Cape Town – A stroll around the trendy neighbourhood of Woodstock

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Cape Town – A stroll around the trendy neighbourhood of Woodstock

Farmers' market and designer goods, art galleries and world-class restaurants… get under the skin of the industrial neighbourhood of Woodstock, the capital of cool in Cape Town.

Cape Town – A stroll around the trendy neighbourhood of Woodstock

The Old Biscuit Mill market – Woodstock's vibrant hub

If you like to get to the very heart of a city and its artistic buzz, then Woodstock is your must-visit destination in Cape Town. This working-class, inner-city neighbourhood has nothing to do with the legendary American festival. Once a place of ill repute, the district has been reinventing itself in recent years, investing in and renovating old industrial buildings, in a way reminiscent of Brooklyn. So much so that the neighbourhood has become the favourite place to be for Cape Town's youth.

You better get to the Old Biscuit Mill early on Saturday morning. It is the only day of the week when the farmers' and smallholders' market is held. Dive into this old red-brick biscuit factory cleverly restored by talented architects. Inside the market, hip Cape Towners and excited tourists alike crowd around the designer stalls. Set off in search of handicrafts, designer clothes and organic products. Let yourself be carried away by this cosmopolitan atmosphere as a lilting reggae beat drifts on the air.

Feeling peckish? There is a veritable festival of flavours from around the corner and around the world. From the food on offer at countless stalls, you plump for a homemade honey pastry and an avocado milkshake.

Old Biscuit Mill
375 Albert Road
Cape Town
7915
South Africa

+27 (0)21 447 8194

www.theoldbiscuitmill.co.za

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Cape Town – A stroll around the trendy neighbourhood of Woodstock

Converted-warehouse designer boutiques

After your visit to the market, go for a walk in the surrounding streets of the neighbourhood, heading for the nearby Woodstock Exchange warehouse. An art journey in itself, this place bristles with original artworks, such as a huge dog's head in gold-coloured metal and chairs in the shape of a tree. You will discover quirky concept store like Saks Corner; antique-hunters will be in their element with its mix of retro furniture and designer office accessories.

Pause for a while at Rosetta. If you are a fan of artisan roast coffee, you are in the right place. Watch as your favourite beverage is roasted behind the large picture windows.

Next, scoot off to Albert Road where there is another revamped industrial building, the Woodstock Co-Op. Inside, you will discover one vintage accessory boutique which opens up into others. You will love rummaging around these small outlets run by artists selling their creations alongside upcycled articles. Look out for Lynn Worsley's stand; she runs a social enterprise to get South African women back into the workplace, and you can contribute by buying pretty gift boxes which they make from plastic bottles.

At lunchtime, grab yourself a table at Superette. This contemporary space with minimalist decor serves up seasonal dishes made with locally sourced, quality produce. You will soon fall for this attractive café with its winning formula. After devouring a delicious vegetarian sandwich with roasted vegetables, Cheddar and goat's feta, you can fill your shopping basket with wonderful products from the region's producers.

Woodstock Exchange
66 Albert Road
7925
Cape Town
South Africa
+27 (0)21 486 5999
www.woodstockexchange.co.za

Woodstock Co-Op
135 Albert Road
7925
Cape Town
South Africa
+27 (0)71 461 0205
www.facebook.com/WoodstockCoOp

Superette
66 Albert Road
7925
Cape Town
South Africa
+27 (0)21 802 5525
www.superette.co.za

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Cape Town – A stroll around the trendy neighbourhood of Woodstock

Contemporary art galleries and a street-art stroll

Woodstock is not just about its market, vintage stores and on-trend cafes. This neighbourhood is also home to some of South Africa's most renowned contemporary art galleries. Head inside these innovative establishments which have set up residence in industrial buildings with museum-like dimensions. One of the most ambitious venues, the WHATIFTHEWORLD gallery, has made its home in a former synagogue. You will discover the work of up-and-coming young designers from the Cape Town region – a showcase of one-off, multi-discipline installations, paintings and photos.

Continue your arty pursuits in the company of an incredible guide, Juma Mkwela. This South African artist will take you on a one-and-a-half-hour tour through the streets of lower Woodstock, transformed into an open-air art gallery. Talented street artists of the ilk of Banksy, Falco One and Freddy Sam will fascinate you with their inspirational works. These colourful murals stir the emotions: there are many paintings of animals in danger of extinction, raising awareness of wildlife conservation.

WHATIFTHEWORLD
16 Buiten Street
7915
Cape Town
South Africa
+27 (0)21 422 1066
www.whatiftheworld.com

Juma's Tours
66 Albert Road
Woodstock
7925
Cape Town
South Africa
+27 (0)73 400 4064
www.jumaarttours.co.za/

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Cape Town – A stroll around the trendy neighbourhood of Woodstock

One of the best restaurants in Africa

It is now time to go back to The Old Biscuit Mill, where you are going to enjoy an unforgettable gastronomic dinner. You had the foresight to book your table several months in advance at The Test Kitchen, one of the most revered restaurants on the continent. On arrival, you are taken into the ‘Dark Room', where young British chef Luke Dale-Roberts and his team envelop you in a sensory experience, marrying cocktails and sophisticated morsels. After this touch of mystique, you move into a bright open room where a theatre-like kitchen takes centre stage. The chef's dishes parade in front of you and you rejoice at the taste of the perfect, delicately smoked sea bass, broad bean and pea emulsion and caviar. An extraordinary culinary experience to round off your South African sojourn.

The Test Kitchen
375 Albert Road
7915
Cape Town
South Africa

+27 (0)21 447 2337

www.thetestkitchen.co.za