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Bo-kaap

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Traveler Description: There is just no way you can drive  through an area and say that you have visited. Bo-Kaap is a vibrant area with lots of culture and character. The... more »
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Lightwater Uk
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130 reviews 130 reviews
22 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

As a keen photographer I was drawn to this area. Really easy to find only minutes from the city centre, we drove and found easy on street parking. There are so many brightly painted buildings and against the perfect blue sky create a riot of colour. There are about 3/4 streets worth exploring and local guides give an excellent explanation... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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47 attraction reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I did a rather express tour of Bo Kaap and thoroughly enjoyed it. I took loads of beautiful photos of the vibrant homes with the dramatic mountain backdrop. It would have been nice to have spent more time and visited the museum and perhaps a tea house and a shop but I was in a hurry. Regardless, I really enjoyed... More

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San Francisco, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
63 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This neighborhood is tucked between De Waterkaant and Tamboerskloof and is worlds apart from both. Even though it is not too far from V&A, it is off the main tourist paths. Lots of one story, colorful houses in narrow cobblestone streets. Though, the further you walk towards the Signal Hill, the more sketchy it gets, so go during the day... More

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Khartoum, Sudan
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13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Bo-Kaap or Malay Quarter is a fantastic little neighboor hood to stroll around and add some color to your pictures!!! Just watch you step as some streets are steep - and coubble stoned.

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Norddeutschland
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366 attraction reviews
452 helpful votes 452 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Bo kaap is just off the long street and a nice walk to and from the V&A so it is pretty easy to get there. Once there, the area is not that big but has doznes of beautifully painted houses in bright colours in a very small area which make for very nice picture opportunities. Many of them conatin nice... More

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Karlshamn, Sweden
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53 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We went to Bo Kaap on our own, no guide, in the afternoon just to check out the colorful buildings. We were only there for about 10-15 minutes and that was all we needed to walk through a few of the streets and take som pictures. There are some streets higher up (away from Long Street) that we found a... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Well worth a visit to this old Malay part of the city with colourful houses. Not at all commercial - just a normal neighbourhood. Take some shots with Table Mountain in the background.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

This vibrant, colorful houses in this old Malay area instantly cheer you up. A lot of kids playing and locals hanging by their houses. A lot of various B&B's in this area. Beautiful sights of the city and Table Mountain. The whole area is located on a steep hill side, so wear a pair of comfy walking shoes.

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We had a very interesting and informative 3-hour tour of Bo Kaap, including the museum, with Shireen Narkedien (shireen.narkedien@gmail.com), a local expert who seems to know just about everyone who lives in the area. We had passed through the neighborhood quickly a couple of days before on a large tour of Cape Town but saw and learned so much more... More

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I did both a walking and driving tour around the Malay Quarter. Lots of colorful buildings in this neighborhood along with lots of kids hanging outside their houses. Only regret was not going to the Bo-Kaap Museum.

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