The best things to do in Cape Town that won’t cost you a cent

From free art and wine to a free ride on the Cape Wheel.

free activities in Cape Town

One of South Africa’s most beautiful cities is also one of the most expensive. Just ‘cos you’re counting down the days ’til payday doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy what Cape Town has to offer though. From taking advantage of all the natural beauty to milking your birthday benefits dry, here are the best free activities in Cape Town:

Take a hike

Cape Town’s CBD is only a few minutes away from some of the most stunning views in the country. Lion’s Head is wildly popular for good reason; you can get up and down in 2 hours and the photo ops at the top are unrivalled. If you want to miss the crowds head to Kloof Corner. The incline is steep AF but it will take you about half an hour and is a great sunset viewing point.

 

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Make the most of your birthday

Being serenaded by the waiters at Spur isn’t the only birthday benefit you get in this country. If you spend your special day near the Waterfront know that both the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Cape Wheel will give you free entry during your birthday week. You can also ride the cable car for free. Whoever you go with will have to pay full price but whatever; it’s *your* birthday.

 

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Become a yogi

Most yoga studios in Cape Town offer a free class or a, better yet, a free week for first-timers. And with the number of yoga studios, there are you could get a whole year’s worth of free yoga. Start with Wild Thing in Sea Point. Their Warm Flow classes with Martin are set to ‘the kind of music that makes you want to move’; think more Billie Eilish than Buddha Bar.

 

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Head to the beach

If it’s topless tanning and possibly being accidentally featured in the background of some cool person’s Instastory you’re after, go to Bakhoven or Beta Beach. If you’d like to have a dip without freezing the bottom half of your body off you’ll need to head to Muizenberg or St James. And for sun tanning amongst people who look like they could be on Love Island go to the Clifton/Camps Bay strip.

 

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Tap into the art world

On the first Thursday of every month, First Thursdays take over the city from around 5:30pm. Art galleries and museums keep their doors open late, so you can look at cool contemporary art (and sample wine) for free after work. There are usually other events happening too, like DJs and live music, around the area.

Go outside

Cape Town is really spoilt for choice when it comes to idyllic outdoor spots that don’t cost a thing (and we’re *not* looking at you, Kirstenbosch). Green Point Urban Park has a biodiversity garden, running/walking trails, manicured lawns and an outdoor gym. Sea Point promenade is the spot for romantic meandering into the sunset, while Cecelia Forest is great for a fresh walk amongst the trees. You can also walk the catwalk in Muizenberg; a sea-side stroll that leads you to St James.

 

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