Pretoria was also the first city in South Africa to play home to the Jacaranda tree which was imported from Rio De Janeiro in 1888. In the city with over 50 000 trees lining its streets, it’s no stranger to markets which dating back to the 18th century. Fast forward three centuries later and the city has not lost its spark, now offering a variety of activities for the diverse inhabitants.

Pretoria does what it knows best, you can visit the Market at the sheds held at various locations every last Saturday of the month. Its aim to revitalise the inner city. It’s worth the visit, enjoy chilled vibes and people with great food from a Kombi. This month the market will be held at 381 Helen Joseph street in Pretoria.

If you prefer a healthy fix head over to the botanical gardens for a banting market, every first Saturday of the month, it’s a rejuvenating way to start your month, I reckon. If you’re making your visit to the city as a weekend getaway, chase away the Sunday blues with the monthly music garden ‘’Park Acoustics”. The historical city also offers the perfect picnic spot and spread your blanket on the lawns of the Union Buildings because the weather in Pretoria is practically always picnic weather so enjoy a day in the gardens of the most famous buildings in the country.

What tops a visit to any city is its nightlife. Have dinner at one of the amazing new restaurants at Time Square, Pretoria’s new casino and entertainment destination at Menlyn Main. The property offers international cuisine from Guy Feiri’s restaurant (host of The Food Network show Diners, drive-ins and dives) or make a reservation at Micasa’s lead singer, J Something’s restaurant – Somethings Cooking with J.

Pretoria surely has moved with the times, despite the misconceptions, it is taking its place and becoming a lifestyle hub.