V&A Waterfront: Complete Guide to The V&A Waterfront

About The V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Situated in the oldest working harbor in South Africa, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Table Mountain on the other, the beautiful, vibrant, and always-buzzing V&A Waterfront is a favorite among local and international visitors. Encompassing a whopping 123 hectares (300 acres) in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Cape Town – the V&A Waterfront is an iconic mixed-use destination that has loudly and proudly established itself as one of the most prevalent and highly sought-after destinations & not-to-be-missed tourist attractions in both Cape Town and South Africa with more than 24 million visitors annually.

**Interesting fact: Named after Queen Victoria and her son Prince Alfred, and with a maritime legacy dating back more than 350 years, the picturesque harbor of the V&A Waterfront is still used by tugs, fishing boats and various other vessels. But its reinvention as a quayside leisure hub – with ten distinct districts, each with its own character and charm, spread over 300 acres – has also made it the most visited destination in all of South Africa.

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The V&A Waterfront is the ultimate hub of art, entertainment, culture, history, adventure, food, shopping, and everything in between. Beyond being the leading retail destination in Cape Town, featuring more than 500 retail stores, you are truly spoiled for choice with 12 hotels, 5 museums, more than 80 restaurants & eateries – ranging from rustic al fresco to fine dining – a plethora of trendy rooftop bars, several cool cafés & hangout spots, 22 heritage sites & tourism landmarks, and incredible live entertainment 365 days a year showcasing the best local music. Not to mention an endless array of bucket-list worthy experiences, activities, and adventures that can be enjoyed by both the young and young at heart.

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Immerse yourself in the V&A Waterfront’s wide variety of incredible attractions and activities like sunset cruises, helicopter flights, free audio tours, and kayaking expeditions. Take a leisurely boat trip around the harbor & along the coast or head to Robben Island for a bit of history and a view. Sports fans will love the Springbok Rugby Museum, while the Two Oceans Aquarium is home to a vast assortment of marine life, including the ragged-tooth shark and the endangered Knysna seahorse, among several others. Here, you can experience incredible close encounters with Cape Town’s beloved African Penguins and Cape Fur Seals, dive among fish, or feel starfish move in the palm of your hand – it truly is an experience unlike any other.

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With Table Mountain as its backdrop, the 123-hectare neighborhood sits within the beautiful city of Cape Town, welcoming millions of people from all over the continent and the rest of the world. The V&A is a symbol of heritage and diversity, where people from all walks of life can play, live, shop, dine and work while immersed in the vibrant spirit and authentic local culture that exists in this bustling ecosystem.

**Interesting fact: Did you know that the V&A Waterfront has been named / declared as one of Cape Town’s ‘Top Big Six Attractions’ along with Table Mountain, Cape Point, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Robben Island, and Groot Constantia?

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With magnificent views from virtually every angle, this iconic destination is constantly expanding to include globally-acclaimed landmarks and world-class attractions, some of which include the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which houses the largest collection of contemporary African art on the continent, the Nelson Mandela Getaway to Robben Island, the famous Noble Square, the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, the District Six Museum, the Castle of Good Hope, the Iziko South African Museum, the Green Point Urban Park, the Company Gardens & Company Gardens Restaurant, and SO much more! Not to mention the fact that it boasts the most sensational view of the magnificent Table Mountain – one of the New7Wonders of Nature. The V&A Waterfront also has plenty on offer for kids – from beautiful play areas and themed boat rides to fun-filled holiday programs, this is one place kids will always have fun and embark on tons of adventures.

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This iconic destination is also home to the Canal District which links the V&A Waterfront and the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC), with water taxis providing an easy transport option between both points. It also reintroduces the old connection between the city, its waterways and the sea along pedestrian landscaped walkways and bridges. The canal introduces a leisure element with kayaking and stand-up paddling events. Battery Park at the Canal District further includes a piazza with paved walkways, benches, a grassed area, and indigenous gardens to relax in. Other elements include a skate park, basketball court, eateries, and coffee shops.

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With all this and even more on offer, it really is no wonder that the V&A Waterfront joins the ranks with Cape Point, Groot Constantia, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Robben Island and Table Mountain Cableway as Cape Town’s Big 6.

There are few destinations that offer such a vast diversity of attractions, landmarks, and experiences – truly making the remarkable V&A Waterfront a one-of-a-kind destination in every way possible.

In addition to being among the top tourist destinations in South Africa, the V&A Waterfront is also one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Cape Town. With its exciting range of stores, restaurants, markets, meeting places, landmarks, activities, and attractions, the V&A Waterfront is an eclectic, exciting place to work, play and live – making it one of the most sought-after postal codes on the planet. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, recreational areas, world-class hotels, luxury apartments, and stylish homes in the residential marina.

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The V&A Waterfront’s residential offering provides prestige and luxury, of course – but not in the usual sense. A sense of community can be felt throughout the neighborhood, as people from diverse cultures and backgrounds gather together in a modern, contemporary, and truly connected space. Of course, the spectacular views only add to the attraction of living here. And while the setting is unmistakably Capetonian, proudly South African, and absolutely African, the world-class comforts, convenience, and security would have the V&A Waterfront at home in any international location.

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Due to both the safety and prime location of the V&A Waterfront, you’re able to walk to various tourist attraction departure points that will take you to all of Cape Town’s most sought-after destinations and attractions located both in and around the V&A Waterfront. From some of the Mother City’s most breathtaking beaches such as Camps Bay Beach, Clifton Beach, Bakoven Beach, Beta Beach, Bantry Bay, Saunders Rock Beach & Tidal Pool, and Maiden’s Cove to Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, Robben Island & its Penguin colony (take a boat trip from the V&A Waterfront Harbor), the iconic Sea Point Promenade, the MOJO Market, Green Point Urban Park, Mouille Point (play a game of putt-putt with the kiddos), World of Birds, and SO much more – all of which are right at your fingertips!

**Note: While the V&A Waterfront is not one of the most affordable neighborhoods in Cape Town, its accommodation is guaranteed to be of an extremely high standard. It’s prime location to most (if not all) of Cape Town’s top attractions, landmarks, and sought-after sights, not to mention an endless variety of things to do, see, explore, discover, and experience makes it well worth it. Plus, safety is of top priority – The Waterfront is mostly pedestrian-only, busy, and safe to walk at all hours.

**Interesting fact: The V&A Waterfront sees its role on the continent to be a platform that facilitates and champions art and design, to support entrepreneurship and innovation, lead the charge on sustainability, and drive positive social and economic change. By prioritizing people and the planet, the V&A is an example of how working with communities, respecting the environment and operating with passion and integrity is a better, more productive and kinder way of doing business.

