Travel like a local: Your neighbourhood guide to Woodstock
Woodstock is one of the oldest suburbs in Cape Town and it is also one of the hippest. An incredible mix of diversity and cultures combine to make the neighbourhood…
Woodstock is one of the oldest suburbs in Cape Town and it is also one of the hippest. An incredible mix of diversity and cultures combine to make the neighbourhood a vibrant, bustling blend of food, fashion, arts and design. Woodstock is a place to be seen and heard, an area favoured by locals and for good reason.
Distance from Cape Town City Centre to Woodstock: 3.5km (around 8 minutes)
WHERE TO EAT AND MAKE MERRY
THE KITCHEN & THE DINING ROOM
The best part about the Kitchen & The Dining Room in the woman behind it, Karen Dudley, who’s natural warmth and hospitality is very much a part of the ambience you will find here. The Dining Room is only open for its signature three-course dinners (R340 per person) on Tuesday and Thursday nights, although the other nights and breakfasts are available by reservation only for private parties. The menu changes frequently, according to the kitchen’s whims and what’s fresh.
Situated at the foot of Devil’s Peak in the Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, The Taproom pub and restaurant is one of the best spots in Cape Town to enjoy a hearty meal with an ice cold craft beer. Beers on tap include Devil’s Peak’s Founders series (King’s Blockhouse IPA, First Light, Woodhead Amber Ale, Silvertree Saison) with four rotating taps, including beers from the Explorer series as well as some of the breweries experimental beers. The food is designed to go hand-in-hand with the beer and includes dishes like their unique Cheese Burger, legendary Pulled Pork Sandwich and many more dishes to choose from. And never fear, if beer is not your thing, there is a wine list available, and various hand-crafted liquors from Jorgenson Vodka, to Inveroche Gin are also served.
THE POT LUCK CLUB
One of the coolest places to be is the Pot Luck Club. Located in the Old Biscuit Mill, the Potluck Club is all about sharing their delicious food and encourages guests to order for the table and for everyone to dig in to the meal. This famous restaurant is a must-visit for locals and internationals.
THE TEST KITCHEN
Established by Chef Luke Dale-Roberts, the Test Kitchen has quickly raked in the awards and become one of Cape Town’s top fine-dining restaurants. Everything on the menu is carefully chosen – from the fine wines to the ingredients that go into every dish. This isn’t a place you can just show up to and grab a seat. It’s booked out months in advance so call now for a future reservation.
A cosy little spot in Woodstock that prides itself on its fresh ingredients – homemade tomato sauce, fresh fish and daily dishes. You come here for the food and trust us, you won’t be disappointed.
THE WOODSTOCK LOUNGE
The new and improved Woodstock Lounge has recently re-opened its doors. With a fresh new look and revamped attitude the Woodstock Lounge provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere to locals and visitors alike. The Woodstock Lounge is a great space for drinks after work, for families and for catching the rugby or football. Plenty of room as well.
Prepare yourself for a veritable feast, akin to the culinary extravaganza of the Grand Mughals, at Chandani. While the menu sports a range of meat and chicken dishes, vegetarians will delight in a variety of paneer dishes as well as tandoor-grilled, marinated mushrooms and cauliflower, and a variety of dhal dishes.
JAMAICA ME CRAZY
In the heart of Woodstock, you will find this awesome Caribbean-themed restaurant, complete with cocktails, fantastic food and a laidback vibe fit for the islands. A top spot for a drink or a meal after work or on the weekend.
THE NEIGHBOURGOODS MARKET
One of the hippest markets in Cape Town is the weekly Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock. Housed in the Old Biscuit Mill, a converted mill house, it offers a number of quirky shops selling crafts, clothing and jewellery. If you go – go hungry! The highlight here is the incredible food stalls tucked in the back of the market. Find everything from breakfast fare to dumplings and gyros with craft beers to wash it all down.
