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Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Enjoy superb waterfront shopping and dining and exquisite views at South Africa’s most visited destination.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, also known as the V&A Waterfront, is where locals and tourists alike come to enjoy Cape Town at its finest, and you can easily spend a day or more taking in its many attractions. Sit back with a cold drink at a waterside restaurant, enjoy the cool breeze coming in from the ocean and let your eyes drift towards the unmistakable shape of Table Mountain in the distance. Take a stroll along the waterfront and stop in at one of the many unique craft stores, or spend an afternoon trying on some designer clothing.

The waterfront development was the project of Queen Victoria’s second son, Prince Alfred, and began in 1860. Situated between two of Cape Town’s most iconic landmarks, Robben Island and Table Mountain, it has evolved into the city’s most attractive and vibrant retail destination.

It’s almost inevitable your visit to Cape Town will bring you to the V&A Waterfront at least once, as many of the city’s major tourist attractions are based in this area. Take one of the four daily boats to Robben Island, where the evocative museum reveals the price South Africans have paid for democracy. If you’re traveling with children, visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. The kids will love seeing more than 80 species of animals, including ragged-tooth sharks and the ever popular penguins.

Learn about the area’s past on the walking history tour that departs daily from the Chavonnes Battery Museum. The tours last up to an hour and and take in features from the last two centuries on the waterfront. Book and pay for your tour at the V&A Waterfront Information Centre. If you’d prefer to do a self-guided tour, download a map and brochure from the V&A Waterfront website.

The V&A Waterfront is open daily, with some stores closed on Sundays and public holidays.

The MyCiti bus has a loop service that will take you from Cape Town city center to the V&A Waterfront. There are also several user-pay car parks in the waterfront area.

Traveling is about doing things you get a buzz out of as well as things you've never attempted before. Ready to try out some thrilling new experiences?

This place has a range of things to do. Here are some suggestions to kick off your trip to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront:

For a more comprehensive guide to activities, take a look at our Victoria and Alfred Waterfront things to do page.


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The Table Bay Hotel ¥23,910
The Table Bay Hotel

The Table Bay Hotel

Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and V&A Waterfront. Two Oceans Aquarium and Cape Town Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    One&Only Cape Town
    One&Only Cape Town

    One&Only Cape Town

    Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps from Two Oceans Aquarium and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. V&A Waterfront and Long Street are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      The Portswood V&A Waterfront ¥11,731
      The Portswood V&A Waterfront

      The Portswood V&A Waterfront

      Portswood Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Green Point, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, V&A Waterfront, and Two Oceans Aquarium. Cape Town Stadium and Long Street are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town ¥14,151
        Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

        Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

        Beach Road Granger Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Mouille Point, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Cape Town Stadium. Two Oceans Aquarium and Long Street are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          The Commodore Hotel ¥13,176
          The Commodore Hotel

          The Commodore Hotel

          Portswood Road, Portswood Square, V and A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, V&A Waterfront, and Two Oceans Aquarium. Cape Town Stadium and Long Street are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Taj Cape Town ¥16,465
            Taj Cape Town

            Taj Cape Town

            1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, steps from St. Georges Mall, Long Street, and Greenmarket Square. Kloof Street and Castle of Good Hope are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

              Victoria & Alfred Hotel ¥19,109
              Victoria & Alfred Hotel

              Victoria & Alfred Hotel

              On the Waterfront Pierhead, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Cape Town, this spa hotel is steps from Union Castle House and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Two Oceans Aquarium and V&A Waterfront are also within 10 minutes. Cape Town Station is 27 minutes by foot.

                Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town ¥10,837
                Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town

                Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town

                Silo 6, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Silo District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Long Street, and Cape Town International Convention Centre. Two Oceans Aquarium and V&A Waterfront are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cape Town Station is 23 minutes by foot.