The V&A Waterfront
Vibrant, buzzy and always busy
The tastefully restored Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is one of Cape Town's main tourist attractions, and not just for the opportunity of having Table Mountain as the stunning backdrop to your holiday photographs.
The original Victorian harbour was restored in the early 1900s, and today the Waterfront is a lively and buzzy place, as well as still being a working harbour.
The many restaurants and bars dotted around the working harbour sides not only offer unbeatable views and fine dining, but are also wonderful places to sit and listen to the buskers entertaining the crowds with traditional African harmonies, watch the street entertainers and musicians playing to the crowds, or to simply enjoy the warm summer evenings and soak up the atmosphere.
If you want to stay in the Waterfront, there is a wide selection of world-class hotels to choose from, including the prestigious Cape Grace, One & Only and the Table Bay Hotel, or for the more budget conscious, there is The Cullinan and Protea Hotel Victoria Junction.
The Two Oceans Aquarium features the marine life found in and around the Cape Peninsula, including tropical and commercial fish, penguins, seals and sharks. Highlights include the kelp forest, diving in the shark tanks, and the 'touch' pool. Other attractions at the Waterfront include the South African Maritime Museum, and the 5-storey screen IMAX cinema.
Several operators offer daytime and sunset cruises around Table Bay, or scenic helicopter 'flips' across the city and Table Mountain, and can be booked on the quayside if the whim takes you when you are there.
Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town, is a boat ride across the Bay from the V&A Waterfront, and is famous for its history as a place of exile, banishment, isolation and imprisonment.
a shoppers paradise
The Waterfront caters for all your shopping needs - everything from designer clothing to hand-painted ostrich eggs.
The Clock Tower Centre comprises of an array of crafts and arts outlets and traditional African restaurants, and the Alfred Mall & Pierhead has a small number of boutiques and is ideal for those looking for quality specialist artefacts, jewellery, curios and art with a nautical or African flavour.
The Red Shed Craft Workshop, one of the largest craft markets in South Africa, is filled with an eclectic mix of handmade merchandise and art, and the vibrant indoor Waterfront Craft Market features a diverse assortment of innovative designs and traditional handcrafts, antiquities and holistic lifestyle accessories.
But for the serious shoppers, there is only one place to go. The Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre is a haven of over 400 speciality shops, major retail outlets, curio stores and craft barrows. There are also over 70 restaurants, coffee shops and fast food outlets. A shopaholic will be pleased to know that, as well as being able to shop here 7 days a week until 9 pm in the evening, as a tourist it is possible to claim back any VAT on non-consumable goods that are purchased, as long as a valid receipt can be produced.
Guest Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 based on 23 ratings
During your time in Cape Town, experience a rich piece of history balancing modern-day comfort at the 4* Breakwater Lodge Waterfront. Perfectly positioned in the heart of the famous V&A Waterfront, and with views over the bay and up onto Table Mountain, the hotel is also just minutes away from Cape Town's other major attractions, including beaches, mountain walks and Green Point Stadium.
Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge Waterfront: Stay 3 nights for the price of 2Valid: 1 April 2016 - 30 September 2016.
Guest Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 based on 12 ratings
Nestled between the majesty of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, the Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town is ideally situated opposite the entrance to the V&A Waterfront. The well-appointed guest rooms are all designed with quality and comfort in mind, with air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities.
Selected Cape Town Hotels: Stay 5 nights for the price of 4Valid: 9 January 2016 - 25 January 2016.
Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings
Situated on the fringe of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Protea Hotel Victoria Junction Waterfront is designed for the cosmopolitan traveller with a taste for the cutting edge. Its ultra modern facade and interior is specially styled to suit the vibrant atmosphere of its surroundings and to give the impression of understated sophistication and elegance.
Guest Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 based on 43 ratings
The 410 elegant and spacious hotel rooms all boast spectacular views over the many aspects of Cape Town - enjoy either the view of Table Mountain, the bustling Table Bay Harbor and Waterfront or the city centre. Rooms are lavishly decorated with rich finishes and furnishings, and all offer luxurious private bathrooms and in room amenities to enhance your stay and make it as comfortable as possible.
