Area Guide Arcadia

Arcadia is hard to beat as it is within walking distance of Pretoria Central and is well situated near all the amenities, main roads, Tshwane University of Technology, the Union Building, as well as most other government buildings.

The University of Pretoria is also near Arcadia. With a total of approximately 38 499 students, this university is the country’s largest residential university. Arcadia is home to trendy shopping malls and nightclubs to satisfy the abundance of students, upmarket residential areas, world-class restaurants, and other entertainment facilities. The amenities, as well as important monuments and fascinating architectural buildings, make Arcadia a must-experience.

Pretoria has the second largest number of embassies in the world, after Washington, D.C., most of which are located in or near Arcadia. The main road is Park Street, on which the US Embassy compound can be found. Other attractions situated on Park Street are the spectacular Pretoria Art Museum in its Mid-Century Modernist building, The Gerard Moerdyk Restaurant, which serves traditional colonial African meals in a house built in 1920 by this famous architect, as well as Loftus Versfeld Stadium, where local and international rugby as well as soccer matches are played and can be seen.

Distance from Key Points

Arcadia’s prime location within walking distance of Pretoria Central positions it superbly near essential amenities and main roads. Its proximity to key government buildings, including the Union Building and the main road, Park Street, makes it a strategic choice for residents and businesses alike.

Schools in the Area

Although primarily known for higher education institutions, Arcadia is close to several reputable schools that cater to younger students as well. These include Pretoria Boys High School, Pretoria High School for Girls, and Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool. The area’s accessibility to these educational institutions makes it a favourable option for families.

Medical Facilities

Arcadia offers access to a range of medical services. Nearby facilities include the Pretoria Eye Institute, Arcadia Clinic, and the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, providing comprehensive medical care from general health services to specialized treatments.

Shopping Malls

Arcadia is a shopping haven with several trendy malls catering to its cosmopolitan population. Key shopping destinations include the Hatfield Plaza and the Arcadia Shopping Centre, which host a variety of stores, from international brands to local boutiques.


The culinary scene in Arcadia is vibrant, reflecting its diverse community. World-class restaurants like Harrie’s Pancakes and The Gerard Moerdyk Restaurant offer a range of dining experiences, from local delights to international cuisines.

Special Attractions

Arcadia is rich in cultural and architectural landmarks, including the Pretoria Art Museum and numerous embassies, making it an attractive area for tourists and locals. The nearby Loftus Versfeld Stadium is also a major draw, hosting local and international sports events.

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