V&A Waterfront

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In Cape Town

-33.9049, 18.4201


+27 21 408 7600 www.waterfront.co.za


The V&A Waterfront is one of South Africa's most visited destinations, attracting millions of visitors every year. Construction for this harbour began as early as 1860, when Britain's Prince Alfred tipped the first stones for the breakwater. Today, the V&A Waterfront's combination of shops, restaurants, nightspots, tourist attractions and museums is a winning combination.

Visitors can find out more about the local culture and history of the area at a number of museums, including the Maritime Centre in the Union Castle Building, which features a collection of ship models and objects associated with shipping in Cape Town, in particular the era of mail ships; the Cape Town Diamond Museum, the Robben Island Gateway Museum and the Chavonnes Battery Museum, from where the V&A Waterfront Guided Historical Walking Tours departs from.

You can browse through hundreds of shopping outlets, ranging from larger department stores selling designer labels to boutique jewellery and curio shops. Choose from over 80 eateries to dine from, including a number of top restaurants at the V&A Waterfront, of which some rank among the best in the country. There are also many top-class hotels, such as the Cape Grace, which is set on a private quay, or the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, which is located in the historic 1904 North Quay Warehouse.

The V&A Waterfront is also close to the Two Oceans Aquarium and is home to the Nelson Mandela Gateway, the departure point to Robben Island. It is also the gateway to a range of outdoor activities, ranging from helicopter flips to boat charters and relaxed harbour cruises.

The V&A Waterfront's amphitheatre is a good spot for live entertainment that ranges from concerts to creative workshops and puppet shows.