We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
All photos (1,338)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good44%
  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“colorful houses”(84 reviews)
“cape malay”(58 reviews)
“spice shop”(27 reviews)
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 72 464 1212
Ways to Experience Bo-kaap
from US$56.80
More Info
from US$46.00
More Info
from US$45.60
More Info
from US$52.10
More Info
Reviews (1,893)
Filter reviews
1,127 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewscolorful housescape malayspice shopmalay quartermuslim communityfree walking tourinteresting historytaking pictureswalk aroundlong streetsunny daysignal hillhop on hop off bustable mountainmosqueculturehalal
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 1,127 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago

This area was just around the corner from our hotel. Nice are to visit for a quick pit stop but there are much nicer ares to visit while in Cape Town but it is worth stopping and learning about the history and heritage of the...More

Thank Murphy2k14
Reviewed 3 days ago

You’ll recognize the pastel square houses of this historical neighborhood from postcards. Wish I had a little more time in Bo-Kaap so I could check out the museum and the oldest mosque in South Africa (Auwal Mosque), but some time is better than no time....More

Thank guavasorbet
Reviewed 5 days ago

It was a rainy day when I went, yet many of the residents were at their doors with friendly smiles and greeting. A very pleasant community spirit - something that seems to be lacking in much of Cape Town. The colourful homes are nice to...More

Thank phenning2347
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bo Kaap is threatened by gentrification. Land that used to be cheap when you had to walk up to them is now expensive because of the view. It is not a museum but a living conflict.

Thank inCY10
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took this free 90 minute walking tour to get a better understanding of the historical significance of the area. Our group of 20 was lead by a energetic guide from a local tour company. He shared some interesting facts about the religious overtones, people...More

Thank McKinley T
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great way to find your way around Cape Town. The history of this area is very interesting and an important demonstration of many ethnic groups living together with respect and mutual acceptance. This area is now facing high taxes and owners are faced with...More

Thank chelem_2000
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a free walking tour of the neighbourhood - you tip at the end as much or as little as you wish. We heard about the tour at the City sightseeing office on Long Street - the 90 min tour actually begins at Greenmarket...More

Thank Kate P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely spend some time at the Bo-kaap museum to learn more about this community and its history. It will help to inform the visitor as they walk around the area the significance of the colorful homes and the meaning inherent to the inhabitants.

Thank randall1025
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is too hyped.No doubt its nice clean and colorful, but after all the amazing places in cape town, i felt these place is lil too hyped than required.

Thank NishiNupur
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Remarkable setting of Cape Town Malay quarters with beautiful homes of colour; cobble stone roadways; outward features still original. Breathtaking and real. Visited the BoKaap museum also. Treat with late lunch at Bishmillah Restaurant. Rene and Joy van Steensel Holland

Thank APTT49
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
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
12 January 2018|
AnswerShow all 14 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from Ronygr | Reviewed this property |
it is a 15 min walk but do it before dark it gets uneasy at dark.inthag area