Attractions, Activities & Experiences at The V&A Waterfront


Things To See & Do at The V&A Waterfront

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There are a wide variety of attractions, activities & experiences to enjoy at the iconic V&A Waterfront. From exploring cultural landmarks such as the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), enjoying more leisurely pursuits such as a sunset cruise on one of the chartered boats berthed here, to ticking as many not-to-be-missed experiences & thrilling adventures off your Cape Town bucket-list – Here are some of the best, most exhilarating, fun, wildly exciting, truly immersive, and down-right amazing things to see, do, discover, explore, and experience for both the young and the young at heart at the vibrant V&A Waterfront:

#Take a ride on the famous Cape Wheel

Now located at the V&A’s Breakwater Boulevard overlooking the waters of Granger Bay, the iconic Cape Wheel showcases spectacular elevated views across Granger Bay on one side, Robben Island in the distance, views of the renowned Table Mountain on the other end, as well as sights of Signal Hill and the Cape Town stadium. That’s not all! Riders will have below them the sight of giant container ships coming and going, large cruise and charter boats heading in and out of the harbour, kayakers accompanied by schools of dolphins as well as the possibility of spotting occasional whales that visit the bay from time to time.

Going on the famous Cape Wheel is without a doubt a MUST-DO Cape Town activity that should be experienced by everyone. In addition to being a bucket-list worthy experience, it promises to be a fun-filled and beyond thrilling experience that will be thoroughly enjoyed by absolutely EVERYONE – from the young right through to the young at heart!

**BONUS: To add an extra special touch to your already exciting ride on the Cape Wheel, you should definitely go on an unforgettable Cape Wheel sunset ride and watch the sun kiss Lion’s Head and Table Mountain good night. Not to mention enjoy stunning sunset views of the glorious Cape Town city skyline and beyond – Cape Town is known for its spectacular sweep-you-off-your-feet sherbet-coloured sunsets after all!

The Cape Wheel offers 30 fully enclosed air-conditioned cabins that will take you 40 meters above the ground as you safely and comfortably enjoy the 12 – 15 minute, four-revolution ride. The Cape Wheel is open from Monday through to Sunday between 10am and 10pm.

#Enjoy an exhilarating sightseeing boat tour and / or romantic sunset cruise

Soak up the breathtaking backdrop of the iconic Cape Town skyline, along with spectacular views of Table Mountain and the city’s landmarks from the boat as you sip on some sparkling wine and dance to the rhythm of the waves. All cruises, boat tours, and sailing / yachting expeditions depart daily from the V&A Waterfront Harbor. There are plenty to choose from, so shop around for the vessel and itinerary that suit you best.

Waterfront Charters gets good reviews and offers everything from budget Half Hour Seal and Harbor Cruises to Speed Boat Eco Adventures and Sunset Champagne Cruises aboard a beautiful sailing yacht. Prices vary according to which charter you choose. Whatever you decide, keep an eye out for Cape Town landmarks (like Robben Island, the Clifton beaches, and beautiful Blouberg beach); as well as local wildlife including the V&A Waterfront’s inquisitive resident Cape fur seals. If you’re looking to make your ocean adventure extra special, going on a sunset cruise or boat tour is perfect for you!

#Have some fun at the Scratch Patch & Mineral World with the kiddos

Southern Africa is often considered the gemstone capital of the world as almost half of the world’s gemstones are found here. And by far one of the most popular places to see and buy gemstones in Cape Town is at The Scratch Patch and Mineral World outlets at Simon’s Town and the V&A Waterfront. But besides the fact that the Scratch Patch boasts an extensive variety of gemstones, it also offers visitors a super fun experience. You can invite every member of your family to scratch around for their favorite tumble-polished gemstones from thousands of polished stones that quite literally cover the floor. It promises a super fun adventure you won’t soon forget. Thereby undoubtedly making a visit to the Scratch Patch one of the best things to see and do in the V&A Waterfront.

#Visit the Clock Tower

One of the V&A Waterfront’s most iconic historic landmarks. Situated near the site of the original Bertie’s Landing Restaurant, the Victorian Gothic-style Clock Tower has always been an icon of the old docks and has become an important focal point in the Waterfront’s recent urban design. This was the original Port Captain’s Office completed in 1882. On the second floor is a decorative mirror room, which enabled the Port Captain to have a view of all activities in the harbor. On the bottom floor is a tide-gauge mechanism used to check the level of the tide.

#Enjoy a game of Cave Golf with the whole family

Playing a fun game of Cave Golf has undoubtedly become one of the V&A Waterfronts top experiences. Because let’s be honest, who doesn’t enjoy an exciting game of mini golf? This 18-hole mini-golf course boasts a super fun layout that is both challenging enough to be enjoyed by the more avid mini golfers, while still being exciting and easy enough to be enjoyed by everyone. The fact that it is located indoors also makes a game of Cave Golf a fun activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family regardless of Cape Town’s unpredictable weather.

#Shop till you drop!

As the locals like to say when discussing where to shop, ‘the Waterfront probably has it’. Selling everything from fashion, homeware and curios to jewelry, leather goods and tech, the V&A Waterfront is Cape Town’s most popular shopping destination for a reason. The best bit is being able to step outside the mall for a quick break and a breath of ocean air.

#Explore Cape Town on a bicycle with Up Cycles

What better way to explore this wonderful city than on a bicycle? Up Cycles is the city’s only drop-and-go bicycle rental company, which means you don’t have to return all the way to the office after your ride. The city is flat and is therefore easy to navigate on a bicycle.

On offer are cruiser-style Dutch bicycles (helmets and locks included) for all ages and sizes, and you can rent one for as little as an hour, or as much as a day from early morning to sunset – whatever suits you best. There are special bikes for the kids, and bike seats for toddlers.

There are drop-and-go points all along the Atlantic Seaboard with one being in the CBD at the Breakaway Café. Explore the vibrant Waterfront, the Sea Point Promenade, the Green Point Park and Stadium Precinct, or the glorious city of Cape Town itself from the vantage point of a bicycle – a unique experience indeed!

#Visit the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum

A visit to the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum is another top V&A Waterfront attraction that can be enjoyed by every member of the family. This interactive and engaging museum, found across the road from the V&A Waterfront, therefore ensures a great experience for both rugby fans and non-rugby followers alike. Covering the history of rugby, with a big focus on South African rugby, the Apartheid Era and the famous South African 1995 World Cup victory, visitors can enjoy listening to insightful audio, marveling at lifelike rugby statues of famous players or even trying some fun rugby trials.

#Explore the Silo District & Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

The transformation of a decommissioned grain silo, which lay empty for more than a decade, into a world-class art museum and hotel has been widely lauded (and awarded). Indeed, the building is as striking as the exhibitions found within. The Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) houses an outstanding collection of art from across the continent – in fact, it’s the world’s largest museum of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. The top floors of the building are occupied by the Silo Hotel – highly recommended for an afternoon tea or post-museum cocktails, even if you’re not checking in.

