From Woodies to Obs

Words: Crush

Woodstock has seen a massive revival over the past few years, the heaving industrial area has seen a massive influx of development and regeneration; once grimy street corners are being revamped and now house quirky food stops, quaint stores repurposing unloved antiques and hideaway artisan workshops. Obs, has always had a cool, naughty-kid-in-the class kind of aura, but went through a phase where repetitive petty crimes were giving the streets a bad name. However residents and business owners have persevered and the area is home to vibey restaurants, laid back cafes and cool brands.

We take a trawl through the streets and stop in to visit some of the awesome tenants of these areas.

Sorbetière

Berenne Christini who has fond childhood memories of homemade strawberry sorbet, ten years experience in the kitchens of various restaurants in France, a South African husband and a small daughter, opened Sorbetière in Woodstock in 2013.

This quaint shop specialises in sorbet made from the best local fruit. The farm-to-scoop sorbet has perfect balance and delicious, intense flavours with a luxurious, creamy texture.

 

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Bedouin Café & Deli

Bedouin Café & Deli is the newest resident putting the cool into Cape Town’s up-and-coming suburb of Woodstock with its offering of bold flavours from the Middle-East, delicately balanced with a twist of Cape Town.

Serving a range of uber-fresh and tasty Middle-Eastern inspired meals, Bedouin’s relaxed atmosphere and unpretentious menu is quickly making a name for itself amongst those who appreciate great food and laid-back style.

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Deer Hunter

“We hunt so you don’t have to…”

A place that hunts for fun, quirky and unusual bits and bobs and then packs them into a space for you to browse and buy. This is Deer Hunter – a true treasure capturing the eccentric essence of Woodstock. Grab a coffee and meander through the collection of vinyl’s, toys, clothes, art, books, and more, in this awesome and off-the-wall store.

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Saucisse Boutique Deli

Saucisse Boutique Deli offers a selection of specialised meats and cheeses from all over South Africa, focusing on, and promoting the small producer. Inspired by the best of France and Italy, this charming deli hits the spot with quality and a passion for artisanal food. Create your own scrumptious lunch by chosing the meats, cheeses and toppings to go onto your choice of bread. They also do salads, wraps and charcuterie platters.

Keep an eye out for their monthly Canapé and Quiz evenings.

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Ma Mère

Set in the heart of the buzzing Old Biscuit Mill is Cape Town’s own French style confectioner – Ma Mère. Owned and run by the talented Lexi Bechet, this beautiful little confectioner boasts an assortment of delightful, and unusual, handcrafted treats. The mouthwatering treats are all made on site where visitors are encouraged, and often rewarded with, tastes of their latest experimental delicacy.

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Wallflower – Urban Garden & Home

Prepare to be inspired by a small space filled to the brim with gorgeous, innovative and practical homeware, outdoor plants and décor. Choose from a wide range of beautiful gifts to spoil someone or even yourself. They also supply practical greening solutions for small spaces, verandahs, balconies and courtyards.

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Beerguervara

This gem, opened by Anthony Cawood and Andrew Cook, is an all grain, home brewing supply shop in trendsetting Salt Circle. Beerguervara sell hops, grain, yeast and brewing equipment. They supply all the goodies and all the know-how to make beer. It’s fun, cheap and tastes damn good.

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