If Cape Town is one of our favourite cities in the world, then Woodstock has to be one of our favourite suburbs.
Located just 10 minutes from the CBD, Woodstock is Cape Town’s oldest suburb. Formerly one of Cape Town’s most dangerous neighbourhoods, this multiracial melting pot has undergone a vast regeneration over the past several years to become arguably the trendiest suburb in the ‘Mother City’.
We spent five weeks living and working in the Woodstock, enjoying the slew of coffee houses, eateries, breweries, boutiques, art galleries, street art, and of course, the crazy main streets.
Here are our favourite things to do in Woodstock, Cape Town’s trendiest and coolest neighbourhoods.
THE BEST THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN WOODSTOCK, CAPE TOWN
GRAFFITI TOURS THROUGH THE HEART OF WOODSTOCK
Like any up-and-coming neighbourhood around the world, Woodstock’s narrow laneways and free walls are adorned with incredible street art.
Here, over 100 pieces of colourful street art adorn almost every corner; extremely talented works of art that also bring to life important political or environmental messages. Head out on a guided walking tour to understand who painted them and their meaning in this colourful, eclectic neighbourhood.
Or, like us, you can take a self-guided tour. Head down William St. for the best of the best, or get lost in the surrounding streets. Just don’t forget to look up!
Check out reviews of the Woodstock walking tour on Tripadvisor.
BOUTIQUE AND BRILLIANT SHOPPING IN WOODSTOCK
Woodstock is a hub for boutique stores and markets. Our favourites place in the neighbourhood, and the epicentre off all things good, is The Old Biscuit Mill, which comes alive each Saturday with over 100 market stalls selling everything from jewellery to crafts, shoes to produce. It’s also an great place to try out local dishes and craft beer from the many food stalls. Just don’t get there late; it gets packed.
Just down the road is the Bromwell Boutique Mall, Woodstock’s hidden gem for fashion conscious trendsters. It’s home to some great bespoke fashion, accessories, jewellery, art, decor, books and more, although we have to admit, it was a little much for our tastes.
The Woodstock Exchange is also home to an eclectic mix of boutiques, and design stores. We spent many an afternoon in KINGDOM, a vintage store full of everything awesome, and CHAPEL, home to the best backpacks we’ve seen, made right in Woodstock.
EAT ALL THE FOOD IN WOODSTOCK’S MANY EATERIES
One thing that constantly surprised us about Cape Town was the quality of the cuisine. And Woodstock is no different.
For dinner, you can’t go past The Test Kitchen, located within The Old Biscuit Mill. Ranked 22nd in a list of world’s best restaurants, The Test Kitchen is divided into the Dark Room and the Light Room, both with different, yet incredible menu’s. If high-end dining isn’t your thing, The Woodstock Lounge on Roodebloem St offers very decent food at reasonable prices.
We spent many a lunchtime at New Brighton Bakery, enjoying the delicious home-made pies, curries, and sandwiches. This non-descript bakery on Victoria Rd is a great place to meet the locals and enjoy the vibe of Woodstock.
Suprette, in the Woodstock Exchange, is the perfect place for breakfast/brunch. It’s a super hip space, full of long benches, art and quirky fittings, but more importantly it’s home to great food and brilliant coffee.
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CRAFT BEERS IN THE HEART OF WOODSTOCK
We love a good craft beer (or two), and like any self respecting up-and-coming neighbourhood, Woodstock is home to three breweries.
Our favourite was Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, where we could have a burger and beer in their Taproom, a pub like space with lager, pale ale, IPA, golden ale and speciality beers on tap. We recommend their lager… it’s brilliant.
Woodstock brewery is another great place to sample your favourite tipple. It’s also home to the Woodstock Grill & Tap, and have some great food and beer specials during the week.
If you’re after both beer and fun, the Brewer’s Co-Op has a quiz night every Wednesday. Beers/cider are cheap (R20 a pint!) and change very regularly – the Co-Op allows members to make their own beer and sell it on the premises.
COCKTAILS WITH A VIEW OF CAPE TOWN
Cocktails from a rooftop overlooking the wonderful ‘‘Mother City’ sounds awesome, right? Well, Woodstock is home to Jamaican Me Crazy, a Caribbean/African influenced bar/restaurant which is home to one of Cape Town’s best views. It’s important we also make you aware of their 2 for 1 cocktail specials…
Woodstock really is one of Cape Town’s best up-and-coming neighbourhoods and we thoroughly enjoyed our time living there. If you’re interested learning more about Cape Town’s other incredible neighbourhoods, check out Deal Checkers guide to Cape Town’s best suburbs.
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