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Greenmarket Square Tours

Greenmarket Square
The cobblestone plaza of Greenmarket Square is one of Cape Town’s liveliest public spaces. Originally home to a slave market and then a produce market, the square now fills up with vendors selling painted fabrics, handcrafted jewelry, and other trinkets while street performers keep shoppers entertained with music and dance.

The Basics
In addition to vendors selling their wares, Greenmarket Square is home to the Old Town House (one of South Africa’s oldest buildings) and the Gothic-revival Central Methodist Mission. You may also want to visit some of the restaurants and cafés that spill out onto the cobblestone streets. If you book a comprehensive sightseeing tour of Cape Town, it will most likely include a visit to the square.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Greenmarket Square is a must-visit for those with an interest in Cape Town history and architecture.
  • Though friendly, vendors can sometimes seem aggressive when selling their wares. If you're not interested, a polite but firm "No, thank you" should suffice.
  • Bring cash if you think you may want to buy something: It’s a great spot for cheap souvenirs.

How to Get There
Greenmarket Square is in the heart of the city, within a short walk of many hotels and other attractions, including the District Six Museum and Bo-Kaap Museum. The closest train station is Cape Town Station, a 15-minute walk away.

When to Get There
The flea market takes place Monday through Saturday, 9am to 4pm. If you are in town on the first Thursday of the month, you’ll also find this is a hub for First Thursday festivities, with live music performances throughout the evening.

Michaelis Collection
The Old Town House is home to the Michaelis Collection of art, named after the financier Max Michaelis, who donated his collection in 1914. There you can see a selection of 17th-century Netherlandish works by such artists as Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Jacob van Ruisdael, and Anthony van Dyck, as well as temporary exhibitions.

Address: Burg Street, Cape Town 8000, South Africa
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Cape Town Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Cape Town Private Tour

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A good choice for first-time visitors or travelers who are short on time, this tour takes you to several significant Cape Town sites and landmarks. Take a walking tour of District Six, learn about the city’s troubled past, and visit some of the everyday places residents go like the Company's Gardens, Greenmarket Square, and the V&A Waterfront.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Cape Town Food Safari

Cape Town Food Safari

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Enjoy a different kind of safari while in South Africa's Mother City. Immerse yourself in the city's rich history & food culture, accompanied by an experienced local guide. Discover new sites while exploring the center of Cape Town. You'll visit a number of different restaurants, try amazing traditional dishes, refreshing beverages, and regional specialties. Learn more about South Africa's diverse history within the city center and create new memorable moments.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Cape Town Highlights Private Tour with Local Guide

Full-Day Cape Town Highlights Private Tour with Local Guide

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Nobody knows their away around South Africa's Mother City better than a local. Luckily, this full-day private tour pairs you with a Cape Town-based guide who can show you the best sights and attractions to suit your interests. Wander among the intensely colorful homes of the city's Bo-Kaap neighborhood, take a walking tour of Colonial-era sights and museums, or embark on a tram ride (own expense) up to the top of Table Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views. You can even enjoy a  drive along Cape Town's spectacularly rugged coast.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Cape Town, Noon Gun & Table Mountain Tour

Cape Town, Noon Gun & Table Mountain Tour

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Nestled beneath the mighty peak of Table Mountain, Cape Town is home to a diverse array of attractions and sites of interest, but reaching the best of them in one day by public transport is a challenge. This guided tour includes pickup and drop-off in central Cape Town, and takes in must-see sites including Camps Bay, Green Market Square, Signal Hill—home to the noon gun—and of course Table Mountain itself.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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US$40.65
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Private Full Day Cape Town City Bowl and Table MountainTour.

Private Full Day Cape Town City Bowl and Table MountainTour.

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Get to know South Africa's 'Mother City' on a private Cape Town and Table Mountain tour. Visit some of the city's most historic sights and attractions including South Africa's oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope; the District Six Museum, which tells the story of the residents' forced displacement during apartheid; and Greenmarket Square, where slaves were once sold. Enjoy a revolving cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain for spectacular panoramic views.
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  • 8 hours
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Cape Town City Cycle - Private Tour

Cape Town City Cycle - Private Tour

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Avoid cycle tours with big groups! Choose our private and pampered experiences. Commence with a relaxed cycle along the Sea Point promenade. We then make our way through the picturesque Green Point Urban Park with the state of the art Green Point Stadium close by. After exiting the park, we enter vibrant downtown. Here we educate guests about Cape Town’s rich heritage, also allowing clients to get in amongst the bustling city life. From the historic city centre, we cycle into Company Gardens for some relaxation & refreshments. We then tackle the sights & sounds of the Bo-Kaap ending at V&A Waterfront. The most important aspect of your tour are the fabulous qualified guides that take you on more than a bike ride. They are knowledgeable, attentive & fun professional guides who take you on a journey you will never forget. Our guests are you see so much more on a bike and experience the city in way that is not the same in a car, bus or on foot. We look forward to hosting you!
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  • 3 hours
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Cape Town City Center Walking Experience

