Pan African Market
Pan African Market
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The Pan African Market is the oldest Pan African Market in South Africa. It comprises of artists, artisans, designers and creatives from all over the continent. Each individual comes with a rich and exciting story, creating a vibrant and colorful market place where there is never a dull moment. Journey with us across Africa through tantalizing food, edgy fashion, unique decor and exquisite art,
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lanadeeter
Vancouver3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Business
You must overcome any discomfort you have when entering the Pan African Market because there is a custom made clothing store called Bazo's African Designs on the second floor that you really must visit. Bazo and his sewing partner Ben are the epitome of quality, service and respect regarding making their customers happy about the clothing they choose. I came home with 2 beautiful dresses custom fit to me and my husband had a beautiful custom made linen African shirt. We could have had as many fittings as we wanted and there was no extra cost for alterations. I only wish I had bought more. Great experience. Very friendly.
Written August 17, 2015
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philo04
California202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
This is an interesting market full of various stalls selling all types of keep sakes and much much more. This market has it all - beaded crafts, radios made from recycled soda cans, hand made crafts, tons and tons of African masks - it is hard to know if any are real or if they are just recently made replicas - we got mixed information as to where they were from - one vendor would say that they were form a certain country and another would tell us something completely different. They were very expensive but when you bargained or tried to walk way they would drop the prices way down (they were still expensive but not the crazy beginning price) leading me to think that they were indeed not actual ancient masks. The vendors are quite aggressive in here and it can be uncomfortable - they start out very friendly and say hello and ask how you are and if you look at something or ask about something it is all over - they do everything they can to get you to buy it - it can be very hard to walk away. I just said I was fine and asked how they were and replied that I was looking around and not ready to buy anything yet. On the top floor there is a nice art studio featuring the work of local artists - we liked some and met the artist and came back the next day and bought it - he took it out of the frame and rolled it up and wrapped it well for the plane ride home. We were able to use a credit card although at first he did not want us to - we went to a store in the neighborhood and used it there. We did find some wonderful little hand made stuff for our daughter here. It is worth a visit but just be prepared for the pressure put on you to buy - in every stall! You do have to walk up lots of stairs and there are winding stalls on different floors and it can feel a bit overwhelming but we never felt unsafe.
Written November 7, 2017
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Mike F
Toronto, Ontario, Canada97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Business
The Pan African Market is located on Long Street Don't miss it if you are in cape Town. It's one of the best places to buy African artefacts - their selection comes from across the African continent. Masks, jewellery and all manner of artefacts. The shop owners are helpful and eager to make a sale! Take your time because there's so much to choose from.
Written March 26, 2016
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Gretchen B
Los Angeles, CA57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
I agree with some other reviewers that the Pan African Market is a better shopping experience than Greenmarket Square (although it's worth browsing through both). The Pan African Market is a mind-boggling three stories of handmade crafts. All the woven baskets, beaded animals, and colorful Zulu bowls you see everywhere can be found here and you are fairly free to browse in peace. For larger purchases, you can use a credit card although you have to go to the main office (in the building) to complete the transaction (and I had no problems with this, security-wise.) It is better for the vendors if you pay with cash, which I tried to do as much as possible.

I am very happy to report that my living room now sports a large wooden rhino, a carved elephant, a beaded cape buffalo, and some Zulu bowls so I can be reminded of the best trip of my life every day, thanks to the Pan African Market.
Written October 17, 2014
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JadeysTour
Sunshine Coast, Australia10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
First of all the stalls are not packed away every day so the items are not damaged.2nd, the sellers are not pushy and let you browse freely. 3rd, there are 3 levels I think that are chocka block full of souvenirs. Its very close to greenmarket square on Long Street.
Written August 5, 2014
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Karl-Heinz H
1,670 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
Walking along on Longstreet, you just cannot avoid passing or running into this hot spot of native African art.
Pan African Market is a huge building with three stories jammed, and when I use this term, I really mean it, it’s jampacked to the ceiling with handmade crafts.
We were not so interested in fabrics, or all the little adds and odds on display, and ignored more or less the beauty of the wooden/pumpkin Zulu bowls with all their unique colorful motives- because we wanted to pile up our African mask collection at home, and we were on the hunt to finally call some of the masks of higher quality our own.
The dealers there were all extremely friendly and I think we made a fair trade with all of them, because I really started to like to battle out the price I was willing to pay, and specially in one case, I left the shop twice and finally got my object of desire on the third day Of baganing
Written July 10, 2018
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Chris F
93 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
We went to the Pan African Market because of the name and the scale of the shop. It was also recommend in our South Africa Rough Guide. After walking down Long Street and through Greenmarket Square, we were hoping the Pan African Market would have unique items we hadn't seen before. We were sorely disappointed.

The Pan African market is three floors, subdivided into lots of little shops run by individual merchants. While there are a lot of items for sale, it's the same trinkets you can find anywhere in the area, or the rest of Africa, for that matter. The market is full of carved wood animal sculpture, imitation tribal masks and beaded gifts.

While the indoor market is shielded from the rampant begging of Greenmarket Square, the shopkeepers are just as pushy. It also had an erie feel, as there aren't a lot of guests, the alleys are narrow and there are a ton of blind corners. My wife and I left after only a few minutes of browsing.
Written December 27, 2016
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Sead0g
Staten Island, NY97 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015
Musty building filled with same stuff as green market, tight spaces, I stopped in and left after a few minutes, didn't feel super safe in there either, lots of dusty typical African cheesy trinkets...don't go, not worth your time, go to Hout Bay or the watershed waterfront instead
Written June 1, 2015
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Christina K
Swakopmund, Namibia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
Find all of Africa in the heart of the Mother City. Incredible experience. Three stories of small shops filled with collectibles from all over Africa. My favorite the colourful fabrics and clothing from west africa. do not miss out on a visit the this beautiful building and market.
Written November 6, 2019
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Getaway03358707373
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
Together with the designer I designed a costum made skirt and top. I paid 100 euros and they said it would be ready in four days. After a month it still wasn't ready... By that time I had to catch my plane back to Holland because I were on holidays in SA. A friend of mine went to the store to pick up my order since I left the country. When she arrived at the store they still had to finish the clothing pieces. She was ofcourse super anoyed and had to come back to the store for the second time. The second time she received the skirt and top and brought it back to me in Holland. When I checked my order the skirt didn't fit (they took all my measurements) and the top wasn't what we designed at all but instead another design that I don't want to wear.

No value for money! Never buy clothes at Bazo Design Capetown!
Written November 28, 2018
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