Old Walls, Young Style: Woodstock
Cape Town has it all: Beaches surrounded by mountains, sand dunes and steep cliffs, vineyards and palm trees... And its people are as diverse as the nature: A multicultural society shapes the life of the city in highly diverse neighbourhoods. One of them is Woodstock, a former industrial quarter where the old factory buildings are now used by artists and creative people. The streets of Woodstock are filled with thrift shops and vegetarian restaurants, and the restored Old Biscuit Mill shopping centre offers hip design shops. This hip, up-and-coming area is particularly popular with students.
Colourful & Oriental: Bo-Kaap
The Muslim quarter of Bo-Kaap is equally exceptional. Here stands the oldest mosque in South Africa, and when the muezzin calls from the minarets, you almost feel like you're in the Orient. The cityscape here is also quite unique: Bright yellow, pink, red, green, and blue-painted houses line the steep uphill streets. The narrow cobblestone streets – another special feature of Bo-Kaap – that lead from the city centre towards Signal Hill require more stamina than you might think at first. But no matter how strenuous the walk up to the colourful houses is, a visit to Bo-Kaap is definitely worthwhile.
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