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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.
Simply the best hotel experience we've ever enjoyed (and we've enjoyed a lot). Everything from when you pull-up, check-in, breakfast (seriously - best hotel breakfast we've enjoyed) and the service and amenities throughout the stay. Kids club is superb, pool is superb, food is superb, location is ...
Nice hotel our delayed Rovos train didn't get us to hotel till following morning at 7am, but hotel allied us to stay until 3pm.
It was very personalized service from check-in to check-out. Staff in dining room for breakfast were also very courteous and attentive. Our experience was Cape Town hospitality at its best!
Amazing but not well marked to get to the hotel
The funky decor, superb location (next to hop and hop off bus stop #2), friendly staffs and excellent services (received room upgrade and a bottle of wine with Orbitz Gold) makes this hotel a top choice in the V&A Waterfront area.
Overall a pleasant stay in close proximity to the Waterfront. Excellent service, good facilities and good location. Rooms lacking electricity outlets and beds/duvets needs improvement though!
This was a lovely stay. We enjoyed the homelike atmosphere and the convenience to reach the waterfront.