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The OFS Smart Repair Paint Shop

April 20, 2018
The OFS Smart Repair Paint Shop

The OFS Smart Repair Paint Shop 49 Fritz Stockenstrom street, East End, Bloemfontein ofssmartrepair.co.za Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do • Edgar Degas Welcome to the OFS Smart Repair Paint Shop. Located in one of the city’s top industrial areas, our 5 star Paint Shop is Bloemfontein’s coolest repair hub. Covering more than 1800 m² of our 5200 m² workshop, the OFS Paint Shop is a trendy space of friendly, highly skilled staff and ultra modern top-of-the-line technology and equipment. Did you know:  As a local market leader delivering firsts for over 34 years,…

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Bella Casa Trattoria

March 1, 2018
Bella Casa Trattoria

Bella Casa Trattoria 31 President Steyn Avenue, Westdene, Bloemfontein Bella Casa on Facebook Fancy something delicious, hearty and all-a-round delectable? Well, we know just the place! Situated in the leafy suburb Westdene in Bloem is the delightful Bella Casa Trattoria. A trendy hub of friendly, efficient service and fabulous flavoursome food. The saucy handmade pastas are marvelous and the wood-fired thin-based pizzas an absolute must. Rated by Eat Out: SA’s best guide to SA’s best food, as one of the 500 hottest restaurants in SA for an impressive 4 years running, it’s no wonder Bella Casa is such a firm favourite…

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De Oude Kraal Country Estate & Spa

December 1, 2017
Cool Spots • De Oude Kraal

De Oude Kraal Country Estate & Spa 35km South of Bloemfontein on the N1 (to Cape Town) deoudekraal.com People who love to eat are always the best people – Julia Child When the Nelson Mandela Foundation decided to put together The Great South African Cookbook featuring South Africa’s finest cooks, chefs and local food heroes, the result was quite frankly put, impeccable. The book is an absolute treat and features the very best culinary talent our country has to offer. Reuben Riffel of Reuben’s in Franschhoek, David Higgs of MKR SA and the renowned Marble in Johannesburg and Marie Lombard…

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The Royal Fischer Hotel

October 20, 2017
The Royal Fischer Hotel • Cool Spots

The Royal Fischer Hotel 65 Kameeldoring Drive, Woodland Hills Wildlife Estate, Bloemfontein royalfischer.com Where history and contemporary chic hospitality meet. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac in one of the city’s hippest areas, the 5-star Royal Fischer Hotel is Bloemfontein’s latest swanky hot spot. Named after one of South Africa’s greatest historical figures, Bram Fischer, the original homestead was built in the 1800’s by Abraham Fischer (Prime Minister of the Orange Free State and Bram Fischer’s grandfather) and was recently renovated into a luxury boutique-style hotel with 5 exclusive suites and bucketloads of modern style. The combination of a gorgeous historic…

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El’ Jefe Cantina

September 27, 2017
Cool Spots • El' Jefe Cantina

El’ Jefe Cantina The Walk Shopping Centre, Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein El’ Jefe Cantina on Facebook When it comes to flavourful food, spicy Mexican-inspired feasts sit pretty high up on our list! If a dish is filled or topped with cheese, chilli or smoky meat and then fried or baked, we’re in. Don’t forget the freshly made salsa, guacamole and lashings of sour cream, or the zingy ceviche that pairs so perfectly with jugs of frozen margaritas or tots of tequila. Located at the The Walk Shopping Centre in Langenhovenpark is Mexican delight El’ Jefe Cantina, Bloemfontein’s latest hot spot. Serving great…

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Prague • Czech Republic

August 31, 2017
Cool Spots • Prague Czech Republic

Prague Czech Republic, Europe prague.eu Why we love Prague How can you not love a city that is the equal to Paris in terms of beauty? A city who’s intricate and mystical history goes back a millennium? Where local pastries are dreamy and delicious? AND where you can order a beer without speaking, simply by placing a beer mat on the table? If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good – Dr. Seuss  A European Hotspot The 1989 Velvet Revolution that freed the Czechs from communism gave to Europe a gem of a city…

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The Vrystaat Kunstefees • Arts Festival

July 19, 2017
Cool Spots • Vrystaat Kunstefees / Arts Festival

Vrystaat Kunstefees / Arts Festival / Tsa-Botjhaba Bloemfontein campus of the University of the Free State vrystaatkunstefees.co.za There is nothing better to conquer the cold Free Sate winter than the Vrystaat Kunstefees in Bloemfontein, a marvelously fantastic arts festival with one-of-a-kind hospitality. Drama, comedy, musical theatre, visual arts, dance theatre and entertainment for the kids. These are just a few of the highlights which festival goers can look forward to at the Vrystaat Kunstefees every year. This year is certainly no exception. One festival. Many stories Bloemfontein is wonderfully central and boasts some of the best theatres in the country…

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Graaff-Reinet • The gem of the Karoo

June 29, 2017
Cool Spots • Graaff-Reinet, Reinet house

Graaff-Reinet Eastern Cape, South Africa graaffreinet.co.za Where history and Karoo Hospitality meet. One of the Smart Team’s absolute favourite things to do is travel. Yes, we love experiencing the wonders to be found abroad BUT we also ADORE the vibrant and charming gems of our very own beautiful country, South Africa. At the top of our MUST-see beloved local gems is Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.   Set in a curl of the Sundays River, the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest settlement in South Africa and has seen more than two centuries of travellers, adventurers and prospectors…

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Jack and Jill Food co • Loch Logan Waterfront

May 23, 2017
Jack and Jill Food co. Loch Logan Waterfront

Jack and Jill Food co. Shop UG 8, Loch Logan Waterfront, Bloemfontein, Free State Jack and Jill Food co. on Facebook One of the Smart Team’s absolute favourite local hang-outs have moved! The fresh funky and all-round YUM deliciousness that is Jack and Jill Food co. can now be found at their NEW swanky address at the Loch Logan Waterfront in Bloemfontein. The charming Jill Nowers is the culinary delight behind Jack and Jill Food co. – Jill’s food philosophy is somewhat simple. The better quality the ingredient, the more delicious the end result. That’s why she believes in preparing delicious,…

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The Silo Hotel • Cape Town

April 23, 2017
The Silo Hotel Cape Town

The Silo Hotel Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, 8001 http://www.theroyalportfolio.com/the-silo/overview/ While visiting Cape Town last week for the Two Oceans marathon, the Smart Team had the pleasure of enjoying celebratory drinks after our run at Cape Town’s latest swanky spot The Silo Hotel. Towering above the V&A Waterfront, The Silo Hotel was built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex. Surrounded by the natural wonder of the Mother City, this dashing space occupies six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). The grain silo was the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa…

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