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Fish Quay

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Free

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Entertainment and Nightlife, Free, Neighborhood/Area, Shopping Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront buzzes with activity at all hours of the day. This bustling harbor—built in the late 19th century by Queen Victoria's second son, Alfred—has acted as the stopover point for European ships for centuries. Today, the waterfront caters to tourists and residents alike, boasting beautiful views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, a wide array of shopping venues, restaurants, and notable attractions, like the Two Oceans Aquarium. This is also the jumping off point for whale-watching tours and excursions to Robben Island. When the sun sets, the V&A Waterfront comes alive with music flowing out over the ships as steadily as cocktails are poured into glasses at the neighborhood's many bars.

Recent visitors love the V&A Waterfront's lively atmosphere, saying that the numerous roaming performers will keep you entertained for hours. According to one TripAdvisor user, "Here's a tourist shopping paradise, it's one of the largest shopping centres, with restaurants and a few side attractions in the Waterfront. Not to be missed."

You can reach the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront by car (although parking can be scarce) or by the Cape Town Harbour Metrorail Station. The Waterfront is always open for exploration, and you don't have to pay to wander. To learn more, visit the V&A Waterfront website.

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Easily the city's most recognizable landmark, Table Mountain towers over Cape Town just south of the city center. Having earned its name from its unique, flat-topped shape, the mountain is the most popular attraction found within Table Mountain National Park (which encompasses other top attractions like Boulders Beach and the Cape of Good Hope).

There are numerous ways to experience Table Mountain. Adventurous travelers can hike to the summit along one of the mountains numerous trails, although the region's fickle weather can turn an on-foot excursion into an unpleasant, muddy walk. Recent travelers strongly recommend using the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway instead. These suspended cable cars rotate 360 degrees, offering passengers spectacular views of the city and the ocean. According to one TripAdvisor user, "We had to queue for over an hour to get our tickets so recommend booking on-line. The cable car floor rotates so everyone get a chance to see the views."

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