Though I did get a bit lost on the way to Bo-Kaap, assuming that I’d easily stumble upon this lovely neighborhood, for more navigationally-savvy individuals it’s about a ten-minute walk from the center of Cape Town, South Africa. You’ll know immediately when you arrive at Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter, when you’re suddenly walking on cobblestone streets lined with the most brilliantly colored homes, situated directly side-by-side to one another.
As you walk along the streets, your eyes are met with an array of bright colors set against a bold blue sky. I got to Bo-Kaap as the sun began to set, but you can imagine how radiant these abodes can be when the sun’s shining brightly.
The candy-colored homes are a combination of Cape Dutch and Cape Georgian architectural styles and make for some incredible photo ops! A loud pink alongside lime green, a sunny yellow adjoins lavender, which meets a sky blue. Kids are playing in the streets, while hip photographers are doing their best to capture just how stunning these homes are. It’s a quaint, charming area with lots to see.
Not only is Bo-Kaap is one of the most colorful parts of South Africa, but it’s also an area known for its culture and history. For those interested in learning more about it, one of the oldest buildings in Bo Kaap has been turned into The Bo Kaap Museum, which showcases local Islamic culture and heritage. Moreover, Bo-Kaap is where South Africa’s oldest mosque can be found. The Auwal Mosque on Dorp Street was constructed in 1794.
As one of the oldest area in Cape Town, a stroll through this vibrant area shouldn’t be missed.