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Greenmarket Square

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Greenmarket Square is one of Cape town's oldest markets, full of crafts, jewelry, clothing and curios at a great value.
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Greenmarket square used to be an amazing market when the criteria was that any vendors needed to have actually been involved with the manufacture of the products being sold. There was amazing art, clothing etc but now, it is merely a clearing point for rubbish North African "art and crafts" that is mere junk. Most is probably made in China.... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Greenmarket Square is the stereotypical tourist place in Cape Town. It has its charm and is worth to see if you don't come with expectations too high.

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Doha
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77 reviews 77 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Greenmarket Square is the stereotypical tourist place in Cape Town. It has its charm and is worth to see if you don't come with expectations too high.

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Queenstown, South Africa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Green market square is great for African souvenirs and curios if you are a foreigner looking for that type of product. One must bargain however. As a local I thought the market was very expensive and lacked variety.

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
34 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Great fun, buying souvenirs and curios. Lots of choice. You MUST haggle. They do not expect you to pay the price they quote. My advice is to offer what seems a very low price (50% or less of what that ask for), and take it from there. They will only sell to you if the price works for them -... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A lovely square to visit. It is so vibrant and full of various little stalls selling all types of things! The area is almost all cobbled and no cars allowed in which makes it more pleasing. One place to visit when in Cape Town.

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Cape Town
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142 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

For the locals this is another over priced tourist market. The prices are high as it is required that you bargain. the only thing is how does one know what a good price is?

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Lake Forest Park, Washington, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The best I can say is there is good variety and at least in the summer they bargain to a low price. The quality is at medium and could be better.

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Sebastopol, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My partner, who is not used to markets in the "Third World," wondered why so many of the hundreds of stalls here sold such similar items, creating so much competition among sellers. Answer: because here, like North African souks, is where potential buyers congregate. Came to Greenmarket looking for a fairly carved elephant that would represent the "parent" of the... More

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Miami
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We are staying at the Holiday Inn Express in downtown Cape Town and this market is a two minute walk from our hotel. We were ready to barter and knew from the start to offer 50% of what they were asking for items and negotiate from there. Everyone was very friendly and funny and while they can be insistent -... More

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