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ENJOYING FREE ENTERTAINMENT AT THE AMPHITHEATRE

Yip, that’s right, we offer FREE entertainment every day of the week.


72. The amphitheatre outside our Food Court is always a hive of activity. Tap your feet to a saxophonist, drummer or guitarist, or sing along to one of SA’s top vocal stars.


73. Watch out for Zakhele Popo. He’s so well disguised as a bronze statue that you might think he’s been here for decades. It’s always fun watching people’s reactions when he moves an inch and they realise he’s a mime.


74. We have the finest portrait artists in the city, stationed near the Cape Wheel: Congolese artist Jedaja Ikoli has been with us since the 2010 World Cup, capturing the portraits of people from around the world. Predominantly working in charcoal, he sometimes does caricatures when requested. “But I prefer to keep it real,” he says. For 20 years, Don Hartley has been part of our artistic family, drawing the people sitting in front of him – first in pencil and then smudging in charcoal or pastel. “I start gesturally, but there’s no formula,” he says. “It’s about how you relate to the sitter.” Lerato Eric Nomyayi works in pencil, and has been drawing portraits since school. Many people come to him with photos to work from. “They like to surprise their loved ones with this gift,” he says.


75. Maxine Fitz-Patrick is one of many talented local musicians who perform at our busker stop. Only one year out of school, she’s gathering a fanbase of indie/folk lovers.


76. Good Night Fridays returns this week. Our monthly line-up of feel-good entertainment will be streamed for free online on Friday from 7-8pm on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. The concert includes Zolani Mahola, Alistair Izobell and Leah, and will be hosted by comedian Loyiso Madinga. You’re in for a treat!


Illustration by Phathu Nembilwi @phathudesigns_illustrations

Photos by Estee de Villiers @esteexshoots

EMBARKING ON A HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR

This Heritage Day, why not follow our audio tour called Reinventing the Tavern of the Seas, which gives you a glimpse of the history of our neighbourhood? Download the VoiceMap app, select Cape Town and find our free walking tour, which starts at Ferrymans Tavern and ends at the Zeitz MOCAA. It works offline and uses GPS to play audio automatically at the right time and place. If done in one go, the tour takes about an hour. These are just five of the many, many things you’ll see:


78. Time-ball Tower

This brick structure is one of the oldest in our neighbourhood. It’s called the Time-ball Tower because the ball on the top of it used to be dropped on the hour every day to help ships reset their time when out at sea. Sailors always kept watch of it with their binoculars.


79. Pumphouse

The Pumphouse is now home to the Cape Town Comedy Club, but this stone building was once a powerful generator of electricity. In 1882, it powered Africa’s first electric lights!


80. Tea Room

Life Grand Café used to house a post office and tea room and is the place from which Capetonians boarded passenger ships back in the day, heading to Europe, with family and friends waving them off after a final cup of tea and scones together.


81. Clock Tower

The second floor of this red building has a mirror ceiling which helped the port captain see ships coming and going from every direction.


82. Grain Silo

Today marks the third birthday of the Zeitz MOCAA. Before it was transformed into an art museum, with the Silo Hotel above it, it was a 1920s silo that had become derelict. What was once a grain-storage building now exhibits some of Africa’s finest contemporary artwork, in a space reimagined by British architect Thomas Heatherwick.

Remember to tag us when you embark on this tour, and show us the many other historical places on the route.

Photos by Arehone Malovhele @by.areh

STOCKING UP ON YOUR CHEF'S ARSENAL

After months spent at home, it’s time to entertain again, and we’ve got all the kitchen equipment you need to make meal-time prep and beautiful presentation hassle-free and fabulous. These are just some of the stores at which to shop for your chef arsenal, so tag the other places where you like to shop in our neighbourhood, and share your kitchen secrets.

You cannot miss Le Creuset’s new Fig hue as you wander by its colourful store. Here’s where you’ll find pots that will last you a lifetime. Woolworths is equally enticing, with a large portion of its lower level dedicated to kitchenware. Its baking utensils are stylish and the loaf pans are just the right size.

Many people are surprised to find online retailer Yuppiechef has a physical store in our neighbourhood. It sells everything from outdoor cooking brand Everdure by Heston Blumenthal to Wüsthof electric knife sharpeners.


