Cape town, South Africa
- See and learn about the colourful houses of Bo Kaap
- Visit Cape Town's oldest spice shop
- See the oldest Mosque in Cape Town
- Help with prepping a delicious Cape Malay lunch
We welcome you to the Cape Malay neighbourhood of Bo Kaap, an area where your eyes will experience a fiesta of colourful houses and your stomach will feast on the delicious local food.
We take a walking tour of the predominantly Muslim community with the lovely Shireen who will be sharing with us the history, architecture, culture, religion and also the socio economic development that is happening in the community.
Followed by a delicious and entertaining Cape Malay cooking class with Shaamiela. We have Shaamiela and her cousin (who lives two doors down from her) to thank for the brightly painted houses. Her cousin was the first to paint his house lime green and she followed suite and painted hers bright pink. From there everyone jumped on the bandwagon and started painting their houses. They were the pioneers of creating the area and the colourful mix that it is.
Who Is This Experience Good For
- Anyone who is interested in the gastronomy of the destination they are visiting
- Anyone passionate about history and culture
Meet Our Local Hosts
You will start the day on a walking tour with local guide Shireen, who is born and raised in Bo-Kaap. She has a plethora of knowledge and will help the area come to life by giving the local community a voice through the telling of their stories.
Once you have worked up an appetite you will be welcomed into the house of ex local school principle, Shaamiela. She is very well known and respected in the community, so much so that when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Cape Town in 2019, the Bo-Kaap community chose Shaamiela to host them for tea in her house.
Shaamiela will is a gracious host and will be taking us step-by-step through the process on how to make a Cape Malay curry, a roti as well as how to fold samosas.
- Walking Tour
- Lunch - Starters: samosas (traditional triangle pastry delicacy) and chilli bites. Main meal: chicken curry, bean curry and roti (Indian flatbread used to grasp food and eat) Dessert: koeksisters (local spicy ""donut"" topped with coconut flakes)
- Soft drinks, juice, water, tea and coffee
What's Not Included
- Extra Drinks - Alcoholic drinks
Know Before You Go
- Minimum Needed: 4 people
- Maximum Capacity: 14 people
- Booking Deadline: 3days before event
- Weather Dependent: No
- Difficulty Level: Easy
- Special Clothing Required: Yes - comfy walking shoes
- Special Dietary Restrictions: All dietary needs catered
- Extra Cash: Needed for tipping
***Please Note The food is not overly spicy - all dietary requirements can be met as long as advised prior to experience***
Frequently Asked Questions
The tour of BoKaap and Atlas Spice was great! Loved hearing about the history of the area and the people and then learning about how to use all the spices. Shaamiela's place was so quaint and it was interesting seeing a local's house and kitchen. She taught us how to make the dishes were we served and then we ate a delicious meal together. She made sure everyone was involved and talked the whole time about her life and her love for cooking.
Great cultural experience allowing you to learn about the history of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood and people. Then you get to learn about local spices and put those in practice while cooking a delicious meal with Shamiela. Food was amazing! If you want an authentic local experience - this is a great choice.
Had a lovely time. And a great way to experience a part of town that I may not have done much more than walked by.
To be welcomed into her home was a treat. To learn how to make food and appreciate the history and culture that went into it was simply an amazing experience.
Our attention spans were definitely waning a bit as we walked and learned about everything. Would be good to break it up a bit more. The food was absolutely incredible and Shaamiela was an absolute angel of a human. I feel like it was a bit hectic because of the amount of people and by the time we ate, everyone was exhausted and hungry from walking. I'd say do some of the teaching while we eat as well!