The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is the main port of call when it comes to high-end shopping and iconic Cape Town settings. Indeed, no other spot in the countries receives more foreign visitors. Set in the picturesque Table Bay, seagulls flock above its white-tiered buildings and all manner of boats and vessels lie docked in its harbours. There is a large focus on the rich history of the port stemming from its origin as the first colonial settlement in South Africa but it is also a main tourist hub, sporting diverse craft markets, popular entertainment and numerous art and museum exhibitions at the Chavonnes Battery Museum.

It is also the foundation for learning about the rich history of the area as it remains a fully-working dock. Tours to Robben Island meander their ways out to the island which held the late Nelson Mandela and the red Clocktower stands guard over the port as shoppers browse in their droves. Great glass windows fan out across both main entrances to the shopping area where you will find everything from fine-dining restaurants, bookstores, upmarket fashion and a cinema. Enjoy stunning views from the decks as you relax with some fish and chips or a delicious ice-cream.

As mentioned, the Waterfront sees a massive influx of visitors from different countries. They flock to catch some of the celebrity culture and warm sun that so often pervades this special area. But it is not only the glamorous harbour restaurants and glitzy yachts that so catch the eye. As one drives through the residential highrises that perch gracefully on the water’s edge, you will come to the Two Oceans Aquarium with its own myriad of weird and wonderful creatures on display. Why not check out the popular penguin exhibit where the birds play happily amongst the little nooks and crannies and beautiful pools. The predator tank is also fascinating to investigate as sharks, rays and turtles wind their way through the blue in a graceful dance.

Check out our list of popular things to do at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.