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If ever there was a suburb in Pretoria indicative of the status that the capital city of South Africa holds, then Hatfield would be that suburb. Hatfield is known by the locals as the embassy suburb and boasts magnificent palatial homes found along wide jacaranda-lined streets. Besides its prestigious standing, Hatfield is literally minutes from the Pretoria CBD, putting travellers within easy reach of the city’s attractions and business district. Furthermore, Hatfield itself is home to numerous lifestyle centres, excellent restaurants, chic cafés and bistros, and many other amenities.
There is a large student community resident in the suburb, the University of Pretoria being within walking distance. Hatfield includes an urban village where residences, businesses and recreation facilities are housed within the complex.
The suburb of Hatfield could best be defined as part academic, part old money with a bit of bohemia thrown into the mix.
Top 8 reasons to visit Hatfield
1. The University of Pretoria houses the magnificent Mapungubwe Collection of ancient gold figures and artefacts discovered at the Mapungubwe Iron Age UNESCO world heritage site, north of Hatfield. Entrance is free.
2. Duncan Yard is a maze of restaurants and fashionable stores more inclined towards bespoke merchandise. Other shopping centres in the area include the 70-store Hatfield Plaza and The Field Village.
3. The landmark Union Buildings, designed in 1908 by Sir Herbert Baker and the seat of the South African government, means many things to city residents and visitors; it’s a place of history, a public gathering place, a memorial to reflect upon, and a park with attractive terraced gardens.
4. Spend a few hours at the National Zoological Gardens along the Apies River, the zoo itself considered one of the finest in the world. The facility conducts important research and hosts regular educational programmes.
5. For a fun family outing, visit the Fort Klapperkop heritage site... Show more