Southern Sun The Cullinan: Stay 5 nights for the price of 4Valid: 7 December 2015 - 19 December 2015.
Ideally positioned on the fringe of the V&A Waterfront within the Cape Town International Convention Centre precinct, this state-of-the-art hotel offers no less than 360 degree views of the best the Mother City has to offer. Set against a backdrop of mesmerizing ocean and mountain views with a fresh water canal running through the hotel's bridge wing and water taxis ultimately completing the scene, Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites links the city to the sea.
The Westin Grand is situated at the entrance to the historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This ideal location is within easy walking distance of Cape Town's endless attractions, including a wide selection of restaurants, bars, nightlife, monuments, museums, and shopping centres.
The Westin: Stay 3 nights for the price of 2Valid: 23 June 2015 - 23 December 2015.
Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings
The Waterfront Village has an unrivalled collection of serviced apartments in the popular V&A Waterfront area, offering the comfort of a luxury hotel with all the space, freedom and flexibility of home. All apartments are individually decorated for convenience and comfort, and have a fully equipped kitchen and satellite TV.
Guest Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 based on 15 ratings
Nestled in the heart of Cape Town Marina in the V&A Waterfront lies the beautiful and modern Lawhill Luxury Apartments. The apartments offer 5* accommodation at an affordable rate.
Lawhill Luxury Apartments: Stay 4 nights for the price of 3Valid: 1 May 2016 - 30 September 2016.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings
The Protea Hotel North Wharf is ideally situated within an easy, short walk to the V&A Waterfront area, and comprises of 59 one-bedroom apartments and 7 two-bedroom apartments, all of which include well-equipped kitchenettes and a separate lounge area.In addition to these apartments, the hotel has 2 Penthouse Suites, that both boast magnificent views of the Cape Town harbour area and the Atlantic Ocean.
Protea Hotel North Wharf: Stay 4 nights for the price of 3Valid: 1 April 2016 - 30 April 2016.
Guest Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 based on 14 ratings
All the bedrooms of the Victoria & Alfred Hotel enjoy unrivalled views of Table Mountain and the working harbour or the vibrant V&A Waterfront. The luxurious interiors of all spacious bedrooms are complemented by elegant decor, along with all the modern essentials to make guests feel comfortably at home.
Victoria & Alfred Hotel: Stay 3 nights for the price of 2Valid: 1 April 2016 - 30 September 2016.
Guest Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 based on 7 ratings
Guests at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront can enjoy the luxury of a top class hotel, in a lively atmosphere. The 177 rooms are all air-conditioned, and offer either mountain views or views over the ocean and the hotel's private marina.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings
Luxury and sophistication emanate through to the suites and luxury rooms, each one individually designed and curated. With a consistent ambience of glamorous repose, most of the suites have panoramic views of either Table Mountain or Cape Town Harbour, and all of them have a fully stocked private mini bar and Molton Brown pamper accessories.
Queen Victoria Hotel: Stay 3 nights for the price of 2Valid: 1 April 2016 - 30 September 2016.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings
The glamorous suite and each of the 5 chic rooms at the Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa have been individually decorated and imbued with a unique and understated Victorian elegance, juxtaposed with lush contemporary style and comfort. Attention to detail is the order of the day with each room equipped with an en-suite designer bathroom.
The Dock House: Stay 3 nights for the price of 2Valid: 1 April 2016 - 30 September 2016.
Guest Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 based on 14 ratings
Each of the 120 luxurious guest rooms and suites, all with French doors opening to views of Table Mountain or the working harbour, are decorated differently. What they all have in common however, are fresh flowers, robes and slippers in the dressing room, separate bath and shower, fully stocked private bar, flat screen TV, iPod docking station, room safe and complimentary wireless connectivity.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings
Sumptuously appointed oversized baths are complete with roomy rain shower, private water closet and dual marble vanity. All rooms and suites are indulged by the discreet yet attentive services of a dedicated butler, 24-hours a day.