To say V&A Waterfront is a huge mall, would do it severe injustice. Sure, here you can spent a few days shopping for everything your heart desires in luxury shops, charming boutiques, thrilling bookstores and the Watershed craft, design and wellness centre, but V&A offers so much more. It lies in the historical heart of Cape Town’s working harbor and offers wonderful views of Table Mountain everywhere you go.
Apart from over 450 stores, you will find numerous great restaurants here. V&A Waterfront has it all: live music, festivals, exhibitions, the Cape Wheel, the Two Oceans Aquarium, a cinema, the Springbok Experience Museum… the list goes on and on. Book a Historical Walking Tour to make the most of your visit to this heritage site. At the Waterfront you can book excursions from various operators for helicopter rides, harbor cruises, shark cage diving etc.
One of the historic landmarks at V&A Waterfront is the Victorian-Gothic style clock tower. It was the original Port Captain’s Office and was built in 1882. It is a well known meeting point and close to the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island. You’ll find an old tidal gauge mechanism on the bottom floor. The second floor offers the Port Captain a full view of the harbor, thanks to the mirror room. The top floor features the original clock mechanism.
This sculptural square honors Albert John Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk, four South Africal Nobel Peace Laureates. Four unforgettable men who still draw many people to Nobel Square for a photo op. These men who fought for a better South Africa are heroes for many around the world.
The Waterfront wheel of Excellence
Step into one of the 36 fully-enclosed cabins of this giant observation wheel. It is 50 m high and for 20 minutes you’ll enjoy stunning panoramic views of Cape Town, Paarl, Robben Island and Table Mountain.
Be sure to stop at the V&A Food Market for pure delightful pastries, coffee, smoothies, biltong and much much more!