Cape Town and Peninsula

Cape Town has grown as a city in a way that few others in the world have. Take a good look at the street names. Strand and Waterkant streets (meaning "beach" and "waterside," respectively) are now far from the sea. However, when they were named, they were right on the beach. An enormous program of dumping rubble into the ocean extended the city by a good few square miles (thanks to the Dutch obsession with reclaiming land from the sea). Almost all the city on the seaward side of Strand and Waterkant is part of the reclaimed area of the city known as the Foreshore. If you look at old paintings of the city, you will see that originally waves lapped at the very walls of the castle, now more than half a mile from the ocean.

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  • 1. Robben Island

    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Jail/Prison

    Made famous by its most illustrious inhabitant, Nelson Mandela, this island, whose name is Dutch for "seals," has a long and sad history. At...Read More

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  • 2. Two Oceans Aquarium

    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Zoo/Aquarium

    This aquarium is widely considered one of the finest in the world. Stunning displays reveal the marine life of the warm Indian Ocean and the...Read More

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  • 3. AGFA Amphitheatre

    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Arts/Performance Venue

    If the scattered benches looking out at the harbour activity are full, this open-air space is a good spot to eat your take-way lunch—if there...Read More

  • 4. Chavonne's Cannon Battery Museum

    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Museum/Gallery

    An archeological sight housing the remains of Cape Town's oldest cannon battery, this museum, which opened in 2008, reconstructs the outer...Read More

  • 5. One&Only Spa

    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Spa–Sight

    This artfully designed spa exudes pampered exclusivity of the type intended for the rich and famous. On a private island and part of a swank...Read More

  • 6. San Marco Bistro

    Waterfront | Restaurant

    San Marco Bistro offers a wide variety of options from sandwiches and salads to pasta, meat, and seafood entrées. Although it's expensive for...Read More

  • 7. Shimmy Beach Club

    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Beach

    A bit of vibey Ibiza in laid-back Cape Town, this beach club is well regarded as a fun and stylish place to hang out, and it's even family-friendly...Read More

  • 8. South African Maritime Centre

    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Museum/Gallery

    Inside the Union-Castle House, this museum explains the Cape's long history with the sea. Recently renovated, the center documents the history...Read More

  • 9. Spa at Cape Grace

    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Spa–Sight

    Impeccable service and professionalism are the hallmarks of this intimate spa in the Cape Grace, whose paprika-and-saffron-hued spice-route...Read More

  • 10. Willoughby's

    Victoria and Alfred Waterfront | Restaurant

    For what many would argue is Cape Town's best sushi, head to Willoughby's, which is in the V&A's shopping mall, with seating both inside...Read More

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