When one thinks of Cape Town, your mind conjures up images of Table Mountain, gorgeous white sand beaches and long, sunny days. But there is gem that many forget when they think of the “Mother City”. This gem is the ever-popular V&A Waterfront. This large harbour side mall is every shopaholic’s dream and is filled with a plethora of activities and sites that will please almost any visitor, foreign or local.
The V&A is less than 2km (17min walk) away from Cape Town Stadium and buzzes with life all year through. There is an abundant and diverse range of shops, boutiques and markets to enjoy for all those looking to spend some money. There are over 450 outlets to choose from and you will be able to browse products from jewellery and fashion to music and audiovisual equipment. Be warned though that the V&A’s prices can be quite expensive as it is aimed at catering to tourists from all over the world.
If shopping is not your thing then the V&A Waterfront has more than enough activities to keep you busy. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, whose name is inspired by the two oceans that meet at the South Africa’s most southern tip, the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Stare in wonder at the diverse marine life that these two oceans offer. Choose from a wide range of scenic helicopter flights that can take you to some of Cape Town’s most beautiful locations. Then you can also enjoy one of the many boat cruises and experience Cape Town by sea, something that cannot be missed.
Once you have satisfied your thirst for shopping and activities treat your taste buds to the diverse range of tastes you can experience all over the V&A. There are over 80 eateries serving anything from the freshest seafood and local delicacies to Indian and Italian cuisine. Whatever you’re craving, the Waterfront will have it.
Cape Town would not be Cape Town without the harbour side V&A Waterfront. It is a place that caters to everyone’s needs and should be on anyone’s list who considers visiting the “Mother City”.