Another area of Cape Town that is often visited by tourists is the so-called Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter. This neighborhood of the city lies on the slopes of Signal Hill, a hill 350 meters high situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Castle of Good Hope. The Malay Quarter of Bo-Kaap is a historic and picturesque area of Cape Town, and is traditionally the place where lived and still lives today the community of the Cape Malays, this is the traditional center of their culture.
The district is characterized by a number of mosques and low houses of the first nineteenth century, painted in pastel colors. In the district there is also the Bo-Kaap Museum, located in the oldest house of the area built in the years around 1760. The museum is about the history of the Malaysian community and the contribution it has made to the growth of the city during the Dutch and the English rule.
The Cape Malay community is an ethnic group formed mainly by people coming from Indonesia, the former Dutch East Indies, the first group of Malaysian slaves were brought to South Africa by the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC) a few years after the foundation of Cape Town.
Later enlarged the community religious leaders and political dissidents, that opposed to the Dutch domain in the East Indies. This community that in Cape Town count about 166,000 people, in the vast majority speaks Afrikaans. In addition to the Islamic religion, many are still living cultural traditions of the community, such as food and traditional music.
During a visit to Cape Town are to taste some typical dishes of this community. The Cape Malay cuisine is characterized by the combination of local products with Asian spices. Among the most popular dishes are the Bobotie, meat curry with rice and eggs, and the Waterblommetjie bredie, a stew of lamb.