Translated from Afrikaans, Bo-Kaap means ‘Above the Cape’ and is set against the slopes of Signal Hill, perched above the city. Undeniably vivid, this bright district needs to feature in your Instagram feed! You’ll come for the striking backdrop but end up staying longer than expecting for tasty samosas, koesisters and other exotic malay treats.
We start the tour in Wale Street where you will learn about the origins of the oldest suburb in South Africa. Our walk then takes us past the Auwal Mosque, which is the oldest mosque in South Africa, which was started by enslaved people in defiance of Dutch law, in 1794 .
We stop along the way and grab a local snack, before walking down the street with all the colourful houses. This is the most-photographed street in South Africa and we stop at some of the local art galleries as well. We then work our way towards Cape Town’s famed spice shop, Atlas, where you will smell the heady aromas of spices used in everyday Cape Malay cooking. These are the same spices used by slaves as an expression of freedom in their masters’ kitchens.