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Key Info

38 Shortmarket Street

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Located just a short walk from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Greenmarket Square is one of South Africa's oldest public squares. Originally a slave market, this cobblestone plaza now fills with local vendors selling everything from painted fabrics to hand-crafted trinkets. While you're perusing the merchandise, various "buskers" will keep you entertained with music, dance, and even mime. Just be prepared: Greenmarket's merchants are extremely friendly, but they can also be aggressive when it comes to selling their wares. If you're not interested, do not approach the stall or say a polite but firm "No, thank you."

According to one TripAdvisor user, "Venture a block in each direction around the square if you have a bit of time—it is much the same sort of fare and also very interesting."

Greenmarket Square's flea market brims with activity Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You don't have to pay to peruse, but you might want to carry some cash on you just in case browsing turns to buying. For more information on Greenmarket Square, visit the Cape Town Tourism website.

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