Did you know?
The V&A (Victoria & Alfred) Waterfront is named after Queen Victoria and her son, Prince Alfred.
Many factors contribute to the extraordinary appeal of the V&A Waterfront. High on this list is the fact that it is one of South Africa’s top shopping destinations.
Situated in the heart of Cape Town, where the mountain meets the sea, it has been a working harbour since about 1860, when trade routes to the East transformed the seafront into a lucrative trading post.
In 1988, the redevelopment of the historic docklands built on this legacy, transforming the harbour into an exciting 21st-century ‘trading post’, complete with a comprehensive array of shops, entertainment venues, prime office locations, world-class hotels, luxury apartments and restaurants (from fast food to fine dining).
The Victorian architecture of the waterfront pulses with African energy, and there are more than 400 retail outlets offering both local and international brands.
There is also an impressive array of accommodation, ranging from budget to five-star luxury, placing you within close proximity to the stores, restaurants and entertainment.
And if the shopping becomes too much, you can enjoy some of the many other activities on offer. These include seal watching; a visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium or the Maritime Museum; boat trips around the harbour and along the coast; or an exciting helicopter tour!
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0) 21 408 7600
How to get here
The V&A Waterfront is within walking distance of the city centre and offers easy access to other major tourist attractions.
Around the area
The V&A Waterfront is a gateway to many other attractions in and around Cape Town. The Gateway Visitor Centre allows you to conduct all your travel arrangements under one roof with the help of specialists from all over southern Africa. The centre showcases a vast selection of tourist attractions, accommodation facilities, adventure sport, unique destinations, tours and services, and is designed to anticipate and meet the diverse needs international travellers.
Tours to do
A tour to Robben Island; boat and helicopter trips that depart from the Waterfront daily.
You can get a taxi or cab to the Atlantic Seaboard or city centre from outside all entrances, or opposite the Blue Shed Craft Market. There is ample parking.
Length of stay
You can spend anything from a few hours, to a full day, to several days exploring the Waterfront and the many attractions on offer.
Where to stay
There are a number of accommodation options at the Waterfront itself.
Depending on the month there may be live entertainment at the Amphitheatre, theatre productions at the BMW Pavilion and live jazz.