Cape Town, the Mother City, the jewel of the Western Cape
This vibey tourist hotspot has so much to see and do, but don’t let a scanty bank account put you off exploring the stunning destination. We’ve put together a list of attractions and activities all over Cape Town that don’t cost a cent.
1. Green Point Urban Park
This massive park is situated within walking distance of the V & A Waterfront, Green Point and Sea Point. There are tranquil ponds with fish and birds, a number of fabulous play areas for little ones, shady spots, and plenty of space to run around. All of this is set against the backdrop of Table Mountain and Signal Hill.
2. Company’s Gardens
Right in the city centre, there are avenues lined by tall oak trees, where squirrels and pigeons feed together under the dappled shade. The gorgeous lawns are irresistible, and there are museums, galleries, restaurants and markets all in one convenient spot.
3. The promenade
Sea Point’s Promenade is littered with exercise equipment and parks, as well as places to cycle, run and walk. The view of the waves crashing right onto the paving and the mountains of the Cape is idyllic. There are also dozens of popular and renowned restaurants and bars on the strip.
4. Go beaching
There are some really spectacular beaches in and around Cape Town. Muizenberg is perfect for swimming, stand-up paddling, kite-surfing and hydrofoiling. Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno are popular for tanning, walking and taking a refreshing dip in the cool waters.
5. Hike up Lion’s Head
Head up this iconic mountain and sip some champagne as you watch the sun set, or enjoy a picnic with the family. The trail is challenging enough to work up a sweat, but pleasant enough to tackle, even for those who aren’t particularly fit. The full moon hike is an awesome way to spend a warm summer’s evening.
6. Sample some world-class wines
Usually, there’s a fee involved in tasting wines but, at Wine Concepts on Kloof, there are free wine tastings every weekday between 16h00 and 19h00, and from 12h00 to 15h00 on weekends. South Africa is acclaimed for its wines, and you can taste some delicious varieties at no charge. As an added bonus, there is a 10% discount on whichever wines were available for that particular day’s tasting, if you decide to splurge on a bottle or two.
7. Visit a market
The Neighbourgoods Market (at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock) or the City Bowl Market in Hope Street are fabulously vibey places to spend a morning perusing organic, homemade and gourmet goodies, and to score a few free samples along the way.
The Neighbourgoods Market is open on Saturdays from 09h00 to 14h00, and the City Bowl Market is held on Saturdays (09h00 to 14h00) and Thursdays (16h30 to 20h30).
8. Attend a poetry reading
A Touch of Madness in Observatory holds regular poetry readings. Listen as local poets share their work, and be inspired by their creativity.
9. More ideas
- Walk a dog from a local shelter
- Stroll through the Tokai forest
- Explore the various malls and do a little window shopping
- Meander through the streets of Woodstock and enjoy the many graffiti artworks
- Watch the boats at the Waterfront or in the harbour at Simonstown