To contextualise the idea of our freedoms that we hold so dear, and how easily they can be taken away by a brutal government bent on segregation, there is no better monument to the struggle of many encapsulated in the struggle of one. Robben Island, where Madiba spent 27 years incarcerated by a system designed to break the backbone of the ANC movement.
Though it’s been a tourist site and a museum since 1997, it hasn’t always been a prison, at various points it was a training and defence station in World War II and a hospital for leprosy patients, and the mentally and chronically ill.
The victory of freedom over oppression has been symbolically imbued in this location. Try as the regime might, they could not break the spirit of our first democratically elected president. Well worth the visit, a very thought provoking journey in all.
Daily tours depart from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Named after a hotel in Madagascar that the owners were staying at when they fell in love with the idea of artisanal bread and baking, this is a true gem in the crown of the V&A and worth spending some serious time in!
Priding themselves on making everything from scratch, Vovo Telo has no shortage of amazing offerings. From buttery freshly made croissants to Pain au Chocolate to lemon meringue tartlets to muffins to cupcakes and every type of bread under the sun.
Originally founded in Johannesburg in 1913, Everard Read is South Africa's oldest commercial gallery. After the doors opened in their Cape town location in 1996 they have continued to be dedicated to exhibiting the finest modern and contemporary art from South Africa and abroad.
They run two galleries in the heart of the V&A Waterfont and sister galleries in Johannesburg, London and Franschhoek.
Ever-changing, keep an eye on the exhibition schedule because the venue is great to revisit time and time again. The exhibition roster showcases both group and solo projects and fosters emerging younger generations as well as well-established and acclaimed artists.
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art and they collect, preserve, research and exhibit cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and the Diaspora.
Zeitz MOCAA Food, situated on level 6 of the Zeitz MOCAA offers a stunning array of locally sourced and delicious items.
Staple items like freshly baked scones served with jam and cream, a cheeseboard and a cake of the day. They also feature their signature black ice cream flavoured with vanilla and rosewater.
The bistro area is bustling with smoked trout latke garnished with potato rosti and crème fraiche; a gourmet roll filled with fava beans, mint and ricotta, chicken Caesar salad and deluxe sandwiches. There’s something for everyone, and all of it is great!
It’s no secret, we love food, we love great food that looks nothing short of amazing, because you eat with your eyes as well as your stomach. It’s no wonder then that we also love the pairing of fine art and fine cuisine.
Throw in some fresh ocean air and one of the most visited and beloved locations in the world and we’re off the V&A Waterfront for some art (and tarts).
Another great option in the V&A is Mondiall, Restaurateur Patrick Symington of Cape Town’s Café Dharma and Asoka fame has brought his skills to bear on this excellent restaurant with fresh approaches to cuisine that really need to be enjoyed.
Must try the grilled Mauritian sea bass, amazing with borlotti bean puree, almond & garlic sautéed fine beans, salsa vierge. Top it off with a baked camembert, with fig, truffle honey and macadamia nuts, sooooo good!
The lights on the water and the atmosphere of romance and sparkliness makes this a great couples restaurant.
At Vista Marina you can enjoy a taste of luxury and sophistication from the water’s edge, with uninterrupted views of the V&A Waterfront’s marina and Table Mountain. A brilliant spot to relax in ultra-chic surroundings while you enjoy some Mediterranean inspired delicacies.
Try the linguine frutti de mare, linguine, mussels, prawns, baby calamari and fish in a rustic and vibrant putanesca sauce. Or enjoy the delightful slow roast lamb shank with roast potatoes and an amazing cucumber raita.
The fresh sea air will leave you feeling refreshed and the food, glamorously satiated.
An artfully restored boathouse is the shell within which this stunning restaurant resides. Central, on the waters edge and easily accessible, The Grand Africa Café & Beach marries convenience with the perfect location.
Aside from the beautiful space, they are no slouch in the kitchen or behind the bar either.
You can’t go wrong with the Grand burger, a pure beef patty with rocket, red onion, gherkin, tomato chutney, smoked cheddar and garlic aioli.
Wash that down with a Grand African Tiki, Havana Especial with a bold twist of 7 Rum, Malibu, mango, mint and coconut.
The ambience is relaxed yet cosmopolitan, the fresh air off the water is amazing, so are the sparkles on the sea.
On New Year’s Eve from 6.30pm onwards the Waterfront begins heating up with a huge selection of buskers and entertainment, food trucks and fireworks.
The V&A Amphitheatre will start its program from 7.30pm, and will host entertainers throughout the evening and leading up to the fireworks display. Speaking of which, the spectacular and explosively beautiful fireworks are easily viewed from most places within the V&A Waterfront.
Eighty-something restaurants will stay open late on the evening, with food trucks there to supplement your every taste.
Head over to the Silo District (a new addition to this year’s program) with roving characters to entertain you and a stage for performers set up against the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA).
Family friendly fun in a safe and vibrant environment!
When in Cape Town, you will inevitably spend at least one day in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a working harbor and world class mall. Whilst there, don’t miss the fairly new addition, MAReSOL, a Portuguese themed restaurant with breathtaking 360 degree views of mountain and sea.
The menu is a great selection of seafood done right, as well as some outstanding meat dishes. Starters include an amazing Chouriço dish accompanied by roasted peppers marinated with a garlic, thyme & sherry vinegar. Also, the “Lulas”, which are succulent calamari starter with Chouriço, roasted cherry tomato, black olives & rocket.
For mains you will encounter old favourites like Trinchando, Espetada & Bacalhau and an assortment of beautifully prepared langoustines and prawns. All of this should be paired with some flavourful Vinho Tinto to complete the experience.