Top things to do for free in Cape Town



With Christmas almost upon us, along with the attendant strain on our bank balances, it is timely to remind ourselves of just how many things we can do in this beautiful city, which cost us nothing but time!


Company Gardens – this luscious, green enclave, bordered by the hustle and bustle of the city centre, always comes as a beautiful surprise. Peaceful and tranquil, it is perfect for relaxing during your lunch hour, or taking a leisurely stroll amongst the indigenous plants in between shopping and galleries.


Iziko Museums – free days. These are usually, and rather usefully, on Public Holidays. Wonderful diversity, including Iziko South African Museum, Iziko Planetarium, Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum and Iziko Rust en Vreugd and Iziko Slave Lodge.


St. George’s Choir – combine a visit to this fine, Herbert-Baker designed cathedral with listening to a beautiful, and even seasonal, choral rendition.


The beach – Cape Town’s beaches and its coastline are amongst the most pristine and audaciously beautiful in the world! Take your pick from Clifton 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th; Camps Bay, Muizenberg, (great surfing), and Noordhoek. This is not, of course, an exhaustive list. Check online with regard to dog friendliness.


Sea Point Promenade – the outdoor gym. You can forget costly membership fees, as this is entirely FREE, and you get a glorious view of the ocean to boot!


Star gazing – ever wondered why Obs is called Obs?

The Observatory – enjoy talks, tours and even star gazing.


Table Mountain – in addition to an infinite number of glorious hikes, climb the famous peak between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, before sunset and as the moon is waxing. The breathtaking views can be enhanced by a picnic and sundowner.


Centre for the Book

This unit of the National Library of South Africa promotes literacy in all the local languages. There are a host of activities including poetry readings, writing workshops and reading groups.


Groot Constantia – this, the oldest wine-producing estate in the country, is situated in one of the most panoramic spots, and that is quite something when every spot for miles around offers a panorama! Take a walk through the vines, (now possible again on the upper slopes); conversely, enjoy a tour through the Manor House, which offers an insight into the life of a late 18th, early 19th century wealthy Cape farming family. Also open are the coach house and wine cellar.


Greenmarket Square – right in the heart of the CBD, Greenmarket Square has had multiple incarnations, as a slave market, a fruit and vegetable market, a parking lot, and now the ‘go to’ place for curios, fabrics, sunglasses, any number of goods with a particular African flair, and good old banter! Whilst browsing, enjoy the plethora of buskers, musicians and street artists, particularly at weekends and during the tourist season.


Happy Holidays!


Article by Carrie Turner, HR & Relationship Manager at Engel & Völkers Cape Town