Long before it was a popular shopping centre and restaurant hot spot, The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront was the harbor of Cape Town, welcoming famous ships and their even more famous captains to the South African shores during great times of discovery.
Although still an international harbour, its home to a different kind of discovery. An epicenter in the Cape Town CBD for shopping, dining and adventures, the V and A Waterfront is one of the most popular tourist destinations on all South African holidays.
From the Millionaires Lane featuring boutiques the likes of Louis Vuitton, Chopard, Calvin Klein, Burberry and Boss to name just a few to the well-loved South African fashion houses. Shopping even extends outdoors with the well-loved Watershed Market where local designers are celebrated.
If its food you’re after, the Waterfront is teeming with world-class cuisine to suit every cultural appetite. From Seafood and Tapas to burgers and beyond.
The V and A is also a flourish with activities for the whole family. From spas, to the Two Oceans Aquarium, Scratch Patch and Mini Golf. Its harbour also serves as a Launchpad for a number of sea-faring adventures such as trips to Seal Island and Robben Island and private day charters – two very popular places to visit in South Africa.
The amphitheater is also host to a number of events and performances throughout the year. Towering over this outdoor stage is the Wheel of Excellence – a big Ferris wheel from which you can view the whole of the CBD and beyond to Robben Island.
The V and A Waterfront is found along the Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Town.
There are three ways to get to the waterfront. The first is along the Atlantic Seaboard, the second is from the Cape Town CBD and the third is from Mandela Boulevard Highway.
Best time to visit
Summertime is the best time to take advantage of all the activities, tours and outdoor markets that the V and A Waterfont has to offer. While it’s the perfect place for a bit of retail therapy, movie watching and delicious meals during the colder months.
A well-placed gem in the heart of the V&A Waterfront including state-of-the-art rooms, marble bathrooms, gardens, all within walking distance of Cape Town's biggest attraction, the Waterfront.
An exclusive six bedroom boutique hotel in the very heart of the V&A, with private pool, lawns, butler and within a 2 minute stroll of the waterfront shops and restaurants.
Cape Town’s largest and glammest hotel is a five-star showstopper.
A 94 room well positioned hotel with spectacular views of the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain.
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A wonderful 7 night break to South Africa
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