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"Bo Kaap" Bo-Kaap Tip by myriam_c

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town: 28 reviews and 69 photos

  Colorful Bo Kaap
by myriam_c

Bo Kaap is the Cape Malay quarter in Cape Town. Here, at the foot of Signal Hill, is where the muslim community lives in very pretty houses that are all painted in vivid colors. Most of the inhabitants of Bo Kaap are descended from slaves who, in the 16th and 17th century, were brought to South Africa by the Dutch VOC Company. They came from other countries in Africa, from India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, etc. These first muslim slaves have played a very important part in the language and the culture of Cape town and South Africa in general. For instance, everywhere in the Western Cape you will find “Cape Malay cuisine”, a successful mixture of meat or fish with veggies, fruits and - of course - spices.

Address: Wale Street and surrounding streets
Directions: Off Buitengracht

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 21, 2004
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