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: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 8 ratings
Experience a rich piece of history balancing modern-day comfort when you stay 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: Stay 3 nights for the price of 2Valid: 1 April 2014 - 30 September 2014.
Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 8 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.
Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town: Stay 4 nights for the price of 3Valid: 5 January 2013 - 21 December 2013.
Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings
A centrally located hotel at the gateway to the vibrant and dynamic V&A Waterfront, the City Lodge offers 207 comfortable twin bedded or double rooms.Each of the rooms includes satellite TV, telephone, and air-conditioning.
Guest Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 based on 38 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 4 nights for the price of 3Valid: 5 January 2013 - 21 December 2013.
Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings
Situated in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town's premier entertainment and tourist attraction, the PortsWood is one of South Africa's most popular hotels.This is a 4* oasis of calm and comfort alongside the active nightlife and vibrant restaurants of the Waterfront.