Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
4.5
Marinas • Piers & Boardwalks
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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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Emma A
8 contributions
a lovely safe place to walk around - lovely to see the seals just doing their thing whilst you have brunch and a nice coffee. So many nice places to eat.
Written 16 August 2022
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Julia H
Columbus, OH44 contributions
Couples
If you will be staying in Cape Town, we highly recommend finding an accommodation in the Waterfront. We enjoy exploring our vacation destinations and leaving time to just “discover” the area, but that can be difficult in some cities. As we were visiting in winter, the sun set somewhat early (18:00) and we greatly appreciated being able to walk home from dinner or a bar without needing to organize an Uber as we would in other locations. We also have had some Uber troubles in SA, so this was a huge plus. Great for families and couples alike with excellent views of Table Mountain.

Our favorite spots include Cause and Effect, La Parada, the Food Market, and Mitchell’s.
Written 14 August 2022
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Written 15 August 2022
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Mollie G
2 contributions
V&A is a great spot to visit if you are new to visiting Cape Town, very lively and lots of great options for shopping and food
Written 11 August 2022
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Hi Mollieyg15 Thank you for this wonderful review, we are extremely pleased that you enjoyed your time at our neighbourhood, we look forward to seeing you again.
Written 15 August 2022
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Saralee
3 contributions
Couples
A truly fantastic hotel on the V&A Waterfront and directly below Table Mountain. Top location, service and food- especially the buffet breakfast, as it was the best I have ever seen and tasted!!
Everyone so attentive to your needs and so friendly. Would highly recommend a stay here!!!
Written 11 August 2022
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Hi Passport1705659 Thank you for this wonderful review, we are extremely pleased that you enjoyed your time at our neighbourhood, we look forward to seeing you again.
Written 15 August 2022
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Lynne S
Bangkok125 contributions
Friends
Beautiful views. Great arts and crafts sales. Huge number of interesting eating places. Lovely buildings. An absolute must if visiting Cape Town.
Written 10 August 2022
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Hi Lynne, Thank you for this wonderful review, we are extremely pleased that you enjoyed your time at our neighbourhood, we look forward to seeing you again.
Written 11 August 2022
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issaqtrav
Seattle, WA114 contributions
I think this is the most walkable part of Cape Town.

Even in the evening we felt safe. lot of bars, restaurants and shopping. Also there is usually street music and dancing.

Of course views are excellent.
Written 8 August 2022
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Written 11 August 2022
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Lina333
Tampa, FL315 contributions
A nice stroll but very touristy (there's a Starbucks and McDonalds), tons of shops. Ate at Pier which was delicious.
Written 3 August 2022
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Hi Lina333, Thank you for this wonderful review, we are extremely pleased that you enjoyed your time at our neighbourhood, we look forward to seeing you again.
Written 11 August 2022
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Monique S
Cape Town, South Africa4 contributions
Shop, shop and more shopping! I love the Waterfront. There is just so much to do. Best place for restaurants, shopping, sight seeing, relaxation and free entertainment. Definitely a go to!
Written 3 August 2022
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Hi Mo-Sherry88 Thank you for this wonderful review, we are extremely pleased that you enjoyed your time at our neighbourhood, we look forward to seeing you again.
Written 11 August 2022
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JBWP
Warsaw, Poland61 contributions
Very nicely renovated, full of cafes, restos and music - remember to book your table if you want to dine ;)
Written 2 August 2022
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Hi JBWP, Thank you for this wonderful review, we are extremely pleased that you enjoyed your time at our neighbourhood, we look forward to seeing you again.
Written 11 August 2022
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HansRaj
Cape Town, South Africa19 contributions
Family
Amazing! I first visited the Waterfront in April 2022 and since then, I keep on coming back whenever I visit Cape Town. I am currently on my second visit to Cape Town (CPT) at the time of writing this review and I chose an accommodation close to the Waterfront. It is the epicentre of CPT where most of the tourist attractions are found. Besides the wonderful views of the harbour with boats and ships, the Waterfront provides a host of different services: it has a well-equipped mall called Victoria Wharf which itself has a number of shops, restaurants, supermarkets and movie theatres. In addition, the Waterfront itself boasts of a multitude of restaurants (my favourite spots include Karibu and Cape Town Fish Market to name a few). Not to forget the V&A food Market which has a whole range of amazing foods and drinks (my preferred locations there include Tunisian Delights, the popcorn seller, Truth Coffee, Knysna Oyster Company and the Wicked Waffle). Also, the Waterfront is found in close proximity to other tourist attractions such as the Two Oceans Aquarium, the City Sightseeing Red bus ticket office and the Cape Town Wheel.

All in all, the V&A Waterfront is the best place to start your visit if you are visiting Cape Town for the first time. It is definitely my most favourite destination in Cape Town.
Written 2 August 2022
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Written 11 August 2022
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