Street art adds gloss to Cape Town’s boho Woodstock area | Travel

Cape Town’s Woodstock district has been transformed over recent years into one of the city’s most bohemian quarters, with restaurants, craft brew bars and the city’s favourite foodie address, the Saturday Neighbourgoods Market, in a former biscuit factory. But the real symbol of its renaissance is its spectacular street art, where houses are decorated with huge eye-catching murals, created by South African and international artists.

Saturday Neighbourgoods Market. Photograph: Alamy

There are a host of guided tours on offer but it’s just as easy to wander around for free and discover this open-air art gallery. Kick off at the Woodstock Exchange, a designer shopping mall in the middle of Albert Street, while almost next door, at the graffiti-covered Side Street Studios, several street artists-in-residence have studios that can be visited.

Urban art of Woodstock - Cape Town. On a wall of a house artwork depicts a girl in a blue dress with shades and a dark blue haircut holding a flag that reads Save our Rhino.

Photograph: Alamy

Running parallel to Albert Street is Victoria Road, and enclosed by them (and Barron and Essex Streets) is a maze of lanes that is home to most of the murals. You can’t miss them, from a giant elephant on Cornwall Street, with Table Mountain in the background, to giraffes and gorillas, and political statements on everything from wildlife to Palestine.

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