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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 via mobile

We have been to V&A waterfront 3 times in our week stay and still there was more left to do. Just walking around the waterfront was relaxing.The Victoria Wharf mall is very big with more shops to see everytime, lots of restaurants with amazing view...More

Thank Amna E
Reviewed yesterday

I stayed one night at the V&A and it was excellent in most regards. Superb location, right in the thick of the waterfront district. One minute walk to Robben Island ferry. Nice historic building. Lovely views of table mountain from the breakfast table. Good quality...More

Thank Ian P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Probably Cape Town's most popular destination for locals and tourists, many options for shopping and restaurants. Many bars with live music.

Thank BlrTravR
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The thriving heart of Cape Town. If you can afford it then stay there, if not then you must visit. I suggest late afternoon and evening to get the best vibe

Thank PeterMirfield
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lots of things to see and do. Live bands, variety of restaurants, seals, views of the mountains and lots more.

Thank Nadeen R
Reviewed 2 days ago

we often go on Sunday. We can shop and I can purchase Nespresso capsules at the outlet. There are good restaurants and shops. The parking costs are excessive. You must try the wheel.

Thank Alan F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This waterfront offers a mixed feeling with dominant table mountain in the background,with shopping and hoppers bus stop nearby along with cultural background in front. Very interesting place to visit . This place offers excellent view of vast ocean while enjoying good in open restaurants....More

Thank JayantSathe
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very vibrant area of Cape Town with loads of shops and restaurants but also plenty of space to wander around. There are amazing views of Table Mountain and the coast.

Thank GreekGeek16
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place has so much to offer. Anything from restaurants to shopping centres to hotels and much much more. There is so much to see and do and is a much see part of Cape Town. It is massively pretty and you can get boat...More

Thank 795rebekahw
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderful spoace, from high end shops there are also tiny seaside eateries.. great to walk around and soak up the south african atmosphere.!

Thank Atlantic-Gooner
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7 December 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
7 December 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
2 October 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