Greenmarket Square, Cape Town Central

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Browse the stalls of Greenmarket Square, a historic plaza in the capital city known for its colorful flea market. Built in the 1696, the square has had different uses during its long history, serving as a vegetable marketplace, a parking lot, and--infamously--as a slave trade market. Today you can bargain and haggle with the vendors who sell everything from local crafts and souvenirs to affordable clothing and jewelry. After checking out the merchandise, head to one of the surroundings cafes and restaurants to rest with a refreshing drink and people-watch. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Greenmarket Square by using our Cape Town trip planning tool.
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  • 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.  more »
  • 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.....  more »
  • 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  more »
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  • Very nice place!!!! Hoy don't believe you are in Africa, the combination of styles in the architecture is very eclectic but wonderfully!!! The market special place where you can find whatever you want, especially local art. The street every Thursday has a very nice food square with a lot of very good places in which you can have a very good meal. The walking tour very good!!!!
  • Bags, paintings, salad bowls, spoons, bags, paintings, salad bowls, spoons, and more bags, paintings, salad bowls, and spoons. Did I mention spoons!? It's a market perfectly to shop for souvenirs to remember your trip to South Africa or little presents for your friends and family back home. The atmosphere is friendly and relatively relaxed, the sales clerks however know their jobs and are nicely persistent.
  • Overrated tourist attraction. Loads of African tourist artifacts to purchase. Nothing special, you can buy these items anywhere in Africa. Rather spend your time seeing how spectacular Cape Town is in all its natural beauty and visit the beaches, the national parks etc ...
  • As always vibey, a mix of African arts and crafts, contemporary art pieces and clothing. Bartering accepted, good location, restaurants and coffee shops all around all grade A. Mix of international cultures
  • It is always a great vibe with amazing local talent. little cafe's and beautiful African stalls.

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