Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred built the harbour in 1860. He named it after himself and his mother, hence the name Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
It is one of the most visited tourist site in Africa, as it attracts over 23-million visitors a year. It is a favourite spot for the people of Cape Town and other tourists.
Situated in South Africa’s oldest working harbour, between Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years) and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town. The 123-hectares space is developed for mixed use. Visitors are offered leisure, shopping, entertainment and business. Much of the Waterfront charm lies in its busy commercial harbour.
Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, pubs, restaurants, specialty shops, craft markets, theatres and movies. world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina.
There are over 450 world-class retailers, over 10 hotels, over 80 eateries including 12 fine dining restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and taverns, and a fresh food market. For business travelers, they can use 40 business function rooms at 11 conference venues, for leisure activities, you will find over 450 world-class retailers and over 20 leisure activities; including helicopter flips, boat rides, the Cape Wheel (a 40-metre (130 ft) tall.
Table Bay Hotel at V & A
Office location for business
If you love shopping, the Waterfront is complete bliss as it has large, airy malls are packed with designer boutiques and jewellers, off-beat craft markets and proudly South African brands. Foodies and locavores will enjoy sampling organic treats at the market on the Wharf.
As for the dining options, they range from fish ’n chips to white-cloth cuisine. Enjoy a relaxed lunch at some of the restaurant such as Balducci’s; a perfectly grilled steak or seafood platter at Belthazar; or pick from the sushi menu and extensive wine list at Sevruga.
The children are not left out, the Two Oceans Aquarium, four museums, and several child-friendly activities that are not weather dependent. Similar feature for the Atlantic Ocean that includes translucent jellies and seahorses; the Sappi River Meander, the Kelp Forest Exhibit, I&J Predator exhibit that includes ragged-tooth sharks, an assortment of rays, loggerhead turtle and other predatory fish.
Treat yourself to sunset cruise by visiting V & A this holiday.