Though there’s ample opportunity in Cape Town to spend money, it doesn’t always have to be spent to have a good time. Below I’ve listed some activities to enjoy in and around the city for absolutely free.

  1. Full Moon Hike up Lion’s Head

A hike anywhere in Cape Town isn’t going to be easy thanks to its steep, mountainous, inclines but a Full Moon Hike up Lion’s Head is a great work out and an exhilarating adventure. If you’re not here when there’s a full moon, its more than worth heading up during the day for beautiful expansive views over the city.

2. Sea Point Promenade

This family-friendly promenade runs from Mouille Point to Bantry Bay and boasts a children’s playground, public swimming pool and numerous art sculptures. Enjoy this ocean breeze walk first thing in the morning to help blow off the cobwebs.

3. Cecilia Forest

On the lower slopes of Table Mountain sits the Cecilia Forest; a vastly green area packed with flora and fauna. The forest is home to many hiking roots of varying difficulty, and we recommend following the signs to Rooikatkloof and taking the waterfall walk.

4. District Six

As a former working-class residential area, District Six now sits as a somewhat abandoned area of town. Though not everyone’s cup of tea, the district is enticing to both historians and contemporary artists. Take a stroll around the area to observe the archaic buildings and contrasting 21st-century graffiti.

5. Green Point Urban Park

This green oasis in the city centre is the perfect place for a family picnic, outdoor games or a romantic walk. With a winding lake, an adventure play park and outdoor labyrinth the park will keep kids entertained for hours. Afterward, head out of the park towards the coastline to take a picture in front of the Green Point lighthouse

6. V & A Waterfront

Located in South Africa’s oldest working harbour, the V&A Waterfront boasts an array of shops, restaurants, and activities suitable for couples and families alike. Expect to enjoy anything and everything from morning yoga classes to free stargazing classes to food tasting at the waterfront market.

7. Pan African Market

The Pan African Market is located on Cape Town’s historic Long Street and stall holders sell native fare ranging from African works of art to colourful rugs. Spend an hour here exploring the stalls to appreciate the local craftsmanship and artisan work.