Cape Town’s Big Six: The V&A Waterfront (2/6)


As a city, Cape Town’s known for its “Big Six” attractions – meet them all through SA Logue’s Cape Town Big Six tag!

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

This, it is said, is the most-visited place in Africa, attracting more people per year than Egypt’s pyramids. One’s not quite sure what to make of such a claim – I personally would rather see the pyramids – but it’s certainly the case that the Waterfront is usually thronging with people.

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Named after Queen Victoria and her second son, Aflred, who visited the Cape Town harbor at its founding in the 19th century, the Waterfront was developed into a series of hotels and shopping centers starting in 1988.

Today, it comprises a large, main mall, three smaller malls, two craft markets, several four- and five-star hotels (including the Cape Grace and the Table Bay), a bevy of restaurants, the splendid Two Oceans Aquarium (ever seen a four-foot-tall crab?), the Robben Island Museum embarkation point, and, of course, the original Cape Town harbor, which remains a working one, complete with lazy seals.

The Waterfront can be quite a convenient place for last-minute shopping, because most of it stays open until 9 p.m. – and it’s probably the best option in the city for upmarket browsing.

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