  • Great ambience and defintely a favourite to visit with friends and family on a Saturday morning. The food is delicious and the service received from staff is excellent. Highly recommended.
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  • A absolute must visit, at least once a week!!! The hole 9 yards, plus the extra! Thank you for being a part of the hospitality, well done and keep it up!!!!
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  • Afroboer is my favourite venue when in the area. The menu is very innovative, and the food is excellent. The decor is great. Well done Afroboer team.
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  • One of my favourite spots which I visit often for visits with friends. Had my birthday there(they bake amazing cakes) and took my brother there when he came to visit from Australia for a nice SA vibe. The food is always fresh and my fav brekkie is the mosbrood french toast with koeksister syrup-YUM. They have something on the menu for everyone from-super healthy to next level indulgance. Staff are always friendly and helpful and they don't mind having littlies around too. Too excited for the new drinks menu! Def worth a visit-you'll def be back again!
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  • I love how relaxing the atmosphere is... feels like you want to spend the whole day there.. especially surrounded by the beautifull gardens.. and the kids love it because they can run and play! The food is always fantastic and fresh with some interesting choices on both the food and drinks menu! not to mention the yummy baked goodies...!! Definitely a favourite meeting place for the girlfriends with kids!
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  • Afroboer is an awesome place with an amazing atmosphere and great service. With amazing food.
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  • I love this place! The moerkoffie and Kooktee are two of my fave beverages and the Braaibroodjies are to die for. Afro Boer truly caters to all ages and tastes. It is the best place for a catch up with friends, to do a bit of creative work or study.
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  • Love that I can take my children there where they can play outside. Food is always great!!
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  • Delicious, delightful, delectable. Afroboer is one of my favourite foodie places. With huge cups of excellently brewed coffee and all the favourite dishes with a twist. Did I mention the mouthwatering cheesecake? There is a lovely garden and a playarea for the kids, so it caters for young and old.I would recommend this place to everyone......
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  • Heerlike sonskyn én snoesige oggende saam met my vriendinne. Afroboer is altyd ons eerste keuse waar ons kwaliteit tyd kan saam deur bring om ñ lekker bord kos en heerlike drinkgoed. Dankie vir julle (altyd) warm en vriendelike diens!
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  • I always say to my friends and family: "No place in this world makes better coffee than Afroboer!" That is the truth. We go there often on a morning walk with our Beagles (YES, they are Pet Friendly) and have a coffee and/or breakfast. They cater for almost any diet - which I love as I am a keen banter. My husband enjoys the 'Moer koffie' with condensed milk as well as the Salted Caramel Coffee! They also have a selection of cakes and bake the BEST Choc Macadamia Banting cake one can hope for! Sometimes I just stop there for a quick take-away slice! This is one of our favourite spots even when stopping there on our way back from a long distance cycle! The atmosphere is great and you can even have a beer in the beautiful garden! The staff are friendly and even offer to bring your pets water!! Keep going Afroboer!!
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  • One of my favorite places in Pretoria!! I just love this little Gem in Equestria and the “to die” for amazing cakes!!! A must visit!!!
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  • A great venue in which to enjoy any meal of the day, or simply coffee and dessert! I have yet to have a bad meal at this restaurant; everything is always delicious and worth the wait. If you are looking for dishes both traditional (“like Ouma used to make”) and with a new flair the menu will have something for you. I recommend a visit to everyone when they are in the area!
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  • Great service, fantastic food complimented by a tranquil atmosphere. Loving it more and more every time! Keep up the good work Afro-Boer team
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  • What a great place. Very warm and friendly staff. Your drinks and food are excellent. Will go there again and again
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  • Afroboer is a strong favourite with my friends and myself. A cosy huddle place in the sun in einter and cool breezy fresh air visits in summer. The service is always friendly and attentive and the food and drink exceptional and I find very innovative.
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  • Beautiful tea garden which is suitable for any occasion. I love to start off my Saturday morning with their Shredded lamb sandwich and a Chai Latte. Best in Pretoria!
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  • I just want to thank Frank and Deidre for the wonderful service and exception high tea treats that they provided. All the guests which attended the celebration of my mothers 91st birthday could not stop talking about how much they enjoyed the occasion:-) and how nice the venue, service and food was!
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  • My first review ever! Great venue and atmosphere, but the food let it down. Pork sandwich was tasteless and the fact that the pork was most probably reheated repeatedly did not help. The freshly pressed orange juice was just off and again, tasteless (apart from the clear off taste), probably due to the fact that it was more water than orange juice. Sorry, but a rather sad way to start a Saturday.
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  • We needed breakfast but they were out of seats and tables_ so they gave us the grass. Now maybe this is not for everyone, but we loved it. We were advised by our friends of this place but they said that one usually needs to book one week in advance...we forgot and took a chance. When we arrived, it was as they said_ FULL HOUSE. A lovely waiter, Linda made a plan to find us a place to sit and came up with the idea to sit outside and he'll bring us a blanket. I love picnic. The service was not very quick, but they were very friendly. Food was delicious for sure. I had a crossant and my boyfriend had an ommelette with chorizos (which he loved because he's portugues). And the grande cuppacinos were also just delicious. The set up was just beautiful and kid friendly. I'm so glad we stumbled upon this cute place in between all the concrete in Pretoria.
