Bloemfontein

  Bloemfontein was founded in 1846 and now has a population of around half a million people. J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings was born in Bloemfontei... more

Bloemfontein

 

Bloemfontein was founded in 1846 and now has a population of around half a million people.
J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings was born in Bloemfontein in 1892.
 
In 1923, the African National Congress (ANC) political party was founded in Bloemfontein.
Today, Bloemfontein is a compact city surrounded by sprawling suburbs.
Happily, the city centre is safe to walk around during the day, but many of the city's activities are focused on the Waterfront and Mimosa malls and on the large sporting complex. Second Avenue, north of the Waterfront mall, has the majority of the city's bars and restaurants.
 
Bloemfontein is much safer than most other cities. You can walk around downtown during the day time (although it will be eerily quiet after the shops close). The Waterfront and other shopping malls are safe and patrolled with 24 hour security, and 2nd Street (the main restaurant strip) is fine day and night. The dodgy areas to avoid if possible are near the train station and anywhere east of the railway lines (where the traditional townships are located).

Places near Bloemfontein

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The Block & Cellar is an award winning steak and grill restaurant that offers exclusive à la carte dining and caters for guests with even the most discerning tastes.

Avanti Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Bloemfontein to find authentic Italian dishes. Come relax in our comfy tub chairs, enjoy your food and stay as long as you like, because when you're here your family!

Experience the delicate subtleties of touches of cacoa, used as a spice to enhance the flavours in a variety of savoury dishes on our menu, or enjoy our special high tea with a selection of delicate cakes and relax after work on the deck with a spec...

The Sand du Plessis Theatre Complex is without doubt the most versatile entertainment and event venue in the Free State. Offering a sublime mixture of the traditional and contemporary, it is the venue of choice for discerning clients wishing to host...

Bloemfontein Nightlife

The Sand du Plessis Theatre Complex is without doubt the most versatile entertainment and event venue in the Free State. Offering a sublime mixture of the traditional and contemporary, it is the venue of choice for discerning clients wishing to host...

Bloemfontein Dining

The Block & Cellar is an award winning steak and grill restaurant that offers exclusive à la carte dining and caters for guests with even the most discerning tastes.

Avanti Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Bloemfontein to find authentic Italian dishes. Come relax in our comfy tub chairs, enjoy your food and stay as long as you like, because when you're here your family!

Experience the delicate subtleties of touches of cacoa, used as a spice to enhance the flavours in a variety of savoury dishes on our menu, or enjoy our special high tea with a selection of delicate cakes and relax after work on the deck with a spec...