#Explore the tastes of Makers Landing

Makers Landing is an emporium filled with the most exciting food entrepreneurs in Cape Town, a place where you can sample a huge variety of cuisines and drinks. Think African dishes, Indian street food, specialized chocolate and brewed-in-front-of-your-eyes beer. The Landing’s mission is to create a space where local food businesses can access state-of-the-art shared kitchen spaces and equipment, learning, support services and networking opportunities.

#Meet the Marine Life at Two Oceans Aquarium

Just south of Cape Town, the tropical Indian Ocean meets the temperate Atlantic, creating a unique ecosystem defined by its incredible diversity of marine life. Two Oceans Aquarium reflects that diversity with magnificent, immaculately maintained displays of sea creatures from all over South Africa and beyond. Meet ragged-tooth sharks at the Predator Exhibit or fall in love with the Penguin Exhibit’s comical colony of African penguins. Feeding times and regular talks add an educational element, while kids love the touch tanks and walk-through underwater tunnel. For a truly immersive experience, consider signing up for a scuba dive alongside turtles and rays in the I&J Ocean Exhibit.

#Visit the Cape Town Diamond Museum

The Cape Town Diamond Museum is regarded as one of Cape Town’s most unique and enduring tourist attractions. The fascinating history of diamonds is explored in this museum in the Clock Tower District. Here you will have the opportunity to discover and learn all about historical artifacts relating to the discovery of the first South African diamond in 1867; an event that sparked the diamond rush and changed the course of the country’s history. At the Cape Town Diamond Museum you will find out absolutely everything you’ve been dying to know about the world’s most precious gem.

Visitors to this lovely museum can also do guided tours to find out more about the amazing diamond industry, the magical history of diamonds and the diamond rush in South Africa, diamond mining gear, how diamonds are formed, how diamond jewellery is manufactured to the final product, and how the raw stones are graded and ultimately transformed into spectacular pieces of jewellery.

On show are also replicas of the world’s most famous diamonds and many other interesting displays. The museum can be visited seven days a week and is open from 9am to 9pm. Come and experience the world of diamonds for yourself!

#Stroll the Waterfront at Night

At night, the V&A Waterfront transforms into a festive playground complete with street entertainers, live music, and hundreds of sparkling lights. Wander along the promenade, admiring the spectacle of the illuminated Cape Wheel and soaking up the sounds and scents spilling from the waterfront restaurants. Stop in for a craft beer and good conversation at one of the many pubs; or for a fine dining experience at celebrated seafood restaurants like Firefish or Baia. The Cape Town Comedy Club is known around the world for the quality of its stand-up performances, while pop-up bars add to the party atmosphere by plying the crowds with local craft gins and Western Cape wines.

#Explore the V&A Waterfront Battery Park

Battery Park is a new urban park that forms the gateway to the V&A Waterfront and integrates Cape Town’s CBD and the V&A Waterfront through a series of pedestrian routes, including one alongside the canal. The V&A Waterfront Battery Park is a one-of-a-kind destination for locals and tourists alike. Steeped in history, our waterfront area has been transformed into a dynamic public space that offers a multitude of experiences for every visitor. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Cape Town as you explore Battery Park’s historic roots as well as engage in a range of outdoor recreation, entertainment, and retail activities in various levels of public spaces. With so much to explore & experience, get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey for both the young and the young at heart!

#Enjoy a range of water sport activities at the V&A Waterfront Battery Park | Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP), Kayaking & Swimming!

From standup paddling to kayaking, and swimming – there is something for absolutely everyone! The canal also provides a link between the V&A Waterfront and the Cape Town International Convention Centre through water taxis that ferry passengers between both points.

#Catch the Ferry to Robben Island

The V&A Waterfront is also the gateway to Robben Island, one of Cape Town’s top cultural attractions. The historic penal colony is located approximately 11 miles offshore, and the best way to get there is on a Robben Island ferry tour. Tours depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront and last for around four hours. They offer a moving insight into the prison where the iconic former president spent 18 years of his 27-year sentence (and where many other political prisoners were incarcerated for their role in the fight against apartheid). Many guides are ex-prisoners.

#Take a Historical Walking Tour

The Waterfront is part of Cape Town’s working harbor, which dates back to 1654 when the first jetty was built by famous Dutch colonist Jan van Riebeeck. Your guide will introduce you to the landmarks that make up the area’s history, including the Clock Tower, the New Port Captain’s Office, the Pumphouse (from which the continent’s first electric lights were powered) and the Robinson Dry Dock (the first of its kind in South Africa). Tours last approximately 1.5 hours and depart daily from Chavonnes Battery Museum at 11am and 2pm.

#Shop for arts & crafts at the Watershed

A vast, light-filled warehouse providing space for more than 150 individual vendors, the Watershed specializes in the very best South African art and crafts with many of its high-quality products made locally in the Cape Town area. This is not your average African market: the prices are high and haggling is not expected. However, it offers a chance to invest in art, jewelry, fashion, and home decor created by some of the most exciting designers in South Africa. Make sure to visit the Watershed’s Jubilee Exhibition Hall, too, which hosts regular live entertainment, workshops, and exhibitions. Several stalls sell food and there’s a children’s playground at the entrance nearest the aquarium.

#Get an Aerial View of Cape Town on a Helicopter Tour

Cape Town is often voted as one of the most scenic cities in the world. To see it in its full glory, book a helicopter tour with one of the charter companies based at the V&A Waterfront. Both Cape Town Helicopters and NAC Helicopters offer various sightseeing flights, ranging from 15-minute tours of the city itself (including landmarks like Camps Bay, the Clifton beaches and the Twelve Apostles hotel) to 50-minute flights along the length of the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope. Whichever option you choose, the sight of the city and Table Mountain nestled between False Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is one you’ll never forget. Flights start at around R2,000 per person.

#Have tons of fun with the whole family at the V&A Waterfront Battery Park’s Skate & Scooter Park!

It includes a combination of various skate and scooter elements including a bowl with spine and pump hump, quarter pipes, layback bank, gaps, a small plaza with hubba’s and rails, a frame set and a long ledge and rail. **Interesting fact: The Battery Park’s Skate & Scooter Park is the first skate park of this quality built within the city to world class skate park standards using lightweight construction. It was designed by California Skateparks in the USA with local input from local talent Marc Baker at CA Skateparks Africa.

#Brush up on your marine history at the South African Maritime Museum

The museum showcases the maritime history of Table Bay and houses the largest collection of model ships in South Africa. Floating exhibits in the Victoria and Alfred Basins include the SAS Somerset – a retired Naval Defence Boom Vessel and the Alwyn Vintcent – a coal-fired steam tug. Both may be boarded for a nominal fee.

