The V & A Waterfront is a wonderful place
for shopping, eating, theatre and cinema – or just enjoying the hustle
and bustle of the harbour activities, waterside buskers or watching the
Cape Fur seals in the water.
In 1860 Queen Victoria’s second son, Prince
Albert, officially opened the construction works that would create the
breakwater for Cape Town’s harbour.
The Alfred Basin could not cope with the increasing amount of ships
visiting the port. Later
another basin, the Victoria Basin, was built and the V & A Waterfront
takes its name from these two original basins.
The Waterfront is designed to be completely
accessible to disabled people, including specially allocated parking bays,
access ramps and toilets.
Visitors to the Waterfront can indulge
themselves by taking a cruise out into Table Bay, have a meal on a
floating restaurant or merely take a short trip around the harbour basin.
There is a renovated Tug – possibly the only remaining steam
powered boat left of the South African coast, as well as an old sailing
vessel which also caters for the tourist trade.
Helicopter rides over the Peninsula can also be arranged from the
Shopping doesn’t get better than at the
Waterfront! Every taste is catered for from designer clothes to souvenirs.
There are close to 300 shops in this area, including over 40 restaurants
and coffee shops. At the Red
Shed Craft market, visitors can watch the crafters at work while shopping.
The Waterfront also has an IMAX theatre, that
opened in 1992, in the BMW pavillion.
The IMAX has the world’s largest cinema screen – over five
stories high – and there are amazing movies shown there, all through the
day, every day of the week.
The Waterfront is a
great place to meet – from the very young to the very old!