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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Breakwater Boulevard, 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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Breakwater Boulevard, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
+27 21 408 7600
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The mall has lots to offer, from good shops to great restaurants, to specialised wine and whiskey bars to a nice atmosphere on the docks to a range of activities such as boat and helicopter tours, to a food market to an aquarium to a...More

Thank VincentRvanH
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Well worth a visit especially in low season. Great shops, restaurants, adventure tours and curios. Really a great place to spend a day or evening. Love the vibe and location on the water with backdrop of Table Mountain.

Thank Michele G
Reviewed yesterday

This is a way to kill time or in between trips. Pleasant afternoon walk..I had reservations about walking on the wharf alone but it was very pleasant to smell the salt sir in the sunshine.

Thank Dawei13
Reviewed yesterday

We wandered around the waterfront for a couple of hours. We finally ended up at the aquarium. I found the waterfront to be quaint and fun, but extremely overpriced.

Thank LovelyinSA
Reviewed 2 days ago

This shopping centre has a lot of variety in shops on offer with quite a few high end stores as well. We did a lot of our souvenir shopping here, great selection and there are many restaurants to choose from. This was close by to...More

Thank Christine R
Reviewed 2 days ago

So many shops there is no way to see them all, and the layout will lead all but the most navigationally gifted to get lost, but this mall is fantastic and well worth a visit. Plenty of great dining options too, including several more upscale...More

Thank thirstygrunt
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a bit touristy, but nothing that felt overwhelmingly like a tourist trap. It all depends on what parts you take in. There are miles of things to do ranging from the aquarium, to the clock tower, to a human size picture frame for...More

Thank worktotravel14
Reviewed 2 days ago

Good option for a variety of restaurants, general shopping and souvenirs. Local musicians throughout the area, and even a pharmacy in the mall area if you are in need. One can also find various sailing tour options out of this area as well.

Thank _TejasRT_
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The whole experience is superb. The weather supported us and views were amazing throughout.The warm clothes Shd be taken as it's really cold and if you are having Champagne onboard..it's killing chill n awesome weather.the total time on yatch is one hour but weather and...More

Thank Seema G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So much to see and do on the Waterfront. Nice shops and restaurants. Some good local bars and local food stalls. Enjoy the markets also.

Thank GriffinFamily4
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Is safe to walk from the train station to the waterfront ? Google shows it as taking about 30 mins
9 April 2017|
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Response from VAWaterfront | Property representative |
Good Day BJ125. Please note the below from My Cape Town regarding pedestrian safety on foot in Cape Town. The V&A Waterfront is a very safe area, but when walking from Town, please be cautious of your surroundings. If you... More
Mike D
Is it easy to get parking at the waterfront?
31 December 2016|
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Response from VAWaterfront | Property representative |
Good Day Mike D, Given the popularity of the V&A Waterfront’s annual New Year party, parking fills up quickly, and traffic congestion in the city can make getting into the Waterfront difficult. Visitors are encouraged to... More
Angela M
Is there any where showing the England v Scotland soccer game a big screen would be great
8 November 2016|
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Response from VAWaterfront | Property representative |
Good Day Angela M We cannot find this match on SuperSport, if Premier League is on then it will more likely show this, so we will schedule at our Amphitheatre as follows this weekend: Thursday 07h00 – 18h00 – Nedbank Golf... More