#Play a game of Padel at Africa Padel

Africa Padel is bringing the world’s fastest-growing sport – played in over 60 countries and by more than 10 million people – to Africa, and, of course, CAPE TOWN! Strictly speaking, it’s not tennis. It’s known as Padel, a hybrid between tennis and squash & it promises to be both fun & wildly exciting!

Join the sports revolution and play a thrilling game of padel, any day of the week between 6am and 11pm. Enjoy a drink and/or snack after the game at the coffee bar on-site, whilst socialising with friends, family, other spectators, and fellow padel players. Further enhance your padel experience by feasting your eyes at the fantastic array of padel equipment and accessories in the pro shop.

**The entrance is in Portswood Road, located opposite Deloitte’s new offices off Helen Suzman Drive.

#Soak up the Sun in Nobel Square

Nobel Square pays tribute to South Africa`s four Nobel Peace Prize Laureates: the late Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former State President FW de Klerk, and former President Nelson Mandela. The larger-than-life bronze sculptures of the four Laureates were created by internationally acclaimed artist Claudette Schreuders, and they reflect the ambiguities of the search for an ‘African’ identity in the post-apartheid South Africa. The fifth sculpture in the square, Peace and Democracy, created by Noria Mabasa, acknowledges the contribution of women and children to the attainment of peace in South Africa.

**Added bonus: The Time Out Market opens out onto Nobel Square, a lively public space at the heart of the V&A Waterfront perfect for picnicking, people-watching, and enjoying the district’s talented street performers. There are large trestle tables arranged along the market side, where you can eat elbow-to-elbow with native Capetonians and fellow visitors.

#Go on an incredible & insightful V&A Waterfront GPS Audio Walking Tour

The V&A Waterfront is one of Africa’s most popular destinations with more than 24 million visitors every year. But just a few decades ago, South Africa’s oldest working harbour was an uninviting, industrial port. The place that sailors once called the Tavern of the Seas found itself cut off from Cape Town and its people.

How were the strong bonds between the city and its port broken? And how has the V&A Waterfront worked to rebuild them, creating new ways for everyone to rediscover Cape Town’s connection with the sea?

On this audio walking tour, you’ll find answers to these questions in unusual objects like shipping containers and unfinished highways. You’ll learn about the humble beginnings of the V&A Waterfront, starting in 1989 with Ferryman’s Tavern, and meet some of the characters who’ve helped shape its evolution.

Together, you will navigate currents of history and culture into the present, and whether this is your first time at the V&A Waterfront, or your hundred and first, this walking tour will open your eyes to hidden traces of the past, the complex dance of daily operations, and the exciting opportunities of the future.

Tour details:

  • Duration: The tour takes 1 hour.
  • Location: Start outside Mitchell’s Brewery and finish at the Zeitz MOCAA in the Silo District.
  • Cost: This tour is FREE!

What you need:

  • You’ll need a smartphone or tablet, an internet connection (for download only), and a pair of earphones.
  • Free Wifi is also available at the V&A Waterfront.

How it works

  1. First, download and install the VoiceMap app. Click here for AndroidClick here for iStore.
  2. Sign up using Facebook or email.
  3. Select Cape Town.
  4. Select and download the free tour Reinventing the Tavern of the Seas.
  5. Once the tour has finished downloading, plug in your headphones and tap Start.

VoiceMap works offline and uses GPS to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. So, you can put your device away and focus on your surroundings. If you do wander off course, we’ll let you know. And you can always take a quick look at the map on your screen.

#Put your skills to the test & play a game of chess at the Pier Head Chess Board or simply enjoy everything the vibrant space has to offer

Test your strategic skills and mental dexterity on this giant outdoor chess board. The space created for chess forms part of the V&A Waterfront’s development strategy to energise the space between buildings by creating vibrant spaces in which locals of all ages can relax.

But chess is by no means the only thing on offer – there is also a boules court (a French form of bowls played on rough ground), and several smaller chess games built into the outdoor tables for a more intimate game. For the kids there is Kids Ahoy Playground in the square. And for those who want to sit and watch the world go by while being entertained, face painters, stilt walkers a marimba band and balloon sculptors provide an air of festivity.

#Enjoy a fun-filled family day out at the Battery Park’s Park area

This family friendly area consists of a jungle gym, swings, rocking horses, and a scooter path. The elevated park area also boasts incredible views across the V&A Waterfront and the surrounding city streets. **The park is fully accessible to disabled visitors.

#Explore the Battery Park’s amazing Piazza

The Piazza forms one of the levels of the park. It comprises of retail outlets, pedestrian paths, benches, and gardens. Stairs leading down from the Piazza give visitors access to the canal, from where they can watch water activities or simply meander along the water’s edge.

#Enjoy amazing up-close Cape Fur Seal sightings

These beloved members of the Marine Big 5 can be spotted while simply strolling along the V&A Waterfront harbor. You can also find them at the Clock Tower Precinct and on old tires lining the quayside.

#Enjoy incredible live performances

Cape Town is known for its vibrant artistic scene and captivating musical pursuits. All of which can be enjoyed at the lively V&A Waterfront both on weekends and during the week. With live performances, street side buskers, performing art groups and passionate musicians taking to the stage all for your enjoyment. Boasting both up and coming rising stars and established musical performers, it truly is an incredible experience to be enjoyed by all!

Other things to see & do at the V& Waterfront:

  • The V&A Waterfront is the main stop on the City Sightseeing Red Bus Tour
  • Let the kids take a ride on the Hamleys Express
  • Enjoy a game of HintHunt Escape Room with family and / or friends
  • Visit the Chavonnes Battery Museum – Dating back to 1725 it is the harbor’s oldest heritage site
  • Check out the Robinson Dry Dock – One of the oldest operating dry docks in the world
  • Enjoy a game of basketball or mini soccer at the V&A Waterfront Battery Park’s Multi- Court. Sporting adjustable hoops, the Multi-Court is accessible to both the young & young at heart
  • Visit the new Time Out Market, the Watershed at the V&A, and the Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Where to Eat & Drink at The V&A Waterfront & Surrounds

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Are you ready for the ultimate culinary adventure where you get to visit, explore, discover, and experience some of the top world-renowned restaurants, sought-after local eateries, trendy bars, globally acclaimed fine dining destinations, and stunning sundowner spots in Cape Town? Beyond being deemed one of the most beautiful, vibrant, diverse, and exciting cities in the world, Cape Town has been catapulted into the limelight as one of the top culinary destinations worldwide, with avid foodies, culinary connoisseurs, and head-over-heels food lovers travelling from across the globe to experience everything Cape Town’s thriving, thrilling, diverse, and down-right delicious culinary scene has to offer.

And right in the heart of it all is the vibrant V&A Waterfront. Boasting over 100 restaurants and eateries, as well as countless cafés, bars, and stunning sundowner spots to choose from, visitors are truly spoiled for choice with something for absolutely everyone to enjoy.

