Get to the V&A Waterfront for free live music!

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront can provide a full day of entertainment for visitors of all ages – and the free live music shows is one of their greatest drawcards

A favoured shopping and dining destination for Cape Town locals and visitors alike, the V&A Waterfront also draws in the crowds by regularly showcasing the country’s top live musical acts.

Set against the splendid backdrop of Table Mountain and overlooking the bustling docks, The Amphitheatre at the V&A Waterfront plays host to musical artists from genres as diverse as classical and jazz to pop and rock!

From general entertainment for all ages to a full day’s schedule of children’s activities during school holidays, there’s always a great mixture of entertainment happening at the Amphitheatre.

In winter, the open-air amphitheatre is covered in a Bedouin tent to offer protection against the elements and ensure maximum comfort for patrons as they kick off their relaxing Friday jazz concerts, featuring a variety of local jazz legends.

Come summer, the tent is packed away and you’re advised to bring a hat and sunscreen to filter out the sun while thrilling to afternoon concerts featuring some of the most popular acts in Cape Town.

There is always something happening at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre so make sure you check out the Event Calender for regular updates.

Head to the Cape Grace Hotel to savour single malts

If you love your whisky and want a glamorous location to sip and savour your favourite single malts while in Cape Town, look no further than the Bascule Bar at the elegant Cape Grace Hotel in the V&A Waterfront—the shopping and entertainment complex on Table Bay, right next to the city centre.

The world’s rich and famous may prefer to book a suite upstairs or park their private yachts in the marina outside, but all you’ll need to step inside the Bascule Bar at the Cape Grace Hotel in the V&A Waterfront precinct is a love for great whisky.

The Bascule Bar is heaven for malt connoisseurs and is home to arguably the largest collection of whiskies in Africa.

That means the voluminous menu of whisky, whiskey and bourbon stretches to over 450 bottles, flown in from Kentucky to Speyside to Japan.

Tutored tastings and “flights” of whiskies are a wonderful introduction to the world of whiskies, but the excellent menu will also guide you through the finer points of malt whisky: why a bourbon is different to a single malt, and how an Islay compares to a Lowland malt. Vatted, single malt, cask strength…the well-trained barkeeps are happy to talk you through the terminology too.

It’s a cosy spot with sleek leather couches and private corners, ideally suited to sipping your way through a single malt or three. If you plan on becoming a regular, consider joining the Bascule Whisky Club. As a member you’ll receive a personalised crystal tumbler, and the privilege of storing your private collection in a private locker in the Bascule cellar.

My best food market? Easy: Oranjezicht Farmer’s Market

There’s no shortage of wonderful food markets to explore in Cape Town. But Dax Villanueva, the writer behind local wine, lifestyle and travel blog Relax-with-Dax, has no problem picking out his favourite.

The Oranjezicht Farmers Market is definitely the best food market in the city.

These days it is based at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront precinct. It is undercover but also has open spaces so it’s ideal for both rainy or sunny days. The view of the ocean adds a unique element.

It’s probably the best market for getting fresh veggies, but there are a lot of great stands selling things to take home.

When you’ve finished shopping there are plenty of food stands to grab a bite at and take in the vibe. There is normally music playing and the place is humming. It’s very social.

This bustling market serves up fresh bounty from the Oranjezicht City Farm

With city farming on the rise, the Oranjezicht City Farm and its popular Saturday market is at the cutting edge of sustainable produce in Cape Town.

Set high on the mountain slopes above the centre of Cape Town, the Oranjezicht City Farm transformed a derelict sportsfield into a bountiful urban farm, revitalising urban space and providing employment.

When red tape got in the way of their successful produce market, locals breathed a sigh of relief when new premises were found alongside the V&A Waterfront shopping precinct.

So although the Oranjezicht Farmers’ Market is no longer located at the farm that inspired it, you can expect the same ethos throughout this scenic seaside market. The market takes place every Saturday from 09h00 to 14h00 and offers a wonderful mix of food to take home and dishes to enjoy on site.

Local artisanal produce reigns supreme here, with fresh vegetables from the farm, handmade cheeses and a wealth of pickles, preserves and cured goods to add to your holiday picnic pantry. The fresh artisanal breads are excellent too.

