Settled in to our leafy Cape Town neighbourhood, we were ready to explore more of the city. First up on the agenda: a charming hidden suburb at the foot of Signal Hill called Bo Ka’ap (meaning ‘upper cape’), known for its jumble of restored and crumbling heritage houses p
ainted vivid colours.
The streets are a vibrant mix of heritage architecture, artisan studios, spice shops, cafes, restaurants and guesthouses – and 10 mosques! – it feels like a historic district on the cusp of gentrification.
Bo Ka’ap is home to a diverse 300-year-old Muslim community, established by freed slaves – when the houses were painted… white! Hard to imagine, isn’t it? Apparently, the paint job is a recent addition, thought to celebrate the Muslim festivals of Ramadan and Eid.
After popping into the Bo Kaap Museum, we need a pitstop. There are plenty of cafes dotted around like the Rose Corner Cafe with its cool dusty orange painted shopfront decorated with artwork, where we stock up on ice-cold bottles of water and spices to take home.
As our exploring comes to an end, we walk past the cute La Rose B&B, which I make a note of for our next trip! A
fter a bit of snooping, I find out this charming guesthouse offers eight vibrantly-decorated cosy en-suite rooms and that its owner loves making authentic crepes for guests, which you can enjoy on their breezy roof garden with views across all the colourful houses.