V&A Waterfront


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Higher cost offset by amenities.

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When you head down to the V&A Waterfront, you’ll find a pleasant multicultural bustle of people enjoying a picture-perfect setting. Boats and catamarans bob in the harbor, while seals sun themselves and seagulls flit from place to place. It’s a sublime area to work remotely, but it can get quite busy during the holidays. The Waterfront offers mostly luxury living in apartments that have amenities like gyms and multiple swimming pools and some have access to the marina. While most of the accommodation is priced at a premium because of the location, there are affordable apartments in this location too. It’s a safe, secure area with walkable access to many of the popular attractions nearby. You can enjoy a morning run along the paved paths and boardwalks and you can extend your route by jogging along the Sea Point Promenade to the east (right next to the ocean) or the nearby Green Point Park.

For a trendy coworking spot, head to Workshop 17 which is situated above a craft market and close to the Two Oceans Aquarium, or Cube Work Space which has a slightly more formal office feel. For good coffee and an early start, try Native Coffee Roasters which overlooks the water and is situated alongside Nobel Square, where you’ll find monuments to South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize winners. W Café overlooks the quieter side of the harbor and is tucked away at the back of Woolworths, a department store in the Victoria and Alfred Shopping Mall. You’ll get a spectacular view of Table Mountian through the hotel’s unusual geometric windows.

The Waterfront also offers almost limitless options for entertainment like sunset cruises, paddleboarding, or the Ferris wheel. To see contemporary African Art visit the Zeitz MOCAA or pay a visit to the historic Robben Island, the place where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years before becoming South Africa’s first democratically-elected president. The popular Oranjezicht City Farm Market is held every weekend at the Waterfront and is a great spot to grab brunch. Besides fresh farm produce and flowers, there are vintage clothing and food stalls that serve an array of international cuisine.

When you want to spend time on the beach, try Cabo Beach Club or The Grand Africa Café and Beach. Tobago's is another restaurant and bar on the water’s edge, where it’s not uncommon to spot a pod of dolphins nearby. Quay Four Tavern is one of the oldest harbor front restaurants at the V&A Waterfront and offers fresh seafood, burgers, and pizza. Cause and Effect is a relatively new cocktail kitchen that has won accolades for being among the world’s best bars, while the Bascule Bar (known for its whisky selection) offers an escape from the more energetic spaces. Other restaurants at the Waterfront worth visiting include Harbour House, Signal, Ginja, and Den Anker.

Elise Kirsten
November 14, 2022
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Elise is a freelance travel writer living in Cape Town who has written about topics as diverse as diving the Sardine Run off South Africa’s Wild Coast to sipping tea in Taiwan‍

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