This little neighborhood is situated on the steep slopes of Signal Hill, lined with cobblestoned streets, attracting both locals and visitors with its brightly painted houses, Malay culture, and dropout vibes. However, this place isn’t just about those colorful houses and edgy corners, it is the center of Cape Town’s Islamic community and formerly known as the Cape Malay Quarter – traditionally a multi-cultural area and very rich in history.
Getting there from the city center will take you around 10-15 minutes by car at the least. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to walk much and explore a number of fascinating attractions to give us insights into life in this charming neighborhood. I heard there are museums, mosques, even a cemetery, and flavorsome local cuisine not to be missed. So, if you ever plan to visit this place, you can definitely join one of the free walking tours offered in the area — City Sightseeing South Africa and Cape Town Free Walking Tours both offer two 90-minute Bo-Kaap walking tours each day.
The funny thing is, I’ve already had these unique and striking shots in mind but then, for some reason, I ended up taking just less than 20 photos. Ugh. I truly regret not spending more time in this place — walk around, take different angles and make use of the arresting corners to get those Instagram-worthy shots. Loljk!
Anyhow, I highly recommend a visit to the beautiful Bo-Kaap. No visit to Cape Town is complete without a stroll through this Malay neighborhood.
This is the perfect place to do a Photowalk, really.