Pretoria kids are always overcome with envy when walking the streets of Braam. "So many markets!", "So many restaurants!", "So many events!", "So many cool kid places nje, why don't we have any?" Well kids, I've been to Braam, even if it was only a few times, I've made some startling discoveries of similarities and differences between Braam and Pretoria CBD that could offer some good for thought.
Secondly, Braam is set up a lot like PTA CBD. The same confusing streets that all lead you back to where you started, roadside parking, tall, old buildings converted into offices spaces and art shops, market places scattered about and clubs sandwiched everywhere in-between. The only difference, I notice, is in the amount of niche cafes, eateries and event locations. Although Braam beats Pretoria with its dozens of gourmet burger joints and cafes, Pretoria does have its fair share of boutique eat out joints. Some examples are Pltfrm, Cafe Riche in vibey Church Square, Uncle Fouzie (a Lebanese eatery), Urban Eatery, Oriental Palace Restaurant and the tons of uniquely Pretorian Kota joints peppered throughout town.
Lastly, Pretoria is home to many embassies and international companies. This give Pretoria a unique edge over Braam. How, you ask? Well, these organisations are always hosting events that allow you to experience different cultures and countries with out having to pay the for airfare and accommodation. It also means that there are many shops dedicated to selling Nigerian. Japanese, Philippine, to name a few, clothing and food. Add that extra unique shopping experience to the thrift and charity stores in Pretoria that resemble those of Braam's and Pretoria kills it as the ideal shopping location for cool kids always on the hunt for the most unique and extra pieces. And there's still Mr. Price and Zara if you want to go the mass?fast fashion route.