Head to the V&A Waterfront

One of the great advantages of the V&A is that is ringed by outstanding accommodation like One&Only Cape Town, the Cape Grace, the Table Bay Hotel, and the Victoria and Alfred Hotel. Of course, if you’re staying at one of these, the Waterfront’s many entertainment options are right on your doorstep.

Even if you’re not staying here, it’s worth the trip on a rainy day, especially if you have children. At the Two Oceans Aquarium, they will love the touch pools, cute African penguins, mesmerising kelp forest and predator tank of sharks that will help them understand life in Cape Town’s chilly Atlantic Ocean. For lunch, grab a bite at the aquarium’s child-friendly Shoreline Cafe or head across the square to the Market on the Wharf, an indoor collection of organic and artisanal fresh food stalls.

The Waterfront also has a multiplex showing the latest releases and a smaller art-house cinema if you’re in the mood for a movie. There is plenty of shopping to be done – especially for upscale African mementos – and adults interested in sport will enjoy learning more about rugby at the Springbok Museum Experience, which details the history of South Africa’s national rugby champions.

The Waterfront also regularly hosts international travelling exhibitions (recent ones include Lego art, the works of Leonardo da Vinci and Bodies) so ask the information desk staff for details.

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