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Address: Cape Town Central, South Africa
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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Historical trading place.

According to historians, the bustling inner city space occupied by Greenmarket Square, began as a vegetable market, but today it is a vibrant location for informal traders... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

According to historians, the bustling inner city space occupied by Greenmarket Square, began as a vegetable market, but today it is a vibrant location for informal traders, bringing in their wares not only from the rest of Africa, but from China as well! I applaud the town planners for ensuring that there are clearly designated areas within the CBD where... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Small market in front of our hotel. Full of stalls selling standard African style products, painting, bags, wood carvings, necklaces

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've read a few reviews on here that really need to be ignored. Firstly, the only time you'd feel unsafe there is if you're going there after dark, like anywhere in Cape Town. Sure, be vigilant and don't walk around with your phone balancing on your head fanning yourself with cash, the same with anywhere in Cape Town, but the... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

many stands, but most of them are a repeat that sell many of the same items. Few hand and stands. go if you are in the area, but not worth a trip.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Numerous stalls, all offering the same stuff. It's not worth walking around a lot, if you've seen 5 of them, you've seen it all. Much of it looks like made in China. Typical tourist trap. Contrary to what other reviewers wrote, I didn't feel unsafe or harrassed by the vendors, they would normally just greet and leave you be if... More 

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Saint Julian's, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited this market square repeatedly over the years. There is a lovely hotel on one side, a church which does a business persons service at lunchtime on one day, and numerous restaurants plus countless stores selling handcraft and many other genres of touristy items. It's a melting pot of African cultures and a hub hive of activity. Tourists... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Green Market Square has a lot of great restaurants. If you are there on a Thursday, there are food stands as well as a small farmer's market. Worth the visit! Food was delicious and reasonably priced!

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

To me this urban market was surprisingly interesting. Pretty, full of life with stalls filled with merchandise, lovely people, some energy in the air. You can feel the mix of past and present in the atmosphere of this square. It is actually a 17th century square which at some point served as a slave market but nowadays it is an... More 

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Kleinbaai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The market itself is good but I preferred the biscuit mill over towards Woodstock, or the flea market in millner. What's really amazing is the free walking tours which depart from here three times a day. We took the district six tour to get a real feel for the culture and how cape town became the city it is today.... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Greenmarket Square was suggested to us by our (black) guide on a guided tour of the city as a very cheap place to buy souvenirs and strike a good deal. We didn't feel safe there and we were constantly observed, followed, etc. As a black local this must be a great place to visit, but as a tourist I suggest... More 

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