If only we could have a limitless budget to explore the Mother City! Until we figure out how to do this, we’ll have to keep an eye on our budgets. We’ve hunted down a few fun things that you can indulge in, without feeling guilty about your spending.
#1 Catch a Comedy Show at The Cape Town Comedy Club
Situated in the Pump House at the V&A Waterfront, you can get your dose of endorphins from top South African comedians including Alyn Adams, Nik Rabinowitz, and Dave Levinsohn. While you are enjoying the laughs, you can also order some food.
Tickets to weekday shows (Wednesday or Thursday) cost R95 and Sunday night shows are R60.
Visit capetowncomedy.com for more information.
#2 Have a Meaty Township Lunch at Mzoli’s
This unique culinary experience is situated in Gugulethu. So before you head over, remind yourself to not expect a flashy fine dining outing. In fact, there won’t even be knives and forks on the tables. And no waiters at your beck and call. It’s a down to earth authentically local experience. You can buy your beer or wine at the bottle store across the road before heading over to the butchery to select your braai meat. After you’ve selected your meat, head over to the braai grids, and wait for your freshly braai’d meat.
You determine the price of your meal. The average prices range from R89 per kilogram for the mutton chops and R60 per kilogram for the boerewors. And their homemade bread is a must, R10 per slice.
Visit the Mzoli’s Facebook page to stay in the loop with upcoming events.
#3 Catch a Movie under the Stars
The age of drive-in theatres are now a thing of the past, but the Galileo Open Air Cinema has put a fresh spin on outdoor movies. Imagine watching a movie at a wine farm. Or in Kirstenbosch Gardens! Other venues include the V&A Waterfront rooftop, Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville, and various wine estates in Stellenbosch and Somerset West. They screen old classics and new blockbusters. Screenings are scheduled throughout the week during the summer months, from October to April. They also offer picnic baskets and there are food stalls as well.
Online bookings: a standard ticket costs R70 | Warm ticket with blanket included R79 | Comfy ticket with chair included R88 | Warm & comfy ticket with chair and blanket included R95
Visit thegalileo.co.za for more information.
#4 Have a Beer at Perseverance Tavern
It’s not every day that you get to sip a beer at the oldest surviving pub in the country. The Perseverance Tavern poured its first beer in 1808 and has remained operational ever since. For 28 years it went under the radar and only became an official pub with a liquor licence in 1836. In the beginning it also operated as a hotel. Surviving for more than 200 years is a feat to be cheersed with a beer!
You can buy a beer from R20.
Visit perseverancetavern.co.za for more information.
#5 Enjoy Theatrical Dining
This restaurant puts a new spin on “dinner and a show”. Your waitron will surprise you with their hidden talents. During the evening the waitrons spontaneously jump on stage and transform into a glitzy entertainer, wooing you with their sultry voices. If you are brave enough, and you know the lyrics, you can join them on stage! It’s a great way for students from the art schools around Cape Town to practice their performance skills, while saving money towards their studies.
You can determine your budget for the night, whether you simply want to pop in for a quick drink, or stay for a scrumptious meal.
Visit stardustcapetown.com for more information.
#6 Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
A visit to this world-renowned botanical garden is a must! Nestled against the slopes of Table Mountain on the Southern suburbs side, it feels like a little tropical forest in the city. The gardens cover five out of the six South African biomes. It was founded in 1913 with the main purpose of preserving and showcasing the country’s unique flora. Make sure you take a stroll to the top of the gardens and walk on the Boomslang walkway.
Entrance fees: R70 (adults) | R40 (students with valid SA card) | R20 (children 6 to 17 years) | Children under 6 have free access.
Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens website for more information.
#7 Visit the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum at the V&A Waterfront
The museum opened in 2013 and has been bestowed with many international accolades. It offers an interactive experience of the South African rugby history. View the largest collection of Springbok memorabilia in the world! You can admire the Springbok jacket of Paul Roos, the original Springbok Captain, and listen to audio recordings of classic games.
Entrance fees: R75 (Adults) | R50 (Pensioners over 60 | R50 (students with valid SA card) | R50 (children 6 to 18 years) | Children under 5 have free access.
Visit sarugby.co.za for more information.
#8 Visit the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA)
Another world-first in the city, a museum solely dedicated to contemporary African art. And the housing of the artwork is a masterpiece in itself. The old grain silo dates back to 1921. Thomas Heatherwick was the mastermind behind the conversion of the silo. Read the TimesLive interview with the innovative architect. There are a 100 gallery spaces to explore, so make sure you set aside enough time to admire the unique collections.
You can enter for free on Wednesdays between 10 AM and 1 PM (only for African citizens with a valid ID/Passport/Driver’s Licence); on Museum Night and Heritage Day (24 September) between 10 AM and 6 PM.
Alternatively, pay half-price (R95) on the first Friday of every month between 4 PM and 9 PM
Visit www.zeitzmocaa.museum for more information
#9 Explore the City on a Bicycle
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There’s just something about getting on a bicycle that reconnects you with your adventurous side. This is a nifty way to explore the city from a unique perspective. The UpCycles bikes are classic Dutch-style, single speed bikes, with back pedal brakes (important thing to know, so you don’t panic when you can’t find the brakes!) Their upright shape and sprung saddles will keep you comfy while you admire the city views. They also have bikes with child seats. They also offer more advanced mountain bikes, aluminium road bikes and pedal assist ebikes (on request for pre-booking). Their drop-and-go stations are located at The Pavilion on the Sea Point Promenade, Breakaway Café (Waterkant Street Fan Walk), Silo 5 (V&A Waterfront Silo District), and Camps Bay (Bay Hotel). You can hire the bike at one station, and return it at another.
Bike hire: one hour costs R75 or two hours for R110 (if you want to go a little over your cheapie budget)
Visit upcycles.co.za for more information
Another option is to go for a guided bicycle tour around the city, but this will cost more than R100.
#10 Swim at the Long Street Baths
The Long Street Baths date back to 1908, a true historic gem. Although the interior has been upgraded, the original look is preserved. It has a 25m indoor heated pool that’s perfect for a quick morning or lunchtime workout session. The Turkish bath section has specific times dedicated to men and women. Tuesdays from 10:00 to 14:00 are exclusively for the ladies.
Turkish baths entrance R64 per hour or R120 per 4 hour session
Indoor pools entrance R23 (Adults) | R12 (Children) | free for pensioners
Hot baths/showers entrance R19 (Adults) | R19 (Children) | R19 (Pensioners)
Visit capetown.gov.za for more information.
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