Picture-perfect attractions like Simon’s Town, Kalk Bay, and Muizenberg are ideal for affordable yet unique experiences. If you are planning a trip to these areas, here are some pocket-friendly travel ideas:

Sunrise yoga at the gravesite of Just Nuisance

This is the exact spot you want to be when the light lifts the veil of darkness over Simon’s Town. The resting place of the town’s most famous dogs, Just Nuisance, this site also offers never-ending views, perfect for a sunrise yoga session. Start your journey with a hike to the gravesite up Signal School Steps. It’ll take 340 steep steps to get your heart rate up before you slow it down with some soul-stretching yoga.

Price: Free.
Website: www.simonstown.com/just-nuisance


Think Coffee

Thinking about a proper pick-me-up after an intense yoga session? Head over to Think Coffee in Simon’s Town. If you’re not there for the morning brew, then sample some of their fresh juices, smoothies and frothy milkshakes. The tables outside make for the ideal people-watching spot with plenty of opportunities for a selfie or two.

Price: Various.

Contact: 021 786 1163.


Simon’s Town Warrior Toy Museum and Shop

Step inside Simons Town Warrior Toy Museum, one of the best-kept secrets in the area. There are train sets that will run tracks around your childhood memories and 500 dolls you never expected to see again. The museum boasts 4000 collectable cars, extensive war memorabilia, helicopters, and tiny china tea sets.

Price: Entry is R10.

Contact: web.facebook.com/Warrior-Toy-Museum-302590193277504/


Breakfast at Dalebrook Café

Dalebrook Café is known for having the best coffee in Kalk Bay, but you can judge for yourself when you visit. The friendly staff is half the charm of the café and their menu their menus cater to vegans, vegetarians, meat-lovers and everyone in-between. The eatery is known as one of the best breakfast spots along this stretch, and if you visit for lunch, be sure to try their hearty meals, bread, cakes and desserts prepared fresh from their bakery. You can sit inside, by the courtyard, by the window, or at the

desks for digital nomads-wherever you choose, everyone has a place in this little café with the biggest heart.

Price: Various.

Website: www.dalebrookcafe.co.za/


Swim at Dalebrook Tidal Pool

Time for a swim at Dalebrook Tidal Pool. Place your valuables away in a locker at Dalebrook Café and head across and under the train tracks to one of the many tidal pools in the area. It is for this exact reason Kalk Bay was honoured as being one of the ‘Coolest Neighbourhood in the World’. As the waves crash in from the deep blue sea, you can swim over or under or go with the flow. The warm water makes it a popular pool for both young and old.

Price: Free.


Lunch at The Salty Sea Dog

There’s no way you can leave the area without indulging in good ol’ slap chips laden with salt, soaked in vinegar, served with freshly prepared battered hake fish. It’s a Simon’s Town tradition to wander down the pier, find a table at the Salty Sea Dog and watch boats bob in the sea while indulging in memorable fish and chips. If you want to stray from the staple, try the deep-fried calamari dunked in tartar sauce.

Price: Various.
Website: www.facebook.com/saltyseadogofficial/


Ice cream at Milk Beach and a walk along the promenade

End your day with delicious ice cream at Milk Beach on Muizeberg’s Promenade. Expect to take up time choosing between a choc-fudge brownie, honeycomb, Astros, pistachio and peanut butter, and there’s absolutely no judgment if you want more than two.

Price: Various.


Pocket-friendly adventures in Cape Town

The Mother City is home to a range of Pocket-Friendly experiences-from Durbanville to Woodstock. Here are some other areas you can explore on a budget:

Durbanville:
www.capetown.travel/pocket-friendly-durbanville/


Noordhoek
www.capetown.travel/pocket-friendly-noordhoek/


Woodstock:
www.capetown.travel/pocket-friendly-in-woodstock/


Cape Town CBD:
www.capetown.travel/pocket-friendly-in-the-city/


Watch The Pocket-Friendly Challenge series – a friendly competition between four groups in six locations around Cape Town to see just how much R150 per person can get you in the Mother City.