Cape Town on a budget

29 Mar 2017

Summer is nearing its end and the winter months are looming, so we suggest you get to the Mother City and enjoy some fun activities in style but also on budget…

Where to eat breakie

Cape Town has no shortage of breakfast spots that don’t break the bank. Arnolds has long been an institution among Cape Town locals, and is especially known for its cheap-as-chips breakfasts, laidback vibes and good coffee. Arnolds’ Early Bird Breakfast for R23 is the way to go. Clarke’s Dining Room is popular with locals for its hip (but not too hipster) vibe, and the main attraction at Clarke’s is undoubtedly its food, especially breakfast, which is served all day. For breakfast with a view, Knead at Muizenberg is arguably one of the best spots in Cape Town, and also offers one of the best bakeries. During the week, Knead is buzzing with surfers and over the weekend it’s packed with beachgoers. The delectable French toast is a firm favourite here.

Ladies and Gentlemen who lunch and dine out…

If you find yourself in Cape Town on a Monday evening, don’t miss this great special at HQ. Two for the price of one at HQ! Cost: R185 for two on a Monday nights only. Sirloin, chips and salad. HQ knows exactly what it does best and sticks to it with pride – the perfect steak in a modern French brasserie setting. Looking for something spicy, Eastern Food Bazaar is an exotic food court-style eatery reminiscent of a vibrant Middle Eastern souk. This famed CBD spot is one restaurant in which guests can enjoy a hearty helping of cuisine while still keeping bank balances intact.

Can’t go to Cape Town and not have some fish and chips, right? Kalky’s – perched right on the water’s edge at Kalk Bay’s small working harbour – is well-loved by locals and tourists alike for its reliable offering of cheap seafood and a classically Capetonian experience. For something sweet, head over to Kloof Street’s Unframed. Owner, Yann Rey and ice-cream master Stéphane Augé, have engineered and dreamed up the exciting variety of flavours at this understated, yet stylish, ice-cream parlour. How about, Jasmine Rice Lemongrass (vegan), Burnt White Chocolate, Matcha Tea (vegan) and Sea Salt Chocolate?


Things to do…

After all the eating you may need to take a hike

The freely accessible Lions Head hike is a hit with locals and visitors. For the price of a bottle of water and a packet of chips, you can enjoy the unsurpassed, 360-degree views from the top of the city’s second-most iconic mountain. It’s about an hour and a half to the top if you’re going at a slow pace. Go when there’s a full moon for excellent viewing and a naturally-lit pathway to the top.

Cost: Free


The Mother City has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and something to offer everyone. It is no surprise that South Africa was one of the first countries outside of Europe to earn blue flag status for some of her beaches – here are some of the beaches you have to visit- Clifton Fourth, Muizenberg, Mnandi, Camps Bay, Bikini, Llandudno, Fish Hoek, Melkbosstrand, Silwerstroomstrand and Strandfontein beaches.


Aside from having great stalls where you can buy locally made and crafted gifts and curios, the Bay Harbour Market has live music that you can enjoy for free. Local artists entertain the crowd and keep the vibe going all day and into the evening. It’s open on Fridays from 5pm to 9pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am to 4pm.

Cost: Free


This cruise gives you an amazing experience from the V&A Waterfront and around the harbour. It’s a fun adventure and offers you the chance to admire mountain views from a unique angle. ‪

Cost: R40


Learn more about the city, its history and interesting facts while taking in the beautiful sights with Cape Town Free Walking Tours. There are various tours on offer – a historic tour, a street art tour, a Bo-Kaap tour, a promenade bicycle tour, a District Six tour and a Taste of Cape Town tour. Each one offers a unique perspective on Cape Town and what this amazing city has to offer.

Cost: Free