Make MRP Home your stop when looking for quirky, fun utensils and gadgets for the kitchen. Its casserole dishes are sturdy and affordable. But if it’s a toaster, juicer or slow cooker you’re after, check out @home for a great variety of high-quality appliances. For statement-making dinner tables, opt for Country Road’s thick ceramic dishes and modern graphite cutlery.

THE V&A WATERFRONT BIG FIVE

We’ve saved our Big Five for last as we round off our list of 100 Beautiful Experiences. Some may not be open just yet, but we hope to welcome you to these world-class experiences really soon.


96. Cape Wheel

Get your 360-degree views of the Mother City, 40 metres from the ground, on our famous wheel. This four-revolution ride gives you a different perspective of the mountains, Cape Town Stadium, and even V&A Waterfront landmarks like the Clock Tower.


97. Two Oceans Aquarium

Our aquarium makes for one of the city’s most-loved visits. From watching penguins feed to marvelling at the ragged-tooth sharks, you’re guaranteed to be inspired by nature’s ways.


98. Robben Island

Robben Island’s 500-year history is quite something to grapple with, and the best way is to catch the ferry and be there in the flesh. You’ll visit the lime quarries and get a better understanding of what life used to be like in the maximum-security prison, listening to the stories of former political prisoners who share first-hand experiences.


99. Helicopter flip

Experience Cape Town from the skies! Scenic helicopter safaris are a wonderful way to surprise a loved one, as you soar over the beauty that is Camps Bay, Hout Bay and even view Robben Island from up high. Various flight options exist – from a Huey to an Airbus.


100. Zeitz MOCAA

That the old silos were transformed into a museum for contemporary African art is a wondrous feat. Check for free daily tours included in your ticket price, and end your visit with a coffee alongside the signature pillow windows.


Illustration by Deep Agency @deep.agency

Photos by Arehone Malovhele @by.areh


TAKING TO THE SEA

It’s no wonder we’re called the Waterfront – our waters are filled with so many exciting experiences!


90. Ocean Star Sailing Academy

Looking to travel the world as a deckhand, stewardess, engineer or chef on-board a yacht? Ocean Star Sailing Academy offers accredited RYA and SAS courses for local and international waters, on motor and sail boats. You’ll get both theory and practical experience under your belt.


91. Yacht cruises

Walk along our water’s edge and you’ll find vessels offering you a myriad ways to explore our seas. There’s everything from a romantic sunset cruise to a dinner or cocktail cruise. Also available are educational tours of the harbour, and hour-long rides around the bay.


92. Atlantic Outlook Adventures

The kayak tours offered by Atlantic Outlook are a fun way to experience the ocean and get a different aspect of Sea Point and the mountains behind it. If you’re lucky, you’ll end up rowing with dolphins and Southern Right whales at your side.


93. Jolly Roger Pirate Ship

The Jolly Roger is the only pirate boat in SA. Because it’s fitted with a bar, DJ mixing decks and a dance pole, it’s a fun party venue, and can be chartered for private events. Dress up à la Captain Morgan and go the whole hog.


94. Dragon boats

Ever since Taiwanese boaters presented Cape Town with two dragon boats in 1992, this ancient Chinese team sport has become part of the city’s competitive scene. Contact Mujaji (mujaji.org.za) if keen to participate.


95. OceanX

OceanX is a PADI 5* scuba and freediving centre that offers courses and diving experiences. Dive with Cape Fur seals, hunt for sunken shipwrecks or snorkel through kelp forests and along coral reefs. There’s also the option of a high-speed adventure boat ride.

Photos by Estee de Villiers @esteexshoots

LAVISHING IN LUXURY

We have an entire top-storey avenue in Victoria Wharf dedicated to the world’s most luxurious clothing and accessories brands. Whether shopping for real, or lusting after perfectly displayed items through store windows, you’ll be hit by inspiration and aspiration. We love that South African labels hold their own here too. We have highlighted only some of the multitude of luxury stores that have made the V&A Waterfront their home, so tag others that you love, and show us the pics of what you got!


The newly opened MAXHOSA Africa shop is layered in the signature colour-imbued knits designed by Laduma Ngxokolo. You’ll find cardigans, skirts and masks patterned with his modern take on heritage African shapes. Even the carpet and wallpaper are typical MAXHOSA.


