Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) Walk (Self Guided), Cape Town

While you are in Cape Town don’t miss a visit to Bo-Kaap, formerly called the Malay Quarter, a gem of an area nestled on Signal Hill. You will find here cobble stoned streets lined with graceful, brightly painted 18th century Dutch Cape and English style houses, most of which have flat roofs. This area was where the Muslim community settled when they were brought to South Africa by the Dutch East India Company and the oldest mosque in the city was built here built in the late 19th century. Freed slaves also lived in this district and they painted the houses in pastel colors in defiance of the racial segregation laws under which they were forbidden to wear colorful clothing in public.

To learn more about this fascinating neighborhood check out the Bo-Kaap Museum which is housed in the oldest building in the area, built in 1760. One of the interesting features of this house is the Voorstoep – a front terrace with a bench at each end. The museum exhibits many artifacts brought here by the Muslim craftsmen and part of it represents local family life in the 19th century. While you are exploring this lively, colorful township, do stay on for a meal in one of the traditional restaurants and discover delicious, spicy Cape Malay food.
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Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) Walk Map

Guide Name: Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) Walk
Guide Location: South Africa » Cape Town
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: Helen

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