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Places of interest and things to do in Harfield

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Places of interest and things to do in Harfield

1 Eat 

Harfield’s 2nd Avenue is lined with restaurants, coffee shops and bars, which is fabulous for locals. One of the longest standing is Brad’s Grill (021 671  2527), open every night and justifiably famous for its steaks. Rare Grill (076 460 0423) is owned by Greg Bax (formerly Hussar) and has just celebrated its first birthday. It recently won the annual Wolftrap steakhouse championship as well as being “highly commended” in the Eat Out Best Everyday Eatery awards last month.

2 Drink Twigs 

With Beans, (021 674 1193) is recommended by our insider, Wade Pretorious. Here a young and dynamic team is “passionate about serving great food and beautiful coffee”. Home Bar & Restaurant, top right, (021 683 6066) has also been around for ages, for good reason. It serves great pub food at reasonable prices, and is a favourite hangout for locals, especially when there’s rugby on the TV.

3 Walk 

Learn more about the village and its history with a VoiceMap audio tour guided by John Bartmann. Take a walk through the narrow alleys, back streets and parks to experience it through the eyes of a local. VoiceMap (developed here in Cape Town) is a phone app which offers multiple tours around the world.

After four years of living in the city, my wife Sam and I decided to chase the suburban dream. Harfield Village was our number one choice because of what we had heard about the neighbourhood. Most of it was true – and the parks are lovely. Our dog Rickie loves it. He has more friends in Harfield than we do. We have met most of our neighbours, who are friendly and considerate. It’s much quieter than our life just off Kloof Street, but there are pubs, restaurants and coffee shops to keep us happy. – Resident Wade Pretorious, with wife Sam Picture: Tracey Adams/ANA

4 Parks 

There are several parks in the area and Friends of Harfield Village Parks help to look after them. Next Saturday there is a gardening party at Purely Park from 9am until1pm. Visitors are invited to weed, mulch and pick up litter. Take a gardening tool and don’t forget the sunblock. Grey water, compost and paving stones welcomed. Go to the Facebook page.

5 Shopping 

Because it’s a proper village, there are  small retail outlets and businesses dotted around Harfield, but for anything more than that  you’ll have to head further afield, to the shopping hub of Cavendish Square in Claremont. Main Road Kenilworth is also close and convenient, as is Palmyra Junction, and for the bargain hunters, Access Park. 

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