The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is located in the heart of Cape Town’s hardworking harbour and has great views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain, and Table Bay. With more than 400 retail outlets, it is one of the most popular places to go shopping in Cape Town! From jewellery and fashion to homeware, electronics, and more, everything you want can be found at the V&A Waterfront. But its beauty is more than skin deep – The Waterfront is also home to a variety of museums and historical sights.
Jan van Riebeeck built a small jetty in 1654 to establish a refreshment station for the Dutch East India Company. This was the very beginning of today’s V&A Waterfront. In 1860, Prince Alfred began construction of the harbour, the second son of Queen Victoria. Many think the ‘A’ in V&A comes from the name of Queen Victoria’s husband, but it actually comes from the name of her son.
The V&A Waterfront has a lot to offer! Spectacular views of Cape Town, Table Mountain, and Robben Island can be seen from The Cape Wheel, which resembles the London Eye. The Cape Wheel takes you on a 15 minute ride, up to 40 metres above the ground, and operates 7 days a week.
The V&A Waterfront Clock Tower is a historic landmark with great views from the top. It used to function as the original Port Captain’s office. The Clock Tower is definitely worth a visit. Besides the opportunities for shopping, you can also visit the Diamond Museum here!
The Two Oceans Aquarium, located at the V&A Waterfront, is a must-see activity for locals and tourists. You can see over 3000 marine creatures, including turtles, sharks, penguins, and sea horses.
The Waterfront has a lot more to offer beside these great activities. When you’re tired out from shopping and exploring, relax with a cocktail at the Shimmy Beach Club.