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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

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Address: Breakwater Boulevard, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
Phone Number:
+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
Fee: No
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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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Greatest Wharf

One of the best wharf area i have seen in the world.great many Shopping stores and some very nice cafes and restaurants on the wharf with great views.Had some nice food but are... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the best wharf area i have seen in the world.great many Shopping stores and some very nice cafes and restaurants on the wharf with great views.Had some nice food but are great cafes to sit enjoy the view with a cup of coffee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Waterfront has many opportunities for shopping (including great prices for souvenirs and amazing food), street performers, and beautiful views. A must-visit for an evening out in Cape Town!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely place to eat and shop. Nice food market! But parking is pricey. Expect to spend half a day to a whole day

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Spent two days wandering around the delightful area that is the Victoria and Albert Watefront - we took in not just the busy shopping and restaurant area that was brimming with visitors on sunny Sunday afternoon in February. Also rambled along the far less busy boardwalk which was just lovely as you had views of the spectacular Table Mountain, Signal... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Love this mall the most in Cape Town. It has a phenomenal vibe and there are so many attractions within this mall. I especially love the food market.

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Rockledge, Florida
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Our hotel offered complimentary transportation to and from the waterfront. It is a vibrant area of the city. Lots of options for dining and shopping

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If you want high end shopping and great restaurants its here for sure. The views are good, shopping plentiful and very safe. The ferry for Robben Island is very close. We also enjoyed the buskers!!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to spend the day. Most boat excursions depart from the ward and at some other spots too. Lots of shopping here. So make sure your credit card is able to handle the surge!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic place to visit with lovely bars hotels cafes and shops topped off with beautiful weather and a real buzz. Not tacky in any way which is a real bonus Plenty of things to visit and sea.... Well worth going

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent variety of shops as well as chain stores. Restaurants abound. Great tourist destination. Love the free coffee at nespresso

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