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Address: Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 21 408 7600
Website
Today
11:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
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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Nice place to eat, go shopping, good music and relaxing and enjoy outdoors views. Opens from 10am to 8pm approximately.

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V&A Waterfront is nice, but it's just a mall. Rather do the things on the outside around the Waterfront and not the shopping inside. There's a market on the outside that is love and filled with unique crafts, but stay away from the same ol' same ol' shops inside.

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Nice place to eat, go shopping, good music and relaxing and enjoy outdoors views. Opens from 10am to 8pm approximately.

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I loved it. There is so much to do here and it has such a nice vibe to it. Beautiful there, everything is well maintained and is a must visit.

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There are numerous shops and eateries along the V+A Waterfront. It is very cosmopolitan and very, very safe. Well worth a visit.

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When you visit cape Town or for that matter a local resident this shopping centre has it all From fine family restaurants to upmarket dining experiences and a world class fast food offering and great fashion and health shops The new international branded clothing outlets have added on a new dimension to the overall experiance and not to mention some... More 

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Beautiful views, craft shops and retail outlets! A whole day activity. It is suitable for families, teens and couples, and there are always events planned on weekends and holidays.

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Had a visit with my 8 year old son as he was bored. Just great watching all the street artist doing their thing and entertaining the shoppers and people come to spend the afternoon in the sun.

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Fun place to hang for the day. Tons of shopping for everything African. Great swing bridge takes you from side to side. Museums art shops clothes artifacts cafes. This place has it all

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It's place to spend the day, it has most of the international and local which is great for shopping and great restaurants to choose from the best seafood to prime beef.

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I am not a Mall person, but The Waterfront offers so many options with lots of restaurants from cheap to upscale. The entertainment is varied and seems constantly available. You should check this out!

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