Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
4.5
Marinas • Piers & Boardwalks
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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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Alexia A
5 contributions
Jan. 2023
V&A Waterfront has some of the best restaurants in Cape Town, a dock to rent a yacht for breakfast and prosecco cruises, cute stores, and more. It is a must see!
Written January 27, 2023
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Hi 84alexiaa, thank you for your wonderful review. We hope you visit was amazing and looking forward to welcoming you back to our neighborhood!!
Written January 28, 2023
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Daniel M
London, UK331 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Family
There is so much to do here. My personal favourite was the wellness section in the Watershed and the food market. There is something for everyone here and the parking is dirt cheap
Written January 26, 2023
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Written January 27, 2023
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Anne S
Leeds, UK464 contributions
Dec. 2022
This is a lively place to visit for bars, restaurants and shopping. We went after our tour to Robben Island and there was lots of choice of places to eat.
Written January 26, 2023
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Written January 27, 2023
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TravelbugVietnam
Vietnam1,667 contributions
Dec. 2022
Unfortunately some of the places at the V & A were closed over the Christmas/New Year holidays so I couldn't see all the places I wanted to e.g. the MOCCA Museum. If you go early in the morning you can avoid some of the crowds that gather later in the day. Luckily the area is large enough to cater to all these visitors, but getting a seat in a cafe can be problematic. There are some great shops there, but the prices tend to be higher than elsewhere in town. The excellent Robben Island tour leaves from here. It is a great place for photos and people watching.
Written January 24, 2023
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Written January 26, 2023
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Roberto V
Braselton, GA19 contributions
Jan. 2023
This is an attractive, pleasant and safe area. In fact I found it to be the only relaxing and inviting area in the whole city. There is a lot to do and see there. And you can arrange other trips there such as boat trips and helicopter rides. The only down side I would say is the prices at the mall there. South Africa tends to be fairly cheap in general but at the waterfront the prices of many goods areas high as the Champs in Paris.
Written January 22, 2023
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Hi 259robertov, thank you for your great review. We looking forward to welcoming you back to our neighborhood!!
Written January 23, 2023
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QueenBee
Manchester, Greater Manchester, England185 contributions
Jan. 2023
A really well run Mall with everything your heart desires. Could do better with the parking ticket machines at the entrances that take forever and always lines of people.
Written January 21, 2023
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Written January 23, 2023
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stevesol6718
New York City, NY533 contributions
Jan. 2023
This is a huge complex on the waterfront with activities, shopping, activities and food. Something is always happening, dancing or drums or other activities. Restaurants are everywhere, and because of the exchange rate of Rand to dollar, so cheap. We had a dozen delicious oysters for $17.
Written January 17, 2023
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Hi stevesol67180, thank you for your wonderful review. We glad you enjoyed yourself with those delicious oysters and looking forward to welcoming you back to our neighborhood!!
Written January 23, 2023
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Wayne D
San Diego, CA231 contributions
Jan. 2023
A wonderful experience for everyone is Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens rated as one the best botanical gardens in the world… for good reasons. With 1,300 acres of stunning botanical gardens located at the eastern foot of Table Mountain, the garden covers five of South Africa's six different biomes (savanna, fynbos, karoo, and others). Founded in 1913, Kirstenbosch places a strong emphasis on the preservation of indigenous plants of southern Africa. Don’t miss the Tree Canopy Walkway (also known as ‘the Boomslang’ or tree snake) for bird-watching and wonderful views. There are benches throughout the garden to sit and enjoy and people bring picnics. Kirstenbosch also has a gift shop and nice restaurant. Purchase a map when entering and check Kirstenbosch’s events schedule if you want to catch a trail run, craft market, or the Summer Sunset concert series featuring top entertainment.
Written January 17, 2023
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Traveler827982
5 contributions
Jan. 2023
The V&A is just another boring shopping centre, unless you are there for the Aquarium, or to catch a ferry to Robben Island, or a boat trip activity.
Written January 16, 2023
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Akoth A
Nairobi, Kenya32 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Family
Great energy. There's always something happening at the amphitheatre - majic shows, concerts. Several shops and eateries.
Written January 16, 2023
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Written January 19, 2023
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