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BoKaap MuseumNo. 71 Wale street is today known as the Bokaap Museum (Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum). The land on which the house stands was granted in 1763 and constructed and owned by Jan De Waal who also built a number of small houses for hire/letting (huurhuisies). The “huurhuisies” were the first constructed houses in Bokaap. The house was restored to represent a “Malay dwelling” of the 19th Century.

The additions that were made to the structure were removed and the dwelling was returned to it’s original state. Yellowwood flooring and ceiling boards were used. Restoration was done on the original teak-windows, teak-shutters, fanlight and doors. Even the roof has been covered in yellowwood to give the feeling of the old Cape Dutch beams. Restoration was done to the wavy/curvilinear parapet to give it back it’s original state.

A visit to this Museum is a must as it feel as though you stepping back in time.

It is one of the oldest buildings in Wale Street 71 houses the “Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum”. It is furnished as a house of the 19th century period and hopes to document the history of the “Cape Malays.” The museum is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10h00 to 17h00.

Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum
71 Wale Street,
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10h00 to 17h00
Closed on Sundays, Workers’ Day, Christmas Day, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha and January 2
Adults (19 years and older) R10
Students, SA Pensioners R5
18 years and under Free
Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3938
Fax: +27 (0)21 481 3938


1 Auwal Mosque Est 1794 34 Dorp Street
Auwal Mosque

Auwal Mosque

The Auwal Mosque is the first and oldest mosque built in South Africa. This is evident according to very strong oral tradition which also confirms that Imam Abdullah Kadi Abdus Salaam also known as Tuan Guru, who was the first Imam at this Mosque.
The Auwal mosque came into existence in 1798 during the first British occupation of the Cape of Good Hope and was the main religious instituting during the years 1804 until 1850. This mosque is also the first to have practiced most of the Cape Muslim traditions.
The Auwal mosque was a Shafee mosque and was in conformance with the doctrines of Muslims of Indonesian origin. Hence the teachings of Shafee were taught so that up to this day more than 90% of Muslims in the Bo-Kaap are Shafee.
The Auwal Mosque which is situated in Dorp Street has ever since its inception been a symbol of the struggle of Cape Muslims for the recognition of Islam and their freedom to worship
2 Palm Tree Mosque Est 1820 185 Long Street
Palm Tree Mosque

Palm Tree Mosque

The Palm Tree Mosque is the second oldest Mosque in BoKaap and was established in 1820. The Mosque’s location is in Long Street and appears to be a house that was converted into a Mosque. The Mosque is also refered to in some books as the Jan Van Boughies Mosque. The first Imaam appointed was Abdoolgamiet van Bengalen.
3 Nurul Islam Mosque Est 1844 134 Buitengragcht Street
Nurul Islam Mosque

Nurul Islam Mosque

Nurul Islam Mosque is the first mosque in South Africa founded by a congregation of students who studied under the guidance of Imam Achmat van Bengalen. It is the third oldest mosque and is situated in a small lane off Buitengracht Street about one hundred metres from the Auwal mosque. It was founded in 1844 by the younger of Tuan Guru’s sons, Imam Abdol Rauf.
The Mohamedan Shafee Congregation was established round about the 1830′s by Abdol Rakiep together with his brother Abdol Rauf, the three sons of Achmat van Bengalen and Baderoen. It was only 27 February 1844 that the Mohamedan Shafee Congregation received a transference of property to build the mosque with Abdol Rauf as Imam.
4 Jamia Mosque Est 1850 Lower Chiappini Street
Jamia Mosque

Jamia Mosque

This Shafee mosque was the first mosque which was specially granted land for a mosque site and hence is also known as Queen Victoria Mosque as patronage of the British Crown. It is the fourth mosque and is situated on the corner of Chiappini and Castle Streets adjacent to the disused stone quarry where the first Jumu-ah(Friday Congregational prayer) was read in South Africa in 1790. It is the biggest mosque in Bo-Kaap and the fifth eldest in South Africa. The minaret was constructed in 1932 and later enlarged in 1914 to accommodate the Hiempu.
The Jamia Mosque is the main Shafee Jumu-ah Mosque in Bo-Kaap and serves as a reminder of the Cape Muslims in the Battle of Blaauwberg and the Battle of the Axe, in order for the construction site for a mosque to be acquired.
5 Mosque Shafee Est 1859 Upper Chiapinni Street
Mosque Shafee

