Bo-kaapCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: Bo-Kaap (Cape Malay), Cape town, South Africa
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: Museum, Tour, Restaurant, Entertainment, Family And Kids
Bo-kaap - Review
Bo-Kaap is a multi-ethnic area in Cape Town. The Malay colony houses colorful homes and tiny street that are a real delight to tour around. There is also great food and many local restaurants that you can visit.
There is a huge Islamic influence on the area and there are a lot of small picturesque mosques (KRAMATS) that dot the area. There is also a museum called the Bo-Kaap Museum which tries to document the history of Malays from Cape Town. You can also tour around and admire the peculiar architecture of Bo-Kaap and experience its sights and sounds down the cobblestone roads. One of the signaling Guns from Signal Hill has been kept here on display too.
You can choose to spend a lot of time in this area to take in the feel of it. There is a lot to do, see, explore and taste. But at least a short visit to this area is a must to see an amazing mix and harmony of cultures and traditions. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Cape Town itinerary 5 days.
- Do not miss this neighborhood out as there are numerous photo opportunities.
How To reach Bo-kaap by Public Transport
Restaurants Near Bo-kaap
- Marco’s African Place
- Dutch Manor Antique Hotel Private Dining
- The Rose Bistro and Deil
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Things to Know Before Visiting Bo-kaap
14.5% of people who visit Cape Town include Bo-kaap in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
45.76% of people start their Bo-kaap visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Bo-kaap
67.35% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Bo-kaap
Bo-kaap, Cape Town Reviews
If you're looking for an in depth analysis and history of the Malaysian Slaves, then this is the museum to visit. Staff are very, very informative and friendly. After visiting the museum, you'll have a better understanding of where the Malayan people came from, and what the colors of the houses means. Put this visit on your bucket list, it will be a visit well spent. Guaranteed!!!
If you have some spare time or really interested in the local history, then visit this place. Otherwise, don't bother. It's not exactly anything exciting or well presented.
Houses were cool to see, but look better when the weather is clear. The museum was alright, but was pretty small and didn't focus much on the buildings.
This is a great area to go by because of the beautiful and colorful houses. However, I thought there would’ve been more to share about the culture and community even as you’re walking around. I wonder if there is a Bo-Kaap festival that occurs that could have given me a bit more of the history. If not, I think it could be something to consider. I also came across an building that was spay painted with the words “No to gentrification”. It made me wonder even more about what’s happening in that community.
If you are walking past it is fine to check out. The houses are pastel and it is a busy neighborhood. The museum is lackluster in details, at one point it has a box filled with kids toys to show a donation once took place. Over hyped.