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Whether you need a quick bite to eat paired with a cup of coffee, a delicious meal when taking a break from all the shopping or exploring, a laid-back drink with friends, spoil yourself with an amazing cocktail at sunset or whether you want to indulge in a lovely fine-dining experience while admiring the spectacular view – your choices are truly endless!

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Here are some of the top restaurants, eateries, bars, and sundowner spots in and around the V&A Waterfront for you to enjoy:


Life Grand Café


Granary Café

Ochre Restaurant

Mitchell’s Scottish Ale House

Si Cantina-Sociale

City Grill Steakhouse

Tiger’s Milk

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen & Cape Brandy Bar

Upstairs @ Quay Four

Quay Four Tavern

Den Anker Restaurant & Bar

Bascule Whiskey, Wine & Cocktail Bar

Love Revenge & Cappuccino

Grand Africa Cafe & Beach

Coco Safar

Harbour House

Vista Bar & Lounge

Cabo Beach Club



Quarter Kitchen

Beluga Restaurant

Nobu Cape Town

Vovo Telo

La Parada

Shift Espresso Bar

Signal Restaurant

Treehouse Seventeen

The Waterside


Ferryman’s Tavern

Karibu Restaurant

Saray Turkish Restaurant

The Yard

Dash Restaurant & Bar

The Atlantic Grill

Clipper Restaurant

Seven Colours Eatery

Harbour View at the V&A

Belthazar Restaurant

Stonebreakers Restaurant

The Raj

Siba The Restaurant

Col’ Cacchio

Mitchell’s Scottish Ale House

Fisherman’s Choice

Kapstadt Brauhaus

Salsify at the Roundhouse

Aubergine Restaurant

ARIEL Modern Italian Restaurant

Mount Nelson Hotel’s New & Exclusive Red Room

Kloof Street House

Cafe Caprice

Here are a few top restaurants & sundowner spots in & around the V&A Waterfront you absolutely must go to:


  • Location: Pierhead Building, 9 Breakwater Blvd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Contact details: 021 879 6328 | [email protected]
  • Website: pier.restaurant
  • Reservations: Click here to make an online reservation at Pier Restaurant (or contact PIER on 021 879 6328 | [email protected]) & to find out everything you need to know.

Situated in the beautiful Pierhead Building, surrounded by the most magnificent (not to mention iconic) views – all of which have attributed to making this incomparable setting one of the most famed & highly sought-after locations worldwide – PIER offers an intimate, multi-course fine-dining experience at one of the world’s most-loved destinations.

Guests will be welcomed to PIER Restaurant on the first floor, and The Waterside Restaurant on the ground floor – with each offering a different, but equally exceptional, dining experience. Situated away from the hustle & bustle, PIER Restaurant is the epitome of tranquil waterside dining at its finest, offering diners the opportunity to escape to a breathtaking ocean-front culinary oasis unlike any other.

Conceived by the team behind Constantia’s La Colombe – a regular on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list – it sees John Norris-Rogers take the helm in the kitchen. In keeping with the locale, seafood plays a major role across the multi-course menu, which is woven with global nuance and held together by technical know-how and the finest local produce – and, of course, the tableside theatrics guests have come to expect from the team. Dishes that diners can look forward to, include oysters poached table side in local MCC to Thai style tuna with furikake and nitrogen poached citrus fruit to cleanse your palate. Iconic wines are perfectly paired alongside each dish, adding extra depth to an already exceptional & memorable culinary experience.

When it comes to aesthetics, PIER Restaurant’s pared-back, elegant dining room allows the dishes to take centre stage – putting the emphasis & should we say ‘spotlight’ on what truly matters – the food! Furthermore, the impeccable presentation, stunning ceramics, vibrant colourways & bold, creative decorations only add to the restaurant’s setting and ambiance.

“Being given the opportunity to move back to Cape Town and head up PIER Restaurant is incredibly exciting. While the past four years at La Petite Colombe have been a fantastic journey, I can’t wait to help launch PIER as a special experience in the city – one that our guests will hopefully remember for the rest of their lives” – Norris-Rogers.

#Grand Africa Café & Beach | Granger Bay

St Tropez meets Cape Town cool at The Grand, a laid-back, chic seaside café, sought-after sundowner spot, and spectacular restaurant. Nestled poignantly on the sea-front shoreline, right on its own private beach, next to the vibrant V&A Waterfront, The Grand Africa Café & Beach is pure beach dining bliss! Flaunting jaw-dropping views of Table Mountain, the Atlantic Ocean, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, and Robben Island, it will feel like you’ve escaped to your own slice of beach paradise right in the heart of Cape Town.

This glamorous Cape Town destination restaurant, beach-front café, and stunning sundowner spot is where the jet set come out to play and where the sunset chasers set out to slay – It is one of the most beautiful sunset spots in the city after all.

Boasting a private beach and waterside wooden deck, guests relax with drink in hand and feet in the sand as they watch the last rays of the sun sparkle on the water. An extensive cocktail menu and wine list are on offer, as well as an array of delicious fare including fresh salads, seafood, and crispy wood-fired pizzas. When it comes to food at the Grand Africa Café & Beach you can expect a fresh blend of casual-contemporary cuisine, balanced with all the delights of local seasonal fare – paying tribute to Cape Town’s discerning travel-Foodie repertoire.

With iconic style and playful luxury, Grand captures the quintessential charm and colloquial effervescence of the bustling city vibe while offering a quaint and relaxing escape, ‘a world away’ in the heart of Cape Town’s social mile.

With a choice of five bars, ocean-view decks, nine private function venue areas, and on-beach dining, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to capture that unforgettable magic, that is simply Grand.

There is no denying that the Grand Africa Café & Beach Bar is one of the most highly sought-after beachfront hotspots for locals and travelers from around the world.

#La Parada V&A Waterfront

La Parada is one of the most sought-after culinary hotspots in Cape Town. The Catalan-style tapas joint has branches at the V&A Waterfront, Constantia Nek, Century City and Bree Street.

Each La Parada location offers diners an incredible tapas selection to share, a variety of small plate menu options, an exceptional wine list, and a wide assortment of cocktails, craft beers and spirits to choose from. Combined with its vibrant, everyone-is-welcome atmosphere, La Parada is one of the best restaurants in Cape Town to dine at.


  • La Parada Bree Street: 107 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre
  • La Parada V&A Waterfront: 1 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
  • La Parada Constantia Nek: Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town
  • La Parada Century City: Century City, Cape Town

Contact details:

Operating hours:

  • La Parada Bree Street: Wednesday – Saturday: 11am-10pm
  • La Parada V&A Waterfront: Monday – Sunday: 11am – 10pm
  • La Parada Constantia Nek: Monday – Friday 11am – 10pm | Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 10pm
  • La Parada Century City: Monday – Sunday: 11am – 10pm

#Cabo Beach Club

“Where luxury & serenity are perfectly combined” – Cabo Beach Club

Nestled right in the heart of the vibrant V&A Waterfront, Cabo Beach Club has loudly & proudly established itself as one of the hottest beach bars & top sundowner spots in Cape Town.

