• Megan Gieske

Where to Feel More Cultured Than You Really Are in Cape Town

Updated: Feb 27

There are some things in Cape Town which are must-dos like reaching the top of Table Mountain, hanging out with the penguins at Boulders Beach, watching the sunset over Camps Bay, and hiking to the top of Lion's Head. Then there are the must-seesld book purveyors and spice shops in beautiful Bo-Kaap that give a glimpse of the history, beauty, and culture that make Cape Town.

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Read on for the best of culture-seeking in the Mother City.

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Clarke's Bookshop, Long Street

Atlas Trading Co., Bo-Kaap


clarke's bookshop, long street

Clarke's fulfills the fantasy of what a bookshop should be. The gold-lettered, wood-floored Clarke’s once held banned books. Now it holds rare books, out-of-print books, secondhand books, and impossible-to-find vintage prints. If you want to soak up South Africa’s history with Biko, Asking for Trouble, and Long Walk to Freedom, this is the place to go.


The Atlas Trading Co. spice shop is a Cape Town institution. No visit to Bo-Kaap is complete without a stop here for their spices, which are hard to find in many other spice shops. Try the peri peri spice and mother-in-law masala. I love the Amina’s Wonder Spice Steaks and Chops Marinade. (Impress Saffers at a braai)! Afterwards, tour the nearby Bo-Kaap museum, take a free walking tour, and learn how to use your new spices at one of Bo-Kaap’s cooking classes, where’ll you learn to roll rotis, craft samosas, and attempt your own Cape Malay curry.

did i miss out on culture in cape town? let me know in the comments.

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