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TThere are few places as quintessentially Cape Town as the V&A Waterfront. The old-world charm of this historical harbour meets the most contemporary shopping experience, and the gaps in between are filled with fine-dining restaurants, down-to-earth food markets, interesting museums and more leisure activities than you can count on both hands.
The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is home to a wide range of exciting retail outlets, from well-known international brands to exclusive local boutiques. Visit this shopping and leisure Mecca and discover why it attracts more visitors than any other destination in South Africa.
MMany 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.
TThe 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 affordable to five-star luxury, placing you within close proximity to the stores, restaurants and entertainment.
WWhen you’ve built up an appetite shopping and enjoying the sights, take your pick of cuisine and delight in the hub of activity of this working harbour while you feast on divine food. Watch a show in the Amphitheatre and take a romantic sunset harbour cruise.
Finally, as the stars come out and the city lights up, climb into the Cape Wheel for the inimitable 360-degree view of the marina, the city and the stadium, all framed in the foreground of Table Mountain. Other activities 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! The V&A Waterfront really does offer you it all.