The V&A Waterfront is more than just a shopping destination; the iconic Cape Town attraction is also home to five-star dining establishments, fun indoor and outdoor activities, entertainment, events and some of the city’s best views.
The V&A Waterfront’s calendar is always chockful of events and experiences to keep visitors entertained throughout the year. Here are some of the new experiences and events to check out at the V&A Waterfront:
Take the Stage Series
The Take the Stage Series is a live music concert featuring emerging South African musicians to showcase their talents. Head to one of the multiple concerts scheduled throughout February 2023. The best part? It’s free!
When: 5, 12, 19 & 26 February 2023
The Ocean Race
The 14th edition of the Ocean Race will see sailors in a marathon race around the world. Cape Town is one of the stops, with the V&A Waterfront being the hub of the Cape Town stopover.
When: 8 -26 February 2023
Where: Various locations across the V&A Waterfront
V&A Waterfront Kids Market
V&A Waterfront Kids Market is a fun, interactive market run by kids. It offers them the opportunity to showcase their creative businesses to the public while earning money at the same time.
When: 25 February 2023 and 25 March 2023
Where: Union Square (25 Feb) and Market Square (25 March)
Price: Free entry
ULT.X – African BMX & Skate Champs
The biggest action sports event in Africa takes place at Battery Park in March. The event sees BMX bikers and skateboard champions from all over challenge each other to determine the best of the best. Expect live performances by DJ Speedsta, Jack Parow and DJ ReadyD.
When: 3 – 4 March 2023
Where: Battery Park
Price: From R50 upwards
New Shopping Attractions
The V&A Waterfront recently revamped the Alfred Mall located at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel in the Quays District. The newly refurbished mall aims to redefine the African retail shopping experience with five new shopping attractions:
This newly opened store sells contemporary crafted and artisanal luxury African designs from the continent’s leading brands and designers.
Contact: 021 408 7600
Treasures of Africa
This jewellery store holds some of Africa’s finest treasures, including gold, rubies, opals, emeralds, tanzanite and diamonds.
Contact: 021 419 6014
Mungo & Jemima
Looking for timeless proudly South African brands? Mungo & Jemima sells some of the finest apparel and accessories created by local designers.
Contact: 021 418 1180
The clothing design house celebrates women of all shapes and sizes with neutral, classic designs.
Contact: +2768 285 5721
Jane Valken sells clothing, jewellery and homeware with Bohemian style inspiration.
Contact: 087 470 0313
The popular French-style café, known for its world-famous croissants and mouth-watering pâtisseries, has finally made its way to the V&A Waterfront for all to enjoy. Located at the Alfred Mall near the dock area, expect outside seating with spectacular views of Table Mountain, the harbour and the ocean.
Opening Times: 8am-10pm
Tang is a luxurious Asian restaurant and bar, inspired by Japanese izakayas and classic Cantonese eateries in Hong Kong. Sample some of their mouth-watering sushi, their miso glazed black cod or the robata grills.
Opening Times: 11am-11pm
The Raj Indian Restaurant
The Raj Indian Restaurant serves up North Indian cuisine in its most authentic style. Enjoy traditional tikka masala, vindaloo or a selection of biryanis, curries and flatbreads.
Opening Times: 24 hours
Royal Tea is a premium bubble tea bar that brings the contemporary Chinese tea-drinking culture to South Africa. There’s something for all tea lovers including their signature classic bubble tea, their oolong-based cheese teas and their fresh fruit teas.
Opening Times: 9am – 9pm
Paul is a French restaurant that serves up artisanal patisseries, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their baked goods are all freshly baked daily, including their mouth-watering tarts and fresh bread. Popular options include French toast, crepes and baguette sandwiches.
Opening Times: 7am – 10pm