- Pretoria has joined the pavement cafe trend thanks to Hazelwood Village.
- On-site roasting at two coffee spots ensures a world-class brew after your training ride.
- Multiple bike racks provide safe
and secure parking for your bicycle.
Suburbs like Parkhurst and Greenside provide Johannesburg's urban riders with great atmosphere and sidewalk style coffee stops.
This concept is something that Pretoria cyclists did without for a long time, with most coffee shops and restaurants located in malls or shopping centres.
The Village in Hazelwood has changed much of this, as residential properties were transformed into restaurants and boutique stores. All shaded by the leafy saturation of established trees.
Two of these Hazelwood establishments cater to the one thing that cyclists love most, except for caron-fibre, and that is coffee. Hazelwood has become a valuable venue for Pretoria cyclists seeking that post-ride caffeine fix.
Located alongside each other, both Aroma and Spout roast their own coffee, ensuring a terrifically fresh brew at either.
One of the first pavement style cafes to roast their coffee on-site, Aroma now has six different blends for patrons to choose from.
With the roaster forming part of the industrial themed interior architecture, this space is a treat for visitors who like all things vintage and mechanical.
Alongside the coffee shop is the Aroma Gelato lounge, which offers a tasty variety of proper Italian ice cream, a great treat after that mid-summer pedal. Whether you need some caffeine after a huge Sunday morning training session or a leisure ride reward on a swelting summer's day, Aroma offers both.
This café occupies a pair of recycled shipping containers in Hazelwood Village. Patrons order at the counter and can then take a seat on the street side wooden furniture, observing as Hazelwood comes alive with joggers, dog walkers and sportscar owners.
Spout's coffee menu is one of the best in Pretoria. Despite the small kitchen space, they do offer pastries and baked goods that are entirely capable of deliciously replacing all those lost calories.
The multiple storage racks in front of both Aroma and Spout are always full of bikes on the weekend. Excellent coffee and a great location, along with its early morning buzz, have made Hazelwood Village a favourite among all cyclists.
If you need an excuse for a new coffee ride in the nation's capital, head over to 16th street, Hazelwood, Pretoria.