About Green Point and Waterfront
Green Point is a trendy suburb of Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Located to the north west of Cape Town’s central business district, Green Point is a popular residential area for young professionals. It is known as the Soho of Cape Town due to its bustling nightlife, great restaurants and amazing coffee shops. Somerset Road forms the main road in Green Point and is lined by restaurants, cafés, deli’s, boutiques and nightclubs. The suburb exudes a village feel with its narrow streets and sidewalk cafes.
In recent years the suburb has experienced significant growth with many new mid-rise apartments and mixed-use developments going up. The Green Point Common is home to the Cape Town Stadium, which was constructed for 2010 FIFA World Cup. Numerous other developments were made such as the upgrade to Helen Suzman Boulevard and the Construction to the new Granger Bay Boulevard. An urban park was also built around the stadium. The Green Point Commons also hosts the Sunday morning market which is one of the largest markets in Cape Town.
The Green Point Urban Park is a family-friendly place for a picnic, walk, run or just relaxing. It features an outdoor gym, play park, adventure park and outdoor labyrinth. The park features a variety of plant species as well as information on them. In the heart of Green Point, you will find the Cape Quarter shopping centre that regards itself as the essence of ‘Cape Town Cool’. The lighthouse in Greenpoint is another famous landmark and is the oldest functioning lighthouse in South Africa.
Just adjacent to Greenpoint is Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront which was developed in 1988. Since the extensive redevelopment of Cape Town’s waterfront, the old harbour has been transformed from a forlorn dockland into the city’s most vibrant attraction. The development centres on the old Alfred and Victoria basins, which were completed in 1870 and 1905, respectively. The first was named for Prince Alfred, Queen Victoria’s second son, who, on 17 September 1860, tipped the first load of stone to start the construction of the breakwater. The second and larger basin is named for Victoria herself. Both basins are still working harbours, and it is this authentic nautical atmosphere that makes the waterfront such an attraction to tourists.
The V&A Waterfront boasts 22 official landmarks on-site and is a well known part of South Africa’s historical legacy. It offers visitors an abundance of leisure activities such as cycling, jogging, water sports, a farmers market, fine dining and live music. The V&A Waterfront’s running track is one of the most picturesque in South Africa. The V&A Waterfront’s Boardwalk offers various scenic lookout points where runners and walkers alike can take a breather as they soak up the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. Informative ‘storyboards’ are located at strategic positions, providing an insight into the colourful history of the harbour and its workers.
The Springbok Experience rugby museum at the V&A Waterfront is truly world class and is an interactive, educational, moving and a fun way to spend a couple of hours. The museum has more than 60 audiovisual displays, as well as various memorabilia in glass cases which depict the history of rugby in South Africa. Other main features of the Waterfront include the glittering Victoria Wharf, Alfred Mall, Clock Tower and Pierhead shopping precincts, large covered craft markets, a huge food emporium, amphitheatre, 17 cinemas, the state-of-the-art Two Oceans Aquarium, two floating museums, a small-craft marina, boat trips around the harbour, guided walks, live entertainment, an array of restaurants and pubs, luxury hotels and expensive private apartments.