* CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article we stated that Marcel's offered free frozen yogurt on your birthday. This was an initiative from a few years ago and is no longer valid. We apologise for the error. 

Your birthday is approaching and you’re excited, but also a little hesitant. You don’t have loads of money to spend, but you want to have a really fun day.

Sound familiar?

So how do you manage this? You can’t not spend money if you want to have fun on your birthday, right? Well, that is where you would be wrong.

Here’s a list of fun things and treats you can get for free:

We couldn't find many birthday freebies in the rest of the country, so if you know of any other free stuff you can get on your birthday? Tell us about it.

Free coffee – Vida e Caffé

If you’ve got a loyalty card, then you can pop into Vida on the day of your birthday and get a free coffee!

Find your nearest store here.


Free movie tickets – Ster Kinekor and Nu Metro

If you’re part of their respective movie clubs, then you get a free ticket on your birthday!

More about Ster Kinekor rewards here.

More about Nu Metro rewards here

Free R50 voucher – Body Shop

If you’re part of the rewards programme, you get a R50 SMS voucher to use during the month of your birthday.

More about their rewards programme here

And if you're in Cape Town:

Free ticket – Ratanga Junction

If you’re a member of the club from at least 5 working days before your actual birthday, you’ll get a free ticket to go exploring the park.

Read more about it here.

Free R100 voucher – Cape Town Fish Market

If you’ve got an Accrue card, then you get a R100 voucher, which is valid for 30 days from the date of your birthday.

Read more about the Accrue card here.

Free Cable car trip – Table Mountain

You can get one free adult return ticket if you’re over 18 and have a valid SA ID. You can book the ticket online from July 2017, but if your birthday is before that date, then you’ll have to go to the ticket office.

Get more details here.

Free meal - JC Brasserie and Pub

If you’re in the Cape Town CBD, then pop over to this restaurant for lunch, present your ID and you’ll get a free drink and a meal worth up to R80.

Check out their website

Free meal – Knife restaurant

According to Cape Town Magazine, Knife restuarant in Century City provides a free meal for the birthday person if you book a party with eight or more guests on any Saturday in your birthday month.

Read more about the special here.

Free dessert – The Piano Bar

If you book a table, every person celebrating their special day will get a dessert tapa consisting of three mini choux pastries with a soft chocolate mousse center, one mini creme brulee and a scoop of ice cream after your meal.

Read more about their specials here