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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Pretty houses along with history lesson of slavery from the Indian Ocean slave trade. Our guide said locals are fed up with tourists bombarding the area so we just drove through. You can walk the area and take photographs.

Thank mel b
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A nice neighborhood that has been turned by tourists to a mere photo op. The pastel colored houses are a joy to see, but the true story is the neighborhood itself. Had a very nice lunch in the area as well.

Thank akmar112
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to explore the colourful houses and it looks very picturesque. There is also the restaurant - Bismiellah - which doesn't look spectacular from the outside but serves amazing food!

Thank Michal J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After lunch we decided to visit bo-kaap and honestly, theres not much to do and see except look at the colorful houses. We spent less then 20 minutes there while walking to the V&A waterfront

Thank chefIpad
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here based on recommendations, to be honest it was quite disappointing, the colours used are vibrant but other than that it is exactly what you think it is...houses painted in bright colours

Thank Richard P
Reviewed 1 week ago

great safe area of town to walk around and explore the history and have lunch in a small café - plenty of street parking

Thank BerkshireRose
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bo kaap is an area in Cape Town that was known as the Malay Quarter. We actually just came upon it as we were walking around.we saw the colorful houses. The brightly colored houses is in celebration of the residents muslim identity. As they celebrate...More

Thank Ricasworld
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting area with colorful houses and mosques. We also liked the Koeksisters which were donut like treats with coconut flakes.

Thank naspins
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tourists safely walk the streets of Bo Kaap and enjoy the sight of brightly coloured buildings. Its a really beautiful place & a must see when in Cape Town. Meet friendly locals and also enjoy shopping. These extremely bright houses represent a major part of...More

Thank nirvanasewkumar
Reviewed 1 week ago

This part of the city showed to me how many different cultures and religions can co-exist together. With all the beautiful colored houses all around, this area is really unique and one of a kind.

Thank Massimiliano G
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Dane C
4 February 2018|
Response from Rajasingam B | Reviewed this property |
Would suggest that a take a slow drive through the neighbourhood first. Then you park at Wale Street and take some pics nearby of the picturesque homes.
Feras A
13 January 2018|
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Response from Marjolein W | Reviewed this property |
I agree, the area is pretty safe during daytime, so you can walk around on your own. But it is nice to get the full impact of the neighbourhood by joining a walking tour and get to know the history behind the coloured... More
Sherrelle K
27 October 2017|
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Response from Ronygr | Reviewed this property |
it is a 15 min walk but do it before dark it gets uneasy at dark.inthag area