Mosque Shafee

On 3 September 1859 the first piece of land was acquired by Imam Hadjie, who was a trustee of the Mohamedan community and took the transfer of a piece of land situated on the corner of Helliger Lane and Chiappini Street. The original name of the mosque was The Mosque of Imam Hadjie and was the fifth mosque constructed in Bo-Kaap.
6 Hanafee Mosque Est1881 Cnr. Long & Dorp Street
Hanafee Mosque

Hanafee Mosque

The Hanafee Mosque is situated at the corner of Dorp and Long Street and was con structed by Abubakr Effendi. The first Imam was Achmat Sedick.
7 Boorhaanol Mosque Est 1884 Longmarket Street
Boorhaanol Mosque

Boorhaanol Mosque

Boorhaanol Islam was built in 1884 and is situated in Longmarket Street. It was originally known as Pilgrim Mosque. This was where the first minaret was built in Cape Town and was made of wood. After it blew off in a storm in the late 1930′s it was replaced by a concrete structure. It was then decided to renovate the entire mosque. It was during these renovations that the name of the mosque was changed to Masjied Boorhaanol Islam in 1970.It is the only mosque in Cape Town which was declared a national monument.

The Boorhaanol mosque was also very much concerned with the upliftment of the community and established the Boorhaanol Recreational Movement on 7 October 1966. This was initiated by Imam Abdurahmaan Bassier the Imam of the mosque at that time.
8 Quawatul Islam Mosque Est 1892 Loop Street
Quawatul Islam Mosque

Quawatul Islam Mosque

The eighth Mosque to be constructed in BoKaap is Quawatul Islam Mosque in Loop Street. The Mosque was built as a result of the large influx of Indian Muslims to Cape Town. By the late nineteenth century the majority of the Muslim people residing in BoKaap were Shafee due their culture and the their rooted beginnings. This did cause conflict as the Hanafee followers would not allow marriages to takes place between themselves and Shafee followers. But today it is possible and that struggle is over.

9 Nurul Mohamadia Mosque Est 1899 Vos Street
Nurul Mohamadia Mosque

Nurul Mohamadia Mosque

The Mosque was constructed in 1899 in Vos Street. The location is described as between Strand, Waterkant, Hudson and Vos Street. The land was donated by Hadjie Salie Jacob to the Nurul Mohamedia Congregation. It was the first Mosque in BoKaap with a proper constitution defining the rights of the Imam and the members of the Mosque. It was also the first BoKaap not involved in the Supreme Court litigations.
10 Nurul Huda Mosque Est 1958 Leeuwen Street
Nurul Huda Mosque

Nurul Huda Mosque

Situated near the Schotsches Kloof Flats in Leeuwen Street is the Nurul Huda Mosque constructed in 1958. A prayer room was constructed by the Jassiem Family is 1939. Madressa classes are also held.


The residents of Bo-Kaap are mostly descended from slaves who were imported to the Cape by the Dutch during the the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. They reigned from Africa, Indonesia, Java Malaysia, and elsewhere in Asia. They were known as “Cape Malays”, which is an incorrect term as most of BoKaap’s residents are not entirely of Malaysian descent. There are still traces of Indonesian vocabulary in BoKaap’s dialect such as “trim-makaasi” thank-you and “kanalah” please! There are also many words which have also been substituted with Afrikaans.
The Dutch imported slaves who were political exiles, convicts, skilled craftsmen, artisans, famous scholars and religious leaders. Islam, who roots started in Saudi Arabia some 1400 years ago was brought to the Cape in the 1700′s.
Skill, Talents and Cuisines:
Skills and talents passed down from generation to generation accompanied these slaves. Not only skilled craftsman but superb cooks and cuisines blossomed. The Cape Malay Cuisine are not only delicious but unique and has played a huge role in South African dishes. The dishes are a combination of asian, arab and european which makes people view food in a different light.

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Bo-Kaap Food and Craft Market

The Bo-Kaap community, with foods and traditions that have been passed down over a period of 350 years by slaves and traders from India, Indonesia, Africa and Malaysia invites to to visit their colourful area and experience the warmth of its people.

The monthly food and craft market will take place on Saturday 5 February between 10:00 and 14:00 at the Boorhaanol Centre in Pentz Street, opposite the Bo-Kaap Civic Centre.

Tasty traditional foods including curries, rotis, bredies, koesisters, milk tart, biscuits, cakes, spices and more will be on sale. View old photo collections and chat to the locals about their history. Also on sale are hand crafts, clothing, pickles, konfyts and gifts to take home. Relaxing foot or back massages are available too.

