Bo-Kaap: colourful Cape Town

My mother and sister visited me in South Africa for about ten days and we spent most of our time together in Cape Town. On this specific day, our main goal for the day was to join one of the many free walking tours offered by the city and go explore Bo-Kaap. We had been there a few years earlier and couldn’t wait to go back. But before doing that, I took my family to a restaurant I’ve been wanting to go to for a long time.

Sexy Food is a small restaurant located on Bree Street. They’re experts on everything bacteria and sprouts and the good stuff food can do to your body. All their food is veggie and organic and a as low waste as possible. Check out their page for more info on heavenly creations of food!

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This definitely kept us fuelled for the rest of our day exploring Cape Town. Our highlight was of course walking around Bo-Kaap in the evening. The word “bo” in Afrikaans means “top” or “above” referring to the location: it is situated slightly higher, and you get beautiful views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head if you walk around.

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The people that live in the Bo-Kaap are a close-knit community of Cape Malay, descendants of the slaves that were brought from Dutch colonies in Asia to South Africa. As you walk around, you will notice it seems very village-like. People sit outside, chatting, greeting you as you walk past. The community is Muslim, so if you get there at the right time, you will hear their prayers.

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It is also known for its traditional Cape Malay food that has become a staple of South African cuisine today (curries, bobotie, koeksisters, etc.). They are known to use a variety of spices and are quite obviously influenced by Asian cuisine.

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I forget what the colours of the houses actually represent… but I doubt I’m wrong if I say they reflect the multicultural community that makes the Bo-Kaap area so special. The houses have now of course become a huge tourist attraction as they are just beautiful to photograph, but it is nice to get to know some history of the area before (or while) going there. It is another one of Cape Town’s very unique places.

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In fact, people from outside the community have attempted many times to buy the houses (for quite a bit of money), and turn them into luxurious, modern houses. Thankfully, the inhabitants of this area have not let this happen and can thereby maintain the authenticity and quietness of this beautiful Cape Malay village within Cape Town.

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This views has become so famous it made it onto the cover for Lonely Planet’s travel guide to Cape Town

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