Pretoria! The Capital City! The Ever-Growing City!

Taking an inside look at the new found love interest in the Jacaranda district.

We stayed at the Capital at Menlyn Maine on the eve of the coldest day of the year. My fiancé and I parked our car in the basement of the hotel and checked in, we decided to walk to Time Square Casino as it is literally across the street from The Capital Menlyn Maine. It started drizzling and this reminded me of our time in London.

It’s such a lovely experience to be able to be in walking distance between the two hot spots.


The Capital Menlyn Maine opened on the 1st of March 2017. This modern hotel offers fantastic views, is in walking distance of Time Square Casino and is in the same vicinity of the newly opened Menlyn Maine, not to mention the numerous shops and restaurants to choose from. There are a number of statues to admire as you venture around this fantastic development, all the statues were created by sculptor Anton Smit who also created the statues at Black Bamboo Restaurant located at the Menlyn Boutique Hotel

Black Bamboo x Restaurant Week

Menlyn Maine is Africa’s first green city which will include 5700 square meters of scenic parklands and this new development is a short distance from the newly renovated Menlyn Mall (second biggest shopping centre in South Africa after Gateway, Durban) making this the best spot in Pretoria East for all things hip and happening.

IMG_6863IMG_6862IMG_5384We had dinner at Something’s cooking by J Something at Time Square Casino. The restaurant is decorated with simplistic elements made up of wooden tables and no table covers, the staff are warm, welcoming and constantly have a smile throughout the night. The cuisine is a mash up of traditional favourites with a modern twist. From deep fried mac and cheese to a full spicy Portuguese chicken. You can also view the chefs working in the kitchen under a piano like feature. I also liked the memories showcased on the walls of the restaurant featuring pictures of Micasa and J’Something throughout their musical journey.

IMG_6813IMG_6848IMG_6827We enjoyed our overnight stay in our gorgeous room at the Capital, Menlyn Maine,  it was decorated beautifully, in shades of grey and pops of yellow, which comes with every necessity you would require.


The next morning we had breakfast at Koi, which is located next to the hotel’s reception. You can also order room service from Koi as the hotel doesn’t have their own dedicated kitchen however luckily for all visitors the hotel works in conjunction with Koi. The decor is that of pastel colours with oriental flair and a beautiful feature wall of a geisha. The breakfast is a buffet style set up with a variety of options.

IMG_6833IMG_6950IMG_6837Time Square opened on the 1st of April 2017. Time Square Casino is the second largest casino to open in Africa and 1st casino to open in Pretoria. This casino boasts 85 square meters of restaurants and entertainment spanning over two floors. It also includes 2 000 slot machines and 60 gaming tables. The 8000 seater amphitheatre is still in construction and is located next to the entrance of the casino as well as the 18 floor Maslow Time Square Hotel.



Menlyn Maine is fast becoming the best spot in Pretoria for great food and entertainment and best of all it’s right on my doorstep. Plan a date night or some fun with family and friends, there’s something for everyone.





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