The 10 best things to do at the V&A Waterfront in colder weather

The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is a vibrant hub all year-round — even during the cold and rainy Cape Town winter. From indoor attractions and kid-friendly playparks to cosy dining and movie theatres, our neighbourhood has something for everyone.


Here are 10 of the most exciting activities to enjoy at the V&A Waterfront during the winter season.

1. Rollerblading at Battery Park

The first indoor rollerskating rink in Cape Town, Rollercade is located in Battery Park at the V&A Waterfront. Live out your ’80s rollerskating dreams to the sounds of the biggest pop hits at this safe and family-friendly space that also offers an arcade area, a photobooth, an air-hockey table and two pool tables.


2. Indulging in French pastries

Did you know that the V&A Waterfront is now home to two French bakeries? Coco Safar and PAUL’s all-day café take you on a culinary journey to France with their croissants, freshly baked breads, tartes, cakes and macarons – and, of course, coffee.


3. Riding the Cape Wheel

Unparalleled views of Cape Town and the Atlantic ocean aren’t just for the summer months. Take a 15-minute ride in an enclosed cabin on the newly relocated Cape Wheel, which stands 40 metres tall and offers bird’s-eye outlooks on Granger Bay, Robben Island, Table Mountain, the Cape Town stadium and the harbour.


4. Discovering new flavours at Makers Landing

If you’re looking for a creative food experience, visit Makers Landing at the Cruise Terminal. Here’s where budding local food entrepreneurs innovate and grow their culinary offerings. Some of the many tenants include Frikkadeli, Conscious Carnivores, Crust Almighty, Charm’s Kitchen, Afrikoa Chocolate and Coffee by Moses.


5. Catching a movie

Escape the rain by catching a movie at the state-of-the-art SterKinekor cinema complex at the V&A Waterfront. Relax in warm and comfortable seating and enjoy the latest blockbuster, or take your kids to watch the latest animated film at the dedicated Kids’ Cinema filled with colourful beanbag seats.

6. Experiencing fine dining

There are over 80 eateries to choose from at the V&A Waterfront, including various award-winning restaurants. TANG offers a luxurious take on Japanese and Cantonese dining, while PIER Restaurant, established by the renowned La Colombe group, is an intimate multi-course fine-dining experience. The Waterside (also part of the La Colombe group) offers sophisticated dining that’s more casual than its sister restaurant.


7. Making a great escape

Take the thrill of adventure indoors with the HintHunts Escape Rooms. Gather your friends, family or colleagues, and together navigate your way through the labyrinth of clues, riddles and puzzles as you try to escape a themed room before the timer runs out.

8. Exploring art museums

Step into the remarkable Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA) and immerse yourself in Africa’s rich artistic heritage through its diverse collection of contemporary African art. Visit Southern Guild gallery for a taste of locally made collectible art and design, or admire South African artworks at the South African Art Collection Gallery in the Clock Tower Centre.


9. Treating yourself at a spa day

Hidden in the bustling harbourside neighbourhood are pockets of luxury and relaxation that offer a range of different treatments and pampering. Some of the spas that call the V&A Waterfront home are Life Day Spa, Sanctuary Spa, K Spa, One&Only Spa and The Silo Hotel Spa.

10. Shopping local wares

No visit to our neighbourhood would be complete without exploring the Watershed, the vibrant craft and design space bursting with over 365 local brands. Bring colour and creativity to a gloomy winter’s day with a shopping trip for art, ceramics, jewellery, clothing, decor and more, all under one bright-yellow roof.