Have you ever wondered how samoosas are made? A hands on samoosa folding demonstration will take place at 12:00.

Entrance free.Fun activities for children. Contact 0741011837

Bo Kaap Kombuis Malay Restaurant

Bo Kaap Kombuis Malay Restaurant

Bo Kaap Kombuis Malay Restaurant

Category: Cafes/Coffee Shops, Catering, Food Businesses, Restaurants, Tourism/Accomodation
Details: A Bed & Breakfast (3 Star Grading) A Traditional Cape Malay Restaurant – serving traditional Cape Malaul Cuisine – A La Carte Because we situated high on the hill we have the most spectacular views of Table Mountain and the city and surrounded by cultural treasures and historical heritage which makes the Bo-Kaap Kombuis an ideal venue for family functions.
Mealse Denningvleis, Bobotie, Sosati chop, Sugar beans curry, Crayfish curry, Lamb curry, Prawn curry, Dhal, Rooti, etc

Address: No7 August Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town

Tel: +27 (021) 422-5446



Find their menu here

Monthly Bo-Kaap Crafts & Food Market Day

Monthly Bo Kaap Crafts & Food Market Day

Bo Kaap

A monthly community food and craft market is held usually the first Saturday of the month in the heart of the Bo-Kaap, between 10am-2pm at the Schotschekloof Civic Centre, Upper Wale Street, in Bo-Kaap.

Entrance is free, so that you support the local community.

This is the perfect place to mingle with the residents of this historic area for a truly cultural experience.

There are food demonstrations, where you may even learn to make the ‘curry in a hurry’ !
Available are tasty traditional foods, biscuits, cakes, samoosas, crafts, gifts, pickles, smoked snoek, dried fruit, jewelery and lots more on sale. You may place orders with the stall holders for traditional Malay dress-maker customised designed clothing and other handmade craft items.

You welcome to sit down and enjoy coffee and koesisters or curry and roti.
Have a look at some of the interesting home-made products on exhibition at our Market Days…

“The event is hosted by the Bo-Kaap Cultural and Heritage Gateway, a
community based Non-Profit Organisation that aims to empower the
community through skills development and job creation, using local
talent and government and non-government resources. The vibrant and
colourful community of Bo-Kaap is passionate and proud of their history
and legacy, and is one of South Africa’s prized cultural and heritage
gems. Apartheid placed this community at a disadvantage because of their
colour. However, historians say, they fought the system to achieve
Freedom and Democracy with the rest of South Africa.

They maintained their strong values and identities as passed down by
their fore-fathers through the decades of Slavery and then Apartheid, to
emerge as a people strong in Faith and rich in Culture. The Bo-Kaap is
where internationals and locals experience the sights, sounds and tastes
of the descendants of slaves from the East Indies, India and Africa.
Traditional crafts, the famous Cape Malay cuisine and music, are amongst
the offerings to be had here.

Organisers say this project was a dream of a group of dynamic previously
disadvantaged women wanting to create employment through home
industries, markets, traditional food experiences and cultural events in
the Bo-Kaap, empowering in particular, women and youth. A monthly Food
and Craft Market , working with the FNB Community Outreach Programme,
ABSA Small Business Development to facilitate small business courses,
encouraging learnerships and employment with the local private sector,
is proof that this project is a serious commitment to the community of

source : VOCFM

See you there!

For further information, contact

  • Contact 072 643 0054 or
  • Bilqees on 021 4243736 or

For the latest dates click here


Cape Malay Cuisine is very popular. It is the use of very aromatic spices and herbs that makes Cape Malay cooking so unique. Over 300 years ago,’malay slaves’ brought frangance and flavour of various spices and hearbs such as cloves, all spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, ginger and corriander to their foods!

Here is a taste of recipes on the website:
Peppermint crisp fridge tart
Bobotie – will take you to another website

Click here to find all recipes within this website

Popular Cape Malay Cook Books

  • Cape Malay Cookbook 1 – Fadiela Williams
  • Cape Malay Cookbook 2 – Fadiela Williams
  • Induldgance – Shanaaz Parker
  • Boeka Treats – Boorhanol

Traditional Cape Malay Cooking by Zainab Lagardien
Cass Abrahams Cooks Cape Malay: Food from Africa by Cass Abrahams
The Cape Malay Cookbook by Faldela Williams
More Cape Malay Cooking by Faldela Williams
South African Cape Malay Cooking by Sonia Allison

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