There is just so much to do, so much to discover
Long established and proud of a rich heritage, the V&A Waterfront nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain, marches with time, embracing change that brings with it exciting new additions for you to discover. Life on the edge of an historical working harbour in the picturesque city of Cape Town has a charm, and it is with warmth that an invite is extended to you to keep discovering. Indoor shopping and entertainment venues seamlessly merge with outdoor restaurants, ocean vistas and mountain views, and the fresh sea breeze and warm African sun add zest to a cosmopolitan, vibrant atmosphere.
There are over 80 restaurants and eateries from which to choose in the V&A Waterfront. Whether you need a quick bite and a cup of coffee, a meal when taking a break from shopping, an after-work drink, or whether you want to have a leisurely fine-dining experience while admiring the spectacular view, there is a wide variety of choices available.
VICTORIA WHARF SHOPPING CENTRE
A vast array of full – service department stores, boutique shops, brands from around the globe and authentic local offerings are open from 09:00 am to 9:00 pm daily. And if you are hungry, a variety of restaurants, coffee shops and eateries cater for every taste. So whether you want to shop, grab a quick coffee or find a fine dining establishment, we’re sure you will return again and again.
Here, you will enjoy an intimate shopping experience full of the finer things in life. Be greeted by the award-winning jewellers, browse through art galleries, fashion and décor boutiques.
The Alfred Mall and Pierhead district are peppered with mouth-watering restaurant options. Enjoy brassieres and fine dining experiences at the water’s edge, sip a sundowner and casually raise a glass to the yachts as they sail by.
THE CLOCK TOWER SHOPPING CENTRE
The Clock Tower is an icon in the V&A Waterfront. Once used by the Port Captain to keep an eye on the comings and goings in the harbour, it now stands proudly watching as visitors decide whether to visit the museums and world heritage sites, the jewellery shops or art galleries.
THE SILO DISTRICT
Independent, local designer brands form part of the Silo District plus eateries, artisanal coffee roasteries and a chocolatier.
Considered to be the most significant museums to be built on the African continent in more than 100 years. Eighty galleries will house permanent and temporary exhibitions, Centres for Art Education, Photography, Costume, Curatorial Excellence, the Moving Image and Performative Practice – a major drawcard for visitors from around the globe.
The District also makes for the ideal springboard from which to explore all the fun and entertainment the V&A has to offer. Walk to the Diamond and Robben Island Museums within 5 minutes, and cross over the scenic swing bridge to explore a world of restaurants, shops, markets and other attractions.
The recently opened Silo Hotel, a magical space towering above the V&A Waterfront, boasts 28 individually decorated rooms, private meeting rooms, the world-class Silo Spa, a coffee shop aptly called The Granary Café, The Willaston Bar (a fantastic spot for sundowners), as well as the breathtaking Silo Rooftop Bar & Restaurant. Visitors can enjoy a culinary journey while immersing themselves in one of the best views Cape Town has to offer.
Down below, Silo Square is the perfect gathering spot for families, friends and tour groups. And, conveniently, it’s one of the stops for the popular City Sightseeing Bus.
Explore a world of African innovation, craft and design – all under one roof. The newly renovated and ingeniously re-imagined Watershed is a physical manifestation of Africa’s characteristic culture and philosophy.
Visit the Watershed and discover a myriad of locally sourced and produced art and craft, from design and furniture to fashion and jewellery. You’ll be inspired to have your very own watershed moment.
GETTING TO THE V&A WATERFRONT FROM THE AIRPORT
TRANSPORT TO AND AROUND THE V&A WATERFRONT
Car parking is situated at convenient locations around the V&A Waterfront, with varying tariffs to suit the length of your stay. Catch a MyCiti Bus (Cape Town’s rapid bus service) at Breakwater Station. On week days it comes every 10 minutes during peak periods. Metered Sedan Taxis are available from a number of locations in the V&A Waterfront. The easiest way to explore Cape Town is on the Hop on – Hop off City Sightseeing Bus. Offering two routes, the ‘historic and rich in culture’ Red City Tour and ‘scenic’ Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, it operates 365 days a year come rain or shine. Find out more at the V&A Information Centre.
V&A WATERFRONT INFORMATION CENTRE
V&A Waterfront Information Centre, situated on Dock Road (alongside Ferryman’s Pub) and the Waterfront Informati on Kiosk in Victoria Wharf.
Tel: +27 (0)21 408 7600
V&A FOOD MARKET
Located in the historical Pumphouse building off Nobel Square, V&A Waterfront
Tel: +27 021 418 1605
TRADING HOURS (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
May to October: 10h00 to 19h00
Friday and Saturday: 10h00 to 20h00
November to end April: 10h00 to 20h00
Friday and Saturday: 10h00 to 21h00
Closed on Christmas and New Years day
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