Bo-Kaap • South Africa's Rainbow Neighbourhood
Bo-Kaap, located in Cape Town, South Africa was formerly known as Malay Quarter and is one of the most colourful neighbourhoods you will ever visit! It is vastly rich in history home to endearing boutiques, diamond & jewellery stores and of course some delicious Cape Malay cuisine!
Along with all that, Bo-Kaap is now popularly known for its brightly coloured houses and cobble stoned roads.
Dating back to the 1760's, the houses were not always bright and colourful. Rental houses were built and leased to slaves and they had to remain white while they were leased. This rule was eventually lifted and all the houses were then painted in bright colours to express freedom!
Bo-Kaap is a great daytime tourist attraction filled with a beautiful mix of Indian, Malaysian, Sri Lankan and African culture!
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Bo Kaap is home to the oldest Mosque in South Africa. There are a number of them in the area, but this is the best known. Built in 1794 it is the first Mosque in South Africa.
For a good insightful look into the history and culture of Cape Malays, visit this museum. Established in 1976, it is set up with décor to depict a family home and the lifestyle of a traditional 19th century muslim family. While you are here, you also get an insightful look into the past, the culture and the socio-political climate of the Bo-Kaap neighbourhood. You can enjoy all this for only $2.
BO-KAAP FREE WALKING TOUR
See all of Bo-Kaap on the free walking tour. Learn about the history and culture while you enjoy the scenery and some of the best known landmarks, including the colourful houses (of course), the beautiful and historic mosques, unique shops and gorgeous restaurants.
MARCOS AFRICAN PLACE
This restaurant is full of African culture. It seats over 220 guests and is surrounded by many angles of African art, culture, food and music with occasional live entertainment and jazz events. As if all that was not fascinating enough, the restaurant is finely adorned with african décor including ceramic pots from all over the continent and pieces of traditional art and instruments all over the walls of the restaurant.
Located just next door to Bo-Kaap Museum, Monkybiz Boutique produces unique historical, traditional and African beads with a modern twist. The store is also a non-profit organisation that provides primary income to local families and also employ disadvantaged women.