Bo-Kaap, a district rich in colors

Today let’s talk a bit of culture.

Have you ever heard of the Bo-Kaap district?

Recognizable by its houses with facades of flashy colors, Bo-Kaap is a district classified as a historic site and which dates from the seventeenth century. It is located on the lower slopes Signal Hill, a hill which overlooks Cape Town, and its name Bo-Kaap means “above the Cape.”


Pink, orange, lime green, blue, turquoise … These the colors of the houses which have been restored and colourfully painted in Bo-Kaap. We invite you during your stay in Cape Town to stroll in the streets, sometimes paved, and to admire the small houses that go along Signal Hill.

The disctrict is also well known for its mosques whose architecture is reminiscent of southeast Asia.
Bo-Kaap is originally the place of a South African ethnic group who descends from slaves brought from Indonesia to South Africa in 1667, but also political exiles from Indonesia and Malaysia. They are nicknamed the Cape Malays and 90% of them are Muslims.

This cultural diversity has deeply marked the on food which combines fruits, spices, vegetables and meat.

During your walk, we recomend you to stop at the Bo-Kaap Museum. It’s worth the trip! Set in a Cape Dutch style house dating from 1760, you will find objects and photographs related to the lives of Cape Malays during the nineteenth century.

Amélie Fages

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