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  • Fresh and different and worth a try - you will be hooked after 1 visit!
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  • We had a very rough and hot morning leading up to a decision have brunch (closer to lunch) at Afroboer. From the minute we walked through the lush green garden, our moods lifted. Even the soft green grass looked inviting. From the first to the last face we saw, were lit up with smiles and friendliness. We must have been on a different planet. Then the interior that was rustic without being cluttered and old. It is fresh and calm. The menu also did not disappoint. Enough variety to satisfy all tastes, but simple enough to make the choices easy. The food took quite a while to be served, but it was worth the wait. Everyting was well made and truly delicious. The crown to the meal though was our gin and tonics. It was perfect and refreshing! Thank you for being a haven in everday madness!
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  • AFRO BOER is nie enige restaurant/kuierplek nie, hier kry jy nie jou boaring ham,kaas en tamatie broodjie nie, nee, dis geregte bo verwagting, standaard disse wat Marco Pierre White sal laat bloos. Die ambiance van Afro Boer laat my dink ek sit onder 'n groot Wilgerboom op 'n plaas in die Vrystaat. Fantastiese plek om saam familie en vriende te wees.!!
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  • I'm an Afro-Boer frequent'er and keen referrer. Why? 5 reasons. 1) Unique delicious food, served in creative, out-of-the-ordinary ways (my favourite: their french toast with nastergal jam and rainbow cake, of course...), 2) beautiful and inviting french, shabby chic decor which I just love, 3) their beautiful garden. My friend and I love to meet up and have our lunch or tea meetups outside on Afro-Boer's terrace, 4) excellent, friendly service by a competent staff, and lastly 5) Afro-Boer's quirkiness which you can detect in how they wrote their menu, on their Instagram and Facebook feed, making them special and different to other restaurants... :-)
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  • Beautiful little spot away from the city's chaos. We recently had breakfast here. After a waiter forgetting about us, things were quickly corrected (with free chocolate brownies, and added attention from our waiter!). I had the brie braai broodjie, which was perfect for a late breakfast. The brownies were so good we bought more to take home. The coffee is also good. The location is ideal and I would recommend trying to make a booking to sit outside in the gardens...
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  • The best cakes in Gauteng (love the carrot cake and brownies) and a great selection at really good prices. And it is also nice to have a selection of drinks that is different and new. And love the fact that their meat and eggs are free range is a big reason why I often return.
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  • Beautiful setting, excellent mix of old and new items on the menu. Friendly servers. Will definitely come back.
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  • My friends and I recently had occasion to eat at Afro-Boer. We found the menu quite average, although the venue is relaxed and fairly pretty. We had booked a table but were still made to wait quite some time for our table upon our arrival. The service was also below par. When we wanted to leave we discovered that one of our vehicles would not start. The establishment then progressed to accusing us of being riff-raff, that our vehicles 'distressed' other patrons and set an armed guard to escort us off the premises. It is shocking that such people exist in the world and I urge everyone not to give this establishment any support in the future.
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  • This place is truly a Pretoria gem. This is one of the few places I visit again and again without ever getting bored. All of the food is really delicious and you can see and feel the love that has gone into each mouthful. The humour that comes through on the "rules list" where disrupting the gossip of the table next door is just one of the lovely aspects that make the ambience of this place all the more special. The tables are always decked with beautiful roses from the garden and the tables set in the most magnificent garden are really special. The breakfast panini is absolutely delicious and the lamb sandwich is such a treat. Even their drinks menu is well thought out and exciting! Hot chocolate with a marie biscuit and marshmellow sandwich on the side, freshly squeezed juice and the beautiful range of teas are some of my favourites. Now the cakes. Wow. Afroboer's cakes balk at any of the local competition with innovative but ABSOLUTELY delicious cakes, tarts and other baked goods. Be prepared to walk out of there with a little more love on the handles. Unless you go on a Friday, where in true Afroboer wisdom, it is known as "cakes-have-zero-calories day". Because it stands out like a shining gem in Pretoria, they are extremely busy and you will wait for a table at almost any time you visit. Booking in advance does help but doesn't mean you do not wait. However, the cute shop next door and drooling at the cakes on display make the time go fairly quickly and the wait is worthwhile. This is a really special place and I recommend it 100 times over.
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  • Beautiful place, attention to detail makes the difference and an owner with heart, soul and smarts. Love it.
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  • Wil net vir Afro-Boer se baie dankie vir die wonderlike ete
    Dit was baie lekker.
    Ook baie goeie diens.
    Van die Langenhoven gesin
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  • We went there on Saturday afternoon, 21 June, after a friend told me of this "out of this world" coffee, tea, wonderful menu restaurant.

    What a delight to find something so exquisitly unique on our doorstep.

    We just want to compliment Michelle, the owner, on creating this one of a kind eat-out in the east of Pretoria. We have been living in Faerie Glen for all our lives and this is the greatest find EVER!!

    We will definitely come back again and again and bring friends and tell everyone we come in contact with (or not, I would somehow want to keep it a secret, our special hang-out).

    Looking forward to see what is on the menu next, inside and outside.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dog-friendly
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair

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