The V&A Waterfront is one of the most iconic features of Cape Town. Being where the city meets the sea, The V&A Waterfront is located at the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour.
It is an exciting, eclectic and fun place to frequent – making it one of Cape Town’s’ most visited attractions. With a diverse range of activities, cuisines, shopping and entertainment in and around the Waterfront, exploring this gem in the Mother City could certainly leave you spoilt for choice. We decided to narrow down all these activities into a fun-to-follow guide.
Ride the Big Wheel
At 40 metres high, the Cape Town Wheel is one of the biggest attractions at The Waterfront and a must for tourists and locals alike. Take a 15-minute ride in this giant observation wheel and enjoy panoramic views of the city and harbour like you have never seen before. This 4 revolution ride, is available from 10am – 10pm each day at a cost of R130 for adults and R30 for kids under 17 years old. You can even book online at www.capewheel.co.za.
Two Oceans Aquarium
The Two Oceans Aquarium is a world class facility which allows visitors to explore the diversity of marine life. With a variety of exhibits of marine species from both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the aquarium is an exciting and educational place. Visitors can experience all kinds of marine life; from sharks and fish, to turtles and penguins. A visit to the aquarium is truly an immersive and educational experience and fun for kids. With exhibits like the touch pool, penguin encounter and microscope exhibit, this is an activity for the whole family to learn and enjoy. For more info or to buy a ticket visit their website: www.aquarium.co.za
Eat at the V&A Food Market
Apart from the 80 restaurants within the Waterfront, it’s also home to the V&A Food Market, the hub of delicious food in the Waterfront area. The market showcases 42 vendors with some of the best in original, innovative, street food offerings. A gastronomical treat for any hungry visitor. Bustling with live music, an inviting atmosphere and two bars, this market is open Monday to Sunday and is a great place to enjoy food in a family friendly space.
The Scratch Patch is a great activity for all and very popular, as South Africa is well known as an for producing many of these precious stones. At Scratch Patch, young and old alike can experience the joy and healing qualities of scratching and picking for beautiful, tumble-polished stones. Among the stones that quite literally cover the floor you may find Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Jasper or even the South African favourite, Tigers Eye. Pick any of these beautiful stones and take them home in a bag at a small cost. www.scratchpatch.co.za
Visit a Museum
The area of the Waterfront and its surrounds is rich in history. Of course, this also means that there are quite a few museums within the area. Spend an afternoon taking in a new story in this unique part of Cape Town. The Springbok Experience museum is great if you are sport fanatic. With memorabilia, interactive screens and 20 audio visual exhibits taking you through the history of Rugby in South Africa. If you would rather skip that for something a little more luxurious, then why not take the Cape Town Diamond Museum tour. This gem of a tour allows guests a sneak peak at the art of diamond cutting as well as the history of diamond mining in South Africa. For a touch of culture you could also visit the Zeitz Mocca Museum – the largest contemporary art museum in South Africa. This museum, located in a converted Silo building, is unique in every way and a must see for those who love art.
Shop til You Drop
The Waterfront shopping centre boasts over 450 retail outlets. This is truly a treasure for a shopaholic. As one of South Africa’s most popular shopping destinations, the Waterfront plays host to a diverse selection of local and international brands. Bringing customers everything from fashion and homeware, to curios, jewelry and leather goods. The Waterfront is guaranteed to have something for everyone and keep you shopping for hours.
The Waterfront can be seen in many ways as the hub of all things fun in the Mother City. Not only this, but with Table Mountain in the background and the Atlantic Ocean waves near by, it is surrounded by beauty.
And of course, with so much to do you will need a relaxing place to rest your head! The Waterfront Village is ideally situated on the gentle Waterfront Canal in this prime location and is the perfect place to stay so that you can experience all there is to do on your next visit to Cape Town. For bookings check out www.waterfrontvillage.com