Situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre, this district also known as the Malay Quarter is one of the most colourful in Cape Town. It's also steeped in history, having been home to the city's Muslim community for more than 175 years (the Nurul Islam mosque was established in 1844, and the Bo-Kaap Museum, in an 18th-century house which is the district's oldest, shows how a prosperous Muslim family of the time lived). And by the way, the next-door De Waterkant neighborhood is a bit less ostentatiously chromatic but still plenty picturesque.



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