The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors every year – and for good reason. Whether you're looking to go shopping, dine at top restaurants, party at local nightspots, visit tourist attractions and museums or investigate the city’s historic harbour, you'll find it all here. (Construction for this harbour began as early as 1860, when Prince Alfred tipped the first stones for the breakwater, hence the attraction’s name: V&A after Queen Victoria of England and her youngest son Alfred.)
Spend a day at the V&A Waterfront - Fun for the whole family
You might like to visit the family-friendly Two Oceans Aquarium (+27 (0)21 418 3823), where you can get close to sharks, penguins and hundreds of species of sea life. There are lots of outdoor activities available too, ranging from helicopter flips to boat charters and relaxed harbour cruises (walk along the water’s edge and pick one – there are several options). Or browse through hundreds of shopping outlets, ranging from larger department stores selling designer labels to boutique jewellery and curio shops.
The V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre is a good spot for live entertainment (usually provided to the public for free) – from concerts to creative workshops and puppet shows.
Culture and history at the V&A
For those in search of local culture and history there are a number of museums and galleries that form part of the precinct – 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. You can also visit the Chavonnes Battery Museum – a heritage site and the first coastal fortification to protect Table Bay besides The Castle. Visit the Visit the V&A Waterfront website for more information.
Explore Robben Island
If you're interested in visiting Robben Island, you'll find the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the Waterfront. Read more about getting to the "home" of Nelson Mandela and how to get there here.
The V&A WAterfront in pictures
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All stores within the V&A Waterfront, with the exception of the V&A Craft Market & Wellness Centre, are open from 09h00 until 21h00 daily (excluding Sundays).
On Sundays and public holidays stores are open from 09h30 until 18h00.
The Cape Town Carnival brings South Africans together to celebrate our culture and heritage; people united in the joy of movement, rhythm, colour and creativity. The fact that we can showcase this to the rest of the world and create jobs and promote social cohesion at the same time, makes it even more wonderful.
If you’re looking for fun vibes and an excuse to stay out all night, visit Long Street, party capital of the Mother City.
Sea Point offers visitors a variety of pubs, music clubs, coffee shops, restaurants and a lovely promenade along which to walk.
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