V and A Waterfront Travel Guide


Lying west of the industrial Duncan Dock, the V&A Waterfront is Cape Town's original Victorian harbour. Before its construction the Cape of Storms was notorious for wrecking ships during ferocious winter spells. In 1860 a very young Prince Alfred ceremoniously dumped the first load of stone to begin work on the Breakwater and 1869 the twin basin dock was completed.

Renovated period buildings, imitation Victorian malls, piers and a busy harbour coexist with an astonishing collection of pubs, clubs, eateries, museums and outdoor theatres set against the panoramic view of Table Mountain.

The star of the show is the two-level Victoria Wharf, crammed with an array of shops, cinemas, kiosks and stalls. It houses a diverse variety of restaurants, ranging from sushi bars, coffee shops, take-out joints and upmarket venues, the most popular being the outdoor ones where you can enjoy the vistas created by harbour lights and the surreal lit Table Mountain.

The Visitor Centre on Dock Road is the starting point for an outstanding self-guided historical tour interspersed with 32 information boards. You can purchase a map here and gather information or book tours and taxis – 021 408 7600. Just around the corner from the Visitor Centre is a hit with kids, the Two Oceans Aquarium.

The centrally situated Old Port Captain's Office lies next to the modern swing bridge, connecting it to the whimsical Clock Tower and further along the Nelson Mandela Gateway. Here you can book the only tours on Robben Island, and it's the departure point for the ferry. The Gateway has a restaurant and museum with high-tech interactive displays conveying the island's history, voices of prisoners and freedom songs.

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Accommodation near V & A Waterfront

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R1300
1 night, 2 adults

702 Canal Quays

Sleeps 3 V & A Waterfront Self-catering in V & A Waterfront

Charming and spacious studio apartment located on the seventh floor of Canal Quays at the V & A Wate...

from R5415
1 night, 2 adults

Dock House Boutique Hotel

Sleeps 10 V & A Waterfront Hotel in V & A Waterfront

Originally built as the harbour master’s private residence in the 1800’s, this grand architectural g...

from R3300
1 night, 2 adults

504 Kylemore

Sleeps 5 V & A Waterfront Self-catering in V & A Waterfront

This is a trendy and tastefully furnished three-bedroomed self-catering apartment, situated in the r...

from R1800
1 night, 2 adults

V & A Waterfront 405 Kylemore B

Sleeps 2 V & A Waterfront Self-catering in V & A Waterfront

This beautifully furnished, luxurious apartment is situated in the prestigious and popular V & A Wat...

from R2500
1 night, 2 adults

Kiara Luxury Yacht

Sleeps 10 V & A Waterfront Self-catering in V & A Waterfront

Kiara is a classic luxury 114 ft super yacht. It is a superb, privately owned retreat moored in one...

from R2400
1 night, 2 adults

Lawhill Apartments - V & A Waterfront

Sleeps 130 V & A Waterfront Self-catering in V & A Waterfront

Waterfront Accommodation Cape Town offers two brand new luxurious, upmarket apartment blocks situate...

from R1600
1 night, 2 adults

Juliette Vertigo Waterfront

Sleeps 3 V & A Waterfront Self-catering in V & A Waterfront

This luxurious apartment is located in the heart of Cape Town's famous V&A Waterfront, within walkin...

from R1190
1 night, 2 adults

Harbour Bridge

Sleeps 2 V & A Waterfront Self-catering in V & A Waterfront

Harbour Bridge is a well-equipped hotel allowing those staying on business to conduct meetings in th...

from R5295
1 night, 2 adults

Table Bay Hotel

Sleeps 766 V & A Waterfront Hotel in V & A Waterfront

The Table Bay Hotel, located on Cape Town's V & A Waterfront, straddles the antique breakwater, and ...