The V&A Waterfront boasts much more than just a world-class shopping mall. From cutting edge art to fab indulgences, historical tours and more, here are five fab things to do in Cape Town when it’s raining cats and dogs.
Feast your eyes on the biggest collection of 21st century art from Africa and its diaspora at Zeitz MOCAA in the Silo District. All citizens of Africa enjoy free admission on Wednesdays from 10am until 1pm. Why not take a taste of Zeitz home with you with something special from the fabulous museum shop? Here they stock contemporary design, books, prints, stationery, gifts, jewelry and fashion by leading design companies from South Africa, the African continent and beyond.
Play tourist and explore the fortification that protected Cape Town in the early 18th century at Chavonnes Battery Museum, or pop past the Jetty 1 Museum which was the gateway to Robben Island for political prisoners during apartheid. The Iziko Maritime Museum is a must for those fascinated by the history of shipping around the Cape since the 17th century, and if you fancy a bracing walk in the drizzle (pack a brolly), why not take a self-guided historical walking tour of the harbour? Simply start at the Information Centre in Dock Road and follow the numbered boards along the route.
Get your glow on! Regulars flock to Mr Cobbs the Barber for the luxe hot towel shave and expert moustache waxing. Head to Sorbet for manicures, pedicures and waxing, or try the nail and beauty treatments at Glasshouse Rejuvention in the Silo District. Need a quick blow-out or on-trend cut? Try Frank Fowden, Partners Hair Design and Edge for Men. Quick fix facial? Dermalogica offer the fab MicroZone, a facial treatment that gives you close-up ready skin in just 20 minutes.
Kids climbing the walls? Kill an hour or two at the Scratch Patch and let the kids sifts through piles of gems to take home. Throw in a game of mini-golf on the adjacent Cave Golf course and you’ll be taking home some pretty happy campers. Sign that budding O’Keefe up for a class at Artjammingor head to the Two Oceans Aquarium. It’s always a winner with small kids, especially when it’s howling! So too is PlayDate SuperPark, an indoor activity park located close by at the Watershed with options both for toddlers and Teens on board? Treat them to a game of HintHunt (also at the Watershed), a mind-bending live escape game that invites players to solve an intriguing mystery in a fast-paced hour, or to an immersive cinematic experience at NuMetro’s 4DX cinema.
Need some me-time? The V&A is home to world-class spas that offer restorative treatments for the body, mind and spirit. Why not take refuge in the secluded island luxury of the One&Only Spa, the rooftop Cape Grace Spa or head to the lavish Camelot Spa at The Table Bay Hotel? Visitors to The Silo Spa (at The Silo Hotel) can indulge in a tempting array of signature treatments with top international products. The Commodore Hotel’s Casuarina Wellness Centre’s full body aromatherapy massage comes highly recommended, as does the Euphoric Milk Bath Wrap at the elegant Queen Victoria Hotel’s Sanctuary Spa.