Duncan Yard

Less than a kilometre from the Hatfield Gautrain station in Pretoria, Duncan Yard is a charming little centre that eschews the big mall atmosphere. Restored from its once dilapidated state, the Duncan Yard village is a quaint retail destination (rare these days) selling art, furniture, food and craft. Explore it by way of its winding cobbled streets. With roughly 18 stores under its roof, we picked out five that you shouldn't miss... Garden Bleu and Linen & Stone Garden Bleu stocks a fabulous range of garden furniture and accessories with a rustic, French country bent. Our top pick is their wrought iron cafe tables and chairs. Linen & Stone, who shares the space with them, offers an irresistible array of homeware with a decidedly organic feel, from wooden kitchen accessories to cotton towels. Call Linen & Stone on 0123621664. Moi Decor - To satisfy the Francophile in you, the original Moi Decor store (sister to Parkhurst’s), is run by a mother and daughter team and imports a hand-picked range of authentic French furniture and body products, including chandeliers, frames and decorative items. Cherry Amber - For those truly unique outfits, owners Helene and Magda import a collection of clothes, bags, shoes and jewellery from abroad. Have a browse for something exotic and fun, and while you’re at it, check out their growing collection of vintage fashion. Call them on 0832696480. Fient Lifestyle Gallery - With a focus on art by emerging and established artists, this homegrown lifestyle gallery owned by Cecily Pohl also stocks a collection of decor, accessories and fashion items from a select pool of talented South Africans. We love that she supports local communities. Tegan & Me - A clothing boutique that aims to make women look and feel fabulous, many of Tegan & Me’s feminine and frivolous creations are made from organic fabrics using low impact dyes.  Call them on 0724050454. Find Duncan Yard at the corner of Jan Shoba (Duncan) Street and Prospect Streer, Hatfield, Pretoria.