Greenmarket Square

Greenmarket Square, Cape Town Central: Address, Greenmarket Square Reviews: 3.5/5

Greenmarket Square
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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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Ashanti1212
Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution
This place has become extremely overcrowded and a cover for petty drug dealers. Its a pity that such an historical space has been allowed to deteriorate so badly.
Written 8 August 2022
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NeilC
Newlands, South Africa3 contributions
Family
On more than one occasion was i offered weed, crack, tik (local name for meth) by drug dealers who use the cover of the market to ply their trade.
Always wondered why stall-holder are able to make a living during the rainy winter months when there are hardly any tourists.
Written 10 July 2022
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Nick
Nottingham, UK180 contributions
Couples
This was a small market compared tp other places I've visited in the past. Though it does have all the souvenirs you might want - wooden safari animals etc, tribal masks, antelope skins etc. I Picked up a cool antelope tribal mask.

Be prepared to haggle. The folk there were friendly and not overly pushy. They obviously want a sale, but if you're not interested, just say so and move on.

Overall, I'd recommend coming here, but o ly for like 20 minutes to half an hour.
Written 20 May 2022
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NeilC
Newlands, South Africa3 contributions
Family
Greenmarket Square has deteriorated badly. What was and can still be a vibrant space is now lethargic and intimidating. The market is one-dimensional and lacks local flare. There’s a drinking hole called Shakira’s that is a stain on the heritage of the Square. During our visit I noticed several tourists and locals being intimidated by the very drunk and unruly customers. It’s like the local authority has given up on a space that has massive potential.
Written 16 March 2022
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 229 contributions
During the early days of the colony end 1600s, farmers would come here with their ox carts loaded with produce to be sold. The Old Town House built in 1761 (still intact) was the center of the local administration. Nowadays green market is not longer green, but covered with stalls selling African handicrafts, garments, bags and what not. I did not find the vendors obtrusive. Yes, they want to sell things, but hey it is a market.
Written 18 November 2021
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Angelscamp
Chicago, IL76 contributions
We went back here 3 or 4 times during our week in Cape Town because it's really nice to browse around and shop outdoors. It wasn't very crowded or busy due to COVID, so it might have been different for us. They people were mostly very nice and not too pushy. It's a place you want to barter and negotiate and have some fun like any other street market in the world. We got several nice little figurines and cool art. It's funny to ask who painted X or carved Y cuz they always say it's their brother, haha.
Written 27 August 2021
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64 096 contributions
An over 320 year old square. We came shopping for unique souvenirs. We enjoyed the market. Lots of interesting and unusual African handicrafts and other things to see.
Written 24 May 2020
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MiniverM
Asheville, NC216 contributions
Friends
This was once one of Cape Towns best markets for local crafters, but not it’s all about west, East and North African crafts that are mass produced and some made to look old.

Prices are guessed and inflated. Every second booth has the same thing. You can probably find the same items in your own countries for cheaper than you can at this market
Written 31 January 2020
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Choomi
Port Louis District9 contributions
Nice place to buy souvenirs but don't know if it will always safe with many people living on the street next to the market
Written 27 December 2019
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Tyrese B
11 contributions
Had some nice things to buy if you were looking for inexpensive gifts but alot of people panhandling every where in the area and a refugee camp right next to it
so be aware of your area just like anywhere you go
Written 12 December 2019
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