Colourful De Waterkant Village is a unique European influenced village of semi-detached quaint cottages and cobbled streets preserved from the 1760’s. Cradled between the city and the V&A Waterfront, De Waterkant Village is avant-garde, a cultural urban refuge highlighted by the abundance of restaurants, art galleries, gay clubs, salsa clubs, tapas bars and Parisian inspired café’s. Famed for being a gay friendly hub, the village is within walking distance of bars and fashionable nightspots. Drawing comparisons from cultural and artistic villages from all over the world, De Waterkant embraces individuality and theatricality, echoed in the architecture and vibrancy of its residents and visitors.
Walking on the beautiful sidewalks, one cannot help but be caught up in its spell, cast by the beauty of the Dutch, Georgian and Asian influenced architecture, with flower boxes under the windows, sprawling balconies and rooftop decks providing exquisite views and majestic old trees that line the streets, filtering the sun selectively through their branches. This is a place that will tempt you into its fold and dare you to indulge and delight in life’s finer pleasures.
Village & Life first noticed the potential for a unique lifestyle in the crumbling area of De Waterkant in the nineties. Investing in renovating properties, whilst retaining their facades and charm, Village & Life breathed life into an area who’s cottages had been scheduled for demolition. Igniting the hospitality village innovation, “Cape Town’s First Guest Street” rose up from the ashes and the vision of an authentic “traveller's village” was realised, growing to include a portfolio of over 40 participating properties.