A True city girl at heart I just love a weekend visit to one of my favourite cities: Pretoria.

But since the movies and fancy cocktail bars are distant memories of a time way way back (read before Minki), we now have to look for kids-friendly places to visit

and things to do. Not to mention new (kid-friendly) outfits!

So, here’s our CITYGUIDE: where to go and what to wear when you’re painting the city red!

Where to go:

We left Nelspruit Friday afternoon. It’s quite a long drive (3 hours) and feels even longer with an uncooperative little traveller in her car seat.

But there’s nothing a bottle of red wine (Beyerskloof Pinotage is affordable and delicious),

And pizza from Bravos Pizzeria (local pizza shop situated in Hatfield) can’t fix.

Bravos Pizzeria is a perfect example of the saying “Klein botteltjie, groot gif” (‘small bottle, potent poison’). Their tiny menu delivers massive tastes.

The pizza is great and affordable.

With Minki finally asleep we lit some candles, reconnecting with each other, over yummy pizza and wine!

If you are a morning person (unlike me)! Then the Pretoria Boeremark is the place to be. Open every Saturday from 5:00 am to 09:30 am

(I told you, you have to be an early bird for this one)! This market has been awarded Eat In magazine’s

‘Outstanding Outlet: Market North of the Vaal River’ award in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Expect an old fashioned market but with a wonderful fusion of diverse cultures, sensory experiences and town-meets-country-meets-Africa.

Situated at Silverton this market is buzzing with life, good food and great coffee.

Enjoy the wide variety of fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables, spices, herbs, rusks, cheeses, jams and preserves, yoghurt, poultry, and meat or just browse

around the numerous arts, crafts, handmade clothes, jewelry, woodwork and niche products that are also sold at the market.

The Pretoria Boeremark is the real deal farmer’s market.You can buy the freshest ingredients, straight from the farmers, as well as great pies!

The best part: Daddy will love this. Just make sure baby is warm and then hand her over to daddy so they can explore. You get to lie in

OR if you are anything like me go shopping! (Where? Menlyn Mall of course!)

While daddy and baby is bonding away at the boeremark.

Minki is rocking the pajama trend with her bling bomber jacket over her favourite PJ’S.

Make sure baby is warm! It’s super early and normally quite chilly! Draw cash!

A Farm in the city…

For lunch there’s no better place to go than Irene Diary Farm. The name says it all. A working dairy farm in the city is not something one would expect to find nowadays.

Situated in the heart of Gauteng, in the beautiful village of Irene, the Van der Byl family (now in their fifth generation) have generously welcomed locals and visitors

from afar, on to their farm for many years – allowing young and old to enjoy the dairy farm experience without having to leave the city.

Two restaurants on-site (The Barn Restaurant and The Deck), a great kiddies playground and areas to stroll around whilst enjoying the farm animals in beautiful

surrounds make it a memorable family day out.

Old trekkers is standing around, entertaining kiddies, while you drink a cappuccino (with cream of course)!

Exploring the farm…

This was the best part: Minki saw a cow for the 1ste time!

The cow liked her so much and gave her a big fat kiss!

We were just soaking in nature, watching the beautiful pond where swans were drifting peacefully…

Then we couldn’t seem to get Minki of the old trekkers!

She was driving like a real farmer!

If you are looking for farm-style home baked goodness and fresh milk, then The Diary Shop is the place for you!

Make sure to stop by the local shop on your way out for delicious homemade ice-cream (only R16 for 2 scoops!) Bargain! YUMMY!

The shop is bursting with fresh farm products, buckets of cream, milk, cheese and rusks to just name a few.

This farm is a cash-free environment – they only accept cards, so remember to take your VISA or MASTERCARD!

That evening we celebrated 2 birthdays at Hillside Tavern, a great restaurant in Lynnwood,

while Minki was sound asleep.

What a mission to find trustworthy babysitters tough! We could FINALLY let our hair down and those ribs where sweet-and-sour sticky perfection!

What to wear:

I don’t know about you but I always struggle to pack light. BUT this is just a quick getaway so make sure to plan your outfits to not waste time packing (and unpacking)!

Or just copy my suitcase!

Day wear:

Jersey dress from Foschini – It’s wrinkle-free, warm and the dark colour is perfect to hide any baby related marks.

Navy tights – I’m obsessed with Foschini’s Velvet touch tights. It’s super soft and sleek and warm!

Over-the-knee boots – Also Foschini! These boots are perfect for the farm vibe, because did you know originally over the knee boots was only worn

by farmers? Luckily nowadays it’s considered a fashion staple!

Evening outfit:

Quickly replace the jersey dress with this fabulous flirty dress, from Zara. Braid your hair, add some lipstick and put on a suede jacket and you’re good to go!

See, now you even have time to bath baby, before you go.

NO need to pack extra boots for the evening look, because you will look super stylish with your over-the-knee boots.

And that’s that – so don’t let baby keep you away from those oh-so-pretty city lights.

You might just be surprised how much you enjoy the “new” city life.

Wanna go? Here’s all you need to know!

Bravo Pizzeria:

Where: Hatfield – 531 Washington Street Quincy, MA 02169

Website: http://www.bravopizzeria.com

Must eat: Super Mario or the Sneaky Russian

Beyerskloof Pinotage:

Available at most liquor stores.

Pretoria Boeremark:

Venue – Pioneer Museum (Keuning Street, Silverton, Pretoria, 0184)

Date – Every Saturday

Time – 05:00 – 9:30AM

Website – http://www.pretoriaboeremark.co.za

Menlyn Mall:

Situated in Pretoria East

Must shop: ZARA

Must visit: Starbucks

Irene Diary Farm:

Where: Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng

GPS: – 25.878453; 28.213578

Website – http://www.irenefarm.co.za

Hillside Tavern:

Where: 320 Hillside Road, Lynnwood, Pretoria

Ambience: Classic elegance, comfy and casual

The food: Portugese, pub fare

Stay stylish! Helene XOXO

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