Shop ‘til you drop [and eat ‘til you burst] at the iconic V&A Waterfront

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If it’s bustling city life, fantastic shopping opportunities, a taste of harbour life and people as warm as the sun above you that you’re looking for, then you’re sure to find yourself making a turn at the iconic V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

While still a working harbour- fishing fleets and container ships can be spied in the distance- it’s now better known for its dizzying plethora of shops and restaurants. The Waterfront attracts well over 24 million visitors annually, and is so immense it’s divided into 5 ‘districts’, each with their own flavour and flair. The Alfred Mall and Pierhead areas are best known for their luxury offerings, from jewellery to fine arts. The Watershed hosts the very best of local Cape talent, offering crafts and so much more to the visitor. The Clock Tower and Victoria Wharf complete the set- and you’ll want to leave time to explore them all. If you’re a dedicated foodie, you’ll also have to sample the rich treats on offer at the V&A Food Market- everything from the best of Vegan dishes to craft beer and artisanal bread is on offer.

Keen historians will love exploring the Waterfront for it’s own sake. Commissioned by Prince Alfred in 1860 and named to commemorate his parents Queen Victoria and Crown Prince Albert, there’s over 20 iconic landmarks scattered throughout the Waterfront area. Visit the Information Centre to either hop on a guided tour of the area, or opt for a self-guided walking tour. You’ll discover an infamous prison, one of the oldest still-operational drydocks, and a wealth of South African history. Learn more about the country’s Nobel Peace prizewinners, or visit the Springbok Experience if you’re a die-hard rugby fan.

If you’re keen to experience the wealth of cuisine Cape Town is famous for, the Waterfront makes a great place to start sampling- just be prepared to loosen your belt a little! Many of the restaurants lie perched on the harbour itself, offering breathtaking views across the water to complete the scrumptious experience. Sip sundowners in the trendy cafes and clubs, or opt to challenge your palate with sumptuous wine tastings- according to’s special sources, the Belthezar [Victoria Wharf] apparently has one of the widest per-glass wine selections in the world.

Be sure to schedule a trip to the Two Oceans Aquarium, too, especially if you have kids in your party. You can indulge your nostalgia and round off the trip with some putt-putt and a trip on the Cape Wheel...truly see the city from a different angle.

The Waterfront area is redolent with top-class accommodation and even luxury spas, while the Cape Town City Bowl area boasts a wealth of destinations for every travel style and budget. If the Cape Waterfront sounds like a destination you just have to add to your itinerary, why not head over to to find the perfect stopover for your trip?

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