Launched in 2011, the Woodstock Exchange is a multi-purpose space where Capetonians flock to work, play, interact, exhibit and flourish. More than just a hip office complex or retail centre, WEX as it’s affectionately known, is an incubator for young fledgling businesses as well as a home to international market makers and acclaimed artisans. The common thread throughout is– and always has been– creativity and inspirational exchange.
WEX is the brainchild of Nick Ferguson and Jody Aufrichtig, the energising entrepreneurial duo behind other Cape Town and Western Cape landmarks and attractions, such as the Old Biscuit Mill, Old Mac Daddy Luxury Trailer Park (in Elgin) and the Grand Daddy and Daddy Long Legs Hotels on Long Street. In the years since its inception, WEX has developed into a creative, design and tech hub, helping to cultivate some of the Mother City’s most innovative and impressive brands and businesses.
On the retail side, visitors can find forward-thinking fashion brands, such as Grandt Mason, a bespoke shoemaker producing iconic designs and PoléPolé, purveyors of African-inspired craft and rare vintage collectibles perfect for gifts or home. Additional retailers operating in the fashion space include premium leather goods manufacturers like Chapel and Project Dyad and eclectic fashion and lifestyle outlet Kingdom. One can also discover a host of preeminent local furniture manufacturers, including Saks Corner, Elevenpast, Pedersen + Lennard and even FatSak, producers of arguably the most comfortable (and durable) beanbag in the world.
With regards to the Woodstock Exchange’s food and drink scene, several acclaimed establishments serve patrons on a daily basis. These include Superette, a friendly and inviting neighbourhood style café; Ocean Jewels Fresh Fish, a premier seafood eatery serving up healthy SASSI green-list fish delights; Rosetta Roastery, one of Cape Town’s most celebrated coffee producers, purveyors of single origin coffee; Starling & Hero Bicycle Café, a dual-purpose space preparing wholesome meals while servicing the needs of cycling enthusiasts; the Field Office, an open office shared workspace where digital nomads can work and enjoy delicious fresh food; and finally there’s Honest Chocolate, superior chocolatiers handcrafting what could easily be considered the finest organic chocolate in the country.
Ever dynamic, the Woodstock Exchange is soon destined for a new and exciting phase with the upcoming opening of the WEX1 development located directly across the road and already under construction. This multi-use precinct will incorporate retail, commercial and residential space and together with WEX is set to become one of the most sought-after destinations in all of Cape Town.