Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront
This working harbour, historical site and shopping and entertainment development has become one of Cape Town's most visited tourist attractions. The waterfront offers everything from shopping malls and arts and crafts markets, to live music, cinemas, buskers and a variety of festivals throughout the year. There are also more than 70 eateries ranging from pubs and fast food outlets to five star restaurants. Those so in love with the waterfront that they want to spend a couple of nights will find several luxury hotels in the area. Strolling along the harbour and seeing all the boats and ships is a pleasure, and for those who want to experience the thrill of sailing out of the harbour into open ocean there are a variety of boat trips, harbour cruises and helicopter charters leaving from the waterfront. These include sunset booze cruises, whale watching trips, and even a pirate galley which throws themed outings. The Two Oceans Aquarium is the largest of its kind in Africa and houses an impressive array of life from the oceans surrounding the Cape Coast; it is a must for those travelling in Cape Town with kids, but adults will also be enthralled. The V & A Waterfront is stunningly situated and even if you are just shopping the incredible scenery of Table Mountain and the harbour surrounding you is a delight.
Telephone: 021 408 7600, or 021 418 3823 (aquarium)
Transport: A Waterfront bus service links the Waterfront to the city centre and the Atlantic Seaboard. Buses from the Victoria & Alfred Hotel travel to Adderley Street in the city centre, while buses from Breakwater Boulevard outside Victoria Wharf travel as far and the Peninsula Hotel in Sea Point