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Victoria and Alfred WaterfrontCape Town

Enjoy superb waterfront shopping and dining and exquisite views at South Africa’s most visited destination.

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, also known as the V&A Waterfront, is where locals and tourists alike come to enjoy Cape Town at its finest, and you can easily spend a day or more taking in its many attractions. Sit back with a cold drink at a waterside restaurant, enjoy the cool breeze coming in from the ocean and let your eyes drift towards the unmistakable shape of Table Mountain in the distance. Take a stroll along the waterfront and stop in at one of the many unique craft stores, or spend an afternoon trying on some designer clothing.

The waterfront development was the project of Queen Victoria’s second son, Prince Alfred, and began in 1860. Situated between two of Cape Town’s most iconic landmarks, Robben Island and Table Mountain, it has evolved into the city’s most attractive and vibrant retail destination.

It’s almost inevitable your visit to Cape Town will bring you to the V&A Waterfront at least once, as many of the city’s major tourist attractions are based in this area. Take one of the four daily boats to Robben Island, where the evocative museum reveals the price South Africans have paid for democracy. If you’re traveling with children, visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. The kids will love seeing more than 80 species of animals, including ragged-tooth sharks and the ever popular penguins.

Learn about the area’s past on the walking history tour that departs daily from the Chavonnes Battery Museum. The tours last up to an hour and and take in features from the last two centuries on the waterfront. Book and pay for your tour at the V&A Waterfront Information Centre. If you’d prefer to do a self-guided tour, download a map and brochure from the V&A Waterfront website.

The V&A Waterfront is open daily, with some stores closed on Sundays and public holidays.

The MyCiti bus has a loop service that will take you from Cape Town city center to the V&A Waterfront. There are also several user-pay car parks in the waterfront area.


Popular places to visit in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

V&A Waterfront
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V&A Waterfront

4.5/5(153 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit V&A Waterfront, a popular shopping spot in Cape Town. Wander the seaside or discover the area's mountain views.

Two Oceans Aquarium
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Two Oceans Aquarium

4.5/5(45 reviews)

With sharks, rays, tropical fish and forests of kelp, this aquatic attraction provides deep insights into life under the ocean waves.

Clock Tower
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Clock Tower

3/5(2 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Cape Town with a visit to Clock Tower. Wander the seaside and beautiful beaches in the area.

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

4/5(1 review)

You can study the exhibits at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, a museum with a story of its own, during your travels to Cape Town. Stroll along the seaside or seek out the local tours.

The Watershed
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The Watershed

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home at The Watershed during your stay in Cape Town. Discover the mountain views and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

4.5/5(177 reviews)

One of the world’s oldest mountains creates an iconic backdrop to the Cape Town skyline. Climb to the summit for breathtaking views of the surrounding coast.

Top things to do in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Shark Cage Diving Full Day
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Shark Cage Diving Full Day

£127
Per adult
Full Day Big 5 Safari from Cape Town
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Full Day Big 5 Safari from Cape Town

£154
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Safari from Cape Town
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Full-Day Safari from Cape Town

£164
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Cape Peninsula & Penguin Beach Half Day
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Cape Peninsula & Penguin Beach Half Day

£49
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Marine Eco Tour from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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Marine Eco Tour from Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

£36
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Cool Runnings TICKET FOR - ONE RIDE -
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Cool Runnings TICKET FOR - ONE RIDE -

£3
Per adult

Top hotels in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Table Bay Hotel
The Table Bay Hotel
5 out of 5
Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Union Castle House, V&A Waterfront and Two Oceans Aquarium. Cape Town ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (475 reviews)

"Good all round hotel. Best position for VA waterfront."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

The Table Bay Hotel
One&Only Cape Town
One&Only Cape Town
5 out of 5
Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Two Oceans Aquarium and V&A Waterfront. Long Street and Cape Town ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (287 reviews)
Our best hotel experience

"Simply the best hotel experience we've ever enjoyed (and we've enjoyed a lot). Everything from when you pull-up, check-in, breakfast (seriously - best hotel breakfast we've enjoyed) and the service and amenities throughout the stay. Kids club is superb, pool is superb, food is superb, location is ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

One&Only Cape Town
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
4 out of 5
On the Waterfront Pierhead, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £70 per night

Located in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nobel Square and Two Oceans Aquarium. V&A Waterfront and Cape Town Stadium ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (996 reviews)
Good staff

"Nice hotel our delayed Rovos train didn't get us to hotel till following morning at 7am, but hotel allied us to stay until 3pm."…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2020

Victoria & Alfred Hotel
Cape Grace Hotel
Cape Grace Hotel
5 out of 5
West Quay Road, Victoria And Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £463 per night

This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Nobel Square and Two Oceans Aquarium. Long Street and V&A Waterfront ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (135 reviews)
Best stay ever!

"It was very personalized service from check-in to check-out. Staff in dining room for breakfast were also very courteous and attentive. Our experience was Cape Town hospitality at its best!"…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2020

Cape Grace Hotel
AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront
AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront
4 out of 5
Dockrail Road, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape

Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Long Street and Cape Town International Convention Centre. Two Oceans Aquarium and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (173 reviews)
Cape Town cycle tour

"Amazing but not well marked to get to the hotel"…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront
Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town
3.5 out of 5
Silo 6, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £72 per night

Located in Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Clock Tower, Cape Town Cruise Terminal and Long Street. Cape Town International ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (235 reviews)

"The funky decor, superb location (next to hop and hop off bus stop #2), friendly staffs and excellent services (received room upgrade and a bottle of wine with Orbitz Gold) makes this hotel a top choice in the V&A Waterfront area."…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2020

Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront Cape Town

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