6 reasons to visit the Old Biscuit Mill

The Old Biscuit Mill is a vibrant hub of art, design, and food, right in the heart of Woodstock. It’s the capital of cool here in Cape Town, and it’s one of the most exciting up-and-coming hubs.

The market

The Neighbourgoods Market is one of Cape Town’s biggest markets. It’s well known for the incredible spread of food offerings, with everything from breakfast fare to dumplings and gyros with craft beers to wash it all down. There are also great clothing stalls, crafts, artisan products, cosmetics, and just about everything else you could want!

The food

The Biscuit Mill is an unlikely culinary hub, in the middle of downtown Woodstock. But enter the premises and you’ll be greeted by the wonderful aromas of all kinds of cuisine. The Pot Luck Club serves tapas style treats overlooking the whole neighbourhood, and The Test Kitchen serves fine dining downstairs (it books out months in advance—make sure you reserve your spot). Saucisse Boutique Deli is all about fresh produce, with amazing vegan and vegetarian options. Cocoa Fair allows you to watch the artisan chocolatiers at work, while browsing the selection of handmade truffles and gourmet chocolate bars.  Redemption Burgers claims to serve the best gourmet burgers in town. Of course, the market really steals the show with a smorgasbord of mouth-watering treats for all tastes.

The vibe

The Biscuit Mill is really hip and happening. On weekdays, this is where you’ll find entrepreneurs, artists, hipsters, fashionistas, and young cool kids from all over the world. Every Saturday, you’ll find everyone who is anyone here. The clothing boutiques reflect the style of the patrons, and everything from art to food to décor is on-trend.

The history

The name tells you just about all you need to know about this historical building. Surprisingly little is known about it, but we do know it started out as a mill. It wasn’t a particularly attractive piece of architecture, which made the development quite a bold endeavour. The mill structure itself was built in the late 19th century, and the base still exists somewhere on the grounds but it hasn’t been found yet. Despite the mystery, it is fascinating to visit for the way it embraces its industrial past. Little clues are everywhere, like the the re-purposed silo elevator that takes you up to the Pot Luck Club.

The local art and design

There are many fantastic designers with stores at the Biscuit Mill. You’ll find trendy ladies clothing with a classic twist at Harpers Rose Boutique, while Karoo Moon sells locally handmade leather handbags, accessories and designer jewellery, as well as clothing, confectionery, and gifts. Imiso Ceramics sells beautiful high-end interior design pieces, and Livision is the go-to place for stunning wood and metal furnishings. You can also get high quality fine art prints done at Artlab, or visit the Cape Town Creative Academy. Check it out for yourself—there are too many great little art and design stores to mention!