A Short Walk In Bo Kaap


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The little Cape Town suburb of Bo Kaap stretching towards Signal Hill with narrow cobble stone streets, brightly painted houses with little flower filled gardens, stretching from the late seventeenth century,  Muslim saints’ shrines (kramats) and mosques and spice shops perfuming the air with heady aromas is a delightful place to spend a lazy afternoon.
The area was settled by Malay traders, craftsmen and freed slaves, mainly from Indonesia, Java, Celebes and Bali brought over by the Dutch East India Company, who built distinctive, mainly semi detached or terraced houses with Cape Dutch, Georgian or Victorian  facades and teak windows and introduced their distinctive cuisine spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, cloves, cumin and chillies.
It is a non-threatening place to wander around on your own but guided walking tours with Cape Malay cookery classes are a great way to sample the delights of this unique location.
Painted houses with Signal Hill in the background

Painted houses with Signal Hill in the background

Bo Kaap houses with Table mountain in the background

Bo Kaap houses with Table Mountain in the background

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The shops sell an astonishing variety of spices

The shops sell an astonishing variety of spices

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Cape Malay cookery class with Yasmina

Cape Malay cookery class with Yasmina

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