Where: The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road
When: Saturdays 9am to 2pm
THE PALMS MARKET
Every Saturday, there’s another Woodstock market that unfolds (the other, more popular one, being the Neighbourgoods Market) – the Palms Market. This market offers a variety of things to see, do and eat for the whole family. The idea is that it’s a Platteland atmosphere within the urban part of Cape Town. There is a great variety of food (think homemade pies, marmalades, gourmet mushrooms, gourmet sandwiches and much more) and often some live music taking to the stage. The kids will love the unpretentious, relaxed set-up of everything while the older ones will enjoy the variety on offer.
Where: 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
When: Every Saturday, 9am – 3pm
WHERE TO PLAY
THE WOODSTOCK PEACE GARDEN
Started in 2008, the Woodstock Peace Garden was originally a barren area, but has since become a beautiful garden space, an area where aquaponics takes place, complete with a labyrinth as well as a play area for the autistic children from Alpha school where they can learn about nature and recycling. The peace garden can be found at the top of Mountain Road, just as the road curves beneath the highway.
AIR YOGA AND MEDITATION
Stretching, breathing, meditating…doing yoga is a great way to start the week. Air Yoga and Meditation is situated in the Woodstock Exchange and offers Ashtanga, Jivamuti and Acro yoga classes.
If you’re keen on going really, really local, there’s no better place to do it than at the Locomotive Hotel. This former hotel (and other things which shall not be named in this article!), situated at the point Woodstock becomes Salt River, is home to a very down-to-earth fave hangout for locals. The alcohol is affordable, the pool tables worn but working, and the atmosphere – festive! The regulars are welcoming and hugely entertaining in equal measures.
Woodstock markets come alive on Saturdays. Start at the Palms Market, pop into the Woodstock Exchange and end up at the Neighbourhoods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill. While you’re at the Biscuit Mill, power up your inner Sherlock and get some friends together for a HintHunt. This fantastic murder mystery game has you racing against the clock to solve a crime in order to escape from the room you’re locked up in. I feel like I should mention that my team was part of the 40% of teams who managed to escape in time.
Take an inspirational trip to Taunina in Fairweather House, Sir Lowry Road. Unassumingly tucked away in a quiet corner of the building, you’ll find a myriad brightly coloured bespoke teddy bears which are transforming the lives of the incredible women who have made them.
STREET ART WALKING TOUR
Explore Woodstock’s colourful side streets on a guided Street Art Walking Tour. This two hour experience is hosted by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable mural artist and gives you a glimpse into a number of this eclectic suburbs’ different facades.
DRESS ME UP
Dress me up! Ladies – this second hand store (Dress Me Up) in Salisbury Road Woodstock is an absolute treasure trove. I recently purchased a beautiful black winter coat and knee-length suede 60’s-style boots for… wait for it… R200 and R400 respectively. Men, while your women are shopping, pop over the road into Salisbury’s Deli and enjoy a delicious Tribe coffee.
WHERE TO STAY
GARDEN COURT NELSON MANDELA BOULEVARD
Delightfully convenient, Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard (previously known as Garden Court Eastern Boulevard), is a superb destination for business and leisure travellers alike. Offering easy access to major highways, this Tsogo Sun hotel is a mere 15 minutes from Cape Town International Airport while also being close to the Cape Town International Convention Centre and bustling CBD. A host of conferencing options are offered for business travellers, while holidaymakers are also catered to with ease.
DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON HOTEL
Overlooking the busy Cape Town harbor and with an impressive backdrop of the green slopes of Devil’s Peak, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cape Town – Upper Eastside offers easy access to the vibrant downtown area and the central business district. Cape Town International Airport is just 15 minutes away. We look forward to welcoming you the moment you arrive with our signature chocolate chip cookie.
WISH U WERE HERE
Located in the heart of Woodstock, Wish U Were Here is the perfect home away from home. The lodge has individually decorated rooms to choose from, an awesome communal lounge, and an outdoor terrace, complete with BBQ area and bar.
Nobody knows Cape Town better than a local. When you’re in town be sure to visit the local VIC in Burg Street where staff can help you really uncover the magic on offer in the CBD and beyond. Take a walking tour with one of two guides who depart daily from the Information Centre – Mon to Saturday. Call 0861 322 223 for more details.