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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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Queenstown, South Africa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
33 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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192 reviews 192 reviews
129 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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
6 attraction reviews
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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262 reviews 262 reviews
58 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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135 reviews 135 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Unpleasant really Horrible atmosphere The notion persists that FLEA MARKETS are alluring. Not really true. For bargain seekers and for the bored. Parking space very limited. So called car guards are very greedy and can spoil your day by making false claims re saving you from traffic fines etc

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A pretty square in the centre of Cape Town. Whilst the market looks pretty setup for tourists - this isn't a bad thing.... Massive range of items from craft to art. People have mentioned about the prices - but based on what the actual cost is, i'm not too concerned.... Who is really going to barter over $2. The best... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I am just a tourist and this was only my second visit to Africa and I knew that this market was filled with low grade tourist tat. Go look at the shops and markets around the Greenmarket such as the Pan African Market but the Greenmarket is only worth a quick look on the odd chance something good might be... More

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