Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the V&A Waterfront has become South Africa’s most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina.
Always known simply as “The Waterfront”, this working harbour, shopping and entertainment development has become Cape Town’s most visited tourist attraction, where pockets of dockside life remain alongside attractions like the Two Oceans Aquarium and quite a lot of nightlife.
Security note: Although it’s tempting, don’t walk between the city and the Waterfront – muggings do happen here.
The shopping is exceptional with about 200 outlets, from simple shops to world-class boutiques. The Red Shed and the Waterfront Craft Market are informal trading areas where many local craftspeople sell their wares.
The Two Oceans Aquarium with its more than 300 species of marine life demonstrates the rich biodiversity in the oceans that surround the Cape. The impressive exhibits capture visitors for hours.
The South Africa Maritime Museum, adjacent to Dry Dock, features a history of local shipwrecks, fascinating maritime exhibits and interactive displays to keep visitors amused.
Take a walk and enjoy the sights – seals in the harbor, luxury yachts and street theater. The Waterfront is also a site for exhibitions, performances and a favorite venue for fireworks displays.
It is also the starting point for most of boat or yacht excursions, in particular to Robben Island. The Robben Island Tours leaves from the Clock Tower precinct at the V&A Waterfront. A newly built ferry terminal, called Neson Mandela Gateway to Roben Island is the departure point. The Gateway hosts educational exhibitions about history of Robben Island and the political struggle that led to South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994. Allow yourself at least 30 minutes to view the material on display.