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Pan African Market

Shop for art and handicrafts from across the African continent and watch the busy action of Long Street from a café balcony. 

Visit the Pan African Market, a one-stop venue for purchasing authentic souvenirs from all parts of Africa. This colorful market features a varied array of art and crafts spread across three floors of a Victorian-era mansion. Founded as a humble flea market with five traders in 1997, today the Pan African Market has representatives from over 14 nations. It serves as both a retail outlet and an introduction to the many fascinating cultures of this diverse continent. 

Meet artisans and tradespeople from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, South Africa and others. These groups have transformed the rooms and corridors of the building into visual representations of their national heritage. Chat with the traders and get a deeper understanding of the goods offered.  

Browse for everything from handmade jewelry to leather goods, musical instruments, paintings and textiles. Admire the collections of ceremonial and tribal masks. Voodoo dolls, wooden animal sculptures, woven baskets and Zulu beadwork are among the unique treasures you may find. Working seamstresses can measure you for tailor-made traditional African dresses and suits.  

Take a break from shopping and enjoy a cold beer or sip coffee at the market’s second-floor café. To stay aligned with the market, the café is decorated with African antiques and paraphernalia. Sit on the balcony and observe as locals and tourists wander along Long Street, Cape Town’s major nightlife district. 

The market stands at the heart of Long Street, in Cape Town’s city center. Get here via taxis, minibus taxis, public buses or the city’s sightseeing tourist bus. Major city attractions within walking distance include Green Market Square and The Company’s Garden. Find an assortment of bars, cafés, pubs and restaurants on Long Street. 

Cape Town’s Pan African Market is open from Monday to early on Saturday. Most vendors accept debit and credit cards in addition to cash. Try a bit of bargaining in order to bring the price down before finalizing your purchase.


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The Onyx Apartment Hotel ¥9,491
The Onyx Apartment Hotel

The Onyx Apartment Hotel

57 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Cape Town City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Long Street and Cape Town International Convention Centre. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Greenmarket Square are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

    Taj Cape Town ¥11,103
    Taj Cape Town

    Taj Cape Town

    1 Wale Street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the Strip, steps from St. Georges Mall, Greenmarket Square, and Long Street. South African National Gallery and Kloof Street are also within 10 minutes. Cape Town Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      ONOMO Hotel Cape Town – Inn on the Square ¥5,722
      ONOMO Hotel Cape Town – Inn on the Square

      ONOMO Hotel Cape Town – Inn on the Square

      10 Greenmarket Square Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is steps from Pan African Market, Greenmarket Square, and Long Street. Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town International Convention Centre are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 8 minutes by foot.

        Hilton Cape Town City Centre ¥11,053
        Hilton Cape Town City Centre

        Hilton Cape Town City Centre

        126 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located by the ocean, just steps from Bo Kaap Museum and Long Street. Greenmarket Square and Kloof Street are also within 10 minutes. Cape Town Station is 14 minutes by foot.

          The Table Bay Hotel ¥25,278
          The Table Bay Hotel

          The Table Bay Hotel

          Quay 6 Victoria & Alfred, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and V&A Waterfront. Two Oceans Aquarium and Cape Town Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront ¥10,868
            AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront

            AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront

            Dockrail Road, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Long Street. Cape Town International Convention Centre and Greenmarket Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cape Town Station is 19 minutes by foot.

              Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore ¥7,707
              Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore

              Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore

              29 Heerengracht Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Cape Town City Centre, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Artscape Theatre Centre and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Cape Town Stadium. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are also within 9 mi (15 km). Cape Town Station is 7 minutes by foot.

                The Westin Cape Town ¥16,714
                The Westin Cape Town

                The Westin Cape Town

                Convention Square, Lower Long Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps from Cape Town International Convention Centre and Long Street. Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and Greenmarket Square are also within 15 minutes. Cape Town Station is 12 minutes by foot.