Number one on my must visit list of Cape Town is definitely the colourful neighbourhood of Woodstock. The neighbourhood of Woodstock is best explored on foot as every side road and backstreet tells a story. I have spent a lot of weekends walking around Woodstock and exploring all it has to offer. Even though I have spent hours here I haven’t even explored, seen or done half of what this vibey neighbourhood has to offer.
Woodstock originally began with a few fishermen’s houses and farm cottages, situated two kilometres east of Cape Town, on what became Albert Road. It has been through many phases, but today Woodstock is undergoing an urban renewal with many new buildings and businesses, making it a hip and happening neighbourhood.
The best way to explore Woodstock is by taking a graffiti tour! This way you get to see “the heart” of the neighbourhood. I did this 2 hour walking tour once and can’t wait to do it again as I have seen that every couple of months new street art or graffiti pops up.
On a Saturday morning you should stroll along Albert Road. It offers everything from a Saturday market to games and galleries, restaurants, local crafts and designer stores.
You can get anything and everything here to give your house that shabby chic look. There is the World of Rustic Frames, where piles of old wooden window frames and whitewashed benches flow out of the shop and onto the street. Old window frames make for interesting photo frames, but if you prefer a good old-fashioned frame crafted from aged wood, then this is the place to go as they have a mind-boggling range, all made from recycled wood. Right next door is the Rustic Furniture store where they also make furniture to your specifications. I bought a beautiful dining table and a small narrow side board here for my new place.
Continuing up the road you’ll find The Old Biscuit Mill. Having become quite a Woodstock tourist attraction, it’s one of those places that you either love or loathe, especially on Saturdays when every visitor to Cape Town flocks to the Neighbourgoods Market. Housed in the Old Biscuit Mill, a converted mill house, it offers a number of quirky shops selling crafts, clothing and jewellery.
If you are going to go to the market I would suggest you go early! Around lunch time on Saturdays you cant walk through the market without being jostled and getting frazzled. I really don’t like crowds so I always make sure I arrive early and if not I end up “sprinting” through the market to get to the food stalls. The highlight here is the incredible food stalls tucked in the back of the market. You can find everything from breakfast fare to dumplings and gyros with craft beers to wash it all down.