Top 10 Activities in the V&A Waterfront

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The V&A Waterfront has it all: amazing shopping, a world-class setting, with ocean and mountain views – and of course, some fine restaurants too… but what is there to keep visitors entertained beyond the shopping and food feasts?

Below, let’s take a look at the top 10 activities to enjoy in and around the V&A Waterfront:

#1 Visit the hot-and-happening Zeitz MOCAA

There’s no doubting that the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (or MOCAA) – an impressive architectural marvel and the world’s largest museum dedicated specifically to African contemporary art – has, since its opening in September 2017, become one of Cape Town’s most widely visited and talked about places.

And it’s really no surprise, as, in the centre of Cape Town’s Silo District, guests can enjoy visiting a marvellous and fascinating museum. It features over a hundred galleries (spread across nine different levels) and is equipped with the most amazing array of art you’ll find anywhere.

While you’re there, don’t forget to visit the museum shop for a take-home gift!

Note: Tickets cost R180 for adults, but the museum is free to children under 18.

Contact: +27 (087) 350 4777

Website: zeitzmocaa.museum

Address: Zeitz MOCAA, V&A Waterfront, Silo District, Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Head to the Two Oceans Aquarium

Another Cape Town gem known and loved across the globe, the Two Oceans Aquarium is ideally situated a stone’s throw away from the V&A Waterfront proper.

It is a long-standing favourite, particularly loved for its penguin experience, predator exhibit, cool Clown Fish (aka Nemo) tank, diving experience, kelp forest and so much more!

Here, the fish, penguins and sharks are all just a glass tank or sealed enclosure away from you, making for a lifelike and incredible experience for both young and old!

The aquarium’s merchandise shop is another big hit among locals and tourists, and offers some amazing gifts and aquarium-themed goodies alike.

Contact: +27 (0)21 418 3823

Website: www.aquarium.co.za

Address: Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Immerse yourself in the Silo District

Ah, the Silo District… what’s not to love about it?

Not only is it home to two of the best hotels in the city and one of the world’s best museums now, in The Silo Hotel, Radisson RED and Zeitz MOCAA respectively – but it also offers travellers great foodie spots in Lindt Chocolate Studio, The Yard, Si! Cantina Sociale, Sushibox and Woolworths’ Now Now Cafe to name but a few.

And that’s before you even take The Silo Hotel or Radisson Red’s own cafes/restaurants, bars and accommodation offerings into account.

Dotted around the District, there are also top-class designer stores and galleries, including Guild and Opus.

If you’re short on things to do at the V&A Waterfront, then you clearly haven’t visited (or stayed in) the Silo District yet!

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Address: Silo District, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Ride on the Cape Wheel

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David Stanley via www.flickr.com

Whether you’re looking to spend a fun hour with the whole family ‘high in the sky’, or to catch a romantic sunset with the one you love – the Cape Wheel makes for a great experience for one and all!

It offers 360-degree panoramic views of Cape Town from the vibrant V&A Waterfront precinct and because it’s just outside a main V&A Waterfront entrance, surrounded by outer shops and eateries, it is perfectly positioned too.

Ticket prices are R60 for children, R130 for adults and R900 for VIP experiences.

Contact: 021 418 2502

Website: capewheel.co.za

Address: Cape Wheel, V&A Waterfront, Dock Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Grab a delicious meal at Firefish Restaurant

Since its opening in late 2017, this sensational, stylish addition to the V&A Waterfront restaurant scene has been making a real splash in the local restaurant scene.

At Firefish, visitors can enjoy mouth-watering, fresh seafood, sushi, salads or even vegetarian dishes, all while soaking up the sights and sounds of the nearby harbour and of course, Table Mountain in the distance too.

It’s definitely one of, if not the best, V&A Waterfront restaurants.

Contact: +27 (021) 286 4933

Website: www.firefishrestaurant.co.za

Address: Firefish Restaurant, Shop 154, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Take the kids to Hamleys

This wondrous toy store – thought up by William Hamley in 1760 and brought across to South Africa from the UK – has enchanted children for many long years… And now it can help to make the dreams of children (and adults) in Cape Town come true too!

It offers all kinds of toys and games imaginable – everything from gorgeous teddies to amazing LEGO creations and large kids’ cars!

It’s not just a slogan of theirs… this really is the finest toy store in the world – and now, you can find it inside the V&A Waterfront!

