As multicultural as its multi-coloured streets, you’ll find the meaning of ‘Rainbow Nation’ in the Bo-Kaap. Known for its vibrant blend of cultures, Cape Town’s most photographed area is a fascinating melting pot of Malaysian, African, Indian and Sri Lankan influence. Its brightly painted houses, quaint cobbled streets, and South Africa’s oldest mosque make it an unforgettable visit.
Rouge on Rose Boutique Hotel
Rouge on Rose Boutique Hotel is considered the place to stay in the Bo Kaap. The mother and son team behind this fabulous 4-star hotel offer luxury accommodation with a generous helping of personality, insider’s knowledge and charm. Ask them anything from how to get the most elusive dinner reservation and where to pick up a pair of handmade leather shoes, to where to go for quality craft beers and a good boogie and how to find the best surf for the day.
Dutch Manor Antique Hotel
South Africa’s only registered antique hotel, Dutch Manor’s owners have lovingly be restored its former opulent elegance. It’s a gorgeous, intimate stay, with only six meticulously decorated rooms, furnished with antique furniture. Step out the front door into in the colourful streets of the Bo-Kaap and its shops, restaurants and cafes. Just a couple of streets away in the quarter’s oldest building is the Bo-Kaap museum, and closer still, the Gallery MOMO is well worth a visit.
Signal Hill Lodge
On the slopes of the nature reserve after which it’s named, Signal Hill Lodge has incredible views of the city bowl and harbour. Appearing quite unassuming from the outside, the owners have taken inspiration from its colourful location, giving the comfortable interior a vibrancy that really lifts the spirits and reflects the Bo-Kaap. Pick a room with a private balcony, or sit in the lush garden, and you’ll get that elusive holiday balance of excitement and relaxation.
If you fancy eating out or trying your own recipes from fresh, local food, Upperbloem’s newly renovated self-catering apartments make a great choice. Hidden away in the winding slopes of the Bo-Kaap, you’ll have your pick of Malay cuisine – aromatic stews and curries, sosaties (kebabs), pickled vegetables, as well as a host of spicy pastries and boeber, a sweet sago. Try Biesmiellah for high-quality Cape Malay cuisine made from fresh local meat and fish dishes seasoned with a range of spices.
Molo Lolo Lodge
This gorgeous hotel is on the edge of the Bo-Kaap, just across from the hip Waterkant district and the restaurants of Bree Street. The interior is fabulous, but the best thing about the Molo Lolo Lodge is its superb roof terrace with a 360° view across the Bo-Kaap to Signal Hill and beyond the city to Table Mountain. The super-helpful staff are there to help you discover the area’s hidden gems, and relax afterwards. Fairness, Friendliness and sustainability is at the heart of this hotel’s ethos.
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