The V&A Waterfront is the busiest precinct in Cape Town playing host to around 24 million pairs of feet per year! From trips to Robben Island to yacht cruises at sunset, fine dining overlooking the harbour, shopping the night away, numerous museums to wander through, an incredible selection of hotels and so much more…there truly is something here for everyone.
Located on the West Coast Way Cape Way Route
The V&A Waterfront is continually developing and there always seems to be a new element creating plenty excitement around town. One such area is the Silo District which is home to the trendiest boutique hotels, best coffee shops and the incredible Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa).
The architecture of the Silo Hotel & Zeitz MOCAA will keep you captivated for ages, and inside the museum the BMW Atrium will possibly get you down on the floor to look up the sliced-through silo towers in amazement. The real iconic feature is the spiral staircase which is designed to resemble a drill bit – photographic opportunities abound! The art exhibited from around the African continent certainly gets the emotions running too.
Two Oceans Aquarium will share marvels of marine life with old and young. From penguins to sharks and everything in between this aquarium is ideal as an educational visit for families. The Watershed is filled with incredible stalls offering well designed crafts, furniture, textiles and more. Housed in an old Pumphouse you’ll find the V&A Food Market which has around 40 stalls trading interesting foods and drinks to taste your way through Cape Town.
The historical Dutch East India Company fort at Chavonnes Battery Museum gives a glimpse into 18th century Cape Town and the venue has regular exhibitions. After a visit to this interesting space, take a seat on one of the benches near The Clock Tower and watch the Cape fur seals frolicking in the water as sea birds such as Cormorants and Kelp Gulls come and go.
The Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island is nearby and if you have tickets to the UNESCO Wold Heritage Site you’ll jump on the ferry here. It’s a significant cultural site for the history of South African politics and all Cape Town visitors need to set a few hours aside to gain insight into life of pre-democracy South Africa.
The Cape Wheel gets you high in the sky for the ultimate sunset views at the waterfront, and if you have an interest in watching a film under the Cape Town sky then check out the schedule of The Galileo Open Air Cinema which screens just across the road near The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum (which is also well worth a walk through rugby history).
Neighbouring areas of De Waterkant, Greenpoint and The Foreshore are all within a short walk and make the V&A Waterfront the ideal area to head to for an evening drink overlooking the port, doing a bit of shopping and having dinner at one of the numerous eateries.
So many fantastic hotels are found around the V&A Waterfront such as the Radisson RED, The Silo Hotel, Cape Grace, One&Only Cape Town, Victoria & Alfred Hotel and The Table Bay Hotel.
V&A Waterfront is located on the West Coast Way Cape Way Route
Open 7 Days a week
Distance from Cape Town: 3.6km
Where: Granger Bay Boulevard, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 408 7500 | www.waterfront.co.za