Featured area - Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap

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!

 

FREE TIME

 

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.

Entrance: Free

10am-6pm

67 Rose Street

 

COON CARNIVAL

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

 

BO-KAAP MUSEUM

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

 

Bo-Kaap

Monday-Saturdays

10am-5pm

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

Contact details:

Shireen Narkerdien

Tel: +27 21 422 1554

Cell: +27 82 423 6932

Email : shireen.narkedien@gmail.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.

www.andulela.com

 

Article by Carrie Turner, Marketing & Relationship Manager at Engel & Völkers Sea Point

 

Engel & Völkers

Cape Town
Shop 6B, Centurion Lifestyle Centre, Centurion
0157 Cape Town
South Africa
Phone
0860 22 77 77

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