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Address: Cape Town Central, South Africa
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: Greenmarket Square is one of Cape town's oldest markets, full of crafts...
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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This Square and St.George's mall are still worth a visit

Many Years ago this was one of our favourite Cape Town markets and the ' Inn on the Square' where we stayed when we arrived from up country. We were glad to see that although the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

From looking online and reading different reviews I was really looking forward to this stop as a way to end my African vacation and pick up some souvenirs that I had delayed purchasing because I did not want to travel with them. It was much smaller than I thought and the selection was no better or worse than other places... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Many Years ago this was one of our favourite Cape Town markets and the ' Inn on the Square' where we stayed when we arrived from up country. We were glad to see that although the market has grown and spread and become purely tourist orientated [with must of the souvenirs coming from Zimbabwe if not China, it has not... More 

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Port Alfred, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

the green market square is a very lively artmarket on the corner of long Street in capetown. The vendors sell many artsy products, but they are very over priced. A lot of the things that can be bought here are also for sale at the Trader's Hall in VA Waterfront. This for only a fraction of the price the vendors... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The market is an amazing collection of individual stalls that are set up and taken down daily. The merchandise appears to be genuinely local with a selection of carvings, weavings, bead work, masks, bowls, basket work, materials, etc. We found the merchants to be very pleasant and not pushy. The initial prices were comparable to the shops, so bartering is... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We thought we would discover the arts and crafts of South Africa. However we saw far too many stalls selling all kinds of African souvenirs. Not many tourists and too many vendors make you want to leave at once!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Once upon a time; Long, long ago Greenmarket Square used to sell things that people actually wanted: Music. T-shirts. Bric-a-Brac from the freshly-fallen Soviet union. Sunglasses. The stuff that the youth needed. The square was used by Capetonians, and had functioning restaurants and coffee shops all around. Since then, the ghastly spectre of globalisation has raised its hideous, wobbly head,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A stop worth 30 minutes to see a variety of crafts - most appear to be handmade. Selection is huge and prices are cheap. Some haggling is appropriate but I saw other tourists make unreasonable demand deals - come on - these folks need to make a living. We purchased decent quality t-shirts for ~ 10 USD each and very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is a really good square with lots of places to sit and have a drink or something to eat. The square is usually full of vendors selling African souveniers with street performers singing and dancing. The cobbled square and Art Deco period buildings are terrific. You could spend many an hour here as we did. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Everyone was very friendly. Pushy but not too pushy. You know what you are getting into when you go there. Never pay full price. Start at half price. Most of the vendors all sell the same items so if you aren't getting a good deal at one place, go to the next one. Overall, well worth the visit. Don't miss... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

As far as open street market shopping goes this is five star. Set on the cobbled square in the heart of the mother city under shady trees, surrounded by beautiful Cape architecture the location is a beauty in itself. As far as the traders go you will find every African artifact you could wish for here, though many stalls sell... More 

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