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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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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%
  • Poor1%
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“ferris wheel” (250 reviews)
“lots of shops” (221 reviews)
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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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"big wheel"
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"food market"
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"working harbour"
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"craft market"
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"robben island"
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"table mountain"
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"cape wheel"
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"water front"
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"walk around"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is excellent and safe! There’s so much going on and so much to do, from seal viewing to food markets to boat trips and more, must go if you’re in Cape Town!

Thank Alex H
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a mixed feeling place for me. I can fully relate to it's importance for tourism, it's a lively area with plenty going on. Personally I think too much is crammed into the space. However I loved sitting in a cafe overlooking the waterfront,...More

Thank Carole M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A nice place to just wander for a few hours. There's plenty to see and do. The quality of the shopping stores is excellent and there are many good cheap eat places as well as up market restaurants. Water activities to choose from such as...More

Thank Lyrebird6
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited the VA waterfront everyday to eat and have a drink and to wander around the indoor shopping areas

Thank mikenben
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I visited the Waterfront on day one in Cape Town and found it to be a good place to begin an acquaintance with the city. Definitely take the hop on bus to get a broad overview of this beautiful area.

Thank Donna F
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I loved the waterfront!! It is beautiful, incredibly clean, with lots to do for the whole family!! There is entertainment, shops, and beautiful restaurants to enjoy the evening by the waterfront. It is a must to relax after the walking and tourism of the day!

Thank BBS-274
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We are visiting V&A since years several times a year. Recently we recognised that the services and management are going down. Several of the pay machines of the car park are faulty requiring long walks to a working one. Staff called is not capable to...More

Thank Dieter S
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the waterfront in the evening and it was really fun, lots going on and great views over the water and the mountains surrounding us. Great choice of places to eat, and lots of shops

Thank Asha N
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very interesting with a lot to see. Several small shops with arts and crafts, restaurants, a museum, ferris wheel and aquarium.

Thank Roxane V
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There is a large shopping mall and plenty of restaurants where you can overlook the waterfront. However you pay for the privilege. This area is pretty safe as there is plenty of security looking after tourist. So although you get African dancers performing you will...More

Thank woodyManchester
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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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