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Greenmarket Square

Address: Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Greenmarket Square is one of Cape town's oldest markets, full of crafts, jewelry, clothing and...
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner 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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London, United Kingdom
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820 reviews 820 reviews
486 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

The Greenmarket Square is a very lively and bustling square in the center of Cape Town. Full of stalls selling all manner of curios, it is a must see/ must visit while visiting the Mother City. Highly recommended!

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Decatur, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Had no idea what the Greenmarket was.Thought it was a mall or store of high tech eco friendly products. Wrong. Street vendors setting up mostly ignored me. Few were enaging. There was one extraordinary salesman. Haggled little in S.A. Had no cash just plastic (aka credit cards). Walked away. Did NOT expect him to follow me. Obviously vendors watch each... More 

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Breda, The Netherlands
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11 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is a nice place for crafts shopping. A tip is to go in the morning. It is not so crowded and the sellers are still a bit sleepy!

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Hartsdale, New York
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209 reviews 209 reviews
85 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

If you are in the market for African souvenirs, this is the place to buy them. You will see much of the same at the VA Waterfront for more money and you cannot bargain there. The bargaining experience is also part of the fun at Greenmarket. We picked up everything from wood sculptures, ostrich eggs, a tablecloth, cute bracelet and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

If you have time to spare and find yourself in Cape Town, I would suggest visiting Greenmarket Square. The market has many interesting things on sale, but the size of the market is not that big.

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Durban, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This place is clearly targeted at tourists from outside South Africa. The items on sale are very over-priced and very few of the crafts are actually South African crafts. The sellers stop being friendly once they realise you are South African. Disappointing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

great place for Souvenirs shoping! you can find there everything you wished for, and almost every products that are unique for Africa (same things that are beeing offered at the fancy stores at the water front). You can bargain about the prices so it's get also cheaper than most of the places is capetown! just for comparison, a medium size... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Plenty of stalls to choose from. All expected to haggle and weren't too aggressive about it. Found some very nice items.

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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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