The V&A Waterfront is a destination in its own right and this historical harbour offers private self-catering options for holidaymakers who seek the Cape Town experience.
Here are ten reasons why the V&A Waterfront ranks among Cape Town’s finest tourist attractions:
Restaurants and bars
If you are hungry or thirsty, you will not be disappointed. There are more than 80 eateries and bars at the V&A Waterfront. From fast food chain outlets to the finest dining options, you will find a meal to satisfy your appetite. The Mitchell’s Waterfront Brewery is a great place to quench your thirst and if you prefer wine, licenced restaurants have interesting collections of the finest South African wines available.
The V&A Waterfront is a hub of all things nautical. You can board any one of a number of vessels from the V&A Waterfront, ranging from a Jolly Roger harbour cruise to a luxury yacht or exclusive catamaran for a Sunset Cruise. Hop on the Robben Island ferry, which departs from the Nelson Mandela Gateway, Clock Tower Precinct at the V&A Waterfront, for an unforgettable experience.
Shopping and some more shopping
From designer boutiques to local chain stores, jewellery stores, curio shops and art galleries to the Water Shed market, shoppers will be satisfied by the more than 450 retail outlets on offer at the V&A Waterfront. You will not need to go anywhere else in Cape Town to convert your currency into desirable objects.
The V&A Waterfront Summer Sessions offers an interesting programme of live open-air shows and performances by mostly local talent that are put on free of charge for visitors at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre.
Two Oceans Aquarium
The Two Oceans Aquarium is home to a number of local fish and other marine species. The Predator Exhibit, with its ragged-tooth sharks, remains awe-inspiring and visitors can watch these fish being fed. The Two Oceans Aquarium also has a special kiddies section and touch tanks where children can familiarise themselves with sea life. The African penguins are special to watch, especially during feeding times.
The V&A Waterfront hosts the Cape Wheel from where visitors can enjoy spellbinding views of Table Mountain, the Cape Town city and all the way to the Boland mountains.
The V&A Waterfront offers exciting cinematic experiences. Cinema Nouveau theatres give art films some space on the silver screen, while Scene, Nu Metro’s brand-new ultra-luxurious cinema, can be booked out privately for up to 19 people. Nu Metro also has regular movie theatres at the V&A Waterfront, which screen the latest releases on the cinematic circuit.
Mangwanani African Spa
What is a holiday without a spa experience? Mangwanani Boutique Spa at the V&A Waterfront provides utter rejuvenation and indulges all the senses, offering a peaceful break-away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Get whisked away from the V&A Waterfront for a bird’s eye view of Cape Town’s sights, such as The Castle, Robben Island, Lions Head and Table Mountain.
Self-catering luxury apartments on the Marina
The V&A Waterfront Marina residential development has various vacation accommodation options available, including one, two and three-bedroomed luxury waterfront apartments and penthouses. Take a look at the luxury self-catering apartments available for holiday accommodation at the V&A Waterfront.