Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
4.5
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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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  • SusanneMunich
    519 contributions
    Don't Miss V&A Waterfront
    It is almost a must to go to V&A Waterfront when in Cape Town as it is a mix of old and new buildings. The shopping mall is quite big, and there are restaurants and a food court. The harbor cruise is worth your while, too.
    Hi SusanneMunich, thank you for sharing this awesome review. Thank you for always coming back to our neighborhood.
    Written February 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 23, 2023
  • Linda
    Kent, United Kingdom97 contributions
    Another great experience
    The location is superb right on the waterfront, views of Table Mountain. Has restaurant but so close to other eateries. Rooms are spacious with usual facilities. Breakfast can be taken on waterfront terrace, weather permitting. Great choice of cereals, cheeses and ham, fruit, muffins and also hot course. Staff extremely helpful arranging a driver to return us to airport and also allowing us to keep our room for afternoon shower prior to departure. Have stayed three times, definitely will return.
    Hi shaunmacklin, thank you for your great review. Please share with us the name of the hotel you stayed in so we can share this great review with them. We looking forward to welcoming you back to our neighborhood!!
    Written February 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 23, 2023
  • creativestartravel
    London, United Kingdom1,681 contributions
    Great vibes and location for food
    I love the V&A waterfront and would never get bored of this place. It's always buzzing from morning until at night; there's a nice mall and it's surrounded by great restaurants to choose from. Every time I come to Cape Town, I would stay by the V&A Waterfront as I simply love the atmosphere there.
    Hi creativestartravel, thank you for you wonderful review. We grateful that you love our neighborhood and always returning.
    Written February 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 24, 2023
  • Gary S
    Richmond, Canada60 contributions
    Popular with locals and tourists alike
    Great relatively new area of Cape Town to explore. Lots of interesting shops, restaurants, and a Nelson Mandela museum. Within relatively close proximity to a variety of hotels. We came to this area several times in a matter of days. We felt very safe at allergy times.
    HiGary S, thank you for your great review. We hope you enjoyed your visit in our neighborhood and looking forward to welcoming you back!!
    Written February 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 27, 2023
  • Janet B
    Windsor, United Kingdom141 contributions
    Great Hotel in a Fabulous Location
    This is our second stay in this hotel and we will return when we are in cape town. The rooms are good, spacious and comfortable.The breakfast included was plentiful and good quality. Nice bar and restaurant. The Hotel staff are friendly and helpful and the location is superb.
    Hi Janet B, thank you for your review please share the name of the hotel so we can share your wonderful review with them.
    Written March 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 9, 2023
  • Foxy
    Yarm, United Kingdom57 contributions
    Superb hotel in great location
    What a wonderful place .Location & service 5 star.Nothing was too much trouble.Breakfast was amazing and sat outside watching seals in the bay.The manager even checked our seats to make sure the sun wasnt in our eyes ! Bedroom was very spacious we did overlook slight building work opposite but didnt spoil in anyway. The location is perfect & can park outside.Highly recommend.
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    Written March 15, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 15, 2023
  • AdiaKH
    Miami, Florida15 contributions
    A Little Bit of Everything
    This place has everything! Restaurants, shopping, hotels, museums, live music, the ferry to Robben Island…you can stay here and just, stay here! You really don’t have to go outside of the waterfront for much. I gave it a four and not a five because it can get crowed, and when it does it’s not as comfortable.
    Hi AdiaKH, thank you so much for your wonderful review. We hope you enjoyed your visit in our neighborhood and the days you were here was not to crowded. We looking forward to welcoming you back!!
    Written March 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 16, 2023
  • suntan47
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom945 contributions
    Vibrant area
    Great area for shops , restaurants, drinks . There were some boat races while we were there , so lots of people all having a good time . It was busy but we felt very safe , a great place to have a few glasses of wine & food and just watching the world go past .
    Hi Fay W, thank you for your great review. We hope you enjoyed the Ocean Race and your visit to our area. We looking forward to welcoming you back to our neighborhood!!
    Written March 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 17, 2023
  • Richard P
    Reading, United Kingdom273 contributions
    vibrant area
    Four years since our last visit and quite a few changes happening but still such a vibrant area with so much going on. Always stay at the Cape Grace so very easy walking distance. Great range of restaurants and shops and Malls but did miss the Food Market which is being renovated, although the new Mall on the way to the Aquarium is impressive.. Security presence is high and felt totally safe wandering around throughout the day and evening.
    Hi richardp688, thank you so much for your wonderful review. Thank you for always coming back to our neighborhood. This time new memories were made and lots more to come. We looking forward to welcoming you back!!
    Written April 7, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 6, 2023
  • momr2d2
    Mississauga, Canada1,544 contributions
    fun place to hang out
    we came here several days during our trip. There are many great shops, the mall, restaurants and eateries, playground for kids, live performers, seals to watch and a nice canal boat tour. Very lively and a lovely view of Table mountain.
