The Foreshore, De Waterkant and the V&A Waterfront

These are three very distinct areas in Cape Town: the Foreshore is our central business district. Busy by day with business people and the like, it’s a bit of a dead zone in the evening and at night, so this is not a place to go for a stroll. However, it is redeemed by the truly excellent Bizerca Bistro.

De Waterkant used to be a very down-at-heel district, housing the dockers for the harbour. When the Duncan Dock was built and later the V&A, it became the haunt of the super trendy and is now Cape Town’s answer to SoHo. Gay friendly, full of bars, nightclubs and restaurants as well as excellent shopping, it’s a scene by day and night.

The V&A Waterfront is either the best thing about Cape Town, a great disappointment or just good fun, depending on your point of view. It’s ultimately about commerce (there are six five-star hotels here) but it is very well designed, fun and entertaining. Most eateries here are not really great value for money and can either be excellent or awful depending on the weather, the season, etc. but we’ve listed the exceptions here.

SHORT TAXI RIDE (between 5 - 10 minutes by taxi)
Bizerca – upmarket bistro (Foreshore)(021) 418 0001
Andiamo – relaxed Italian (De Waterkant)(021) 421 3687
Emily’s – very upmarket wine (V&A)(021) 421 1133
Salero – great views of harbour and sunset (V&A)(021) 421 1916
Den Anker – Belgian, super location (V&A)(021) 419 0249

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