Contact: (021) 418 2927

Website: www.hamleys.com/south_africa

Address: Hamleys, Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Visit the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum

This interactive and engaging museum, found across the road from the V&A Waterfront, ensures a great experience for rugby fans and non-rugby followers alike.

The museum covers the history of rugby, covering all the rugby-playing nations, though it naturally has a big focus on South African rugby, the Apartheid Era – and of course, the famous South African 1995 World Cup victory.

Visitors can enjoy listening to insightful audio, marvelling at lifelike rugby statues of famous players or even trying some challenging rugby (but fun) trials.

Afterwards, stop by the store for some awesome rugby kits, balls or different gifts.

Contact: +27 (021) 418 4741

Website: www.sarugby.co.za

Address: Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, Portswood Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Hop on a Seal & Harbour Cruise

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City Sightseeing via www.citysightseeing.co.za

City Sightseeing is one of the best guided, curated travel experiences locals and visitors can enjoy across the Mother City.

And while the famous red buses frequent the V&A Waterfront, bringing travellers closer to all of the tour company’s different routes – the Seal & Harbour Cruise is definitely one of the V&A Waterfront’s main City Sightseeing attractions.

When you hop on the harbour cruise, you can enjoy a pleasant, 25-minute-long ride around the harbour. Wave at the seals (who lazily dangle a flipper out the water), marvel at the surrounding city sights or simply enjoy listen to the excellent audio commentary provided by City Sightseeing and available in a variety of different languages.

Contact: +27 (0861) 733 287

Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za

Address: City Sightseeing, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, V&A Waterfront Ticket Office, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Stop by the V&A Food Market

Open seven days a week, this ever-bustling, popular street food and artisan retail market is a delectable delight for V&A Waterfront visitors to indulge in.

Shop for wonderful sweets, wraps, good coffee and a wide range of other foods, as well as some fresh produce and home gifts too.

After a hard day’s exploring or shopping, pop into the V&A Food Market and enjoy all the best food (and goodies) available!

Contact: +27 (021) 418 1605

Website: waterfrontfoodmarket.com

Address: V&A Food Market, Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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waterfrontfoodmarket.com via The Thai Hut Company Facebook

#10 Have a drink at Bascule Bar

Located at the oh-so-elegant Cape Grace Hotel, Bascule Bar is the perfect spot to head for chic, after-work drinks, a catch up with friends or even for a casually professional meeting.

Edging the V&A yacht marina, this suave spot offers over 400 types of whiskies (and many other drinks besides) for visitors to sip in style. Aside from the tipples, it also offers a great tapas-style menu, perfect for snacking and sharing.

Shared whisky tastings and experiences are also on offer, for R395 per person. (This is limited to twelve people, so book ahead and reserve a spot.)

All and all, it’s a perfectly delightful place to head for a well-deserved drink!

Contact: +27 (021) 410 7100

Website: www.capegrace.com/culinary-delights/bascule-bar

Address: Bascule Bar, West Quay Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

So, if you’re looking for something awesome in or near the V&A Waterfront, then check out these great activities, which cover everything from Cape Town’s hottest museum to fun harbour cruises!

Top 10 Restaurants in the V&A Waterfront.

Few places in Cape Town are as popular among the locals and international visitors alike as the V&A Waterfront.

With its glamorous hotels, multitude of gorgeous, slick shops and stunning ocean-meets-(Table)mountain views and idyllic setting, it’s easy to see why the masses head to the V&A Waterfront…

And, if you plan to be among them, here are the top ten restaurants to enjoy in the V&A Waterfront (and surrounds):

#1 Firefish Restaurant

Firefish Restaurant, a stylish, seafood-orientated in the V&A Waterfront’s epicenter, is one of the best restaurants you will find in Cape Town.

With its lush interiors, beautiful Waterfront setting and mouth-watering menu (which includes seafood, sushi, vegetarian food and salads), it offers visitors the best of everything Cape Town has to offer.

So, if you are looking for an awesome restaurant in the V&A, be sure to pick Firefish.

Contact: +27 (021) 286 4933

Website: www.firefishrestaurant.co.za

Address: Firefish Restaurant, Shop 154, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Willougby & Co

This long-standing, ever-popular restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best sushi restaurants in Cape Town – but make no mistake, as there’s more than just good sushi to be found here!

Enjoy either lunch or dinner , tucking into sushi, tempura dishes, salads and soups, courtesy of a full Japanese kitchen.

