Bo-Kaap

Visit one of Cape Town's most vibrant neighborhoods once known as the Malay Quarter. Recognized for its colorful façades that make for a great photo opportunity, as well as its quaint, cobbled street, historic Bo-Kaap is full of cultural and colorful wonder. Once named after its slave population rooted in Malaysian, African, Indian, and Sri Lankan culture and brought over by Dutch imperialists, the neighborhood has developed into a blend of styles and identities. The neighborhood is best explored by foot, where you can tour its mosques—including South Africa's oldest—and visit landmarks, historic restaurants, and shops. At the Bo Kaap Food and Craft Market, held on the first Saturday of each month, enjoy homemade goods from samosas and koesisters to jewelry and handcrafted goods. There's a lot of history to uncover in the area, but you can get the full story at the Bo-Kaap Museum. Established in 1978, the museum is located in one of the district's oldest and best-preserved buildings, which has been carefully furnished to depict 19th-century family life in the neighborhood.

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