Woodstock is located between the docks of Table Bay and the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak, about 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) east of the city centre of Cape Town.
As recently as the 1950s, Woodstock had its own beach. With the creation of the Cape Town foreshore in the 1950s, the beach was lost, and with the industrialisation of the suburb, Woodstock ceased to be a seaside resort. The face of Woodstock has changed dramatically over the last decade. Young professionals have been quick to take advantage of the still affordable, pretty Victorian semi-detached homes, many of which have been beautifully renovated and restored. Trendy restaurants, contemporary media and other businesses, offices, shops and furniture showrooms have sprung up in cleverly converted and revamped warehouses, abandoned buildings and even a disused castle brewery. Woodstock today is a lively, energising suburb combining a village atmosphere with a truly creative, inner-city vibe.
Just a taste of what is on offer but there is so much more!
ART AND DESIGN
If Cape Town is a firmly established, cutting edge centre of creative exploration and innovation, (only fitting given the city’s lauded title of World Design Capital 2014) then Woodstock is the epicentre.
Woodstock is an organic gallery. In addition to the many discrete spaces now devoted to the creation and distribution of unique, beautiful, functional objects, the ‘village’ itself houses the richest and most diverse collection of real art, produced on its buildings This incredible, street level creativity is brought to life on a wonderful walking tour with guide Juma Mkwele, which takes in 40 murals, starting as it does on the main drag, Albert Road, with its galleries, shops, restaurants and more.
Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road
The Woodstock Exchange, a hip, modish and lively centre, is a veritable hub of creativity. Originally an industrial space, it is now home to an eclectic group of artists, designers and creators – photographers, printers, exhibitors, directors…..the aroma of fresh coffee and delicious food pervades, and the space itself is a wondrous synergy of factory framework and beautiful art and sculpture. Choose from artisan chocolate, eco-friendly footwear, magnificent tribal jewellery with a twist, and so much more.
Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 17:00PM
Saturday 8:00AM – 14:00PM
The Old Biscuit Mill – 373-375 Albert Road
This wonderful, artfully converted old mill is the home to day and night markets, dynamic office space, a range of workshops and designer stores, delicious farm stalls and world ranked restaurants as well as an inspiring line-up of festivals and productions.
Woodstock Foundry – 120 Albert Road
Another beautifully refurbished space, combining the original features of the building with airy light openness. The Foundry houses permanent designers and creative retailers, and also temporary exhibitions. 10am-4pm Mon-Sat
Neighbourhood Goods Market –373-5 Albert Road
This vibrant market offers a home to the finest local farmers and food producers. Stock up your own larders or enjoy delicious food and drink in a uniquely lively setting. Saturday ONLY – 9am-2pm
The Bromwell Mall – 250 Albert Road
Originally the Bromwell Hotel, an establishment of some notoriety and gradually faded grandeur on Albert Road, it was rescued in December 2008. A loving and painstaking renovation, (approved by the Heritage Society), restored it to its former glory, and it is now a sophisticated boutique mall.
REcreate – 368 Albert Road
A unique décor shop, where vintage items have new life breathed into them in a unique and creative way.
The Lock Stock monthly Saturday market
The Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road
This provides a platform for artists and designers seeking to showcase their work to the general public in a relaxed, design-minded ‘market’ ambiance. Designs on offer vary from art to clothing, jewellery, collectibles, homeware and furniture. Thanks to regular merchandise and design changes, there is always something new on offer.
Trafalgar Park – corner Victoria Road and Searle Street
Open- sunrise to sunset
This tranquil, historical park is a safe place for children to play or for nearby workers to take a leisurely stroll during their lunch break. Steeped in history, it offers;
A grassed area
Footpaths / tracks
Dogs on leashes allowed
Fenced off / enclosed area
EAT & DRINK
Bromwell Mall, 250 Albert Road
A contemporary café/boulangerie/deli, where you can enjoy a seasonal menu, organic coffee and cocktails in-house, or treat yourself, from a range of local and imported goodies and the most delicious bakes, to take away.
Pot Luck Club
The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road
Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.30-4pm Dinner Mon-Sat 1800 until close…!
Brunch: Sun 11.00/11.30/12/00
Housed in the newly renovated silo upstairs, Pot Luck Club offers a culinary and visual inspiration through a mix of fusion and classically influenced dishes.
Ground Floor, The Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road
A buzzing neighbourhood café; menu prepared daily using fresh, locally sourced and seasonal fare. Coffee by local roasters Deluxe and Roseta.
Mon-Fri 8am-3pm. Drinks and Bakes 3pm-4pm.
70 Roodebloem Road
The Woodstock Lounge offers you the warmest of welcomes; relax over a drink in the easy chairs, or choose from a fresh, tasty menu including tapas and pizzas.
……try also, from an almost endless list, The Kitchen, The Deli Woodstock, Don Pedro, The Test Kitchen,
Police – SAPS Woodstock –021 442 3117 firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical - Victoria Medi Place, Dentist and Doctor -
corner of Aberdeen and Victoria Roads
021 448 0334 0930-1700
Taxi – Sport Tax
021-447-4444/0861 – 24 hour call centre
Pharmacy – Mediplace Pharmacy, 187 Victoria Road
021 447 6871
Salt River-Walmer Estate-Civic centre
General numbers/info – Cape Town
Netcare 911 – 082 911
Doctors Direct – 072 137 1363
Cape Town Medi-Clinic – 021 464 5555
Cape Town Weather – 082 234 6390
MiCItiBus – 0800 65 64 63
You need a Myconnect card loaded with money for travel, available from MyCiTi stations and selected retailer.
www.myciti.org.za or 0800 65 64 63
Woodstock oozes positive energy and creativity; there is a limitless and eclectic choice of eateries, coffee corners, bars and shopping spots; connections to other areas of the city are quick and straightforward.
No surprise then that its appeal as a residential district for both sales and rentals is FAST increasing. For all your property needs in Woodstock, please contact our Gardens Shop Manager, Estelle Smidt, on 021-462.5226. CityBowl@engelvoelkers.com
Article by Carrie Turner, Marketing & Relationship Manager at Engel & Völkers Sea Point