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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.

A getaway is a wonderful time to stop, rest and relax. It's also the ideal time to jump into new experiences!

Make sure your trip to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is one to remember with one of these popular experiences:

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

Would you like to make your visit to Victoria and Alfred Waterfront even more unique? Don't forget to try some of these things to do:

For many more things to do, have a look at our Cape Town things to do page.


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The Table Bay Hotel ¥30,080
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).

    The Onyx Apartment Hotel ¥11,441
    The Onyx Apartment Hotel

    The Onyx Apartment Hotel

    57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cape Town City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Long Street and Cape Town International Convention Centre. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Greenmarket Square are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront ¥13,702
      AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront

      AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront

      Dockrail Road, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Long Street. Cape Town International Convention Centre and Greenmarket Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cape Town Station is 19 minutes by foot.

        The Portswood V&A Waterfront ¥22,565
        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, Two Oceans Aquarium, and V&A Waterfront. Cape Town Stadium and Cape Town International Convention Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          One&Only Cape Town ¥80,725
          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. Cape Town International Convention Centre and Cape Town Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            The Commodore Hotel ¥23,512
            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, Two Oceans Aquarium, and V&A Waterfront. Cape Town Stadium and Cape Town International Convention Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Taj Cape Town ¥15,582
              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, Greenmarket Square, and Long Street. South African National Gallery and Kloof Street are also within 10 minutes. Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

                Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore ¥4,285
                Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore

                Signature Lux Hotel by ONOMO Foreshore

                31 A Heerengraght Boulevard, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Long Street, Cape Town International Convention Centre, and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Greenmarket Square and Castle of Good Hope are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 6 minutes by foot.