It’s loved by the locals and buzzes with business seven days a week – if that isn’t a good indication of a top restaurant, what is?

Contact: (021) 418 6115

Website: www.waterfront.co.za/Eat/w/willoughby-and-co

Address: Willoughby & Co, Shop 6132, Lower Level, Victoria Wharf, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Si! Cantina Sociale

Situated in the hot-and-happening Silo District – a new city focal point for foodies and art appreciators alike – this cool spot is perfect for chilling with friends, enjoying a relaxed business lunch or catching up over coffee.

Here, the food concept is farm-to-table (they source as organically as possible), meaning meals are made from locally sourced ingredients and prepared largely in-house.

If you’re game for drinks, then the cocktail and drinks selection at Si will make your week.

And with its rustic-meets-chic interiors and amazing wall murals, there’s plenty of heart and colour in this space to be had too!

Contact: (087) 4700 124

Website: sicantinasociale.co.za

Address: Si! Cantina Sociale, Silo District Shop 5A1, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Den Anker

This Belgian-inspired beauty offers a setting second to none. Situated quayside at the V&A Waterfront, Den Anker offers great beer, a relaxed ambiance and above all, high quality food.

If good beer and (even better) food (like fish, oysters and other seasonal delicacies), tickle your fancy, then be sure to pay Den Anker a visit as soon as possible!

www.denanker.co.za
www.denanker.co.za

Contact: (021) 419 0249

Website: www.denanker.co.za

Address: Den Anker, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Mar-e-Sol

At Mar-e-Sol, good, authentic Portuguese cuisine (with a distinct Mozambican flair) and perfect restaurant styles come together perfectly.

And, since its opening in November 2016, this wonderful eatery has generally been well-received in the city.

Contact: (021) 425 3385

Website: mar-e-sol.co.za

Address: Mar-e-Sol, Slipway, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Bukhara V&A Waterfront

At Bukhara, classical India meets real South Africa. Since its inception in 1995, Bukhara has been a consistent SA favourite and a true measure of Indian cuisine done right.

With branches in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Joburg, you can enjoy Bukhara whether you’re exploring the Western Cape or Gauteng.

Bukhara specialises in a variety of Indian cooking methods, including charcoal tandoor and aromatic curries.

Contact: (021) 418 5600

Website: www.bukhara.com

Address: Bukhara V&A Waterfront, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Balducci

Balducci is, in so many ways, a true Cape Town institution. This Italian-themed restaurant provides diners with a wonderful choice of simple, everyday home cooked food, set in a stylish and elegant setting.

The food is creative, traditional and affordable, making it one of the best, most trusted choices at the V&A Waterfront.

Contact: (021) 421 6002/3

Website: balduccis.co.za

Address: Balducci, Shop 6162, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Seelan Restaurant and Bar

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Tucked away in a sheltered part of the V&A, in front of the colourful harbour, Seelan is the epitome of dining grace and elegance.

With its contemporary decor (by Dennis Banks), sweeping views and a European-inspired menu, with a wide variety of authentic cuisine alongside an excellent wine menu (which includes Seelan’s own, locally made house wine), Seelan Restaurant and Bar is hard to beat.

And if prawn or lamb curry is your ideal food fantasy – then, at Seelan, you’re in luck because those are their food specialties!

Contact: (021) 421 4906

Website: seelan.co.za

Address: Seelan Restaurant and Bar, Shop 8C, Quay 5, V & A Waterfront,
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Baia Seafood Restaurant

For those craving classical, contemporary cuisine, rare wines, gorgeous views and top service… Baia is the place to go.

Every meal is good and the setting is blissful, making it a dining experience not to be missed.

Contact: (021) 421 0935/6/7

Website: www.baiarestaurant.co.za

Address: Baia Seafood Restaurant, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Harbour House V&A Restaurant

Known for its gorgeous fine dining and ideally positioned eateries, the Harbour House group offers diners a quality food experience.

And at the V&A branch (just like with their others), top cuisine, good wine and professionalism come to the fore.

Contact: (021) 418 4744 /(021) 418 4748

Website: www.harbourhouse.co.za

Address: Harbour House V&A Waterfront, Quay Four, Ground Floor, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

If you’re looking for stylish and well-positioned, good quality eateries, then know you can’t go wrong with these fine V&A Waterfront picks…