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“Great place to spend an afternoon.”

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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US$3.41*
and up
Hop-On Hop-Off Cape Town Canal Cruise
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can see why the waterfront is so popular. It's a great place to spend an afternoon if you like wandering around shops.

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VAWaterfront, Guest Relations Manager at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for a great review EUReview.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always busy and buzzy with a huge variety of shops and eateries plus live musical entertainment. Very touristy admittedly, but if you are a tourist you will enjoy it! Good views of Table Mountain too. The coffee shops at both Woolworths and Exclusive Books both overlook the harbour and are reasonably priced.

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VAWaterfront, Guest Relations Manager at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Than you for taking the time to post a great review 5113.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not sure why anyone would go to a new place and then visit a generic mall, which is pretty much what this is. Multiple stores from H&M to Zara to Louis Viutton & Gucci (the latter on the diamond walk selling outdated stock from their international counterparts), all of which you have where you already come from... Search out more authentic experiences. Or just stay in your hotel.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The V&A Waterfront offers
A wide array of retail shops:such as H&M, Mr Price,
Edgars, Zara
Chemists,
Food stores such as Pick & Pay and Woolworths
a wide spree of restaurants, eating spots a pubs.


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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cape Town Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is a facility that holds it own against any other harbour development in the world. Although very popular with tourists as locals we do enjoy to visit the waterfront s well. It offers great shopping with all international brands, restaurants to cater for all tastes and budget, entertainment from movies to music and of course experiences including Cape Towns own big wheel and boat cruises around the peninsula. To top it all you will enjoy the most magnificent views of table mountain, the harbour and the ocean. Do enjoy.

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VAWaterfront, Guest Relations Manager at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to post a great review Waldick F H. At the V&A Waterfront, we strive to meet all our visitors expectations and are pleased to hear that we have done so with you.

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