Visit Bo-Kaap in Cape Town

Wonderfully Unpretentious

For the visitor, there are quite a few things to see and do in the Bo-Kaap (formerly known as the Malay Quarter) in Cape Town. A good first stop is the Bo-Kaap Museum.

©Eric Miller
Aerial view of the Bo-Kaap, Cape Town.

This is a small installation that explains the history of the area, and the museum also houses a superb photographic exhibition. It’s wonderfully unpretentious.

Then, go get something to eat from one of the restaurants. This is the best way for open-minded gourmands to try some of the distinctively spicy Cape Malay cuisine of the Bo-Kaap. While Cape Town has ritzier places to eat traditional food like Bobotie or Bredie, these old establishments in Bo-Kaap is filled with authenticity and offer a friendly welcome.

By David Fleminger

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