Celebrating the legacy of its namesake, Cabo Beach Club offers a unique and lavish lifestyle experience for anyone looking to escape the mundane. This beach club seamlessly blends its Ibiza-inspired party atmosphere with the sophistication that Cape Town is known for, creating a haven for those seeking an electrifying beachside experience.

During the day, Cabo Beach Club’s sunbeds are dotted across the white sands, providing the perfect backdrop for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation. As the sun begins to set, the beach club transforms into a lively party destination, with resident DJs and international artists setting the stage for unforgettable nights. Whether you’re lounging by the pool with a glass of champagne in hand or dancing under the stars to the latest beats, Cabo Beach Club ensures an experience that is nothing short of exhilarating. Undoubtedly making Cabo Beach Club one of the top beach bars in Cape Town!

#The Leopard Bar at 12 Apostles

Spectacular sunsets, signature cocktails, unique experiences & some of the best views in Cape Town!

  • Location: Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005
  • Contact details: 021 437 9000
  • Website: www.12apostleshotel.com

The Leopard Bar at the 12 Apostles Hotel in Camps Bay is a must-visit destination for those seeking the best sundowners in the city. Overlooking some of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town & the glorious Atlantic Ocean, this luxurious sundowner gem offers guests & head-over-heels sunset lovers one of the most magnificent spots in the Mother City to watch the sun dip below the horizon while indulging in one of the Leopard Bar’s sensational signature cocktails meticulously crafted by their talented mixologists. As the Leopard Bar’s hand-crafted cocktails are legendary city-wide, guests are guaranteed to enjoy a cocktail that is equally as exceptional as the sunset itself.

In addition to the Leopard Bar’s sublime selection of signature, inventive, and indulgent cocktail classics, this top Cape Town sundowner spot offers guests an impressive collection of South African wines and craft beers, as well as a wide assortment of cognac, whisky, and port to savour and enjoy. The bar’s passion for service shines through as you sip on exquisite libations, all accompanied by the soothing sounds of live music, which sets the tone for the afternoon and evening ahead, creating a truly unforgettable sundowner experience. The best part? Despite its upscale ambience and opulent display, you won’t have to break the bank to tick this top Cape Town sundowner experience off your bucket list, with cocktails priced from R85 to R140.

The Leopard Bar isn’t just about the drinks; it’s an all-encompassing experience. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, momentous event, important achievement, exciting life moment, or merely an extra special gathering with friends, family, and loved ones, The Leopard Bar at The 12 Apostles Hotel is the perfect spot to do it all – priding itself on catering to their guests’ every need.

During Cape Town’s glorious summer months, The Leopard Bar’s breathtaking open-air terrace gives guests the opportunity to enjoy one of the best sundowner experiences in the city, all while admiring the most sensational sunset views Cape Town has to offer. That’s not all! The Leopard Bar is also a popular spot for whale watching – whales are frequently seen between July and December, with sightings of southern right whales all but guaranteed during August and November.

The Leopard Bar at the 12 Apostles Hotel, located between the picturesque Camps Bay & Hout Bay, is undoubtedly the perfect sundowner spot to relax in style all while enjoying a touch of class & elegance by the sea paired with top-notch cocktails, a tranquil ambience, and breathtaking ocean and sunset views.

#Life Grand Café

  • Location: 2 Pierhead Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Contact: details: 021 205 1902

Are you looking for the perfect Cape Town beach bar to celebrate the Mother City summer season in true opulence and style? Look no further! Life Grand Café is not only one of the trendiest beach bars in the city. But certainly one of the most ‘Instagrammable’ too. Located in an old 1902 post office in the sought-after V&A Waterfront. Life Grand Café boasts a setting that is trendy and comfortable yet chic, stylish and sophisticated. It’s therefore no surprise that it has fast become one of the most sought-after inner-city spots to see and be seen.

The stunning setting, beautiful backdrop and spectacular waterfront views of this trendy Cape Town beach bar is just scratching the surface of what Life Grand Café has to offer. From finely crafted cocktails, inspired culinary creations, an exceptional selection of indulgent drinks, lavish laid-back vibe and vibrant atmosphere. The Life Grand Café is the perfect Cape Town hotspot for afternoon or evening drinks, paired with a spectacular view and sensational setting.

#Salsify At The Roundhouse

Salsify At The Roundhouse has established itself as a major contender in the exceptional and exciting Cape Town culinary scene. Salsify at the Roundhouse is the spectacular creation of two of Cape Town’s fine dining gurus, Luke Dale-Roberts, and Ryan Cole. Luke Dale-Roberts, founder, and owner of The Test Kitchen, The Pot Luck Club and The Shortmarket Club, and his head chef Ryan Cole, added Salsify At The Roundhouse as the latest edition to their list of impressive and iconic Cape Town eateries.

Much like its culinary counterparts, Salsify at the Roundhouse is all about pushing the culinary boundaries, but in the very best way! Diners can expect a unique la carte menu of delicate, yet intense, seasonal flavors and techniques when dining at Salsify. But it’s important to remember that Salsify at The Roundhouse is a Luke Dale Roberts creation after all. So, you better believe that this will be no ordinary dining experience, but one filled with plenty of flavor-filled creations, and tons of thrilling culinary surprises you’ll never see coming – Making the dining experience at Salsify all the more exhilarating.

#Aubergine Restaurant

Located in the trendy inner-city suburb of Gardens, Aubergine is one of Cape Town’s most iconic fine-dining experiences. Diners can expect a sensational selection of both Eastern and Western flavor inspired dishes made from only the freshest local ingredients. The dinner menu is a la carte, serving an indulgent variety of culinary delights.

To ensure they cater to every taste bud, culinary craving and dietary preference, Aubergine’s menu offers a wide range of vegetarian alternatives for both lunch and dinner. Decorated to perfection, each meal is practically art on a plate. Paired with an exceptional glass of wine from their excellent wine list, it makes for the perfect inner-city dinner experience.

#ARIEL Modern Italian Restaurant

Step into the mysterious, enigmatic, and enchanting world of the widely renowned and highly sought-after Cape Town restaurant that is Ariel Modern Italian where your taste buds will get whisked away on a tantalizing culinary journey you won’t soon forget and certainly leave you wanting more.

Ariel Modern Italian is the culmination of years of passion for industry and product. Napoli meets New York in this beautiful iteration of the local Italian eatery. Sourcing only the finest Italian products available, Ariel Modern Italian have created a reminiscence of European street dining.

