Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Coordinates: 33°54′11″S 18°25′22″E / 33.90306°S 18.42278°E / -33.90306; 18.42278
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Signal Hill and Ferris wheel from Victoria Wharf balcony, Cape Town.jpg
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is located in Cape Town
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
LocationCape Town, Western Cape
Coordinates33°54′11″S 18°25′22″E / 33.90306°S 18.42278°E / -33.90306; 18.42278
Ocean/sea sourcesTable Bay Harbour of the Atlantic Ocean
Basin countriesSouth Africa

The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront in Cape Town is situated on the Atlantic shore, Table Bay Harbour, the City of Cape Town and Table Mountain. Adrian van der Vyver designed the complex.

Situated in South Africa's oldest working harbour, the 123 hectares (300 acres) area has been developed for mixed-use, with both residential and commercial real estate.

The Waterfront attracts more than 23 million visitors a year.[1]


Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria, visited the Cape Colony harbour in 1860 as a sixteen-year-old Royal Navy Midshipman on HMS Euryalus. He made a big splash with the colonials on this first-ever visit by a member of the Royal Family. The first basin of the new Navy Yard was named after him and the second after his mother.

On the 25 August 1998 the Planet Hollywood bombing took place at the (now closed) Planet Hollywood restaurant within the V&A killing 2 people and injuring 26 more.


The Cape Wheel in 2022

The complex houses over 450 retail outlets, including fashion, homeware and curios, jewellery, shopping, grocery stores, restaurants, a 13-Screen Ster-Kinekor cinema complex with the first IMAX with Laser and the first Kids’ Cinema to be opened in Cape Town, leather goods and audio-visual equipment. The V&A Waterfront is also still a working harbour and fishing boats bring in fresh fish, and larger container ships are towed in by tugboats.


The Waterfront has seen development in its new Silo district, which currently houses the new headquarters of Allan Gray Investment Management at Silo 1 and apartments at Silo 2. The project was completed in 2017 with a Virgin Active gym, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, and the adjoining ultra-luxury Silo Hotel.[2][3]

Features in the waterfront[edit]



  1. ^ Philani Nombembe, "V&A Waterfront contributes almost R200 billion to SA economy, retail sales grow again", Sunday Times, 26 January 2015
  2. ^ Greve, Natalie. "V&A Waterfront commits further R1.5bn to Silo district development". Retrieved 30 August 2015.

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