Pan African Market

Pan African Market, Cape Town Central: Address, Phone Number, Pan African Market Reviews: 4/5

Pan African Market
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The Pan African Market is the oldest Pan African Market in South Africa. It comprises of artists, artisans, designers and creatives from all over the continent. Each individual comes with a rich and exciting story, creating a vibrant and colorful market place where there is never a dull moment. Journey with us across Africa through tantalizing food, edgy fashion, unique decor and exquisite art,
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sumasonlondon
London, UK4 contributions
Pan American market in Cape Town
Feb 2020 • Family
Pan American market is closed. Now a very upmarket tribal interiors store. So disappointed. Does anyone know where they have moved to ?
Written 6 February 2020
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Christina K
Swakopmund, Namibia8 contributions
All Africa
Jan 2019
Find all of Africa in the heart of the Mother City. Incredible experience. Three stories of small shops filled with collectibles from all over Africa. My favorite the colourful fabrics and clothing from west africa. do not miss out on a visit the this beautiful building and market.
Written 6 November 2019
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mike d
Fareham, UK709 contributions
Just browsing.
Jun 2019 • Friends
Popped in just to brows and were quickly seen as such and ignored by most of the sellers. Once they saw we were not interested in buying they left us alone. There goods on offer were so many and so various it would be difficult to pick out an item unless you had an idea of what you wanted before entering. Still good for a wander just to see what artists regard as saleable.
Written 4 July 2019
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Getaway03358707373
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Never buy clothes from Bazo design!
Sep 2018 • Friends
Together with the designer I designed a costum made skirt and top. I paid 100 euros and they said it would be ready in four days. After a month it still wasn't ready... By that time I had to catch my plane back to Holland because I were on holidays in SA. A friend of mine went to the store to pick up my order since I left the country. When she arrived at the store they still had to finish the clothing pieces. She was ofcourse super anoyed and had to come back to the store for the second time. The second time she received the skirt and top and brought it back to me in Holland. When I checked my order the skirt didn't fit (they took all my measurements) and the top wasn't what we designed at all but instead another design that I don't want to wear.

No value for money! Never buy clothes at Bazo Design Capetown!
Written 28 November 2018
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EVA H
22 contributions
Very pushy vendors.
Aug 2018 • Solo
I have tried this place several times. I will not do it again. Pushy vendors. Prices appear to be a secret. I would pass on these African craft stores including the African craft market on 62 Long street, where the owner has no idea what customer service is like. They do not give Tax invoices for Vat, do not accept returns and are pricier than other places. You are better off at Tribal collections.
Written 14 August 2018
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Karl-Heinz H
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Heaven on earth, if you want to find exclusive native African art
Apr 2018 • Family
Walking along on Longstreet, you just cannot avoid passing or running into this hot spot of native African art.
Pan African Market is a huge building with three stories jammed, and when I use this term, I really mean it, it’s jampacked to the ceiling with handmade crafts.
We were not so interested in fabrics, or all the little adds and odds on display, and ignored more or less the beauty of the wooden/pumpkin Zulu bowls with all their unique colorful motives- because we wanted to pile up our African mask collection at home, and we were on the hunt to finally call some of the masks of higher quality our own.
The dealers there were all extremely friendly and I think we made a fair trade with all of them, because I really started to like to battle out the price I was willing to pay, and specially in one case, I left the shop twice and finally got my object of desire on the third day Of baganing
Written 10 July 2018
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philo04
California215 contributions
Interesting place to look for African crafts
Oct 2017 • Family
This is an interesting market full of various stalls selling all types of keep sakes and much much more. This market has it all - beaded crafts, radios made from recycled soda cans, hand made crafts, tons and tons of African masks - it is hard to know if any are real or if they are just recently made replicas - we got mixed information as to where they were from - one vendor would say that they were form a certain country and another would tell us something completely different. They were very expensive but when you bargained or tried to walk way they would drop the prices way down (they were still expensive but not the crazy beginning price) leading me to think that they were indeed not actual ancient masks. The vendors are quite aggressive in here and it can be uncomfortable - they start out very friendly and say hello and ask how you are and if you look at something or ask about something it is all over - they do everything they can to get you to buy it - it can be very hard to walk away. I just said I was fine and asked how they were and replied that I was looking around and not ready to buy anything yet. On the top floor there is a nice art studio featuring the work of local artists - we liked some and met the artist and came back the next day and bought it - he took it out of the frame and rolled it up and wrapped it well for the plane ride home. We were able to use a credit card although at first he did not want us to - we went to a store in the neighborhood and used it there. We did find some wonderful little hand made stuff for our daughter here. It is worth a visit but just be prepared for the pressure put on you to buy - in every stall! You do have to walk up lots of stairs and there are winding stalls on different floors and it can feel a bit overwhelming but we never felt unsafe.
Written 7 November 2017
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Gökhan B
Frankfurt, Germany21 contributions
Ebony Elephant
Sep 2017 • Couples
We came over to look for a souvenir from South Africa and we find this nice Ebony Elephant. After a few minutes trading about the discount we bought it for a very cheap price.
Written 6 September 2017
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Chris F
98 contributions
Pass unless you need more trinkets
Dec 2016 • Couples
We went to the Pan African Market because of the name and the scale of the shop. It was also recommend in our South Africa Rough Guide. After walking down Long Street and through Greenmarket Square, we were hoping the Pan African Market would have unique items we hadn't seen before. We were sorely disappointed.

The Pan African market is three floors, subdivided into lots of little shops run by individual merchants. While there are a lot of items for sale, it's the same trinkets you can find anywhere in the area, or the rest of Africa, for that matter. The market is full of carved wood animal sculpture, imitation tribal masks and beaded gifts.

While the indoor market is shielded from the rampant begging of Greenmarket Square, the shopkeepers are just as pushy. It also had an erie feel, as there aren't a lot of guests, the alleys are narrow and there are a ton of blind corners. My wife and I left after only a few minutes of browsing.
Written 27 December 2016
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Massimiliano Ferreli
Rome, Italy2,292 contributions
Crazy!!!
Sep 2016 • Friends
Whole building of 3 floors to be covered on foot, overcoming a thousand corridors and many rooms.
Many small shops with ethnic products, handmade, colorful.
Option of paying by credit card.
Go there !!
Written 6 September 2016
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