Bo-Kaap buzzes with cultural attractions ranging from traditional restaurants and craft markets to museums and churches, and a visit provides a look back in time, as well as a window into the neighborhood’s modern culture. Sample the local cuisine on a food tour, visit the Bo-Kaap Museum in the quarter’s oldest building, or get personal insights from a local on a guided walking tour.
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Things to Know Before You Go
The Bo-Kaap is a must-visit for history buffs and culture enthusiasts.
There are ample dining opportunities within the quarter.
Most of the neighborhood is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
How to Get There
Conveniently located on the outskirts of the Cape Town city center, the Bo-Kaap can easily be reached by public transportation or taxi. You also can visit on a hop-on hop-off bus or a guided tour.
When to Get There
You can visit the neighborhood at any time of day, with the experience varying greatly depending on when you visit. If you want to get the streets to yourself and capture photos of the colorful houses, visit early in the morning. To get to know the local culture, visit in the afternoon or evening. Note that the Bo-Kaap Museum is closed on Sundays.
The Bo-Kaap Museum
Located in a historic home that was listed as a National Monument in 1965, the Bo-Kaap Museum is a cultural museum that focuses on Muslim history in the Cape. The historic house has been restored and furnished to display the lifestyle of a 19th-century Muslim family, providing a rare insight into one of South Africa’s underrepresented populations.