Arcadia, Pretoria

Suburb in Pretoria, South Africa

Place in Gauteng, South Africa
25°44′46″S 28°13′16″E / 25.746°S 28.221°E / -25.746; 28.221Coordinates: 25°44′46″S 28°13′16″E / 25.746°S 28.221°E / -25.746; 28.221CountrySouth AfricaProvinceGautengMunicipalityCity of TshwaneMain PlacePretoriaEstablished1857/8Area • Total2.94 km2 (1.14 sq mi)Population
 • Total23,404 • Density8,000/km2 (21,000/sq mi)Racial makeup (2011) • Black African80.2% • Coloured3.6% • Indian/Asian1.7% • White12.5% • Other1.9%First languages (2011) • English18.6% • Northern Sotho14.0% • Tswana11.6% • Afrikaans9.6% • Other46.2%Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)Postal code (street)
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Arcadia is a suburb in Pretoria, South Africa that is known for its historical buildings, embassies and hotels. The Union Buildings[2] and the President's residence are also situated here.


The land on which the suburb lies had the name originally and so it remained after the land was surveyed in 1857/58 by AF du Toit.[3]


It is immediately east of the Pretoria CBD. The main thoroughfare is Park Street. Landmarks on Park Street are The Pretoria Art Museum in its Mid-Century Modernist building, The Gerard Moerdyk Restaurant which serves traditional colonial African fare in a house built in 1920 by this famous architect, as well as Loftus Versfeld Stadium where local and international rugby and soccer matches are played.


The Ecole Miriam Makeba, a campus of the Lycée Jules Verne French international school, is in Arcadia.[4] The University of Pretoria is also near Arcadia. High schools in the area include Pretoria High School for Girls, Pretoria Boys High School, Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool, Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool and Pretoria Technical High School.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Arcadia". Census 2011.
  2. ^ Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa vol.7
  3. ^ Raper, Peter E.; Moller, Lucie A.; du Plessis, Theodorus L. (2014). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers. p. 1412. ISBN 9781868425501.
  4. ^ "Contact and access map Archived 2015-02-10 at the Wayback Machine." Lycée Jules Verne. Retrieved on 18 January 2015. "Ecole Miriam Makeba 816 - 818 George Avenue Corner George & Eastwood, Eastwood – Arcadia, Pretoria"
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