Waterfront shopping in Cape Town is one of the best shopping ideas for the vacation. Offering everything from home appliances to fashion, and electronics to souvenirs, this is a one-stop shopping area. Perfect for those on a budget as well as the elite shopping enthusiasts, you must head here during your vacation!
Since its origins in 1860, the Port of Cape Town has been the scene of excavations, reclamations, harbour construction programmes and land-based developments. By the time Prince Alfred* tipped the first load of stone into the sea to initiate construction of Cape Town’s harbour, the trade routes to the East had transformed the city into a hive of seafront activity. The discovery of gold and diamonds in South Africa meant that the first section of harbour, the Alfred Basin, had to be added to and the Victoria Basin was built. (* Prince Alfred was Queen Victoria’s second son)
The construction of the two harbour basins took place between 1860 and 1920, and the area is notable for its outstanding heritage buildings. It retains the charm of Victorian industrial architecture and the scale of a harbour built for sail and the early days of steam travel. In the 1970s, containerisation had developed worldwide as the major method of cargo handling and transportation. It was this, together with South Africa’s economic isolation at the time and the reopening of the Suez Canal, that led to a sharp reduction in the utilisation of land and harbour facilities surrounding the Victoria & Alfred Basins. At the time, Transnet was in the process of rationalising harbour facilities and reviewing its harbour and other land holdings with particular emphasis on the returns being generated by these assets.
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V & Waterfront Shopping in Cape Town Trading Hours
Timings: 9 AM to 9 PM
Location: 19 Dock Rd, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa