It’s winter, morale is low and pockets are stapled shut. It is cold and grey, Capetonians, we don’t do cold very well. So I decided to find out what fun things I could afford to do for a weekend away in my own City.
Location, Location, Location.
Nestled between Main and Lower Main road in Salt River, tucked neatly in the middle of trendy Woodstock and chilled Observatory, there is an old vinegar factory, or what once was a vinegar factory. Swift Studios Self-Catering accommodation, 97 Cecil road, Salt River.
Swift Studios is part owned, managed and decorated by Dencel Rooks. Swift Studios is a treasure waiting to be discovered by locals. The first of its kind to be awarded 4 stars by The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. Swift Studios has a variety of rooms with many different themes, from European, to Bohemian, to Steampunk, to African. The rooms are a visual experience all on their own.
Dencel Rooks is a professional, warm welcoming man, filled with pride and historical information. As a South African, he is proud to state that the Swift Studios are an illustration of what Cape Town could be like if developers used old, derelict buildings to connect locals with up-and-coming businesses and social hubs.
From the big, mountain facing window one can see Salt River locals doing their shopping, bringing home children and getting ready for church. Just before sunrise, one can hear a beautiful voice calling for prayer at the mosque a block away. You can’t hear traffic, you hear Cape Town.
A 10min walk gets you to the popular Old Biscuit Mill market, R 50 buys a delicious eggs benedict with bacon at the Test Kitchen stand. Note: The tourist flood in around 10am.
Swift Studios is so conveniently situated. You can put on your walking shoes and get to the CBD in no time at all. Antique stores and cafés dot the roadside. The streets are busy with life. During the day, the walk is safe and fun.
Food, Eats and Treats.
The Devil’s Peak brewery stands proudly at the top of Cecil road, announcing itself and welcoming you home before you tuck yourself into the big warm double beds at Swift Studios. In the same building as the brewery, just off the main road, is The Creamery, a delicious selection of ice-cream awaits you at lunch time.
A 10min walk from Swift Studios brings you to The Woodstock Brewery. R 30 buys a large tasting portion of 6 craft beers whilst you sit on the balcony, high above the noise, sip and observe the colourful world that is Woodstock.
As the sun begins to set, and your limbs become heavy, a nap might be necessary (maybe that is just me, cheap date). Thick curtains, DStv, a kettle, complimentary tea and coffee wait for you in the spacious, warm Swift Studios rooms. A double bed and a sleeper couch offer ample amounts of space to enjoy being lackadaisical.
A Touch of Madness, a recently re-vamped gin bar and restaurant with groaning wooden floor boards and friendly staff members in Observatory, starts happy hour from 5-6pm and then again from 9-10pm. A 20min walk or a 10min Uber away from your front door. R20 for a pint of cider or beer. (That is my kind of restaurant.)
Just around the corner on main road, Big Momma’s a small restaurant with a strong flavour, sells the most delicious South African food, pap, chakalaka, spinach, chicken, lamb, beef and beans. Mouthwatering, nutritious and very affordable, R 150 for two huge plates of food.
Your money’s worth.
With underground parking, a room cleaning service, laundry downstairs at R 18 per kilo and easy access to many popular and local spots in and around Cape Town, The Swift Studios Self-catering accommodation offers rooms from R 950 – single, R 1 200 – double and R 1 400 – triple.
With a 20min drive to the Airport, 10min drive to the popular V&A Waterfront and 7min drive into the CBD, the Swift Studios is offering a safe, fun and affordable way to enjoy the city and surrounding areas. Don’t just take my word for it, try for yourself.
Swift Studios Self-Catering accommodation
+ 27 (0)79 479 1204