    Hi momr2d2, thank you so much for your wonderful review. We hope you enjoyed your visit to our neighborhood creating new memories. We looking forward to welcoming you back!!
    Written May 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 9, 2023
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LeanieM
Doha, Qatar6 contributions
Feb 2024 • Business
I had the privilege of staying in the houseboat while attending a conference at the Waterfront and what an experience it was! When I stepped onto the boat, I was greeted by delicious croissants and a bottle of prosecco which I had while watching the sunset from the boat. The boat was fully equipped for all my needs (shower, bed, kitchen, coffee machine, hairdryer, fridge, wifi, you name it) and has back-up power for load shedding. The location was perfect!! A short walk (5 minutes if that much) to all the shops and restaurants in the waterfront. For those who might wonder about security, there is a dedicated (and friendly) security guard at the entrance to the marina side where the all the boats are docked and you are only able to enter and exit the marina with a key card which you receive upon check-in. The boat also has a door that can be locked. A special thanks goes out to Malusi who checked me in to the boat and to Carmen (and Elsa and Lourens) who made arrangements for my stay. I would HIGHLY recommend booking the houseboat for upcoming stays in Cape Town and cannot wait to visit again.
Written February 21, 2024
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Benjamin J
9 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We were there 4 times. Loved the KFC, Nando's. But, the Ocean Basket there gave me a huge stomach ache. Had to poop a lot. OB, your food's too greasy. Nando's was better. The Festa Roll is a must try. And, KFC was good. Watched West Ham United vs. Manchester United. It ended WHU 2-0 MUN. I recommend parking at Battery Park. And, the last listed time was for Robben Island (see my review about it).
Written February 19, 2024
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BigGE52
Birmingham, UK28 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
The hotel is pretty basic but location is fantastic. Cape Town is not safe at night but this hotel is amongst the safest. It is so near all the restaurants that it is easy and safe to walk to. Breakfst on the water front watching sea lions was nice.
Written January 27, 2024
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Thank you for that wonderful review and sharing your experience with us.
Written February 12, 2024
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Jo K
Worcester, UK6,690 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
There is nothing not to love ❤️ here. Feels safe. Loads going on. Boat trips, food places and entertainment…. Shopping. We totally loved it 😍.
Written January 26, 2024
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Miranda H
2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
A wonderful hotel right on the Waterfront so a few minutes walk from many restaurants, the Cape Wheel, excellent shopping etc.
Staff were smiley and helpful.
Amazing breakfast choices!
Written January 17, 2024
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Hi R8330KRmirandah, thank you for the wonderful review. We are glad you enjoyed your experience.
Written January 23, 2024
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Stacy
3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
I am horrified and disgusted by the V&A Waterfront's display of what I can only interpret as hypocrisy. Since Covid, they have "taken into consideration the effect that fireworks have on local wildlife and pets". Suddenly they decide that this no longer applies and contradict themselves by blowing up explosives to the detriment of the local animals, the environment and local atmosphere for a few loud bangs, thereby reinforcing the saying, "empty vessels make the most noise". Why the change in policy, V&A Management? Why do the effects on people, animals, air quality and environment suddenly not count? I spoke to several foriegn tourists entering the Waterfront in early December from places such as the Netherlands and New Zealand who were horrified by the fact that you deceided to go ahead with the fireworks despite the objections of the larger public and your very own policy in recent years of the devastating effect that they would have on the immediate environment. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!
All of the above is my opinion and I hope that you adopt a more compassionate and civilised mindset soon.
Written January 13, 2024
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Vacation43984153738
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Couples
The place is a definite must visit, it is home away from home.... It was lit 👌I would definitely recommend it to other people as well.
Written January 8, 2024
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We cannot to have you visit us again.
Written January 14, 2024
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Zeenith M
4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Gorgeous scenery filled with music ,laughs . Everybody seems happy. So much to do, various m choices of food available for all. Amazing
Written January 6, 2024
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Amazing review. Thank you for sharing!
Written January 14, 2024
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Galloping Gourmet
England, UK175 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Good range of shops and restaurants.
Mostly aimed at tourists as you would expect.
Locals do tend to visit here at weekends, with their families.
Booking a restaurant at weekends advised.
Lovely waterfront walk, and indoor venues to visit
Written January 6, 2024
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Hi there, thank you for sharing your experience with us.
Written January 14, 2024
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Kalkan White
Kalkan, Türkiye7,471 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This area of upscale warehouses, docks & waterways are a must visit in Cape Town.
Dining options to suit all pockets, great shopping & a beautiful area to just walk around.
Written January 5, 2024
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Hi there, thank you for sharing your experience with us.
Written January 15, 2024
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