Things to do before winter ends

Winter is slowly but surely coming to an end. With summer fast approaching, make sure that you take that last sip of hot chocolate and indulge in that glass of red wine beside the fireplace. Here are a couple of things you should do before winter ends:

Enjoy an old favourite movie with a blanket and a bowl of popcorn

When it is cold outside, even the idea of leaving the house to go to the movies is hard to get enthusiastic about. Gather your blankets, get a bowl of popcorn and enjoy a cozy movie night.

Go for a hike

Just because the weather becomes a little chilly doesn’t mean that you have to bundle up and spend our short South African winter avoiding the great outdoors. Hiking is a fantastic way to get those joints moving and to get a dose of vitamin D. We recently enjoyed a hike at the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve in Pretoria and what a wonderful experience. Bonus: You can bring your dogs too!

Enjoy a meal at an Italian Restaurant

A glass of vino to accompany a hearty pasta meal is exactly what you need to give you that unmatched winter feeling. Head to your nearest Italian restaurant to warm up with some delicious Italian cuisine before winter ends. Alfie’s Italian Café at The Village in Pretoria is a definite favourite.

Prepare a delicious dinner

Too cold to go out? Celebrate the end of winter by preparing a delightful feast with your closest friends at home. Woolworths has some of the best pastas in store – have a look at the options on their Instagram page and shop online here.

Baking: The cure for the winter blues

Winter is the perfect excuse for baking. Take out your grandma’s most mouth-watering, crave-worthy biscuit recipes and bake up a storm to warm up for the last stretch of winter.

Have a cuppa…

A steaming mug of hot chocolate or a cream-covered cappuccino is one of winter’s greatest pleasures. Head to your nearest coffee shop and indulge. Too cold to go out? Make your own by combining a cup of warm milk with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Top with mini-marshmallows and enjoy!

Enjoy a Winter Market

Get your friends and family together and enjoy a day of craft stalls and street food at your nearest Winter Market. The Hazel Food Market is one of our favourites and if you go there, you have got to try a Lamb Pita at Smaak.’s stall.

Credit: Renate Engelbrecht

Travelling Mystery Guest’s Favourite Coffee Shops

Given the nature of our business, we all obviously love coffee shops and restaurants. Travelling Mystery Guest consulted our mystery guests to compile our top 5 favourite coffee shops. We encourage you to visit these lovely places to see for yourself why we love them.

  1. Exclusive Books Hyde Park Corner

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Being a book lover and an old fashioned millennial, this shop offers something special. The book section is surrounded by a coffee shop and in between the shelves there are old couches where people can sit and read. You can buy a book and go and read it whilst enjoying some coffee. It’s a gathering of bookworms and the vibe is very welcoming to anyone who, like our mystery guest, is a book fanatic.

2. Afroboer 

This coffee shop is popular due to various factors; their quality coffee, the delicious cakes and fresh pastries. Our mystery guest especially loves the décor.  The inside of this restaurant is lovely, with high ceilings and wooden floors that creates a beautiful space. Afroboers location is also quite central, making it accessible for all their customers! Be sure to visit this place for a true African-Boer experience!

3. Woolworths at Menlyn Maine  

teapot-598122_1920Though we all are quite accustomed to Woolworths stores, our mystery guest enjoys this particular branch because of their wide variety of teas and their delicious white hot chocolate. Woolworths also has very nice food. Menlyn Maine is still a relatively new shopping centre with a lot of nice shops attracting customers, thus Woolworths is located in the ideal setting.

 

 

 

 

4. Pltfrm at the Pretoria Gautrain Station

This cute little coffee shop is located in Pretoria Central Business District near the Gautrain station. The layout looks very cozy and it’s a café type coffee shop. Pltfrm’s has a lot to offer, including craft beer, wifi, outdoor seating and live entertainment. This café has a rustic look and is perfect for delicious coffee and some yummy food before jumping on the Gautrain. Our other mystery guests are surely going to visit this restuarant!

5. Aroma Coffee in Lynnwood

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Most students and people living in the Brooklyn and Hatfield areas will be familiar with this coffee shop. Together with its adjacent attraction, the Aroma Gelato store, a dynamic duo is created. With the small street-like café vibe, it’s really cozy and the coffee is delicious. One will definitely be craving ice cream when leaving there, so why not pop in next door and grab a sugar cone! This place is very well suited for a casual gathering of a small group of friends.

Written by: Alicia Redelinghuys