V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Pic courtesy Cape Town Tourism
10 raisons de visiter le V&A Waterfront au Cap
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in the historic heart of Cape Town’s working harbour is South Africa’s most-visited destination, having the highest rate of foreign tourists of any attraction in the country. The Waterfront, as it’s known to locals, has enough attractions to keep an entire family busy and happy all day long and, although it’s a great tourist attraction, locals love it, too and throughout the year people flock to enjoy the many activities. Here are 10 of our favourite things:
- The new food market .. full of tempting delicious goodies from chocolate to oysters to kosher snacks to curries to imported cheese. Grab a few snacks and sit at a table outside to enjoy the passing parade, or eat upstairs where you can buy a glass of wine to accompany your meal.
- The Two Oceans Aquarium – showcasing fish from this part of the world as well as tropical waters. Sharks, penguins, a kelp forest, it’s all there and if you can time your visit for 3pm you can view the shark feeding! The souvenir shop is one of our favourites .. lots of little goodies for gifts.
- The iconic Coke Man – made out of red Coca Cola crates, he was created for the World Cup which we hosted in 2010 and no-one wants to take him down, even now that the World Cup is almost 3 years behind us.
- The view – from almost everywhere in the Waterfront you can see Table Mountain, one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World.
- The Cape Wheel. Also installed during the World Cup, this wheel offers stunning views of the Waterfront and the city, including a peek inside some properties and hotel grounds that you wouldn’t otherwise get to see.
- Shopping – the V&A Shopping Mall is all the shopping you need while you’re here. From African curios, all the safari gear you need, designer labels, food, books, clothing, the list goes on, and all shops are open until 21:00.
- Free concerts – the ampitheatre offers free concerts with performers ranging from rock bands to belly dancers and everything in between.
- A variety of restaurants – from fine dining to al fresco people-watching, from sushi to giant steaks, the V&A has it all.
- Hotels – some of Cape Town’s best hotels are right here for your convenience. The Cape Grace is the ultimate in understated quality and is one of our preferred establishments. It has its own marina and a fabulous whisky club – buy a bottle of your favourite malt, store it in your own locker and pop in whenever you want. The Bascule Bar is currently undergoing renovations and we can’t wait to see the results in early May.
- Nobel Square – our four Nobel Peace Prize winners are all commemorated on this square. Take a few minutes to read the inscriptions on the ground and learn about our favourite heroes.