The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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! As well as the hotels featured here, there’s also one modest hotel, the Breakwater Lodge and two sister hotels to the V&A Hotel, The Dock House and the Queen Victoria Hotel. The Cape Royale Hotel is also an easy 5-10 minutes walk away.
Note: 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!