One of Cape Town’s oldest urban residential areas, the Bo-Kaap is also one of the most flavourful and colourfully pleasant places to visit. Situated on the slopes of Signal Hill, its one of those phenomenal areas you enter that greets you with a smile and gifts you a 300 year old tradition of rich culture.
Youâ€™ll know you’re in the Bo-Kaap when you are surrounded by narrow cobble streets and multi-coloured semi detached houses. Sunsets are particularly beautiful when falling off the walls of colours.
It is now also known as the Cape Malay Quarter, the name originates from the fascinating history of slaves from Indonesia, Malaysia and various African countries mostly consisting of convicts, slaves and political exiles, some having high rank. Most of the residents are thought to be descendants of these slaves, however after the years have passed this has become more of a myth.
To learn about the incredible history make your way to the Bo-Kaap Museum at 71 Wale street, Bo-Kaap, they are open from Monday to Saturday but closed on Sundays and most Islamic holidays and public holidays. Entrance is R20 for Adults, Children 6 -18, pensioners and students pay R10. Managed by Iziko Museums, the Bo-Kaap museum is definitely a place to visit.
Bo-Kaap has an array of divinely quaint restaurants scattered here and there, each one of them divine Cape Malay cuisine and other interesting little surprises on offer. Most people go to experience the variety of flavors in the beautiful restaurants. The most popular being the Bo-Kaap Kombuis, not only an exquisite restaurant with the most exquisite Cape Malay cuisine enjoyed over majestic views of Table Mountain and the City Centre, but also a quaintly divine little lodge.
You have not seen Cape Town if you haven’t visited the Bo-Kaap, the beauty and unbelievably friendliness will tug at your heart strings and the food will have you coming back for more!