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Address: Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, 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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An amazing place to suit all your needs

From stunning views, to great restaurants, to shopping malls, to local entertainers the V&A has it all. Make a day of it to truly take it all in.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

From stunning views, to great restaurants, to shopping malls, to local entertainers the V&A has it all. Make a day of it to truly take it all in.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

With many restaurants and many cuisines, and right on the harbor - though not highly picturesque. Also an adjacent and very large shopping mall that we considered better than average.

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Heysham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very lively and busy place to be especially in an evening. Lots of bars, cafes, restaurants, outdoor entertainers and shops with views of Table Mountain.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Myself and my fiance always go to the waterfront for shopping and dinning.Our first stop is always at the ice cream shop. The activities are good and the selections on restaurants is wide. Our last stop is always at the bread shop next to the giant wheel,freshly baked bread.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The V+A waterfront is touted as one of the major attractions of Cape Town but to me it is just another shopping mall. The outstanding attractions here are that you get to see the South African research vesel and it is the departure spot for the visit to Robben ISland.

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the V&A waterfront during our trip to cape town. It is a really nice place to spend a morning shopping and strolling around. Plenty of shops to get some nice souvenirs. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the place to be when in Cape Town if you want good food, shopping, bars and site seeing. There is also a hotel and marina with a mall and large food court. Several dining and shopping options. There is live music on the weekends. The siteseeing Hop on hop off buses leave from here across the acquarium.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This waterfront precinct is comparable to others around the world. it is certainly as vibrant as any.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good balance of shopping and recreation with fantastic views & history thrown in - what more do you need for any occasion or weather - from fashion to trinkets, boat trips to spa's, museums to aquariums, fusion foods to brew pubs, & plain old chillaxing, all within easy strolling distance....

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very beautiful with plenty to do,great restaurants to choose from at where to eat, great view of table mountain,go on boat trips,lots of fantastic shops,great pubs,things to do for everyone what ever the age

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