Cape Town City Center Walking Experience

Beautiful scenery combined with historical sites such as the Castle of Good Hope built by the Dutch, Cape Town City Hall, the Grand Parade (where Nelson Mandela first addressed the nation as a free man after 27 years in jail), Church Square, where slaves would wait for their owners under the slave tree, Slave Lodge, devoted to the history and experience of slaves and their descendants in the Cape, Greenmarket Square, with a daily crafts and souvenir market, surrounded by the Old Town House and art-deco architecture, St George’s Cathedral, known as the people’s cathedral for its role against Apartheid, the Bo-Kaap with its colourful houses and narrow cobbled streets, the Western Cape High Court, Company’s Gardens, South African Museum, South African National Gallery, Old Synagogue, Houses of Parliament, St Mary’s Cathedral and the District Six Museum where the walk ends. Tour Notes: Minimum 2 guests
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Cape Town Scavenger Hunt: Rounding The Cape!

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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Vespa Food & Culture experience in Cape Town

Vespa Food & Culture experience in Cape Town

We decided to synergise an authentic local food journey with the style and comfort of Vespas. Starting at the V&A Waterfront Food Market. We will be sampling some authentically prepared African stew with Mrs Balls chutney. We will also be visiting an Afrikaans Artisan Biltong Maker and be sampling some of his amazing Biltong, You might discover flavours of Coriander , Balsamic vinegar , Ground Black pepper and Paprika. We depart for the cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses of Bo Kaap. We visit a local food merchant to sample some amazing traditional Cape Malay Koe Sisters and other treats. Leaving Camps Bay we find ourselves in a more natural setting, cruising along stunning coastal roads. Arriving at the famous Chapmans Peak Pass we absorb the magnificent Sentinel Peak with endless views of the ever present Atlantic Ocean. On our way back we make a stop at the local seafood restaurant
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  • 5 hours
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Explore History and Culture of the BoKaap

Explore History and Culture of the BoKaap

Our tour aims to explore the BoKaap, a colourful gem of the Cape, in a way that honors the residents and exposes visitors to the depth of the history as well as the diversity of culture in this area.. We aim to make clear connections of the history of this area and the current reality of those who call it home today.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Private Cape Town City Tour - Full Day

Private Cape Town City Tour - Full Day

The City Slicker experience, where you can take in as much of The Mother City that you came here for. An action-packed 9 hour tour where you go on a journey experiencing life as a Capetonian, as well as tick off some of the major attractions on your bucket list. This privately guided tour includes visits to Table Mountain, Bo-Kaap, Company Gardens and The Castle of Good Hope. As you weave through the historical streets of the "Mother City" you will get a great sense of the city's history and its current vibrancy and fun. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Table Mountain • Bo-Kaap • Slave Museum & Company Gardens • Castle of Good Hope
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  • 9 hours
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Cape Town City Tour

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There are many historical landmarks and sites to be explored in Cape Town - All of them being interesting and unique.
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Lonely Planet Experience: Highlights & Hidden Gems of Cape Town

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A good choice for first-time visitors or travelers who are short on time, this tour takes you to several significant Cape Town sites and landmarks. Take a walking tour of District Six, learn about the city’s troubled past, and visit some of the everyday places residents go like the Company's Gardens, Greenmarket Square, and the V&A Waterfront. Every Lonely Planet Experience also comes with six months' free access to Lonely Planet's Guides app, which includes over 8,000 destination guides, and unbeatable discounts in the Lonely Planet store.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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90 Minutes Cape Town Kickstart Tour

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First time in Cape Town? Wondering where to go and what to see in this colorful city? We got you! Kickstart your time in Cape Town ​with a 90-minute introduction to the city with the help of your favorite local. See the main highlights of Cape Town and discover the best the city has to offer. Your local host will answer all of your travel questions and will provide you with local insights and recommendations according to your liking. On this private tour, you’ll visit the must-see historical spots of the city, but also see hidden places that will give an authentic feeling of Cape Town. Go to the Company’s Garden and see how the Dutch ‘accidentally’ colonized the area. Take time to learn about the most colorful communities, and the gems they have to offer. ​Ready for a unique private journey to this richly historical city?
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Cape Town - City (CBD) - Full Day Private Tour

Cape Town - City (CBD) - Full Day Private Tour

Your unique experience of Cape Town, tailored to your interest Full day private tour (7-8 hours) with a registered driver/guide. Important: Cost of activities mentioned in this tour are not included in the price of the tour - please see includes/excludes. You are spoiled for choice! Cape Town is one of the world's most beautiful cities in South Africa. From the top of Table Mountain you have spectacular views of the city center and the surrounding peninsula. Fine wines and dining, museums, galleries, shopping, history, cultures, art, architecture, beautiful scenery, or adrenaline-pumping adventures. Optional highlights and activities: • Company's gardens museums, galleries, markets • Camps Bay & Clifton Beaches • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens • Wine farm wine tastings, gourmet dining or picnic • Cape Malay Cooking class over lunch/dinner • V&A Waterfront attractions • Table Mountain by cable car • Sunset Champaign Yacht Cruise • Robben Island Museum Tour (booking essential)
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$500.00
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