A diverse and engaging suburb, nestled against the picturesque slopes of the Tygerberg Hills, enjoy a blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, shopping opportunities, and culinary delights in Bellville, where exploring on a budget is a breeze!
Nature enthusiasts can embark on budget-friendly adventures in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve, with its stunning hiking trails, picnic spots, and abundant indigenous flora and fauna.
When it comes to shopping, Bellville has you covered with a plethora of affordable stores, boutiques, and eateries. Discover hidden gems and unique finds at prices that won’t strain your budget, making your shopping jaunts through Bellville all the more satisfying.
Food lovers on a budget will be delighted by the array of budget-friendly restaurants, cafés, and eateries that cater to various tastes. Sample delectable culinary offerings without compromising your wallet, savouring the flavours of Bellville’s diverse food scene.
Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature lover, or a food enthusiast, exploring Bellville on a budget is an enriching experience.
Below, we’ve curated a list of immersive experiences designed to capture its natural beauty, cultural charm, and affordable delights while creating lasting memories without breaking the bank.
Places to see
Tygerberg Nature Reserve
The reserve is ideal for hikers and fauna and flora enthusiasts, with over 300 hectares of beauty to explore. See various mammal species, reptiles, frogs and a variety of butterflies. Visitors can learn more about the rich biodiversity of the area at the Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre. The Tygerberg Nature Reserve has picnic areas, with tables and chairs, in the shade of pine trees.
Location: 27 Totius St, Welgemoed
Price: Adults R13; children R6.50; children under 3yrs enter for free; senior citizens R6.50; students R6.50
Opening and closing times: Monday – Friday 7:30am–6pm; weekends and public holidays 7:30am–7pm
Call: 021 444 8971
Come rain or shine, Slow Market at Willowbridge is an indoor urban market experience in Tygervalley. Join small local producers selling artisan foods, street food and local designs every Saturday and Sunday.
Location: 39 Carl Cronje Dr, Bellville
Opening and closing times: Saturday 9am–4pm; Sunday 9am–2pm
Call: 081 831 3001
Showcasing over 35 species of reptiles, the Reptile Garden is a fantastic way for both adults and children to not only learn but view both indigenous and exotic reptiles in a safe, well looked after and aesthetically appealing environment.
Location: Stodels Garden Centre, Eversdal Road, Bellville
Price: R50; kids under 3 enter for free
Opening and closing times: Monday 10am-5pm; Tuesday – Sunday 9am – 5pm
Call: 084 776 3537
Sanlam Art Collection
What started out as only a handful of items, the Sanlam Art Collection now houses over 2000 pieces of South African art history and is one of the largest corporate collections of art you can find. Visit their website to see which exhibitions are currently on show.
Location: Sanlam Head Office, 2 Strand Rd, Bellville
Price: Free entry
Opening and closing times: Monday – Friday: 9am–4:30pm
Call: 021 947 3369
WhatsApp: 083 457 2699
Jack Muller Park
Also known as Danie Uys Park, Jack Muller Park is situated in Bellville directly alongside the N1. Forming part of an important green node along the Elsieskraal River corridor it hosts several outdoor events, including corporate functions, kiddies’ parties, fundraising events and concerts. Soft green lawns and walk paths make it a popular place for runners, while an outdoor gym, play area and picnic facilities attract families.
Location: Frans Conradie Drive, Bellville
Opening and closing times: Monday – Sunday 6am–6pm
Call: 021 400 5769 or 021 400 5764
Things to do
Tyger Valley Shopping Centre
Visit Tyger Valley Shopping Centre for an unrivalled retail experience in the Bellville area. With over 270 stores, including international brands and local favourites, it offers a diverse range of shopping options and experiences to enjoy.
Location: Corner of Bill Bezuidenhout Avenue and Willie van Schoor Drive, Bellville
Opening and closing times: Monday – Saturday 9am–7pm; Sunday and Public Holidays 9am–5pm
Call: 021 914 1822
The Barnyard Theatre
The Barnyard’s live music shows are vibrant, uplifting and highly entertaining, featuring the greatest hits of our time. The theatre also hosts well-known South African bands, comedians and performers. Sit around heavy wooden tables socialising and enjoy a meal, before curtain-up.
Location: Tyger Valley Shopping Centre, Bellville
Opening and closing times: Sunday and Monday 9am–5pm; Tuesday – Saturday 9am–11pm
Call: 087 094 6124
WhatsApp: 064 272 4793 Visit: www.barnyardtheatre.co.za
Do you have a need for speed?
Zoom down a 1.25km half-pipe in a bobsled, flying through twists and curves at Cool Runnings, Africa’s first downhill tobogganing track. It’s completely safe, and tons of fun for everyone.
Location: Off Carl Cronje Drive, Tygervalley
Price: Children from R75; Adults from R85
Opening and closing times: Monday – Friday 11am-6pm; weekends, public and school Holidays 9am-6pm
Call: 021 949 4439
The Tyger Waterfront is a 23-ha area between Tyger Falls and South Gate precinct.
There are plenty of activities and things to do in and around the waterfront. Go for a leisurely walk or run around the facility. Water sports enthusiasts can try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and canoeing. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at a wide range of restaurants.
Location: Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley, Bellville
Serving fresh handcrafted roast coffee beans and delicious meals since 2014, Boston Coffee offers a cosy vibe, friendly staff and affordable prices. Choose from their selection of pastries, all-day breakfasts or light lunches, paired of course with their signature range of coffees.
Location: Corner Cleveland Street and 12th Avenue, Boston, Bellville
Price: From R18
Opening and closing times: Monday – Friday 8am–4pm; Saturday 8am–1pm
Call: 066 374 2420
Established in 2012, Sushi Box is a family-owned business, passionate about sharing their love for gourmet sushi. Using sustainable ingredients, treat yourself to fresh quality sushi and friendly staff delivered in a laid-back relaxed atmosphere.
Location: Shop G41, Willowbridge Shopping Centre, 39 Carl Cronje Dr, Bellville
Price: From R37
Opening and closing times: Monday – Sunday 11:30am–8:30pm
Call: 072 656 3448
It’s about great vibes, good company and delicious pizza at Gringos Cantina.
A fun environment, reasonably priced menu and good music is a great way to spend the night out. Their pizzas and burgers are firm favourites with regular patrons.
Location: 39 12th Ave, Boston
Price: From R40
Opening and closing times: Monday – Sunday 11am–2am
Call or WhatsApp: 071 894 1402
The Burner is a casual dining restaurant specialising in Durban-style Indian Cuisine. Each pot of curry is cooked to perfection, with only the best ingredients. The portions are generous, and their lamb bunny chow will have you hooked and coming back for more.
Location: Corner Eendrag and Robert Sobukwe Road, Bellville South
Price: Specials from R 69
Opening and closing times: Tuesday – Saturday 11am–7pm; Sunday 11am–2pm
Call: 071 671 3577