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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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Address: Breakwater Boulevard, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
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+27 21 408 7600
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The V&A Waterfront is a 123-hectare mixed-use destination, and one of...

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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A must while in Capetown

A great setting for a relaxed meal! Plenty of entertainment by the local artists & lots for the young one's. Need to spend one's money, this is the place. Quality shopping.

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A great setting for a relaxed meal! Plenty of entertainment by the local artists & lots for the young one's. Need to spend one's money, this is the place. Quality shopping.

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Always nice to visit the V & A, always something interesting happening and being in the harbour...always something to keep you busy. The shops and restaurants are of high standard and is always a hive of activity. Good for dinner and then a escape into CPT for a night of fun.

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The V&A Waterfront is the most touristic experience I've had while being in Cape Town. You basically feel like you're walking around in an American shopping mall. Nice to have a little walk around or some lunch, but definitely not a must-see.

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The V&A Waterfront is a busy city attraction which offers shopping, restaurants and lots of leisure activities. However, the school holidays are very busy.

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Very nice place to go to. If you love shopping you will love it. It has a huge selection of shops to choose from. If you are there for the day or evening out and wanting to find somewhere to eat, there is a selection of fast food takeaways and a few restaurants but unfortunatly not a huge variety to... More 

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Although tourist feel very safe here and you have the great views on Table Mountain, we would recommend to spend your dinner somewhere else. It's great for shopping and very convenient. However, we like more quiet places where the locals go.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're in Cape Town, you have to visit the Waterfront. There a few buildings, one is dedicated to food (food court were you can find food from different countries and regional products). There is another buiding for finding gifts and a lot of African art... You can visit all the stores: they have some exclusive items but prices are... More 

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Cape town in beautiful spot but little of Africa unless its the souvenirs. The waterfront is full of life and there were open air concerts whilst we were there

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Yes, it is a Tourist Attraction, highly commercialised but a good concept being a working port / marina and Ship repair yard. Add a large shopping Mall, many restaurants and bars and a vibrant atmosphere and you have it - and it is Safe !

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Wonderful shopping centre for both tourist and locals, just missing a Pick 'n Pay Clothing and Ocean Basket.Should have more fast food options for us locals

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