Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront information
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, always just called the Waterfront is likely to be one of the first places you head to. It’s a great example of how to best redevelop a declining dock area into a tourist hot spot. The atmosphere is always buzzing and there’s plenty to do, including making a trip out to Robben Island, the infamous prison island that is now a fascinating museum.
The Alfred and Victoria Basins date from 1860 and are named after Queen Victoria and her son Alfred. Although these wharves are too small for modern container vessels and tankers, the Victoria Basin is still used by tugs, harbour vessels of various kinds and fishing boats. In the Alfred Basin you’ll see ships under repair, and seals splashing around and lazing on the giant tyres that line the docks.
The outcrop of largely open land west of the Waterfront is Green Point, where you’ll find the new Green Point Stadium, a golf course and a soon-to-be-created municipal park. As well as being the name of the actual point, Green Point is also the name of the surrounding suburb, which includes rocky Mouille Point, right on the Atlantic coast and an atmospheric place for a seaside stroll.
For all the upmarket development going on around here, note Green Point’s Main Rd is also where you’ll find some of Cape Town’s prostitutes plying their trade.