Bo-Kaap is a hidden treasure. A warren of picturesque, brightly coloured houses nestled on old cobbled streets, and dating from the seventeenth century, it is perched above the city centre and steeped in the traditions of the Islam and Cape Malay community. The abundance of beautiful Mosques and kramats, (saints’ shrines), reflect the deeply spiritual history of this charming area, which is a unique melting pot of cultures, creeds and tantalizing aromas!
BO-KAAP CULTURAL MARKET
This vibrant community event occurs monthly, on the first Saturday. Supported by the Bo-Kaap Cultural and Heritage Gateway, it showcases the very best of traditional foods, (samosas, pickles, dried fruit, spices) for purchase, with plenty of opportunity for munching as you browse, and offers an eclectic range of arts and crafts. Furthermore, it fosters a spirit of community and heritage amongst locals, encouraging talent and cultivating a real sense of pride and ownership.
67 Rose Street
Originally introduced by the Muslim slaves celebrating their one and only day off work in the year, this iconic event is now a veritable colourburst. Revellers march from the Grand Parade to the Greenpoint Stadium, dressed in colourful suits and white hats. January 2nd annually
Housed in one of the oldest buildings in Wale Street, the Bo-Kaap (Iziko Bo-Kaap) Museum has been returned to the authentic state of a 19th century traditional Cape Malay dwelling. Entering its portals you feel as if you are truly stepping back in time. The land on which it stands was granted in 1763, whereupon Jan De Waal built a number of small houses for hire/letting (huurhuisies). These “huurhuisies” were the first constructed houses in Bokaap, upon which this reconstruction is based.
71 Wale Street
Closed Sundays, Workers’ Day, Christmas Day, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha, January 2nd.
BO-KAAP GUIDED WALKING TOURS
Conducted by registered and qualified guide Shireen Narkedien, these fascinating, specialist tours focus on a number of key historical, social and cultural aspects of the area.
Duration of tours : 1.5 – 2.5 hours
Tel: +27 21 422 1554
Cell: +27 82 423 6932
Email : email@example.com
CAPE MALAY COOKING SAFARI
Cape Malay Cuisine is enduringly popular and on this tantalising cooking safari, you are inducted into the secrets of the aromatic herbs and spices that give this cuisine its unique quality, taught how to make a traditional dish and learn more about the history and culture of this unique area.
Article by Carrie Turner, Marketing & Relationship Manager at Engel & Völkers Sea Point