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

These waterfront tourist venues can sometimes be very disappointing (Darling Harbour in Sydney for example) but Cape Town's V&A Waterfront is very well executed. We enjoyed visiting and didn't feel like we were in the "tourist trap". Well done must visit.

Thank Patrick M
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Reviewed yesterday

Staying at the Tabel Bay Hotel allowed us to directly visit the mall several times to have meals, do shopping and pick up the odd snacks for the room.

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Reviewed yesterday

Quite nice and comfortable. You'll find everything you need here and it's a secure place for women traveling alone and visitors in general.

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Reviewed yesterday

We had great beers and then a quick bite here. Beautiful place to walk around and enjoy the waterfront. Also, great playground for the kids!

Thank Mackenzi P
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It is the actual center of the town, with many restaurants, huge shop mall hosting all major international brands. It is safe zone within Cape Town. Many tourists and local families crowded the waterfront in a peaceful and lively atmosphere.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We walked from our hotel to the Waterfront - did some shopping, had some lunch and just enjoyed the sun. Lots to see and do here.

Thank Joanne L
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visiting another couple who were staying at the Cape Grace Hotel (very beautiful high end). It was fun to have a clean, safe environment to walk around. Shops and restaurants and food court - very nice. Picturesque marina and harbor. Zeitz MOCCA museum is located...More

Thank smdds
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the waterfront area when we were in Cape Town. Lots of good restaurants and shops. Would probably stay in this area if we come back again.

Thank Macaw
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you want to have lunch or dinner, take a bay cruise, listen to life music or check out the shopping mall this is the place to go. Very nice atmosphere and vibe. Try out the harbour house for seafood dishes. The rather small Cape...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

There is lots to do at the Waterfront for a family. Lots of different types (and budgets) of restaurants that cater to all tastes. We usually visit a few times each trip and try to choose different restaurants each time. Some lovely boat trips, including...More

Thank Sandy1038
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Hector M
12 February 2018|
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Response from Peter1Northampton | Reviewed this property |
It’s completely safe to walk around this area. It’s a commercial area with lots of shops and restaurants and lots of tourists, there are lots of security staff walking around. Most people go here to eat in the evening and... More
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nickystaff2002
6 January 2018|
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Response from GusBehn | Reviewed this property |
The V&A Waterfront has many fine restaurants that offer a wide variety of cuisine and settings. Whatever your preference, you’ll no doubt find a great restaurant to visit. Check out the V&A’s website for a update on which... More
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nickystaff2002
6 January 2018|
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Response from Anthony A | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Baka Seafood Restaurant was amazing- sit on the patio if you can to enjoy amazing blog Table Mountain and the boardwalk. The Klipfish was delicious with local white wine. Karibu- order the safari plate! Not on the... More
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