Built around the grand old Victorian buildings of the working harbour, the V&A Waterfront is home to some of the city’s top restaurants – such as Nobu Cape Town and Reuben’s - and its most fashionable boutiques, all set against the instantly-recognisable backdrop of Table Mountain.
For any shopper, the Waterfront is sheer bliss. Its large, airy malls are packed with designer boutiques and jewellers, off-beat craft markets and proudly South African brands. Foodies and locavores will enjoy sampling organic treats at the Market on the Wharf. But it’s not all about shopping: outside the malls, the Waterfront jives to a lively beat. Take a seat at one of the outdoor cafés or restaurants and watch Cape seals dip and dive between the bobbing boats in front of you. Choral groups and busking bands add to the perpetual holiday atmosphere, not least in summer when free concerts and family shows are a regular attraction in the amphitheatre. It is also very safe and secure: you can easily walk from your apartment to one of over 80 restaurants for dinner, followed by a nightcap at the famous Bascule Bar or roof-top terrace of Harbour House.
As for the dining options, they range from fish ’n chips to white-cloth cuisine. Enjoy a relaxed lunch at Balducci’s; a perfectly grilled steak or seafood platter at Belthazar; or pick from the sushi menu and extensive wine list at Sevruga or Willoughby’s. But before dinner, why not treat yourself to a sunset cruise to Fourth Beach at Clifton? You’ll be the envy of beachgoers as you relax on your yacht, sipping Champagne and watching the sun slink beneath the Atlantic Ocean.
Close to many of Cape Town’s top attractions, the Waterfront is the gateway to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. It is also just a 10-minute drive from the beautiful beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay and sits within walking distance of the city centre with its many markets, shops and museums.
Jenieen Van Den Heever
The activity-packed V&A Waterfront is an ideal destination for families, and with most of its attractions under cover, it's perfect for a rainy day too. Be sure to visit the world-class Two Oceans Aquarium with its waving kelp forest and shark-filled predator tank or the Springbok Experience museum for a fantastic glimpse into South Africa’s rugby-mad heritage.
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