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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

Facing Table Bay, this former working harbour has been gentrified into a commercial, recreational and residential area. Shop ‘til you drop or dine at one of the many restaurants. Take a sunset booze cruise out into the bay or watch the fishermen bringing in the catch of the day. There’s also a Ferris wheel, a diamond museum, the Two Oceans Aquarium and a mini-train for the kids. Historic walking tours are available and street performers regularly ply their trade.