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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Bo-kapp is a district originally settled by Indian and Malaysian Muslim slaves that is now a funky sort of arts community. The houses are all painted in bright colours, fantastic for pictures and the streets are lined with shops, restaurants and coffee houses. Definitely...More

Thank ahendren
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went twice to see the historic area....late afternoon walking tour which was interesting but busy and impossible to take any good photos. Got up early on our last morning in Cape Town and captured the mix of colours on the houses in beautiful light...More

Thank lorcaa
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Nice take picture place but then leave quickly. There are many people ‘helping’ you to park, what a nuisance.

Thank Eduard S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Facing Table Mountain on one side and Signal Hill on the other this old area from 18th century is worth a visit not only to see the multi coloured houses but also the mosques and to taste the Koeksisters (doughnuts) sold on the street corner.

Thank D8TEterryh
Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

1  Thank mel b
Reviewed 1 week 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 2 weeks 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!

1  Thank Michal J
Reviewed 2 weeks 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

1  Thank chefIpad
Reviewed 2 weeks 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 2 weeks ago

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

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Dane C
4 February 2018|
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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.
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Feras A
12 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
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Sherrelle K
26 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
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