Cape Malay Cooking Experience 4 hours

  • Private tour
  • Family friendly
  • Book now pay later*

Learn about traditional Cape Malay Cooking within a unique cooking experience. In this experience we feature.

A Walk

Our walk through the historic Malay quarter of Cape Town takes us through its nooks and crannies, its legends and secrets, as we hunt for the sources of those wonderful aromas and discover the distinctive cuisine of the Cape Malay community.

An Educative Session

Then its time to follow our noses towards the scents of ginger, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, and chilli which drift tantalisingly from the storefronts and cafés, as we learn about the ingredients to make a typical Cape Malay dish.

A Cooking Course

It’s “hands-on” during the informal cooking workshop which follows in a Bo-Kaap family home. We learn how to mix Masala, fold Samoosas, and how to balance the delicate flavours of a Cape Malay curry and have a glass of faloodah (a traditional, lightly rose-scented milk drink).

This is the perfect occasion to gain insight into local culture, hear some real-life stories while enjoying a full traditional meal. A stop at the local spice Mecca of Cape Town will take you behind the counter to taste, smell and touch your way through the exotic ingredients used in Cape Malay cooking. This is a true sensory delight! (1)

The highlight is a visit to a local family home where you will participate in a hands-on, fun-filled cooking session & demonstration. You will assist in making your own meal with the assistance and guidance of a local host.

A walk through the Bokaap including a visit to one or two local shops. (2)

Your guide will share the colourful history of its people, their traditions, the architecture and most importantly the food as you take a gentle stroll around the area. Bishop Tutu’s “Rainbow Nation” originated in the Bokaap. This historical area contains a cultural diversity that ranges from South-East Asia to North-West Africa and Europe.


Please note:

On request and subject to availability we offer transfers at an additional cost (choose relevant price option).

We recommend guests bring a little cash in small notes for personal purchases.

Please make sure you dispose of your litter responsibly. Where available kindly use recycling facilities.

We do not encourage giving children in the streets sweets or money. Donations or gifts are very welcome and we are happy to assist in determining the appropriateness of clients’ kind gesture.

Clients may take photographs but please be sensitive to the context.

Child friendly.

Please inform us of the ages of children participating when booking.

Please let us know when booking the tour if you have any special requirements (e.g. physical disabilities) or dietary requirements (food allergies, vegetarians, vegans, etc).


(1) When open and suitable to our specific itinerary of the day

(2) Subject to the shops being open

What's included

* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions


  • Cold drinks
  • Lunch
  • Park/ museum entrance fees
  • Taxes
  • A walk through the Bokaap including a visit to one or two local shops
  • An accredited guide
  • Hands-on cooking session/demonstration
  • Ingredients for cooking session
  • Traditional non-alcoholic welcome drink
  • Full course Cape Malay meal
  • Small gift pack


  • Pick up and drop off DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation
  • Visas
  • Personal purchases (e.g. spices and ingredients to take home) and gratuities


Available in

English, German, Japanese, Arabic
(Language Guides on Request and at additional cost of €100 per tour.)

Available for

Children, Students, Adults, Seniors

Departure & Return

Start city: Cape Town , South Africa

Pick up times available: 09:00, 14:00

Pick up location: 71 Wale Street, Bo Kaap, Cape Town City Centre (for tours excluding pick up), any Cape Town hotel or CPT airport (for tours including pick up)

Ends at: 71 Wale Street, Bo Kaap, Cape Town City Centre (outside the Bo-Kaap Museum) (for tours excluding pick up), any Cape Town hotel or CPT airport (for tours including pick up)

Nearest airport: Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

Eco Features:

  • Education & exploration
    Education & exploration
    The product is educational rather than entertainment focused - it respects and gives insight into local traditions and/or environment
  • Interaction with locals or nature
    Interaction with locals or nature
    The major part of the tour is spent on interacting with local communities, their representative(s) (other than guides) or observing the nature or animals without disturbing their natural habitat and environment

Cancellation policy

100% cancellation fee - between 0-2 days before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 3-6 days before the travel date
0% cancellation fee - 7 days or more before the travel date

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from $93.68 per person