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Top 10: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Top 10: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The V&A Waterfront is one of those places thatI kind of hate to love. Normally I dislike anything that resembles a shopping mall but the V&A Waterfront is different. The area somehow blends shopping mall, with active harbor, with historical / cultural center almost seamlessly. It is one of those places where there is truly something for everyone. Here are my top 10 for the V&A Waterfront:

Top 10: V&A Waterfront

Explore Two Oceans Aquarium

This aquarium is one of my favorite places to visit in Cape Town (I may have gone two or three times during my time in South Africa). It highlights the fish and sea life of both of the oceans surrounding South Africa (Indian and Atlantic) and has a lot of interactive sections for all ages. You can read more about my trip to Two Oceans here.Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South AfricaTwo Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Picture with Table Mountain

There is a lovely little giant picture frame sitting in the middle of the harbor where tourists can sit and frame themselves with Table Mountain in the background. Whenever we visited the V&A Waterfront the line was too long so I sadly missed out on this opportunity. Next time, right?

Wheel of Excellence

Although a ride on the Wheel of Excellence is a bit pricy (R100, about $10USD), I think that the views (Table Mountain! Robben Island! 2010 FIFA Soccer Stadium!) during the 15 minute ride were well worth it! Bonus: all the cars are enclosed and provide air conditioning. V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa: Wheel of Excellence

Eat All The Foods

There are too many excellent restaurants at the V&A Waterfront to list. But make sure stop by Willoughby & Co (for excellent sushi), Meloncino (for sundowners, Italian yummies, and an incredible view of the surrounding area), and my personal favorite, Sevruga (specializing in sushi, seafood, and Asian fusion)

Shop the Shops

I'll be honest – the V&A Waterfront is an absolute tourist trap and most things will cost you your first born child. Regardless, there are a ton of great shops around the harbor that sell some interesting (although over priced) crafts from some of the local townships.

Take A Sunset Cruise

I don't care if it is a complete tourist trap, I loved taking one of the champagne and sunset cruises around Table Bay. For about R200 (roughly $20USD), you ride around the bay for about 90 minutes in a sailboat while sipping on champagne. You can read more about the sunset cruises here.Sunset Cruise at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Visit the Iziko Maritime Museum

The Iziko Maritime Museum, built by local prisons back in the late 1800's, documents the shipping history of Table Bay. The museum is a great place to visit if you love history and/or maritime affairs.

Visit Robben Island

The V&A Waterfront is the gateway to Robben Island. There is a small museum-like center at the harbor, which is also where the boats take off for the historic prison. The prison is where Nelson Mandela spent most of his time in prison (18 of the 27 years). One of the most amazing aspects of the prison is that the tour is led by former political prisoners. Robben Island, Cape Town, South Africa

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Take in A Show

There is a lovely little stage area in the middle of the waterfront area right next to the Wheel of Excellence and there seems to always have some something going on. From dance and musical performances to religious services, there is almost always a small crowd sitting on the steps of the amphitheater.

Clock Tower

V&A Waterfront Clock Tower, Cape Town, South AfricaThis Victorian gothic-style clock tower is hard to miss. If I'm being honest, however, I kind of prefer this little gem that is right next to it: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa: Elephant

Have you been to the V&A Waterfront? If so, did I miss anything on this list?

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Nicole is a treasure hunter and pup mama located in Seattle, Washington. Loves travel, politics, lifestyle, TV, & wine. She's an unapologetic SJW & feminist AF.

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  1. Melissa
    4 years ago

    Thanks for the suggestions! My boyfriend and I (I’m from SoCal, he’s from Pretoria) have been planning a Cape Town/Garden Route trip and your blog has definitely been very helpful and given us a ton of inspiration.

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      I’m so happy that the posts are helpful, Melissa! Let me know if you have any specific questions!

  2. Terin Aleah Garrett
    4 years ago

    Those aquarium pictures are awesome!! Looks like a gorgeous place!

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      it is a truly amazing aquarium!

  3. Lifeplus1
    4 years ago

    You’re really making me want to go back! One of the things I really enjoyed about the waterfront area were the wild seals that sunbath on the boat docks. Oh and the most amazing meal of my life, lobster thermadore at Baia. I still dream about it.


    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      Oh I love the seals! I especially loved watching them swim around the boats

  4. Kristen Warren
    4 years ago

    it all looks so amazing! fabulous pictures. i love the ‘first born child’ haha.

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      it is true!!

  5. Food Booze & Baggage
    4 years ago

    I love to do boat tours (that is probably one of the most touristy things we do while vacationing). I will continue to do it too :) Love the elephant!

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      Boat tours are so much fun! I get a little nervous on water some times but I usually really enjoy boat tours

  6. Selbe
    4 years ago

    Wow! All of these look super awesome! I love the aquarium!

    Also, I sent you an email last week about a charity giveaway and wanted to know if you were interested! Please let me know!


    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      4 years ago

      it was a lot of fun!

      I’m a little behind on emails but I’ll catch up tonight!

  7. Van @ Snow in Tromso
    4 years ago

    Wow! These are some amazing sights and activities! I would love to visit/do each and every one of them!! Especially the sunset cruise. They’re expensive everywhere but usually totally awesome!

  8. Ember Grey.
    4 years ago

    Wow, this is an awesome post! Every time I visit your blog I get the travel bug! ;) I have always wanted to take a sunset cruise.. perhaps one of these days!

  9. Camila
    4 years ago

    Love this! I absolutely adored the V&A Waterfront! So much fun, we went a couple of times a week certainly! And what to say of Sevruga, definitely my favourite restaurant! I didn’t know there was a museum-like centre, as you call it, on the waterfront! I wasn’t able to make it to Robben Island – maybe next time – but this would have been interesting!

  10. Mrs_Jack_of_all_trades
    4 years ago

    Robben Island sounds interesting..

  11. AmyMacWorld
    4 years ago

    I just love all of your posts about South Africa. This waterfront looks amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. The Grits
    4 years ago

    You make me want to go to South Africa so badly!!! My parents went when I was kid – I didn’t get to go. They brought back all of these wonderful pictures and little keepsakes. That sunset cruise sounds right up my alley!

  13. Kate Jordan
    4 years ago

    Every post you write about S.A. Makes me desperate to plan a trip there! This just looks amazing, like a combination of amazing and awesome things… All in one place! Haha.

  14. Em
    4 years ago

    South Africa is on my bucket list and this post pushed me to go even more :) Would really be honored to see Robben Island, especially – what a humbling experience.

  15. Susannah Brinkley
    4 years ago

    I’m half-South African and this makes me miss all of my family there! Beautiful post.

  16. esther julee
    4 years ago

    i’m the same way! def don’t enjoy shopping, but this place I think I would enjoy :)

  17. Marco Flapper
    4 years ago

    We really loved the food market on the wharf. All different types of small restaurants with very tastefull dishes.

  18. Lauma
    4 years ago

    Now I relly want to visit South Africa :) Thanke You for so inspiring post :)