This bustling shopping, dining and entertainment area neighbouring 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 redundant docklands, this vast property now blends seamlessly and attractively with the working harbour.
Shop ‘till you drop
Shopping at the V&A Waterfront is a treat where you really can find absolutely anything your heart desires. In the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, you will find all the major retailers as well as international brands. The Alfred Mall and Clock Tower Shopping Centre is where you’ll find a range of art, jewellery and specialty shops. Watershed, the new home for African craft and design offers over 365 brands from 150 tenants for you to choose from.
So much to see, do and buy
Shopping isn’t the only activity that can be enjoyed at the V&A Waterfront. You can also find two cinema complexes (which include the new luxury cinema, Scene) which feature the latest released films, housed within the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre. The 123 hectare size property also has a world-class aquarium, the Two Oceans Aquarium and two museums; namely the Maritime and Chavonnes Battery museums. There are also guided and self-guided historical walking tours which the whole family can enjoy. The Cape Wheel is where you will be able to have an unsurpassed 360° view of the city. For the sports fan, the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum celebrates the history of the Springboks and South African rugby. This museum can be found on Portswood Ridge, outside the croquet lawn.
The outdoor Amphitheatre plays host to music, dance and theatre throughout the year and right next door is the nautical-themed play area for children. And of course, the working harbour is part and parcel of the V&A experience. Not only can you 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 Clock Tower Square. If you don’t want to miss out on your daily exercise, you will enjoy the variety of cycle rental options on the property, walk or jog on the 2.5 or 5km running route or just go for a relaxing walk on the beachfront board walk.
Restaurants, restaurants and more restaurants
The V&A Waterfront has over 80 eateries so there is bound to be at least one that will serve up something to your liking. The V&A Food Market also has a wide variety of food and dessert options for you to enjoy.
Zeitz MOCAA, a new not-for-profit institution, will be housed in the historic Grain Silo complex at the V&A Waterfront, with the V&A committing over R500-million to the development required for the establishment of the Museum. Built in 1921, and at 57m tall, the Grain Silo remains an icon of the Cape Town skyline. This investment will further the development of art in Africa and acknowledges the important cultural and financial contribution the visual arts sector makes.
The R500-million redevelopment project, announced in November 2013 as a partnership between the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz will retain and honour the historic fabric and soul of the building while transforming the interior into a unique, cutting-edge space to house the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA). Considered the most extensive and representative collection of contemporary art from Africa, the Zeitz Collection has been gifted in perpetuity to this non-profit institution by ex-Puma CEO and Chairman, Jochen Zeitz. The collection will be showcased in 9,500m2 of custom-designed space spread over nine floors, of which 6,000 m2 will be dedicated exhibition space. Completion of the project is due for end 2016.
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