Greenmarket Square
Greenmarket Square
3.5
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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NeilC
Newlands, South Africa12 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Greenmarket Square is an indication that Cape Town City Centre is deteriorating in the same way as all the other cities in South Africa. The informal traders violate bylaws with impunity: noise pollution early in the morning and in the evening when they assemble their metal structures; heaps of litter left behind every single day; loitering by petty criminals; and sale of drugs. Square has become known as the main location to obtain drugs such as heroine and cannabis.
Written 4 November 2023
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NeilC
Newlands, South Africa12 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
The stallholders leave a tremendous amount of litter behind on the Square when the pack up. This happens on a daily basis. I have stopped visiting because I can't be part of such violations of the littering laws. The CoCT appears unable to deal with the blatant violation of the City's own laws. It is a terrible place.
Written 1 October 2023
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JJBuirski
Cape Town, South Africa270 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
We used to like Greenmarket Square. Unfortunately, lately the vendors seem to be mostly foreigners and browsing or buying not so pleasant anymore. My daughter desperately wanted a SA flag and was blatantly ripped off. With no prices on items vendors can basically ask what they can get away with and we will be smarting for months that one charged her R250 for a smallish flag of cheap material. It will probably sell for R50 in any Chinatown.
Written 6 April 2023
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Geraldine Fielies
1 contribution
Apr 2023 • Business
Do you have an open space for trader nuts products I'm a registered company so I need to ask if you can assist me contact me 0633745535.
Written 3 April 2023
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kate680
Orlando, FL89 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Area feels sketchy. The item prices start so high you can’t negotiate down to get any deals. Better shopping for souvenirs at the waterfront. Would not bother here.
Written 8 February 2023
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hollyb14
North Yorkshire, UK181 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
We visited last Saturday morning and what a disappointment. Every stall sold the same thing. Stall holders seemed quite aggressive in getting you to see their stock, I was grabbed by a woman and made to wear something in the hope of buying it...which didn't happen!
It was very dirty and quite intimidating with homeless people literally following you all the way round..
One saving Grace, we came across a local group singing and performing which was absolutely fantastic. I found it quite emotional, but was very aware of the homeless gathering round getting closer and closer...we left to see what long street had to offer but left quickly as we found it very intimidating! Filthy streets, nothing to see or do (the part we saw at least) and such a disappointment.
If you're going to visit, be very aware of your surroundings, keep your belongings close, be prepared to haggle, hard!
Not a place I'd like to re-visit!
Written 2 February 2023
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Chuck S
Oxford, MS19 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
This square has a lot of vendors selling souvenirs, t-shirts, clothes, and other things and has some vibrancy to it, albeit, many of the stalls have the same things. I didn’t see that many beggars like others described and I thought the area was fine. It is worth stopping by since they have the things you’d like for yourself and for others. If you’re not wanting to haggle, there are some stores on Long Street that have similar things. I was called a ‘bad man’ by one of the vendors for not buying something so the vendors can be pushy but just hold your ground.
Written 26 January 2023
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TravelbugVietnam
Vietnam1 697 contributions
Dec 2022
This is a large outdoor market set in a square where stall holders sell their wares. A good place for souvenirs and an opportunity to interact with the locals. I bought a beaded necklace and a sundress in a vivid African print made by the stall holder's wife.
Written 24 January 2023
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NeilC
Newlands, South Africa12 contributions
Dec 2022
The stallholders cause a tremendous noise when they set up their stalls and leave loads of litter behind when they leave. This occurs daily. The stallholders have a negative impact on this historic location.
Written 29 December 2022
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Tessa P
1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Business
In our opinion a great place to browse the different curio shops. Also a great opportunity to support the artists, many of the crafts will be made by them or their families. Definitely don’t be afraid to negotiate! There can be some criminals looking for easy targets, so take your essentials and nothing more.
Written 13 December 2022
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