This bustling shopping, dining and entertainment area flanking the Table Bay harbour is almost as synonymous with a visit to Cape Town as the Table Mountain that looks upon it from up high. Developed from the skeletons of redundant docklands, this vast complex now blends seamlessly and attractively with the working harbour.
Shop ‘till you drop
Shopping is a real focus of “The Waterfront” - as the locals affectionately refer it this precinct, where you really can find absolutely anything your heart desires. All the major local retailers are here, as well as some very high-end international brand stores and a selection of specialty shops. The mall is vast, but well enough designed for it to never feel overwhelming, the ends of the shopping avenues invariably offering wonderfully framed views of either the mountain or the sea and one can soon escape to enjoy the fresh sea air.
So much to see, do and buy
There truly is so much more than just shopping on offer here. Two cinema complexes carrying all the latest new release films are housed within the main mall. The extended precinct also contains a world-class aquarium in the Two Oceans Aquarium, a craft and curio-focused shopping area, a science centre, the Scratch Patch and a plethora of dining and drinking options. The V&A Waterfront is also home to the Cape Town Wheel of Excellence, a large observation wheel that offers unsurpassed 360° views of the city. For the sports fan, a rugby museum celebrating the history of the Springboks and South African rugby also calls the V&A Waterfront home.
A large amphitheatre also often plays host to music, dance and theatre and close to this is a lovely nautical-themed play area for children. And of course, the working harbour is part and parcel of the V&A experience, so not only can one watch tug boats tow large cruise ships in and out of the bay, but there are a number of boat trips regularly available. The ferry that shuttles visitors to Robben Island leaves from the Clock Tower precinct also here at the Waterfront.
Restaurants, restaurants and more restaurants
The V&A Waterfront has over 80 restaurants so there is bound to be at least one that will serve up something to your liking. There is also a fun market called the “Market on the Wharf” offering wonderful homegrown and baked wares.
Tel: +27(0)21 408 7500
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