Exploring the V&A Waterfront near your Green Point Accommodation
The V&A Waterfront is one of Cape Town’s foremost attractions – the bustling harbour and exclusive shopping centre is consistently a hive of activity, attracting tourists from all over the world. Best of all, it’s literally 5 minutes away from your Green Point accommodation, if you’re staying in Jambo Guest House. Stroll along the gorgeous harbour, admiring the incandescent light on the sparkling sea, while watching opportunistic seagulls dive bomb unfortunate fisherman, in search of unguarded fish.
Best restaurants in the Waterfront: Seafood lovers will revel in the fresh selection on offer at the Cape Town Fish Market – the go-to restaurant for anyone visiting the waterfront. Grab a cocktail with your dish and watch the boats go slowly by, as you people watch or enjoy the time spent with friends. They have some of the best Japanese-style dishes, teppanyaki and sushi around, all presented beautifully in its idyllic surrounds. If you’re more partial to pairing, why not enjoy the relaxed but elegant atmosphere of the Belthazar Restaurant and Wine Bar? Its seafront terrace will give you a panoramic view of your surrounds, including Table Mountain and the waterfront.
Hit the water: Staying in Green Point is a wonderful choice, as you have easy access to Cape Town’s scintillating CBD, including the expansive V&A. Luxurious yachts and catamarans bob gently in the harbor, hinting at an affluent, elevated lifestyle that most of us dream of. If you fancy a day of fun in the sun, then opt for one of the boat tours, regularly leaving the docks, and enjoy a wonderful cruise around the bay, admiring some of Cape Town’s highlights from the sea. Look out for the iconic Table Mountain towering in the distance, along with the unmistakably shaped and aptly named, Lion’s Head.
Robben Island: One of the most popular activities in the area includes taking a boat trip to the famous Robben Island, where South Africa’s much-loved former president, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned for 27 years. The cells are a somber place and when you walk through them, you can’t help but reflect on the history of South Africa and be proud of the way that the country has progressed, under Mandela and other inspiring leaders’ governance.
The Red Shed: Visit the Red Shed to find all sorts of arts, crafts and curios – from Ethiopian jewellery to rich, patterned textiles, sculpted glass and attractive wooden collectibles. The Waterfront is renowned for its world-class shopping and once you’ve exhausted the market, head to the main building to browse an enticing array of exclusive designer labels. Marion and Lindie, Levi’s, Apple, YDE, Accessorize, Mango and Forever New are just some of the acclaimed stores waiting to welcome you into their hallowed interiors. Zara is the Waterfront’s latest offering – the international brand is certainly causing quite a stir, offering a selection of the latest runway trends, with delicate, intricate designs and sumptuous fabrics.
Two Oceans Aquarium: While adults shop until they drop, children can delight in a vast array of activities, including visiting the prestigious Two Oceans Aquarium, which is as educational as it is fun. Admire tanks of exquisite marine life, submerging yourself in the underwater world – get lost in the rhythmic sway of the kelp forest and come face to face with a Great White in the shark tank.
Zeitz Mocaa – African Contemporary Museum: Throughout the year, Africa’s flagship contemporary art museum provides visitors with a uniquely moving glimpse into the creativity of our continent. Enjoy the many local musical and performance events hosted by Zeitz Mocaa or take in one of the revolving exhibitions. You’ll get a rare view into our culture and the African diaspora – presented to you in over 100 galleries.
Scratch Patch: Head to the scratch patch and surround yourself with glittering stones of all shapes and colours – rumour has it that there may even be a diamond lurking somewhere in the pile. Cave Golf is both fun and frustrating, with some challenging holes to keep you on your toes, while one of the best ways to view the cityscape is to hop on board the Wheel of Excellence – a 50 metre Ferris wheel that rivals the London eye. See if you can spot your Green Point accommodation while you enjoy a slow ascent into the sky.
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