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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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“lots of shops” (195 reviews)
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19 Dock Road | Merchant House, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
+27 21 408 7600
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Reviewed yesterday

We spent a couple of hours walking around here and then having dinner. We rode the ferris wheel as well. It's a great way to spend your time.

Thank Patricia S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When you are in Cape Town go visit The Waterfront. Nice shops and plenty off good restaurants . Take care off the cab drivers when you go back to the hotel they ask high priceses and look for a taxi with a meter. Waterfront in...More

Thank Jean S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lots of restaurants ... some good some very poor ... plenty of small shops but the shopping centre was vast and empty. Not surprising as the quality of shops has decreased over the years and they seemed intent on pushing Christmas down our throats in...More

Thank CustomerConsultant
Reviewed yesterday

If you are in Cape Town for three or four days then sit all here. The red tourist sightseeing bus is a must as it has two routes and covers the total area. The waterfront has great shops and restaurants with the robber island tour...More

Thank tpugh333
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It has been a number of years since we found our selves back in Cape Town with an opportunity to visit the V & A Waterfront. It was great to see all the changes and improvements and enhancements to the working harbour areas. I know...More

Thank MoccaJava
Reviewed yesterday

Plenty of restaurants, shops, live entertainment, music, bands, dancers, etc. Enjoyable walking around and then having diner or just coffee.

Thank YakovShulman
Reviewed 2 days ago

There are shops, cafes, stalls, crafts and historic monuments all within close proximity to each other. Lots of photos, take an umbrella if it's overcast or going to rain - there's lots of open spaces

Thank teeay65
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A nice place to enjoy shopping, dining with views on the water and Table Mountain as a backdrop. Lots of free street entertainment. Nice souvenir shops. High-end shopping and dining. The food court in the attached mall is more affordable for family meals.

Thank KiskaCat
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You can easily spent a few hours to a day at the Waterfront. Lots of shops good restaurants. Beautiful views of the harbour. Lots of tourists. Well worth a visit.

Thank Itchytwiggy
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Loved it here - so many local and international vendors and shops. Beautiful setting with interesting sights. Plan on a couple of visits of time allows

Thank Steve A
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Charmaine B
2 October 2017|
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Response from VAWaterfront | Property representative |
Good Day Charmaine, The closest and safest place to the cruise terminal is the Silo or Clock Tower Parking Garages. It is underground and there are securities patrolling the garages. Rates are below for the Silo Parking... More
Prachi S
31 August 2017|
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Response from VAWaterfront | Property representative |
Hi Prachi S, Even though October is Spring, the weather can be somewhat unpredictable. While the days are certainly getting hotter, it is not uncommon to have the odd frustrating cold front come into play. With many... More
9 April 2017|
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Response from VAWaterfront | Property representative |
Good Day BJ125. Please note the below from My Cape Town regarding pedestrian safety on foot in Cape Town. The V&A Waterfront is a very safe area, but when walking from Town, please be cautious of your surroundings. If you... More