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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

19 Dock Road | Merchant House, Cape Town 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 8002, South Africa
+27 21 408 7600
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Reviewed today

Very convenient to cool down and just enjoy the ocean breeze. Lots of food outlets around for your convenience,plus a wide range of cruise companies to just relax over the ocean.

Thank danisas2015
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The V&A offers a lot of everything from expansive shopping including local arts and craft, great restuarant and just a fun place to pass time and relax.

Thank JayBeeZee
Reviewed yesterday

Spent part of each day at the V&A waterfront, shopping, dining, drinking, and watching the street artists as they entertained the crowds. One night there was a performance by local school children. There are shops and restaurants and a multi story mall with excellent shops.

Thank Sylvia M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great place to hang around and relaxing. Many options for food and snack. Perfect stop for the hop on hop off.

Thank 7usmt3
Reviewed yesterday

This is a great centre. It has shops and restaurants, everything the tourist needs. The place is kept clean and there are security guards everywhere. Transport is good to and from the centre. My main criticism is that many of the shops were the big...More

Thank Sanfidele
Reviewed yesterday

Lovely place to stop for a bite to eat, very popular and can get quite busy, variety of restaurants and shops

Thank Sue W
Reviewed yesterday

Shops, restaurants, music, boats, buskers and seals - diverse characters of all ages and ethnicities. Great to meet for a drink or dinner

Thank SaraHose
Reviewed yesterday

Quite surprised on how big an area Victoria/Alfred Wharf covers ,everything here from ,bars/brewery ,restaurants of all types to get them taste buds fluttering,shopping malls,food malls,craft shops/market, boat tours,bus tours,outdoor entertainers,amusement rides, wow need i go on, you can spend many hours walking around here...More

Thank mickknap
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There is just so much to see and do at the Waterfront. Shops, restaurants, entertainment, it really does have it all, and is always our first port of call on a visit to Cape Town. You can see fabulous views of the surrounding area from...More

Thank Sushkin
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must even just to stroll through the harbour because the scenery is awesome. Relaxed and so much to do and see.

Thank terciav2017
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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