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15 Places in Cape Town You Need to See Before They Get Too Expensive

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Updated: 10 September 2017
Cape Town still represents good value for money, but there’s no doubt that it’s getting more expensive. Fortunately, some places are a few years behind, which means you should visit them before they too get too costly.

There are various factors that are pushing prices up in Cape Town. Increasing inflation and the cost of living play a big role, but so too does gentrification and increasing popularity. But depending on where you look, you can still pick up a great sandwich or coffee, or have an afternoon or evening’s entertainment, at a competitive price. Here’s how.

  1. The Kitchen

    Woodstock’s The Kitchen may have slipped the ‘hidden gem’ title when Michelle Obama sang their praised is 2011, but somehow they’ve still managed to keep prices at a reasonable level. Though the surrounding suburb of Woodstock is the most vulnerable to gentrification and rapidly increasing prices, there’s still a homely, good-value feel to this incredible little deli and eatery.

    111 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 462 2201

    The Labia Theatre

    The Labia is a true Cape Town institution. It’s the oldest art house cinema in the country, and until recently it felt as if not much had changed there since its inception. The same has been true for its prices — it’s still the cheapest place in town to catch a classic movie or select blockbuster, especially if you pair it with one of their meal specials. But a fresh lick of paint, a new entrance and a great new outdoor seating area suggests that some inevitable price increases may just be on the way.

    68 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 21 424 5927