Sit back, relax, and wind down your afternoon in style with their incredible Neapolitan pizzas, pastas, and wide selection of sensational classic cocktails. At its core, Ariel Modern Italian is a dedication to the simple elegance of Italian cuisine and while they may not be traditional, they take it upon themselves to always pay homage to what it means to eat a good meal with good people. Friends, togetherness, celebration, and joy – at Ariel Modern Italian you are right where you are meant to be.


Negroni lovers, this one is for you! Ariel Modern Italian has launched a brand-new exclusive offering – the one-of-a-kind Negroni Flight! This unique Ariel Modern Italian Negroni Tasting, which involves trying and indulging in three specially crafted tasty and tantalizing Negroni Cocktails, can be enjoyed from Friday – Sunday, between 12pm – 5pm. The exclusive Negroni Flight is not only perfect for all head-over-heels Negroni lovers, but anyone looking to try something new and exciting!

  • Available: Friday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
  • Bookings & walk-ins welcome


  • Where: 90 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
  • Operating hours: Open Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 10pm | Dinner: 6pm & 8:15pm seatings
  • Contact details / Booking details: 021 023 3643 | Click here to make a booking / reservation via @dineplan_app
  • Website: Click here to visit Ariel Modern Italian’s website & to find out more about this remarkable restaurant
  • **Extra Note: No pets allowed | Unfortunately no children under 12 allowed after 5pm

#Mount Nelson Hotel’s New & Exclusive Red Room – Its latest epicurean offering


Adding to the Mount Nelson’s international prominence, the iconic pink hotel unveils its latest epicurean offering — The Red Room by Chefs Warehouse. Under the guidance of celebrated chefs Liam Tomlin and David Schneider, both of Chefs Warehouse, the new Pan-Asian restaurant, set beneath the hotel’s grounds, is poised to become a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.

With a devoted following, owner-operators Liam and David will be joined by their two chefs de cuisine Geoffrey Abrahams and Teenola Govender. Backed by a wealth of experience working in some of the Cape’s top restaurants, Geoffrey and Teenola will lead the restaurant’s vision.

During his years working in Australia, Liam’s travels into Asia gave rise to a love affair with its cuisine and a deeper understanding of the nuances of the region’s flavours and cultures. Rooted in that experience and answering to the country’s call for a truly Pan-Asian restaurant, Liam and David plan to offer guests an immersive restaurant and bar experience. “The menu will take guests on a curated journey through the East, honouring these cuisines with a unique dining experience in an iconic setting,” Liam explains.

The menu expresses Chef Liam’s experience in pan-Asian philosophy; he explains the menu takes guests on a curated journey through the East, honouring these cuisines with a unique dining experience in an iconic setting. Headed by Chef David Schneider, The Red Room offers an immersive restaurant and bar experience. Diners are greeted with two curated moments: relax into a cosy deep-velvet booth with a tea-infused cocktail or sake and sample any one of the flavour-packed small plates from the à la carte menu, including grilled scallops with Tom Yum foam and Kombu butter or Korean BBQ pork steamed buns. Alternatively, sink into a corner of the lavish dining room to enjoy a four-course set menu to share. The star of the show Peking Duck delivers the perfect crescendo to the meal, accompanied by Duck Consommé, dumplings, and marinated tofu.

Here, the ceremony and high standards of old-world dining will be celebrated in an opulent underground den, where time and place are ambiguous. Through a set of red velvet curtains and down a lacquered staircase, guests will arrive at a low-lit, glimmering bar with a tangible buzz in the air. Beyond it, the dining room will be fun and luxurious, bearing many of the original features of the Nellie’s iconic 70s Grill Room that went before it.

Bringing together Belmond’s well-travelled, cosmopolitan guests and Chefs Warehouse’s discerning epicurean following, The Red Room will offer an entirely novel Pan-Asian dining experience that is in a class of its own. “Our hope is that by bringing Chefs Warehouse to the Mount Nelson, we will aid in expanding the food and beverage offering for the already-legendary hotel, giving guests little reason to leave the property in search of world-class dining,” adds Liam.

This new chapter for the much-loved Nellie heralds the evolution of the hotel’s gastronomic credentials, aligning with other exciting culinary developments. “Elevating the Mount Nelson’s gastronomic offering with the Chefs Warehouse team brings to life our vision of curating ever-new experiences for culinary curious guests. The Red Room offers a unique opportunity to experience the revival of a truly iconic space set beneath the buzz of the city,” concludes Tiago Moraes Sarmento, General Manager of the Mount Nelson.

About The Red Room:

  • Location: The Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel, 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town

#Kloof Street House

Rated as one of the most highly sought-after and top restaurants in Cape Town, the spectacular Kloof Street House requires no real introduction – it simply speaks for itself – but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to sing its praises anyway.

Beyond its rising dining and culinary status, Kloof Street House has a certain magical and mysterious appeal that can’t be denied. Nor should it be! Set in a glorious Victorian house at the heart of Kloof Street, this culinary gem lights up the city with its charm, character, and charisma.

Dining at the renowned Kloof Street House is an experience that is every bit as enigmatic as it is intimate. Featuring a brasserie-style menu, Kloof Street House is incredibly passionate about the vast and varied ingredients used to create their sensational dishes and take great pride in highlighting each ingredient, essentially making them the hero of the dish. All meat is free-range, grass-fed, and responsibly sourced, ensuring you get top quality food that is filled with flavor. Diners can also choose to indulge in their incredible selection of sharing dishes.

Beyond the stunning setting and sensational food, dining at Kloof Street House is truly all about the experience. Boasting a collection of interesting rooms and spaces, each with its own unique character, Kloof Street House puts forth the idea that it is whatever you want it to be.

In addition to being one of the top local fine dining restaurants as chosen by the people of Cape Town – which we champion and support all the way – dining at the iconic Kloof Street House should undoubtedly be on every food enthusiast’s Cape Town foodie bucket-list!

  • Location: Kloof Street House | 30 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town
  • Contact details: 021 423 4413 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to visit the Kloof Street House website

#Café Caprice

Located right in the heart of the famous Camps Bay sunset strip, Café Caprice is one of the hottest beach bars, trendiest cafés/restaurants, and sought-after sunset cocktail spots in the Mother City. With a reputation like that, how can it not be one of the best places to go to for brunch, lunch, or dinner in Cape Town.

Besides their prime Camps Bay location, vibrant energy, beautiful beachfront view, and cool laid-back vibe, Café Caprice boasts a spectacular selection of artisan cocktails, craft beers and wine, as well as an incredible café-style menu. All that’s left to do is sit back, relax, enjoy the full Café Caprice experience, and soak up every glorious second of the sensational view in front of you.

  • Location: 37 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
  • Contact: 021 438 8315 | [email protected]

Markets at The V&A Waterfront

In Cape Town, it’s all about the cool market vibes and good fun-loving times! With an exciting variety of markets in virtually every neighbourhood across town, the Mother City is at the very top of her market game. Whether you’re into thrifts, arts, crafts and one-of-a-kind finds or delicious food, fresh produce, live music and a ‘lekker’ vibe – Cape Town has just the market for you!

