Known as the first Garden City of Cape Town this area is mostly known for all the thatched roof houses that lines the streets but there are a few well kept secrets that you need to experience for yourself to truly appreciate this suburb.
Centrally located, it is approximately 14 km from Cape Town CBD as well as Cape Town International Airport, this leafy suburb is easily accessible via the M16, N1 and N2 roads.
During the Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918, 6000 people succumbed to the virus in the Cape. Due to how easily the virus spread in overcrowded areas it was decided that more towns needed to be developed. It was agreed that the Victorian farm, Uitvlugt, would be developed and laid out according the town planning structure of Sir Ebenezer Howard, thus resulting in the first Garden City of the Cape. In 1922 the first Thatch roof House was built at nr. 3 Mead Street. In 1983 the house, as well as Mead Street, was declared a national monument. It is now known as The Mead
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The history of Pinelands
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Aside from embracing nature, this suburb is also family orientated and offers a great combination of shopping and family friendly outings.
This 15 000 square meter shopping centre is named after Sir Ebenezer Howard and aside from having all the known stores, they also offer other services from tailoring to travel. There are even architects based in the centre, so whether you are buying groceries or shopping for your new house you can find everything you need under one roof. It is easy to see why they have been around for 30 years.
Oude Molen Eco Village
This village is a revolutionary gem and should be a major tourist attraction instead of a local secret. It is a perfect example of sustainable development and has successfully been empowering the local community for 18 years. In 1997 local entrepreneurs took an abandoned hospital and its grounds and developed it into a "village" providing local artisans the perfect platform to sell and create their perspective products, while the grounds were opened to the public to enjoy. The village hosts 42 businesses and employ about 200 full time employees. Enterprises range from craft, food, equestrian, even a frail care centre. Throw in the public swimming pool and braai facilities and you have the perfect venue for the whole family to enjoy.
Millstone Farm Stall
Situated on the Oude Molen Eco Village, this organic farm stall and coffee shop specialize in homegrown produce and wood-fired breads. It is kid friendly and also has holiday programs to keep them entertained.
Opening Times: Tuesday - Sunday 09:00 - 17:00.
SA Astronomical Observatory
Just 6 km down the road is the South African Astronomical Observatory. Though not technically in Pinelands, this is a must do for anyone who has ever dreamt of being an astronaut or just find space fascinating. The SAAO was founded in 1820 and this world class facility's primary function is to conduct extensive research in astronomy and astrophysics. Contact them to find out about their open nights that include a tour of the facility. Entrance is free.
Pinelands has certainly hid its history and attractions well and it will be an absolute shame not to visit this seriously underrated suburb.