At one end of the passage is the Louis Vuitton boutique, which always grabs the attention for the unique styling of its window displays. Right now, a shoal of shimmering metallic fish mesmerises you into believing you’re looking at an under-water scene.


Visit Paul Smith’s gallery-like store for the designer’s vibrant rainbow-like prints, and Apsley 2 if you’re in the market for a pair of red-soled Louboutins or a Celine bag.


Another local designer, Kat van Duinen, has her eponymous store here too, selling luxury leather handbags. The cross-body mini totes in ostrich or python are a feast for those who revere exotic skins, and the crocodile-skin clutches are irresistible to the touch.


Illustration by Phathu Nembilwi @phathudesigns_illustrations

Photos by Arehone Malovhele @by.areh

CONNECTING YOUR PHONE

We’ve made it super easy for you to access any information relevant to our neighbourhood by simply saving this number on your phone: +27214087600 and WhatsApping us with “hey”. We’ll reply with options.


What to know our trading hours or buy gift cards? Or are you interested in upcoming events and finding out more about Makers Landing? Do you need info about a specific store or attraction? Or is it our competitions and latest news you’re after?


We’ll help you locate what you need before you even set foot in our neighbourhood – or even while you’re here, navigating your way around. The WhatsApp line is connected 24/7.

“Hey V&A” will save you time and make your visit so much more enjoyable. Everything you need to know is just a “hey” away.


Illustration by Nick Ntuli @nickntuli

TAKING IT FAST AND SLOW AT BATTERY PARK

Thrill and chill are available in equal measure at Battery Park. Built on the remains of what was known as the Amsterdam Battery (constructed by the Dutch in 1784, and once a prison), this urban park is accessible directly from our precinct, or from Port Road, under Helen Suzman Boulevard, linking it directly to the city.


84. Rent a SUP

Stand-up paddling in the canals is made easy through SUP Cape Town, a company offering lessons and board rentals, with a store right on the ‘shore’. It’s hard to imagine that this area was Cape Town’s original shoreline before the land reclamation of the 30s and 40s, but this body of water offers a glimpse of that era.


85. Relax to the max

Whether chilling on the steps or basking on a beanbag on the lawns, this is a superb place to enjoy a midday break, surrounded by indigenous blooms and the sound of people enjoying the park’s activities. Watch out for the ball when mini soccer is being played!


86. Skate up and down ramps

Skateboarders find their kin here, showing off their latest tricks in between fist pumps. We like to think our skate park is the best in the city. It’s got everything from a bowl and pump hump to quarter pipes, a layback bank, hubba and rails – all available for you to use for free! Scooters are also welcome.


87. Throw some hoops

Our basketball court is open for the public, so gather your crew and set up a game, or just come on your own and practise your hoop tosses. Battery Park is open from sunrise to sunset.


Photos by Yonela Makoba @yonela_makoba

GETTING YOUR BLING ON

If you’re on the hunt for beautiful South African-designed jewellery, Watershed is your port of call. This is the proud home of local design, and the brands retailing here are as varied as they are fashionable. We’ve highlighted just a few, but would love to see where you have shopped in our neighbourhood, so tag your favourite jewellery stores at the V&A Waterfront in the comments.


Famke’s silver and gold jewellery is the ultimate in minimalist chic. You can’t go wrong with the linked circle necklace, and the curved rings add a subtle touch of intrigue to any hand.

Pichulik’s bold creations are embellished with gorgeous organic materials and narrated with stories of sacred feminine wisdom. Necklaces and earrings wrapped in threads of striking hues, decorated with elements such as jasper and glass, are wearable works of art.


Double up on Tiffany Marx rings and let her signature bronze and silver pods, inspired by the spike-thorn shrub, embellish your fingers. Delicate pieces more your thing? Visit Spirit Jewellery for ornate silver creations fitted with birth and chakra stones. Beloved Beadwork offers an injection of colour, with uniquely shaped earrings and neckpieces in vibrant colour combos, made entirely of beads.


For bespoke treasures, head to Alon Shina. Any piece from the Tanzanite Collection will become a family heirloom for generations to come. If watches are your preference, Bettél is the store for meticulously handcrafted wooden timepieces. Men may also find a neckpiece or two catching their eye at the Dan Fuller kiosk at the Watershed’s back entrance.


