Bo-Kaap Cultural and Heritage Gateway

Many Muslims, descendents of slaves from Java, Batavia, Malaysia and parts of Asia, live in the historical Bo-Kaap. With its steep cobbled streets leading to the slopes of Signal Hill, the oldest mosque in Cape Town and where a number of Muslim slaves are buried, there is a distinct village-like atmosphere.

Muslim women were often employed in the kitchens of their Dutch masters, where they experimented with Dutch food, adding exotic spices like cloves, cinnamon and allspice. This evolved into Cape cuisine, which can be further broken down into traditional Afrikaner and Cape Malay styles.

Many of the men were skilled tradesmen and their works can still be seen in the architecture of Cape Town.

The views of the city and the ocean are worth the trek up the cobbled streets.

You can experience the Bo-Kaap through walking tours, food and craft markets, home stays, home-cooked meals and Cape Malay cooking classes.


The Bo-Kaap still has original cobbled streets. Photo courtesy of Julyinireland

Colourful houses are a common sight. Photo courtesy of MsRuby

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