As the most-visited spot in Cape Town, the V&A Waterfront is one of the things travellers are missing most about the Mother City. Catch up on some interesting facts to whet your appetite for your next trip to this iconic destination.
Abundant Shopping Opportunities
The V&A is an economic epicentre of Cape Town.
You’ll find 500 different retail stores within the V&A Waterfront, and the complex employs over 23 000 people. More than 66 000 thousand people benefit indirectly from the V&A’s retail activities.
The local fishing industry takes up 31% of the site.
Normally, the shops are open every day of the year from 9am to 9pm, with many outlets opting to trade on Christmas Day too.
Apart from the retail outlets, you’ll also find a good selection of locally produced products at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market, the V&A Food Market, the Watershed, flower stalls, and Makers Landing.
There’s More to the V&A than You Think
There’s more to the V&A than world-class shopping. The V&A Waterfront occupies the space of 180 rugby fields. Over 37% of the site’s taken up by open spaces and public walkways.
There’s outdoor chess, plenty of photo opportunities, picnic spots, stand up paddling, water bikes for hire, and a free skate park.
There’s even a 2.5km and a 5km running route along the boardwalk overlooking the ocean.
You can also catch up with the underwater action at the Two Oceans Aquarium or get an elevated view of the City on the Cape Wheel.
The Robben Island Ferry offers the ultimate ocean-going trip to the world-famous Robben Islands prison site, but you can also opt for less historic seafaring adventures.
There are dinner cruises, sunset cruises and harbour cruises to choose from at the V&A.
Underwater experiences include free-diving and diving with the seals.
It’s a Green Space
The V&A Waterfront is strongly committed to sustainability. In the last ten years, they’ve managed to reduce their water consumption by 61%, and reduced carbon emission by 40%.
It’s currently rated as the greenest shopping centre in South Africa.
Explore the V&A
Are you already craving the opportunity to get back to the V&A Waterfront? Book the first available spot to ensure you get your fix as soon as possible. Get in touch and we’ll set it all up for you.
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