Bo-Kaap and Company's Gardens

Are you ever looking for a delightfully relaxing way to spend the day in Cape Town? Well, with my mom visiting from Russia, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to take her and my daughter and do just that! Here is my Saturday in a nutshell.

Having lived in South Africa for the past 14 years, I had the privilege to explore many of its fantastic places, and on that particular day, I found myself missing the City Centre.

It only takes a moment to feel like a tourist in your own city, so last weekend I did just that!

We started our day with a stop at Bo-Kaap. As soon as we set foot outside the car, a breeze danced around us bringing along with it the loveliest aroma of a rich blend of spices. This seems fitting as the Bo-Kaap, which is situated on the foothills of Signal Hill, is the historical centre of the Cape Malay culture and was even formerly known as the Malay Quarter. This former township is jam-packed with culture and history, and I just couldn’t get enough of it.

We had such a lovely time just walking through the streets and soaking up the gorgeous views all the way from the bright colourful houses and cobbled streets to the beautiful views of the city and Table Mountain beyond. The further we walked into the area, away from the tourists, the quieter and calmer it became. On the way back to the car, we made a stop at one of the spice shops on the main road where we got the best value for money!

From there on we made our way to the Company’s Garden where we spent the rest of the day. We strolled through and spent some time in the gardens at our leisure while occasionally feeding the squirrels! The whole atmosphere at Company’s Garden was relaxed and tranquil as people all around enjoyed their picnics whether they were lounging in the shade of the trees or soaking up the sun in the middle of grassy areas. What a lovely outing it was for a grandmother, mother, and daughter. It was a relaxing child-friendly day well spent with gorgeous scenery accompanied by perfect weather!

Irina Jordaan