Photo by Marcel Weichert/age fotostock
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Probably the most visited attraction in the city, the V&A combines many of the elements of the most successful commercial waterfront projects around the world. There are plenty of attractions for tourists (such as the Cape Wheel, helicopter rides, boat trips to Robben Island) and locals (450 retail outlets, from H&M to a major supermarket), but it still remains a working harbor. Small seagoing vessels sail between the main harbor and the dry dock that lies adjacent to the V&A’s excellent Two Oceans Aquarium and its Watershed craft and design hall. A fast-growing residential section is connected by canals that now stretch towards the city. The latest addition—and one that will clearly be flooded with visitors when it opens in late 2017—is the excitingly designed Silo District, built around numerous old grain silos.
By Ted Botha
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa