V&A Waterfront

Bright, busy and breezy Cape Town icon, home to street entertainers, shoppers and those who want to watch the world go by...

Overview

The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is a popular area for shopping, restaurants, craft markets and the starting point for many boat cruises. It was created from rehabilitated wharfside sheds. And Victorian maritime buildings about 30 years ago.

It’s become less quirkily South African and more ‘global’ in recent years. But the fact that it is still a working harbour sets the Cape Town Waterfront apart from other urban restoration projects.

There are hundreds of shops, bars and cafés in the V&A Waterfront. All within walking distance of the V&A hotels. It is also the launch-place for the helicopter flips over the city. Boat excursions into Table Bay and the hugely popular boat trip to Robben Island (which takes 3-4 hours). There’s lots of entertainment at the weekends and a genuine holiday atmosphere.

There’s a good choice of hotels in the Cape Town Waterfront. However none of them particularly cheap given its popularity. You are paying for location! Some hotels suggest by their name that they are in the Cape Town Waterfront. This is not always the case, some are in the nearby city office area!

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Features

Why you may love it

  • The V&A Waterfront is one of the most visited and popular tourist destinations in South Africa
  • Stunning backdrop of Table Mountain from the various quays and canals
  • Spectacular 360 panoramic views of Cape Town from The Cape Wheel
  • Enjoy live music and performances at the outdoor Amphitheatre
  • Visit the popular Two Oceans Aquarium, showcasing a diversity of marine life

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Waterfront Village Review: Best value for a family staying at the V&A Waterfront

I stayed at the Village & life Waterfront Apartment with my 2 children aged, 4 and 7 and my sister with her son of 8. What an amazing place for a family. We stayed in a Superior 2 bedroom apartment Parergon 201 that had a wonderful view of the V&A and the Yachts in the Marina. The apartment was very comfortable and spacious for a family with active small kids. It had luxury amenities and coffee and tea ready for us on our arrival. I like the fact that you can enter and exit in West Quay Road and walk to the Aquarium and other child friendly attractions and restaurants. The Parking was very close to the apartment and the check in staff was very friendly. I cannot think of a more suitable and great value place to stay for a family that is located in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Cedarberg : Mari Jacobs
Did you know
  • TourismAttracts more than 23 million visitors a year
  • Landmarks22 Official landmarks are situated within the Waterfront