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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

19 Dock Road | Merchant House, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
+27 21 408 7600
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The V&A Waterfront is a 123-hectare mixed-use destination, and one of Africa’s most visited cultural and historical hubs. Set on the edge of a natural, historic working harbour with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, it offers local and international visitors a cosmopolitan mix of experiences ranging from leisure, shopping and exclusive entertainment. It also offers prime residential and commercial property. The prime positioning of the V&A Waterfront boasts sweeping views of the ocean, city bowl and mountain peaks. Up to 100 000 people visit every day during peak season. Contributing R259.1 billion in nominal terms to the South African economy over the last twelve years, the V&A Waterfront’s cumulative contribution to the provincial GGP since 2002 was over R227 billion. The property also reported a 19% increase in retail trade sales for 2014, marking four consecutive years of consistent growth since 2011. By end 2014, total visitor numbers to the property had grown to 24 million a year. Although the V&A Waterfront remains South Africa’s favourite attraction for international visitors, they account for only 23% of all visitors. Visits by locals increased to 63%, while 14% of visitors were from upcountry. With 22 official landmarks on-site, it is also part of South Africa’s historical legacy. Jointly owned by Growthpoint Properties Limited and the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), represented by the Public Investment Corporation Limited (PIC), the V&A Waterfront was developed in 1988 by the state-owned transport corporation, Transnet Limited, while official commercial trading commenced in November 1990.
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  • Average8%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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19 Dock Road | Merchant House, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
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+27 21 408 7600
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"ferris wheel"
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"lots of shops"
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"street entertainment"
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"water front"
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Reviewed today

The V&A Waterfront was mind blowing and exhausting in the best possible way. There are over 100 restaurants and the 5 or so that we visited were terrific. The street performers were a delight with their eclectic sounds and interpretations of music and the hand...More

Thank Mona F
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Reviewed today

If you like window shopping or spending lots of money, go for it, otherwise there are far more interesting parts of town. Seafood good but not spectacular.

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Reviewed today via mobile

The V&A waterfront is by far the best place to stay in CT. It has a huge variety of excellent restaurants and cafes, as well as a huge shopping mall, museums, aquarium, attractions, hotels and perfect access to the City Sight Seeing tour bus. The...More

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Reviewed today

Enjoyed the V&A Waterfront very much. Thank you to all the people keeping this place in such a great condition. The movie theatre could get an upgrade as we gotten a broken seat when we watched a movie, other than that V&A was pretty nice.

Thank botha2017
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Reviewed yesterday

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is a great place to visit. Lots of shops and restaurants. There are usually a few group of street enticers that add a festive feeling to the place.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Plenty to do and see, great variety of restaurants, live music, entertainment for young & old, movies, boat trips in and around the harbour, world class shopping mall, almost too much to mention! Visit V&A for an all-round family /friends day out 👍🏻👍🏻 Never a...More

Thank adele s
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We have been here three days. The area is made for walking, finding great restaurants and fine wine. The pubs are fine as well. A pop in to watch The Wimbledon semifinals went well with beer on tap. So many places to shop,see and sights...More

Thank Morcella
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Reviewed yesterday

Very pretty area with lots of great shops and restaurants. The Watershed has lots of lovely quality handmade items - not as cheap as markets but you get what you pay for!

Thank Kate P
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful mall area to visit! The restaurants were plentiful and had a few US chains! Definitely go to check it out! If you're the type that likes to visit malls, thus is a great place to visit!

Thank R J
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a wonderful area for young, old, and everyone in between. The views of the harbor with the gorgeous mountains in the background are picture perfect. There are numerous restaurants of many different cuisine and price range. We tried several restaurants and had excellent...More

Thank Owl1945
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Hector M
11 February 2018|
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Response from Peter1Northampton | Reviewed this property |
It’s completely safe to walk around this area. It’s a commercial area with lots of shops and restaurants and lots of tourists, there are lots of security staff walking around. Most people go here to eat in the evening and... More
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nickystaff2002
5 January 2018|
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Response from GusBehn | Reviewed this property |
The V&A Waterfront has many fine restaurants that offer a wide variety of cuisine and settings. Whatever your preference, you’ll no doubt find a great restaurant to visit. Check out the V&A’s website for a update on which... More
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nickystaff2002
5 January 2018|
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Response from Anthony A | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Baka Seafood Restaurant was amazing- sit on the patio if you can to enjoy amazing blog Table Mountain and the boardwalk. The Klipfish was delicious with local white wine. Karibu- order the safari plate! Not on the... More
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