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“Such a beautiful location” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, 8002, South Africa
+27 21 408 7600
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Cape Town Townships Tour including Robben Island
Ranked #24 of 316 things to do in Cape Town
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Shopping
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The V&A Waterfront is one of Africa's most visited cultural and historical hubs. Set on the edge of a natural working harbour with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, the V&A offers local and international visitors a cosmopolitan mix of experiences ranging tourism and leisure, retail shopping and exclusive entertainment. Its prime positioning boasts panoramic views of the ocean, city bowl and mountain peaks. The amphitheatre stage hosts a range of free summer entertainment for the whole family, while there are 80 eateries to choose from. Be sure to visit the activities available which include the Cape Wheel, Two Oceans Aquarium and the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum. With 22 official landmarks on-site, it is also part of South Africa's historical legacy.
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“Such a beautiful location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Stunning location, whether you envy the boats in the harbour or like to watch the seals playing around the dock. There's great mix of tourism and industry and please let it stay like this. It is fascinating to see how quickly large ships are stripped down and repainted. There is a great variety of restaurants to suit most budgets. A must to stay near here if visiting Cape Town, as you can daily get to all the main tourist attractions from here.

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“More than Food at V&A”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

The postings below seem to focus on the restaurants, but the V&A is a lot more than that. Take a walk around and you will find the maritime museum, the clock Tower, and it is from here that you can take the boat to Robben Island. If the weather is not great go to the aquarium, and there is a great archeological museum just under the Nedbank head office. Also have a look at the business school which is located in a converted prison, which also has a restaurant at pretty decent prices. If you want to try another waterfront in Cpae Town, try the Royal Cape Yachting Club, be nice and they will let you in as a guest. The V&A has all sorts of restaurants at different prices, and a great supermarket where you can buy a sandwich at the going Cape Town price and enjoy the V&A waterfront vibe.

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“A beautiful location for beautiful people”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

a great place to sit and drink a chilled glass of wine for a "sundowner" Lots of choices for good food and people-watching.

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“Worth seeing from a touristy perspective”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

There's no doubt you need to come here when visiting Cape Town.

It's more expensive than anywhere else in terms of the restaurants and bars and shops.

Basically a working harbour with a collection of malls and all the usual KFC, McDonalds as well as upmarket restaurants.

There is a nice farmers market bit where you can taste the lovely food, I liked this bit.

A lot of souvenir shops and this is where you catch the ferry to Robben Island.

It's always very busy amd bustling with buskers and singers.

We only came once during our 12 day stay in Cape Town.

Very touristy and they are cashing in on that with their prices.

Also the taxi we got back to our hotel from the Waterfront 'forgot' to put the meter on so we gave him half the fare he was about to rip us off for.

Overall I liked the fact I've seen it but wouldn't rave about it and i wouldn't stay here either. I believe the city centre has more to offer.

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“Tourists everywhere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

It wasn't even as great as expected. I mean. Yes there is the waterfront with shops and food. But like expected it has high prices for food. With so many great restaurants around town I would suggest to eat something elsewhere and come for a walk afterwards. Don't get me wrong. It's nice to see the harbour. And if maybe there is a specific restaurant you want to go to.
But tourists are everywhere an they gauge you in prices for knick knacks. And high prices for food. And the food lovers market. It's got vendors from flowers, butcher, sweets,coffee, ice cream and food of all sorts. I would only come back to try some of the restaurants over looking the water.

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