V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
If you've done most of the many touristy things there are to do in Capetown, the V&A waterfront is a nice place to go hang out and chill. Losts of western shops, markets, restaurants, fast food, street performers, boat rides, etc. You can see table mountain from there on a nice day. It's like any other waterfront tho, really.
This is probably the biggest shopping centre in Africa. Prices aren't cheap and my wife took one look at the hair saloon prices and made a quick exit.
Likewise if you choose to dine and wine while admiring the harbour front. At least wine is cheap in S. Africa and the quality is superb. With Nature's blessing of excellent weather and soil, the produce is naturally superior no doubt.
This bustling waterfront has become more and more the centre of activities in Cape Town. Many shops, theatres, museums and restaurants can be found here with ample secure parking around it. Its location beeing in the shadow of Table Mountain is quiet stunning.
The V&A Waterfont is a place filled with shops, restaurants etc. But this was not the highlight for me, it was a trip on a sailingboat. But don't be fooled by the calm water in the harbour. I got soaked when we were at sea! A trip of about 1 hour doesn't cost more than ZAR 70.
The V&A waterfront is one of Cape Town's biggest attractions. It's partly made up of restored old port buildings, partly of newly built complexes. It's a busy place full of chic boutiques and cafés, a great place for eating, shopping and enjoying the advantages of Western luxury life on the cheap.
Be sure to take one of the harbor cruises which give you the opportunity to see Cape Town from the water, the views are fantastic and plenty of booze is usually included in the price, so it's fun!
The waterfront is new and bustling. From here you can get boats to robben island, ssunset cruises, sailing boats of any kind of trip invloving water!
It is safe 24 hours a day but the only bad point is that it is catered to tourists only and therefore everything is overpriced!
The restaurants are good value for an englishman though! there are a lot of street performers and a small amphitheatre. it sems to be the centre of everything for tourism, we went there virtually every day!
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront - named after the son of Queen Victoria - is definitely one of the must-sees in Cape Town. The history of the waterfront goes back to 1860 when the fist waterbreak was built in this site.
This is one of the most exiting places around Cape Town to visit and I have discovered a must on every tourist agenda. All the boats to Robben Eiland leave from here. The shopping is great, I wish I could live here, but the prices of the apartments are rediculously high.
Shops, restaurants, WATER, boats, a cool little bridge, entertainment....what's not to like, especially on a pretty day. We enjoyed poking around, and found it easy to catch a cab into town to continue our self-guided mini-tour on our first day in Cape Town.
Remember, it's Victoria and Alfred NOT Albert! Her son Alfred spent some time in Cape Town.
V & A Wharf is great. There is a good choice of places to eat, many with outside tables. A good selection of shopping can also be found. This is also the place to get a boat to Robben Island.
Don't miss the view of Table Mountain or the seals that swim all about the surrounding water.
Actually I hate shopping on vacation. Especially in Malls that look the same all over the world. But in case of bad weather you should visit the V/A Waterfront.
You get almost everything there and the amusement facilities are also worth a look.
The Victoria and Albert Waterfront area is at the touristic center of Cape Town. An actual working harbor, the V&A waterfront has also become area of intensive development where you will find movie theaters, restaurants, bars, boutiques, shopping malls, flea markets etc. The harbor area has many expensive hotels and condominiums on every side. With all this, it is not surprising that the area bustles with people and activity virtually 24 hours a day.
Street entertainers seem to be a real tradition at the V&A. Walking around the area, you run into them everywhere, and most are very, very good, especially the musicians. Talking with locals, I found out that the management of V&A actually vetts them, so inferior acts -- so to speak -- aren't allowed to perform.
Although some people say its not a real representation of Cape Town, the waterfront is a lovely spot to visit.
The old buildings are very well restored and for those who love shopping it shouldn't be missed.
It's always nice to go, see some crafts (although they're all more expensive... try not to buy anything, it's just to have an idea), eat something or just relax by the ocean. There are some shops, some restaurants and lots of people.