6 Feb 2023 Love is a magical spectrum where all are welcome – just like our neighbourhood! Whatever your gender, age or relationship status, Valentine’s Day is all about you. Love can look like more than just a couple out on a date — It’s also a group of pals laughing together, grandchildren spending time with their grandparents, pet parents spoiling their pooches, or treating yourself to a solo day of pampering. This Valentine’s Day, you’re invited to love your way in the precinct that gives you the perfect backdrop for your special day. For every taste and every budget, with special gifts or memories to be made, you’ll find the way to spread your love at the V&A Waterfront. Love Yourself American actress Lucille Ball once said, ‘Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.’ We couldn’t agree more! Show yourself some love with a relaxing or invigorating treatment at one of the many salons and spas in our neighbourhood, such as Life Day Spa, Sorbet, Glasshouse Rejuvenation, Africology, Sanctuary Spa or K Beauty Spa. Love for Pets If you adore your furry friends, then show it at the V&A Waterfront! Over and above our retail options for pet-friendly gifting, the V&A Waterfront boasts wonderful scenic walking and running routes for you and your dogs to enjoy. And then there’s the Oranjezicht City Farm Market, the popular dog-friendly market in Granger Bay. If you’re looking to buy treats or toys for your furbabies, visit Absolute Pets in the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, or grab a designer accessory for your pet at the Dog’s Life kiosk near the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre centre court. Love for Food There’s no doubt that food is one of the yummiest ways to our hearts. Whether you love comfort food, fusion street food or fine dining, the V&A Waterfront has restaurants aplenty to appeal to your heart’s deepest desires. Head to The Waterside, PIER or Siba The Restaurant for fine dining at its best, indulge in the freshest seafood at Harbour House, Knysna Oyster Company and Sevruga, grab some easy eats at Gibson’s or Tiger’s Milk, or tuck into a Belgian waffle at Den Anker. Love for Her, Him and Them Is gift giving your love language? When it comes to gifting for Valentine’s Day, the key is to consider what would be meaningful and personal to both you and your loved one! Take a trip to the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront for a selection of homegrown treasures, like designer adornments from Spirit Jewellery, eccentric dresses from Asha Eleven, brightly coloured figurines from Bongolomba’s Carvings, fynbos-inspired home decor from Threads That Bind Us and custom-blended teas from Enmasse Tea Merchants. If you can’t decide what to get, why not let your loved ones decide for themselves with a gift voucher that can be used anywhere in our neighbourhood? Love for Leisure There’s nothing we love quite like spending time dedicated to one thing and one thing only: taking it easy. No stress, no worrying about what to cook for dinner — just fun, rest and relaxation. The V&A Waterfront has a wide variety of attractions and activities for you and your loved ones to enjoy, like sunset ocean cruises with Waterfront Charters, Up Cycles’ rental-bicycle adventures or stand-up paddleboarding with SUP Cape Town. If you want to take your R&R to the next level, the V&A Waterfront is home to a slew of world-class hotels like The Silo, the One&Only Cape Town, the Cape Grace and The Table Bay Hotel. Love for the Environment Loving the environment means valuing and caring for the natural world that surrounds us, and this includes making sustainable choices when purchasing clothing, accessories, homeware and beauty products. Many of our tenants, such as Patagonia, Sealand Gear, Faithful to Nature, Recycled Flip Flops Sculptures and Wellness Warehouse, put sustainability at the forefront of their focus, concentrating on reducing their environmental impact by implementing processes such as sourcing recycled and low-impact materials, using environmentally friendly packaging and cutting unnecessary waste. Love For Art Art is a form of love — taking feelings, thoughts and emotions, and turning them into something wonderful is a powerful way of expressing love. And the appreciation of art is also a way of expressing love. There are so many ways to show off your love for art in our neighbourhood: create your own masterpieces with Art Jamming, admire the artwork of talented artists at Zeitz MOCAA, Southern Guild, the South African Art Collection Gallery and Everard Read CIRCA Gallery, or purchase pieces of art that will last a lifetime at African Trading Port or stores in The Watershed such as Edward Muwayire Kakooza Art Gallery, Siyakatala, Township Arts & Music and Nondyebo Art. How are you loving your way this Valentine’s Day?