Greenmarket Square
Greenmarket Square
3.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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Maureen F
Carrickfergus, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Everything was amazing. Food, people, places to see and things to do.
We went on a safari, an open top bus, took a cable car to the top of Table Mountain and so much more. Ideal time to visit.
Written 27 March 2024
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todareistodo
Winsford, UK84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We were staying in the onomo inn on the square which overlooks the market place we were on second floor and we never heard anything in relation to setting up and putting their stalls away we obviously had to walk out of the hotel onto the marketplace I do agree they do leave a lot of mess at the end of the day but cleaners were turning up every night and tidying up I also agree that a lot of individuals did hang about and were definitely weighing visitors up so you obviously must be aware of your surroundings as in any city nowadays in relation to dealing with the stall holders we didn’t find any of them acting aggressively towards us an interesting place to see but you must be aware of your surroundings at all times
SCAM ALERT In nearby Long Street we were approached by a chap saying the street ahead was closed due to filming I was aware of this due to previous review of the area I just gave him a bit of abuse told him it was a scam and he just walked off the road wasn’t closed they try to get you to scan your debit/credit card in case you damage the film set DONT GET CAUGHT OUT
Written 9 February 2024
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Travel_Girl_Reviews
London, UK650 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I noticed that the most recent reviews were negative but we visited anyway. It was mostly a waste of our time.

The market has curios from all over the African continent, there are not actually many curios from South Africa. This makes sense as the vendors add all from Central and North Africa. It depends what you are after I guess but I found more South African curios in places like Kalk Bay or Simon’s Town.

There is also the issue of the prices. They are a total rip off and charged a lot more than the other vendors that I have bought from in other other parts of Cape Town. Some of the suggested prices were more than quadruple of what I’ve paid elsewhere.

You feel quite pressurized to buy, so if you want to go, be ready to say “no” quite forcefully.

I won’t ever return as there are few to no South African curios, the prices were ridiculous and because of how much pressure is put on you.
Written 27 December 2023
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NeilC
Newlands, South Africa20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Africa20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 Africa313 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, FL91 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK187 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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, MS33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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