Cape Town on Foot: From the Slave Lodge to Bo-Kaap
Atlas Trading Company
Stop here, outside the Atlas Trading Store where Capetonians have been shopping for spices for over seventy years.
We tend to forget that it was the search for spices that landed the Dutch East India Company in Cape Town in the first place. This city started out as a settlement providing passing ships with fresh water and supplies as they travelled to and from the Far East, trading in spices and slaves.
Atlas Trading is well known for its whole and ground spices such as black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ground cumin. You might notice some unusual names like borrie, which is ground tumeric; jeera is another name for ground cumin; and koljana is also known as coriander. You can also buy lentils, butter beans, masalas, basmati rice here, and there's even a good selection of books available.
Your walk through Bo-Kaap has come to an end. I hope you have fallen in love with this colourful heart of Cape Town and may you go home with lasting memories. Fill your bag with spices, chat to the locals and enjoy your stay in Cape Town.