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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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We understand this is THE place to get authentic native goods

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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Cape Town
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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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Houston, Texas
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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
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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Buford, Georgia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Interesting central square with many pop-up stalls selling African nic-nacs. May be interesting for the tourist looking for that old capetown atmosphere of ad hoc road vendors selling their wares. The area is reminiscent of squares seen in buenos aires argentina, or venice italy where the surrounding 4 boundary buildings house cafes looking at the square. Head around the corner... More 

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Bedford, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Give yourself some time to poke around. Do not pay the first price... bargain, bargain, bargain... Many vendors offer similar items so figure out what their bottom line is by shopping around an offering less and less to see what they really want for the item. Plenty to choose from so give yourself some time....

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North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

This is a magical and beautiful place. If I ever have the pleasure of returning, I would definitely plan a very different day. Which would be this: Depending on the weather - layering is always a safe bet. I would only bring what would I could wear ( binoculars, on a bungee style harness) and one carry type item -... More 

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Pretoria
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Well worth a walk through if you are looking for some African curios this is the place to come. There are a large variety from various parts of Africa. It used to be mainly local, but now a days you can find the same here as in the West African Markets in Ghana. we've been through here a number of... More 

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