4 Places To Visit In Bloemfontein

(Article by Caitlin W)

Bloemfontein is known as the ‘City of Roses’, and it’s no small wonder. It’s alive with rich, fresh culture and is as vibrant as any rose. That’s why visiting Bloemfontein has to be on the to-do list of every South African. 

Should you be lucky enough to do so – or even to live there – you’ll need to check out this top 4 list of places to visit in Bloemfontein. 

So, set it up. Schedule that trip up to the Free State and stop in at these fantastic places for an experience you can share and enjoy. 

1. Botanical Gardens

The botanical gardens are a true natural gem. They cover about 70 hectares and contain 400 or more species of plants. These plants span a valley on the outskirts of Bloemfontein and provide a true sense of calm and serenity. Karee and wild olive trees are the main features here, but the gardens also have wooden platforms and specialized constructions for bird-watching. There is a trail to follow, which literally leads over rocky hill and dale, and provides a gorgeous view of the gardens and dam below. The grounds are animated by the pleasant chirps of small birds and animals.

This is the perfect outing for a family planning a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The best time to visit the gardens would be from November to March, when the trees are in the midst of their summer bloom. Though, a visit in Autumn might not go amiss. 


Rayton Road off Dan Pienaar Drive, R702
South Africa


Adults & Students: R16
Senior Citizens & Scholars: R12
Pre-Schoolers: R8

2. Vodacom Park Stadium
If you’re a rugby fan – or an avid Cheetahs supporter – this is definitely the place to be. 

During rugby season, the stadium fills up to accommodate a mishmash of fans of different shapes and sizes. They all have two things in common, though: their great attitude and their love for rugby. Bear in mind, all drinks must be bought from the vendors on site and no smoking is permitted within the actual stands. 

It’s possible to catch Vodacom Super Rugby matches or international games. And if you’re a soccer supporter, you’ll want to head on down to watch the Bloem Celtics take on a variety of rivals. 


Att Horak Street


This is dependent on where you sit, but can range anywhere between R55 upwards of R200

3.University of the Free State

It’s the home of knowledge and culture in Bloemfontein, and it’s positively thumping with raw youthful energy. There are plenty of things to do on campus, even for those who aren’t students. Visiting parents might consider the future of their own bright little learners when wandering the roads of the University of the Free State. Stop in at the bridge to recharge your batteries with some cheap – and wholly gratifying – student food, or book a ticket for a drama show at the Odeion.

Campus is coloured with history and the vigour of youth. For a more relaxed atmosphere, visit the library or the art gallery. During RAG times, the RAG farm on campus will be bustling with music and students. 


205 Nelson Mandela Drive
Park Wes


It’s all free of charge – except for shows. 

4. 2nd Avenue

This is where the party’s at. Second avenue hosts almost all the city’s clubs in the span of a block. Which is perfect for club or lounge hopping. You can expect to find loads of partying students here. 

The Mystic Boer often hosts local bands of the highest quality, while Second Avenue Café brings out the dance vibe in everyone who steps through its doors. Barbas Café has more of a lounge/club feel with ample room to talk and dance respectively. The Mexican is a sit down bar, as is Die Keller, but they’re all brimming with enough excitement to get your party on the go. 


Second Avenue


This is dependent on the club.
Barbas Café: Averages R20 
Mystic Boer: R5 – R10 (except on band nights)
Second Avenue Café: R5 – R10

If these four areas don’t fulfil your longing for adventure, feel free to roam the rest of the city. There is plenty to discover and explore in Bloemfontein.

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