Illustration by Phathu Nembilwi @phathudesigns_illustrations

Photos by Estee de Villiers @esteexshoots

TAKING IN WATERSHED MOMENTS

With the Watershed open again, we’re thrilled to have its myriad offerings available for all to enjoy.


64. The new BEAUTY section at the Watershed is something we can truly be proud of as South Africans, as each and every brand featured here is an independent local producer. There’s the traditional Ghanaian black soap made locally by Kafui Naturals, Skoon’s non-toxic skincare range, cold-pressed argan oil from O’live, Ubuntu’s traditional balms and much, much more. Tag the other brands you love in this new hotspot.


65. Those in the know have discovered that working from the top-storey area alongside Workshop17 is one of the best ways to be productive. The co-working environment provides stimulating chatter, but there are enough alternative seating options to find quiet focus. Charging stations mean your laptop always has juice, and there’s a fresh juice bar and café for humans too.


66. Wellness at Watershed is a welcome opportunity to chill out for a moment between shopping to enjoy one of the many types of treatments for rest, rejuvenation or healing. Opt for Bioptron light therapy, a Swedish full-body massage, reflexology, shiatsu, or pressure-point massage while seated on a chair.


67. Gift shopping is really made easy at the Watershed, because there’s something for every age and interest. From kids’ wooden toys and fabric kitchen-bowl covers, to basketware and pottery, the locally designed and made products all housed under one roof make for a fun shopping spree.


68. Grab an infusion from Enmasse Tea Merchants and sit on either of the two wide staircases alongside the gigantic Colour Extravaganza chandeliers made from repurposed plastic waste by Our Workshop. There’s often a musician playing tunes here, so it’s the perfect spot from which to pleasantly catch up on emails thanks to the free WiFi.


Photos by V&A Waterfront and Yonela Makoba 

WAFTING YOUR WAY AROUND IN SEARCH OF SCENT

There’s no better way to get past the smell of sanitiser than to spray yourself with the sensual scent of perfume or eau de cologne, and we’ve got some of the best stores in the world for this! Here’s a little taste of the bigger picture:


Our Dior store is one of only three in the country that sells the full range of exclusive Maison CD eau de parfum, and its candles are to-die-for too.


At Skins, you’re even more spoilt for choice. The environment is sensory heaven, with every inch covered by another nuanced smell – from Comme des Garçons to Diptyque. Niche brands such as Juliette Has a Gun, Roja and Byredo sit alongside decorative objects by designers Jonathan Adler and Tom Dixon.


L’Occitane’s hydrated verbena hand sanitizer picks up on the brand’s signature scent, and all products are made from high-quality ingredients and natural plant-based extracts.

Step into Jo Malone’s boudoir-like store for a calming, personalised fragrance experience and try the peony and blush suede body crème.


Tell us where you shop for scent at the V&A Waterfront by tagging your favourite fragrance store.


Illustration by Phathu Nembilwi @phathudesigns_illustrations

INDULGING IN A SUGAR RUSH

Sometimes exception needs to be made to those no-sugar resolutions, and there’s no better neighbourhood for such indulgence than the V&A Waterfront. We’ve got an array of sugar fixes to match every level of sweetness, and we’ve highlighted just a few for you here:


For ice cream, head to Gelato Mania to try the new peanut flavour or the ever-popular Pino Pinguino (hazelnut with Nutella). Häagen-Dazs is where vanilla and chocolate really taste authentic, but go for Cookies and Cream if you want some texture. At Marcel’s, frozen yoghurt that tastes like English toffee and butterscotch can be blended with toppings into a cup-filled Blizzard.


Dip n Dip is where chocoholics find their poison - from old-fashioned hot chocolate and cream-puff pyramids, to chocolatey stacked pancakes and waffles topped with Speculoos spread. Nearby is Lakrids by Bülow, where Danish liquorice goes gourmet and can be found in chilli, sweet or salty versions. Downstairs, there’s Krispy Kreme, whose original glazed, Nutella-filled doughnut is off the charts.


Locally made Chocolates by Tomes has a range of loose truffles to create your own mix. Think liquid gold laced with CBD, and crème brûlée or marzipan flavours. To earn your calories, walk across to the Silo District and choose from Lindt’s pick-and-mix options, where you’ll find varieties not stocked in supermarkets. Plan ahead and book into a macaron-making or fondant pudding course in the Lindt Chocolate Studio.


Illustration by Nick Ntuli @nickntuli

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