January 02, 2014
5 Cheap & Cheerful things to do in Cape Town
Leani is a jack of all trades, master of some.
Interested in anything and everything from test cricket to playing the guitar and harmonica (at the same time), nature conservation and Vietnamese cooking, she tries to learn as much as possible about everything under the sun.
Being a journalism graduate and lover of life, she gets a kick from going on mini-adventures and creatively unlocking and packaging them with words and photos. And what better way to showcase the magic of the Mother City?
Her happy place is brewing a cup of coffee on a gas stove, stuck on a mountain somewhere with her husband and friends after a hike… and then spotting a Verreaux eagle, of course.
The great thing about experiencing Cape Town is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun. Usually around this time of year most of us need to budget rather than blast our money, so why not embrace the philosophy that the best things in life are free … or perhaps rather, very affordable.
Here’s a round-up of five cheap and cheerful things to do in the city:
1. The Labia Movie Theatre
Enjoy a charming night out at the oldest Independent Art Cinema in the country. Order yourself a whiskey or vodka slush at the bar, kick back and watch a good old movie in one of the four characterful cinemas.
A show at The Labia (68 Orange Street) will cost you R40 or impress your date and make use of the fantastic Movie / Meal specials, which includes dinner and a movie for a total of R80 - R90 for two people.
2. Eastern Food Bazaar
Indian Butter Chicken, Chinese Chop Suey, Turkish Lamb Pitas and Japanese Sushi. Imagine all your favourite Eastern inspired food dishes, prepared daily in a big hall and sold at very affordable prices.
This is the Eastern Food Bazaar (Darling Street) where generously portioned meals will cost you between R35 and R50 per person. For a bustling atmosphere and a melting pot of people and tastes, there is no better place to go that right here in the unexpected heart of Cape Town.
3. Ice Cream on the Promenade
For a quick outing and a great mood-lifter, nothing beats a sugar cone and a stroll along the Sea Point promenade. Venezia Ice Cream Parlour in Sea Point (92c Main Road) might look like your average parlour with no flashy signs and a humble interior, but boy, for only R25 you can get one massive ice cream cone with great quality gelato. Or for a cheaper option, you can get a traditional soft serve version to feel like a kid again before missioning off to have a picnic or walk next to the ocean.
Click here for 10 more top ice cream spots in Cape Town.
4. Breakfast at Arnold’s
An early morning breakfast at Arnold’s (Kloof Street) has become a tradition to many residents and visitors to Cape Town. Not only because of the beautiful view on Table Mountain and good quality food, but also because your breakfast will cost you less than your cappuccino.
Yup, if you order the Early Bird breakfast between 06:45 and 07:00 on weekdays, you will pay a mere R15 for a full traditional English breakfast.
5. Coffee with a view
Cape Town boasts with some amazing coffee shops and great quality brews. Why not enjoy your cuppa in a different way - get a couple of friends together, grab a take-away cappuccino at Truth Coffee for only R10 or buy a bag and brew your own blend to enjoy it somewhere with a vista!
Drive up to Signal Hill, stop next to the lighthouse in Mouille Point or hike one of the many trails in and around the Mother City. You won't struggle to find a beaufitul spot to let the moment sink in.