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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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19 Dock Road | Merchant House, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
+27 21 408 7600
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I love the waterfront. It is always lively and buzzing. Lots to buy and lots to eat and to see. On a hot day it is simply glorious.

Thank Amrita J
Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent two days at the V and A waterfront. The weather was lovely and the crowds were variable - usually getting more crowded during the afternoons. What was especially welcome was the variety of activities available in the area --- lodging, restaurants, museums, shopping...More

Thank Kenneth_C_Vancouver
Reviewed 2 days ago

With Table Mountain as the backdrop the Waterfront with its myriad of shops, restuarants and coffee shops is the place to be. It is vibrant and atmospheric and not to be missed when in Cape Town

Thank CookRE
Reviewed 2 days ago

I just loved coming here. There is everything for sale imaginable. There are so many good restaurants. It's simply great fun.

Thank africanman_840
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Vibrant,Cosmopolitan,safe,friendly,fun place to be for all ages. World class restaurants,boutique shops, Fun rides and boat,speed boat and sight seeing boat tours, You can easily spend days in this location and not get bored. Also has a beautiful mall should you need shopping therapy. A must...More

Thank AKesh01
Reviewed 3 days ago

The choice of shops and restaurants is amazing. Well worth a stroll both inside and on the harbour front

Thank Carollo100
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Bustling and fun place to wander around. Lots to see, loads of cafes and restaurants and a mega shopping centre for those that like that sort of thing. Safe environment.

Thank TwosomeStAlbans
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I have visited the V&A Waterfront many times and always enjoy the time I spend there. You can get lost in the amount of wonderful stores there are there, filled with anything you need! I have a few favourites that I always like to visit...More

Thank CaliCanuck3
Reviewed 3 days ago

The V and A is a tourist attraction and shopping mall , however the design doesn't scream Africa , much more America. Looks to me like San Fran which was the same architect. Ok though good for a few hours .

1  Thank sandra s
Reviewed 3 days ago

It almost feels like you've stepped into another city completely. It almost feels like a resort. It's not my kind of thing, but if you're into nice restaurants and high end shopping this could be for you. There are a few cheaper gems if you...More

Thank luce l
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5 January 2018|
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
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
7 December 2017|
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Response from Vernon W | Reviewed this property |
Guys you know that South Africa is regarded as a third world country But the V & A waterfront is for sure First World and yes you always feel safe and there’s is sufficient Safety Personal around! Get here, enjoy and live to... More