100 Beautiful Experiences

Did you know that the V&A Waterfront houses the oldest working harbour in the Southern Hemisphere? And, because it’s part of our neighbourhood, you get front-row seats to all the ocean-top action.

20. Sunset at Life Grand Café

Life doesn’t get much grander than those moments of basking in the sunset glow on the Life Grand Café deck, watching boats embark on their Champagne cruises. The seagulls will be eyeing your G+T as beach-café tunes take you into the night.

21. Luxury yacht dreaming

Our Blue Flag Marina, directly behind the Cape Grace Hotel, will have you planning a make-believe million-dollar adventure around continental waters. The luxury yachts docked along the jetties of our residential marina district are best enjoyed from the benches next to the Bascule Bar.

22. Views from Harbour House

For an aerial view of our ocean activity, head straight to Harbour House’s rooftop balcony. Sit at the barrier counters to wave goodbye to parties heading out on the Jolly Roger pirate ship as you tuck into a bowl of steamed mussels.

23. Seal-spotting

It’s rare not to spot a seal as you wander through our hood. If they happen to be hiding underwater, and you don’t see them when crossing the swing bridge or our many canals, peak over the railing of Bootlegger behind the aquarium, where they love to hang out on a wooden platform made especially for them to rest on between swims.

24. Dry dock action

Whether catching the commotion of the Robinson Dry Dock or finding yourself mesmerised by the massive boats wheeled onto land at the edge of the Silo District, there’s always a buzz of activity when vessels are being restored, painted and cleaned.

Photos by Andile Phewa @andile_phewa

After the success of 100 Beautiful Things, where we celebrated creativity, compassion, ingenuity and resilience, through projects, products, ideas and experiences from around the country, we’re bringing this idea of celebration closer to home. Through 100 Beautiful Experiences, we’ll be looking at incredible moments and delights that are available right on our doorstep. Photographed and illustrated by a group of young South African talents, many of our experiences are unique to our hood and can be found nowhere else on the planet!

Every visit to the V&A Waterfront is an opportunity to discover a different part of the city, learn about our heritage, source the best products, dine on the most exquisite fare and connect with friends and family in a safe and happy environment. While we’re only sharing 100 Beautiful Experiences with you, we know you’ll find many more each time you visit, and look forward to hearing of your experiences too.