Here are the top markets in the V&A Waterfront – each of which are incredible and unique in their own way & absolutely deserves to be at the top of your Cape Town market bucket-list!

#Time Out Market Cape Town

The best of Cape Town under one roof

The V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Photo credit: Time Out Market Cape Town

Have you ever had a daydream about owning your own restaurant? What food you would serve there? What chefs would you invite to come cook your fantasy dishes? Well, we’ve definitely imagined that too, only, our dreams have officially become a reality at Time Out Market Cape Town!

Time Out Market is a food and cultural market that brings the best of the city together under one roof with a curated mix of the best local chefs, drinks, and cultural experiences.

Time Out Market Cape Town – the first to open on the African continent – is home to several of the city’s top award-winning chefs, much-loved local gems, and up-and-coming talents, all offering a taste of Cape Town’s incredibly diverse and wildly exciting culinary scene.

Time Out Market Cape Town merges food, drinks, local culture, music, and creativity into one vibrant space where guests come together around communal tables to enjoy the remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, all while being surrounded by the top chefs and their teams in action. The 30,000sq ft foodie destination has 13 kitchens, three bars plus a dedicated wine bar, as well as a stage for cultural experiences – with everything capturing the true essence of the city of Cape Town.

The expansive, curated experience features the highest-rated local restaurants and some of Cape Town’s most-revered chefs. Together, they make up the market’s 13 unique food concepts. The Market comprises 30,000 square feet of hand-picked dining, so every amazing dish has been personally taste-tested and approved by local experts whose job is to find Cape Town’s yummiest bites.

Capturing and encompassing the true essence of the city of Cape Town – one of the most beautiful, culturally diverse, and vibrant cities in the world – Time Out Market Cape Town is an effervescent space that unites, curates, celebrates, shares, and spotlights the very best in local culture, cuisine, creativity, music, and entertainment the city of Cape Town has to offer. Time Out Market Cape Town brings people from all walks and corners of life together to experience and share in the true taste and spirit of Cape Town and everything it embodies.

**Interesting fact: Time Out Market Cape Town is a new addition to a family of food and cultural markets. There are several Time Out Markets around the world – all dedicated to the best of the city they are in, but each is unique to its city and distinctly local, with a local team. Time Out Market is rooted in Time Out which started in 1968 at a kitchen table in London as a magazine about the best things to do in the city. It is now a trusted brand that has, for over 50 years, been curating the best of cities around the world.

  • Location: The Old Power Station Building, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Contact details:[email protected]
  • Website: timeoutmarket.com/capetown/
  • Operating Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 11am – 10pm | Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm | Sunday: 11am – 10pm

#The Oranjezicht City Farm Market

The V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Photo credit: The V&A Waterfront

The Oranjezicht City Farm Market (OZCF) is a local fan-favourite of the Mother City market scene. Whether it’s the cool Oranjezicht City Farm vibe, it’s fresh local produce and mouth-wateringly delicious farmer’s market spread or its lively everyone-is-welcome atmosphere, people just can’t get enough of this cool Cape Town market.

Held every Saturday and Sunday at the historic Granger Bay site of the V&A Waterfront, the OZCF Market is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers.

The V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Photo credit: The V&A Waterfront

The Oranjezicht City Farm Market is the perfect place to do your weekly food and organic produce shopping, try out some delicious cooked and raw foods and be inspired about helping to build an alternative food system, or simply enjoy a beautiful day out in the Mother City with friends and family, all while delighting in and experiencing everything the incredible Oranjezicht City Farmer’s Market has to offer – OZCF is one of the best and most beloved markets in Cape Town after all!

At its core, The Oranjezicht City Farmer’s Market continues to pay tribute to its original local farmer’s market roots as well as the farm itself by celebrating and championing local food, fresh seasonal produce, culture, community, and the city’s history and heritage through urban farming in Cape Town.

**Catering for vegans and vegetarians, raw foodies, and customers who want wheat, gluten, sugar, and dairy-free alternatives is incredibly important to the Oranjezicht City Farmer’s Market. They also sell indigenous and other plants, heirloom and organic seed and gardening products at the market.

  • Location: Haul Road, Granger Bay Blvd, Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
  • Entrance: There is no fee to enter the market | Pedestrian entrances are open directly from Beach Road, and cyclists, joggers, dog walkers and others are most welcome.
  • Operating hours: Saturday, 9am – 2pm | Sunday, 9am-2pm.
  • Contact details: 083 628 3426 | [email protected] | Click here to check out their website.
  • Parking: 350 parking bays are available adjacent to the market. Parking is charged by the V&A Waterfront according to their tariffs, starting with R10 for the first hour.
  • Dogs: Dogs are welcome to join you at our market; however we ask that you please abide by these six rules to make your pet’s visit to the market a good experience for everyone:
  1. Dogs must be kept on a short leash.
  2. Dogs must be under control and by the owner’s side at all times.
  3. Keep dogs away from produce, plants, and other food products.
  4. Dogs must be friendly with other dogs and children to earn the right to be at the market.
  5. Be considerate – not everyone loves dogs and some customers are allergic to animals.
  6. Don’t forget to clean up after your dog.
  • OZCF management reserves the right to request that owners remove a dog from the market if the above requests are not being adhered to.
  • More information & updates: For any updates, information and COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, please check their website, ozcf.co.za, and their social media channels:  facebook.com/OZCFarm  and  instagram.com/OZCFarm

#Watershed at the V&A

The V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Photo credit: The V&A Waterfront

The Watershed at the V&A is another one of the V&A Waterfront’s sought-after markets. In fact, no visit to the neighbourhood is complete without exploring the Watershed. The Watershed at The V&A is a local, beautiful, and vibrant craft and design space bursting with fresh fashion, stunning art, and tons of flavour.

Cape Town has a powerful design story to tell – and the one and only Watershed is where over 150 makers tell this story, offering over 365 local brands to visitors. Here you can experience the best in local art, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, fashion and clothing and SO much more – you name it, they’ve got it – whether you want to add a bit of local flair to your look, hunt for an unforgettable gift, or enjoy a bite with friends, you’ll find it all right here under one roof at the Watershed.

The V&A Waterfront Cape Town

Photo credit: The V&A Waterfront Cape Town

With so much to offer, the Watershed at the V&A is definitely the ultimate Cape Town market to satisfy all your shopping, gifting, and purchasing needs. This cool inner-city space also includes the Jubilee Exhibition Hall as well as smaller spaces which play host to world famous exhibitions, live entertainment, and workshops.

  • Location: V&A Waterfront, 17 Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town (next to the Two Oceans Aquarium)
  • Operating hours: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 7pm | Please note: dates and times may be subject to change
  • Contact details: 021 408 7600