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Bo-Kaap - About the Neighbourhood

The Bo-Kaap is one of Cape Town’s most distinct neighbourhoods known for its vibrant, predominantly Muslim, Cape Malay community and its equally bold flat-roofed colourful houses and cobbled stone roads.

Situated at the foot of Signal Hill, on the fringe of the city centre, and formerly known as the Malay Quarter, the Bo-Kaap’s origins date back to the 1760s when numerous “huurhuisjes” (rental houses) were built and leased to slaves and political exiles brought here from other Dutch colonies in the east including Indonesia’s Batavia, Sumatra, Java and also East Africa. Most of these groups spoke some Malay, hence this new community becoming known as the Cape Malays.

The houses in the area are a mix of Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture and the bright colours, it is said, is attributed to the fact that while on lease, all the houses had to be white. When this rule was eventually lifted, and the slaves were allowed to buy the properties, all the houses were painted bright colours by their owners as an expression of their freedom.

When visiting this area be sure to go see the oldest mosque in South Africa – the Auwal Mosque in Dorp Street and the oldest building in the Bo-Kaap in Wale Street which currently houses the Bo-Kaap Museum. This is the best place to discover the real history of the area and to get a glimpse into the life of a typical Malay family.

Be sure to try a local cooking tour specialising in traditional Cape Malay treats and visit one of the eateries owned and run by families who are historically rooted in the area

Explore by interest in Bo-Kaap

Popular Attractions in Bo-Kaap

From Kirstenbosch Gardens, to Table Mountain Forests and home to Western Cape Rugby and Cricket, Newlands has so much to offer.

Places to Stay in Bo-Kaap

Newlands is one of the most affluent and beautiful neighbourhoods in Cape Town resting on the slopes of Table Mountain. There is a wide range of accommodation available. 

Places to Eat & Drink in Bo-Kaap

Newlands is home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the city. Whether you’re looking for a casual meal or a night out on the town, there’s something for everyone on offer.

Travel Inspiration

Looking for some travel inspiration for your next trip to Bo-Kaap? Here are some ideas to get you started:

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Winter in Cape Town 🌧️

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One of Cape Town’s most visited attractions, @robben_island, offers more than just a prison tour and striking views of Table Mountain. The World Heritage site, provides a range of personalised day and overnight experiences. These include:

1. A Private @robben_island Museum Tour: The tour is tailored to your needs, allowing you to decide how you would like to structure it.

2. Guided Walking Tours: Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites by foot during a guided walking tour, which takes you to eight historic sites, including the Land of Banishment for Xhosa Chiefs, the Limestone Quarry, and the Maximum Security Prison.

3. Overnight Accommodation: The Guest House can accommodate 15 guests, with rooms featuring classic furniture, wooden floors, a kitchen, a dining room, bathroom facilities, and a bar area.

4. Multi-Purpose Learning Centre and Sleep-over Camps:
Dating back to World War II, the centre boasts conference and lecture rooms, an art studio, and accommodation for team-building events or sleep-over camps.
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@tablemountainca (TMACC) will shut down for annual maintenance from Monday, 15 July until Sunday, 1 September 2024. The Cape Town attraction will reopen, weather permitting, on Monday, 2 September 2024.🚠

The extended time is in line with @tablemountainca’s maintenance schedule, in accordance with international standards. Aside from refurbishing the outlets and refreshing the look and feel of both the Top and Lower Stations, extensive work will be done on the cable cars and the ropes.

Read more here: https://www.capetown.travel/annual-maintenance-shutdown-for-table-mountain-aerial-cableway/

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Awe, it’s #WorldChocolateDay tomorrow, July 7 🍫

Take your tastebuds on a cocoa-filled adventure in our beautiful Mother City as you savour everything from brandy and chocolate pairings, learn to dip and package bon bons,
, or let your inner child free in a chocolate factory.

Here are some of our options:

📍 Rapt - The Art of Indulgence
📍 Honest Chocolate
📍 AFRIKOA, Makers Landing
📍 Huguenot Fine Chocolates
📍 KWV Emporium
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Over-the-top dining, theatrics, and journeys “around the world” are just some of the many treats that await you when you visit a fine dining restaurant in Cape Town.

Here are some of our favourites:
📍FYN
📍La Colombe
📍Salon
📍The Red Room, The Mount Nelson
📍Homespun Blouberg

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If a lazy, luxurious Sunday brunch sounds like something you’d like to indulge in, make sure to book your spot at the Pot Luck Club this weekend. The Pot Luck Club Sunday Brunch Winter Extravaganza runs from Sunday 7 July to Sunday 29 September and offers a delicious ten course menu with bottomless bubbly - both alcoholic and non-alcoholic PLUS a fabulous DIY Bloody Mary Station. @thepotluckclubct 🥂 ...

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New Cape Town Restaurant & Bar Alert! 🚨

Margaritaville in Kloof Street is a new restaurant in Cape Town. 🍹

The sister restaurant to Mamacitas in Harrington Street, is inspired by the vibrant and colourful Venice Beach culture. 😍

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