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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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Greenmarket Square might be the best place for tourists to buy souvenirs. Way cheaper than the Waterfront, and typically African. However, crafts look pretty much the same from... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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Repentigny, Canada
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Luanda Province, Angola
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

greeen market square for me its special because was the first place I had my coffee while was searching for places to stay in the city this square is very trendy, there is a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, grab and go shops, hotels and the craft market is quite ok although stuff is very expensive becayse it a touristic... More 

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Repentigny, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Greenmarket Square might be the best place for tourists to buy souvenirs. Way cheaper than the Waterfront, and typically African. However, crafts look pretty much the same from one stall to the other and you may feel harassed my merchents. You can bargain to about 60% of the starting price.

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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This atmospheric cobble-stoned square is a great place to relax in central Cape Town surrounded by historical buildings. There are a few cafe's for food and drinks, plenty of street entertainment and a market selling traditional African goods. Be sure to visit the Old Town House on the square too.

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Weybridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Range of 'local' goods and crafts. Great atmosphere, entertainment and fun bartering ( in the main ) which is expected by the stall holders. Be realistic though - when you find yourself bartering over 50p ask yourself if it is worth it - this is the only revenue stream for these locals, so have a heart.

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Miami, Florida
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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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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