The V&A Waterfront, world class destination

1988, the V&A waterfront is created, and slowly became a touristic hub for the city. In stunning scenery, between the ocean and the mountain, the Waterfront seamlessly mixes harbour activities with entertainment, shopping and restoration. If the majestic Table Mountain is the esthetical symbol of the city, the V&A Waterfront is Cape Town’s heart and soul. During the FIFA World Cup, by its numerous accommodations, its entertaining venues and large choice of restaurants, the Waterfront became tourists’ and locals’ favourite!

V&A Waterfront

Prince Alfred started it all

I wonder if Prince Alfred, Queen Victoria’s second son, realized what a change it would make when he constructed the Cape Town harbour. Of course, Cape Town was meant to become a hive of seafront activities and a major stop on the trade routes to the east. Nevertheless, could he have predicted that this harbour, named after him and his mother, would become one of the most touristic hubs in South Africa…in a city where tourism is vital? Could he have possibly imagined that the Waterfront would have welcomed over 3 million visitors during the FIFA world cup? What was once an almost insignificant harbour is now a key attraction in the Mother City.

The Pier Stroll in 1911

Shop it your way!

With no less than 24 million visitors a year, the village is home to numerous attractions including two of visitor’s favourites: restaurants and shops. What is singular about the Waterfront, is its abundance in luxury shops and upmarket restaurants. When wandering around the alleys, world-known brands compete with stylish and elegant window displays. The restaurants offer exceptional seafood, with a beautiful view over the docks.


XO Zoom: Looking for more authenticity? The V&A has it covered! Welcome to The Watershed, Cape Town’s biggest craft market featuring talented local designers. Hungry? Right next to it, sits a local food market offering tasty and rich local and international meals in a casual, yet stylish, way.

Sleep in the heart of the action

Around the village, numerous accommodations are available for every kind of consumer. Some business travellers will appreciate a luxurious hotel, just walking distance from the Cape Town Convention Centre. Others will enjoy trendy hotels with great bars and restaurants.  No matter which one you pick, the Waterfront’s hotels promise unforgettable nights in the heart of the city. Close to the city centre and beaches, with easy access to Table Mountain and all the city’s main attractions, the choice of a hotel in the Waterfront is an obvious one.

OneOnly Cape Town Aeria View

XO Zoom: We strongly advise the most demanding traveller to give a try at the ‘One and Only’. A sumptuous resort offering the most luxurious experience, the place guarantees a ‘WOW’ effect for every single guest!

One & Only Cape Town Marina Rise Exterior at Night

When the sun goes down…

Once the sun heads west, the V & A waterfront starts to blush. Table Mountain is highlighted by an orangey-pink sky reflecting in the water, plunging the waterfront in a mystic beauty. Even though the day is ending, there is still plenty to do. How about a sunset cruise, offering a stunning view of the city from the ocean, with a glass of bubbly in hand?

V&A Waterfront

XO Zoom: Looking for something even fancier? XO has the solution for you: a unique private function…let me give you a hint: blue! Surrounded by maritime life, we could organise a stunning gala dinner in the aquarium just for you.

Two Oceans Aquarium2

The V&A Waterfront is a village in the city. The venue welcomes major international and local events or exhibitions every year and its attractiveness keeps on increasing, thanks to the constant opening of new attractions. The Watershed, Cape Town’s biggest craft art market, opened in 2014, and the construction of Cape Town’s Contemporary museum is now in process. When are you visiting?

by Maria Casali