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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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Capelle aan den IJssel, Nederland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Nice to just walk around, take some pictures and talk with locals. If you are tired go and take a seat for a coffee at haas.

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New York City
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333 reviews 333 reviews
153 attraction reviews
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The houses are cute but the slovenly residents hanging out on the porches of these houses mar their neighborhood's charm. There isn't a coffee shop in sight though, which would have been nice to enjoy the area more.

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Cape Town
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211 reviews 211 reviews
143 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Rows of houses which look like the rainbow, very much of our wonderful nation. wonderful site and great vibe to witness. Takes 30 minutes and well worth the visit

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Evergreen, Colorado, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We visited the Bo-kaap neighborhood on the way back to our lodge from the port area, and were delighted to find such a colorful neighborhood! We shot many photos of the brightly painted houses.

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New York City, New York, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

I visited because of the positive reviews in Trip advisor. However, besides the colorfully painted houses in Bo Kaap, there was not much else. I didn't even get a feel for the culture of the Malay people. Most are private houses with their doors closed, not much in the way of shops or markets.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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112 reviews 112 reviews
99 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I wonder how many people turned left into Wale Street, instead of right. The moment the colored homes appeared I smiled. I have seen them so many times on photos and I was so happy to finally see them for myself. It was also not "dangerous" to park and walk around the Bo Kaap area at all. People were as... More

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Perth, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Like a town within Cape Town, Bo-Kaap is a maze of colourful houses, bright colours, houses next to each others harmoniously mismatched in their hues selections. The place has something special, an atmosphere that is inviting and cheery. It feels like a coastal Caribbean town more than an inner city multicultural quarter, originally Malay. The place is full of history... More

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New York City, New York
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80 reviews 80 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We had a fabulous day with the fiesty Zainie. My only regret is that I didn't book it at the beginning of my stay in Cape Town. She's full of life and the most passionate chef I've ever encountered. She'll take you through the quaint Bo-Kaap neighborhood while reliving her interesting life. The local markets you visit are unique and... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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87 reviews 87 reviews
67 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

if in cape town, don't miss out on this great little place. walk along the cobble stoned street and greet the people living here. probably the most friendliest community and also the safest due to the tight relationships within the community and the lifestyle, spending time on the street or the patio of the house. probably also the most photographed... More

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We had limited time in town and wanted to visit the Bo-kaap neighborhood so we hired a taxi for a quick photo op. The streets come alive with the mixture of colored buildings with Table Mountain in the background. The streets are very narrow in some places and cobblestone walkway. We were cautioned to be aware of our surroundings at... More

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