Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront is one of Cape Town's most visited and celebrated attractions for locals and tourists alike, and all for good reason. This centrally located working harbour and shopping complex ideally located in the heart of the city offers superb views of Table Mountain, Robben Island and Table Bay, and is often used as a starting point for visitors new to the Mother City. Today the V&A Waterfront is a shopping mecca, with more than 400 stores featuring a wide range of goods, from exclusive fahion labels, to curios, electronics, groceries, and daily essentials. Much of the focus at the Waterfront is on entertainment, apart from the popular Two Oceans Aquarium, there are two cinema complexes and a significant range of restauarants to choose from.
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Every year 22 million people visit this icon and even those returning are still spoilt for choice. There is just so much to do. Whether shopping, or booking a sunset cruise, a helicopter tour of Cape Town, visiting the Two Ocean’s Aquarium, or just enjoying a meal, the V&A Waterfront has so much to offer.
The V&A is named after Queen Victoria and her second son, Prince Alfred, who initiated construction on the Port of Cape Town in 1860. Over the last 150 years the harbour has been growing, developing and adapting. Now it is alive with the pulse and rhythm of Cape Town.
The Marina is an exclusive residential development which has just recently been completed and the property prices attest to that exclusivity. Many businesses have their office space at the V&A and it is also the home of the UCT’s Graduate School of Business.
Waterfront hotels offer outstanding 4-, 5- and even 6-star service, and can be found in and around the V&A Waterfront precinct. Cape Town Stadium is also minutes away, while the Cape Town City Sightseeing Bus departs from just outside the Two Oceans Aquarium, which will get you to many of Cape Town’s top attractions including Table Mountain. The Robben Island Ferry also departs from the Nelson Mandela Gateway.
Whether you're new in town or a regular to the Waterfront there's always something to keep you busy. It still serves as one of the beating hearts of the city, and for good reason, and a visit here, whether for a quick drink, long meal, or just to splurge at the wide array of shops, comes recommended.