V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

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    Come pose with our Nobel Peace Prize laureates!

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Jun 26, 2011

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    One of the most fun things to do at the V&A Waterfront (which I usually consider to be a bit of a tourist trap) is to pose with the statues of South Africa's four Nobel Peace Prize laureates, who are immortalised in larger-than-life bronze statues.

    Four? Many people will probably remember that our first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela, and former President FW de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in 1993 for their herculean efforts in steering South Africa through a peaceful transition to multiparty democracy. With further head scratching, you may even dimly recall the irrepressible Archbishop Desmond Tutu being awarded the same prize back in 1984 for his dogged and vocal resistance against the worst injustices of apartheid which helped to keep South African issues on the world radar during the dark years of political isolation. However, most people may not know that Albert Luthuli, a former head of the African National Congress (ANC), was the first South African to win the Nobel Peace Prize - which was awarded to him in 1960 for his championing of the Defiance Campaign which opposed grand apartheid.

    It is always a source of considerable amusement to me that the statues are larger than life, which reflects the personalities of the men involved - it must be the first and only time that the pint-sized Tutu has towered over anyone!

    All four gentlemen are conveniently arranged in a neat row for you to pose by, with the added bonus of Table Mountain as a backdrop - a photo opportunity not to be passed up!

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    Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

    by mvtouring Written Jun 2, 2004

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    V & A Waterfront

    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.

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    Waterfront

    by bijo69 Updated May 30, 2007

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    The Victoria and Alfred waterfront is a popular spot for shopping, dining and other kinds of entertainment.In the evenings, lots of street artists perform here and there's a fairground atmosphere.
    Apart from this it's still a working harbour and boats to Robben Island and harbour cruises depart from here

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    More Waterfront

    by cleocat Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    I just love this place. Great restaurants and coffee shops, tons of shopping from designer shops to stalls with interesting typically african products, a scratch patch where you can collect your own gem stones, cinema's, great boat trips etc

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    Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

    by Travelchili Updated Jun 16, 2004

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    V & A Waterfront

    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.

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    Enjoy the Buskers!

    by DesertRat Written Jan 24, 2004

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    One tricky limbo act!!!

    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.

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    Built for Tourists, but it is quite classy

    by Radiomom Written May 30, 2004

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    Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

    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.

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    V & A Waterfront - take a little cruise...

    by jumpingnorman Written Jul 17, 2009

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    I enjoyed walking around this wonder V & A Waterfront where a lot of tourists go to...my brother-in-law took at 70 day cruise of the continent of Africa and one of his favorites was this wonderful harbour area where you can have awesome food as you leave your cruise ship.

    The V & A is located between Robben Island and Table Mountain at Cape Town's working harbour, and it is known for it's restaurants, luxury hotels and amazing shopping. I actually found a shop there where a lot of souvenirs were so affordable so I bought a lot of them...plus chocolates! (unfortunately, I cannot remember the name of the shop but it qwas very near the clock tower).

    Also, I took a little boat cruise around the harbour itself and I saw a seal sleeping so nicely in one of the huge tires at the harbour (have it in one of the pictures). I think it was less than $20 to go on that boat and it was worth it to experience seeing the V&A from the water.

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    The V&A Waterfront

    by IIGUANA Updated Dec 3, 2003

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    At the V&A Waterfront

    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.

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    V&A Waterfront

    by AndreSTGT Updated Jan 23, 2005

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    V&A Waterfront

    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!

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    The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

    by mikelisaanna Updated Nov 2, 2009

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    The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is a shopping, dining, and enertainment area located along the waterfront in Cape Town. It is similar to the South Street Seaport in New York or the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, only with better food and drinks. The shops seemed fairly ordinary, but the restaurants at the V&A Waterfront were very good. We had some great dinners there during our stay in Cape Town.

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    Waterfront

    by dobbelking Written Jun 1, 2009

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    Sunrise over waterfront

    Everyone that visits Cape Town probably pays a visit to the waterfront. Well known throughout the world. This is one of Cape Town's biggest tourist attractions. For us folk that come from up country, it is a big thing and a real thrill to visit.

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    V&A Waterfront

    by magor65 Written Aug 10, 2011

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    This part of Cape Town is situated around the historic Victoria and Alfred harbour and named after Queen Victoria and her son Alfred. It was thoroughly restored in 1990's and turned into a recreational complex with hundreds of stores, restaurants and pubs. It's here that international celebrities stay in elegant hotels when they come to Cape Town. It's also an entertainment centre with a big IMAX cinema, concert venues and museums. One of its biggest attractions with locals and tourist alike is the Two Oceans Aquarium.

    V&A Waterfront is undoubtedly a nice area to stroll around, look at elegant Victorian architecture, watch harbour life, visit some shops, etc. For me, personally, it's too commercialised and business-orientated.

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    V & A Waterfront

    by paradisedreamer Written May 11, 2003

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    The waterfront is a working harbour but also a gr3eat place to shope eat drink, get a boat trip, see african dance and singing and much more. You can buy everything from african art to designer clothes. There are many restaurants with excellent food and wine even for those on a budget.

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    CAPE TOWN: The WaterFront

    by zindara Written May 20, 2003

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    The quaint Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is full of shops, restaurants, bars, cinemas... You can almost any kind of food, buy souvenirs, clothes, gifts...
    Prices are a little bit more expensive here than in the city, but the views and the atmosphere is very nice, specially in the afternoon-evening.

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