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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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  • Average8%
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19 Dock Road | Merchant House, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
+27 21 408 7600
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Reviewed yesterday

We stopped here a couple of times to find a proper electrical plug adaptor and to get cash from the ATMs but did not stay because it was so crowded. If you are into shopping then there is plenty to keep you occupied. There are...More

Thank NV_Travelers_77
Reviewed yesterday

Very decent place. A Must See in Cape Town. There is a central stage in the middle and if it is a nice weather, get your food and drink and enjoy the music.

Thank MehmetCuneyt
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The waterfront is quite charming, has several restaurants and shops and even a shopping mall! It is a plesant place to hang around, often having performances happening for entertainment. Additionally attractions such as Robben Island, Sightseeing bus, Aquarium and museums are or star from there....More

Thank Xuxudevizinha
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The waterfront combines shopping, restaurants, views, museums, street entertainers and businesses in one enormous complex. There are also plenty of tours that leave from the waterfront including helicopter ones. Excellent range of restaurants from budget to high end and plenty of great food. Venture further...More

Thank Speedbird747
Reviewed 2 days ago

It is not a big centre but has amazing stores and a wonderful ambience. A real delight to shop and eat.

Thank corneb686
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Waterfront has really diversified their offerings beyond being simply a mall with good (although expensive) restaurants. There are walking tour routes, a fun play area for kids and so much for affordable food options for the locals. The best parts of the waterfront for...More

Thank Charlene S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed walking around and taking in the sights. They were preparing for the boat race later that month.

Thank Eileen C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You have to visit if you want a varied mall experience.Shops, views, harbour restaurants, theatre, entertainment, art galleries, hotels and so much more

Thank Loraine D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited on a very windy day. Robben Island ferry was closed. Had a surprising nice afternoon listening to african music buskers, walking around, seeing sights, and eating snacks.

Thank Randy Z
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Vibrant shopping and eating area there is something for everyone! Wonderful shops in the main building and a great locally sourced goods for sale in the Blue Shed. There is an artisan Food Market various cafe’s Wine Bars and Restaurants, a Cinema Galleries and an...More

Thank Barbara H
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December 7, 2017|
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Response from Vernon W | Reviewed this property |
Guys you know that South Africa is regarded as a third world country But the V & A waterfront is for sure First World and yes you always feel safe and there’s is sufficient Safety Personal around! Get here, enjoy and live to... More
December 6, 2017|
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Response from Maxine N | Reviewed this property |
Many people around. It's super safe with lots of security. Not sure about NYE, it could be very busy but it could also be quite a fun evening. Definitely go to the NYE party at Camps Bay though!!
Charmaine B
October 2, 2017|
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Response from VAWaterfront | Property representative |
Good Day Charmaine, The closest and safest place to the cruise terminal is the Silo or Clock Tower Parking Garages. It is underground and there are securities patrolling the garages. Rates are below for the Silo Parking... More