The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town
is situated in a working harbour with the local fishing industry occupying 60% of the site.
It provides visitors with a vibrant and ever-changing backdrop of ferries, fishing vessels, charter boats and marine life.
The harbour, originating from 1860, today caters for a wide range of vessels from working boats to yachts and provides berthing to passenger boats, super yachts and a multitude of upmarket cruise liners.
With panoramic views of the ocean, city bowl and Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront is located in close proximity to some of Cape Town’s most iconic tourist attractions:
- 1 km from the Cape Town Stadium
- 8 km from Table Mountain National Park
- 11 km from Robben Island
- 8.5 km from Camps Bay beach
With 22 official landmarks on-site, the V&A Waterfront forms an integral part of South Africa’s historical legacy. Some of these include:
- Chavonne’s Battery – established in the 1800’s
- Dock House – 1870, previously the Harbour Master’s residence
- Houses at Portswood Ridge – from 1870
- Patent Slipway – 1879
- Ulundi Parking Garage – 1889, previously the home of the Chief Resident Engineer
- Time Ball Tower – 1894, previously repeater station for harbour signals
- NSRI boathouse where the first port lifeboat was housed in 1898
- Harbour café, originally a harbour tea-room from 1902
- Breakwater Prison – 1902 which now houses UCT’s Graduate School of Business
- Old Port Captain’s Building - 1904
- Victoria basin – 1905
- Union Castle Building – built in 1919 for Union Castle Mail Steamship Company
- Silo Grain Building – 1924
- V&A Hotel which was formerly a warehouse from the 1930’s
The V&A Waterfront has over 450 retailers. Retail shopping hours are from 9am to 9pm, 364 days of the year with Christmas trading being optional for tenants.
The V&A Waterfront has expanded over the past two decades and currently boasts more than 80 eateries, including restaurants, coffee shops and fast food outlets. It has more than 7500 parking bays.
The V&A Waterfront plays host to ten hotels with 1,495 rooms available in total.What to Do
• Harbour cruises
• Two Oceans Aquarium
• Scenic helicopter flights
• Travel by water taxi
• Discover your own precious gem at the Scratch Patch
• Cave Golf
• Explore the Waterfront Craft Market & Wellness Centre
• Have an eclectic experience at the Red Shed Craft Workshop.
• Pamper yourself at the Waterfront Craft Market & Wellness Centre
• Have your palm read at the Waterfront Craft Market & Wellness Centre
• Seals galore!
• Pay tribute to South Africa’ Nobel Peace Prize Laureates
• Have food on the go
• Experience a 90 minute Marine-Eco Tour
• Be more adventurous and enjoy a stand up paddle experience
• See Cape Town from a different angle from the City Sightseeing Side Cards
• Explore Cape Town on the City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus
• Visit the Cape Town Diamond Museum and learn more about diamonds and its origin
• Visit the V&A Market on the Wharf for fresh food and produce
• V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour
• Dinner at variety of over 80 eateries
• Late night shopping!
• Watch a movie at one the Waterfront’s movie houses
• Live entertainment at the Waterfront Amphitheatre every Saturday and Sunday from 17:00 – 18:00
• Live music at Quay 4 Brasserie every weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
• Various street performers visible across the precinct until late
The Waterfront provides a variety of entertainment for the whole family. And the V&A is just minutes away from museums, art galleries, the Castle of Good Hope and the delightful old "Bo-Kaap" buildings.Where to StayV A Waterfront Accommodation
options are numerous; with a large variety of different types.