This market attracts a more laidback gathering and is usually less crowded than the Neighbourgoods market in Woodstock, one of Cape Town’s oldest suburbs on the Eastern Boulevard. Plus, the sea views are hard to beat and there’s even free Wi-Fi.

Your home-from-home at Cape Town’s Waterfront

After shopping at Cape Town’s famous V&A Waterfront, come home to Kylemore Apartments and watch the sun go down.

Secure, central and serene – Kylemore truly is something else. This spacious new apartment looks out over the glamorous V&A Waterfront on the Cape Town foreshore. The best part is that it’s only a few minutes’ drive from the very heart of Cape Town!

Venturing inside this canal-front property is like stepping into another world. Everything is clean and white with sparkling metal and wooden finishes. African patterns and artwork add a personal charm. The lounge opens onto a balcony with a six-seater dining table and is perfect for sunset cocktails or a home-cooked gourmet dinner looking out across the private waterways of the marina.

After dinner, kick back and relax in the master bedroom with its ethnic-urban design, large, comfy bed and en-suite marble bathroom. The second bedroom, no less grand than the first, has twin beds and is ideal for children.

Waking up with the warm Cape Town sun coming through the windows, I felt refreshed after a good night’s rest. After breakfast, eaten on the balcony, I went for a workout at the Kylemore complex’s private gym with hot and cold pools.

Shopping in Cape Town

The mother city is known for being the mother of everything and shopping in this case is no stranger to this. Cape Town is home to some of the most incredible shopping experiences known to man. Not only is this city, which is known as one of the most beautiful cities on earth, home to the largest population of creatives, artists, and world famous designers but it is home to the worlds finest creations. Cape Town has your quaint shopping experiences hidden in places that you wouldn’t imagine these gems would find solace to the greatest shopping malls that have want for absolutely nothing and provide mind blowing experiences. Below is a list of the quaint shopping experiences to the markets to the large and in charge malls waiting to indulge your every shopping need and so much more.

Markets Shopping Experiences

Markets in Cape Town range from your all through the week Green Market Square which is situated in the CBD and has a collection of all African Curios as well as other little stalls with second hand books, jewellery and apparel, it is also home of the mother of the famous Bamboo scarf. Then you have your weekend markets like the Tokai Forest Market which is jam packed with awesomeness and open all day on a Sunday, the Milnerton Flea Market which has a huge collection of absolutely everything under the sun and probably things from outer space too.

Quaint Shopping Experiences

Quaint Shopping calls for the exclusive labels and the unheard of one of a kind, most probably hand made perfections found nowhere else in the world. Woodstock, Cape Town has become home to smaller shopping experiences which are housed in open planned modern styled exquisite buildings and each have their own mind blowing uniqueness. The Woodstock Exchange is the most well known of them all, containing phenomenal works from young and upcoming designers, as well as having some of the best crunchies and coffee available at divine coffee shops when you need that break to rest your shopping shoes. The Old Biscuit Mill is another which has a collection of incredibly beautiful shops that will keep you mesmerised for hours and perhaps leaving only after purchasing one of everything. The shops are situated around beautiful courtyards and The Old Biscuit Mill is also home to the award winning restaurant The Test Kitchen with the famous chef Luke Dale Roberts.

Large and in charge Shopping

Cape Town is home to two of the biggest and most incredible shopping centres, The very famous Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, which is home to the incredible Two Oceans Aquarium, as well as 90% of your designer brand shops, they also boast a large indoor market like setting which has stalls for Africa, containing every type of ware that you could think of. There is a delightful scratch patch, hundreds of phenomenal restaurants and so much to do that one could spend an entire day and not have seen or browsed through even a quarter of this beautiful centre. Then there is the epically exclusive high class Century City with its Canal Walk which prides itself on being the ‘Shop the World’ experience. Canal Walk is home to fine dining and every sort of shop and brand that you could ever imagine, the design of the entire area is an architectural dream come true and finds the cream of the crop shopping in its silver platter experience. Century City is also home to the Natural Goods and Art Market which is open every spring and is truly a divine experience in itself.