Welcome to the Mill, where Cape Town meets for culinary delights and fine local design. A vibrant community in the heart of Woodstock where talented people come together to share, collaborate and show off their heartfelt passions. The Old Biscuit Mill Cape Town is home to dynamic office spaces, a range of workshops and designer stores, decadent restaurants, food stalls as well as inspiring line up of day and night-markets, festivals and productions.
History of the Old Biscuit Mill
Prior to its redevelopment into today’s dynamic and creative hub, the Old Biscuit Mill functioned as an actual biscuit mill for the Pyott’s biscuit company. John Pyott opened the factory in the early 1900’s and remained in operation until 1946. You will find the Old Biscuit Mill on the corner of Albert Road and Mill Road Woodstock. It is a short seven-minute drive from Cape Town CBD, take Newmarket Street pass the Castle of Good Hope which then becomes Albert Road.
The Old Biscuit Mill is home to dynamic office spaces, a range of workshops and designer stores, decadent restaurants, food stalls as well as an inspiring line-up of day and night markets, festivals and productions. Come and explore the Old Biscuit Mill and meet some of South Africa’s most innovative and creative designers, artists, photographers and connoisseurs of fine taste and décor.
Moreover, the Mill – as its affectionately known – houses some of the city’s most charming and historic architecture and, since its revitalisation over 10 years ago, has secured its spot as one of Cape Town’s favourite destinations.
Shopping and eating
The Mill boasts some of the city’s best creative enterprises, where local and artisanal goods and craftsmanship are on constant display. Find one of a kind fashions, quirky travel mementos, vibrant artworks, local artisanal products and an impressive trove of other unique Cape Town treasures.
The proud home of some of South Africa’s finest and most celebrated dining establishments, the Mill is a real foodie hot-spot. Highlights include award winning eateries, cosy courtyard deli and tasty pizza and burgers. You will also find a heavenly bean to bar chocolate factory shop and an inviting wine outlet showcasing a carefully curated selection of local wines, craft beers and gin.
The highlight eating experience at the Mill has to be the award winning Test Kitchen. It’s as much about the drama as it is the food at South Africa’s top restaurant, resulting in a meal you’ll be talking about for years to come. The Conde Nast Traveler was asked to sum up their reasons for coming to the Test Kitchen in just a few words.
“What started out as a kitchen-cum-experimental lab for chef Luke Dale-Roberts several years ago has evolved into the city’s edgiest dining room, with a three-month waiting list. The Test Kitchen is consistently voted the best in South Africa, and has rightfully earned a position in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. As such, it’s a benchmark for local excellence while reflecting global influences from chef Luke Dale-Roberts’s travels. Dining here is sensory overload, for sure, but it’s also about the chef and his team’s boundary-pushing, innovative food that packs a hefty flavor punch, rather than just looking pretty on the plate.”
Their overall review: Award winning – and for good reason; the food – experiential and highly original; the service – seamless; the crowd – super sophisticated; the drinks – fantastical cocktails and edgy wine pairing.
If you struggle to get a booking at The Test Kitchen, normally two to three months in advance, you can always pop in at The Pot Luck Club and Gallery. Brought to you by the Test Kitchen’s Luke Dale Roberts, the Pot Luck Club serves innovative cuisine with a tapas style sharing menu based on the five flavour profiles, salty, sour, bitter, sweet and umami.
Every Saturdays the Old Biscuit Mill becomes a major local destination as the venue is transformed into the Neighbourgood Market, a weekly cultural event. The Mill becomes a vibrant meeting ground for the city’s cosmopolitan community to gather and enjoy the bounty of food, design, fashion and music that defines the Mother City.
Begun with a vision of reviving the community market as a social institution, The Neighbourgoods Market was held for the first time in September of 2006.
Housed in the historic sky-lit warehouse of The Old Biscuit Mill, the market quickly established itself as a catalyst for – and celebration of – the urban renaissance that has seen the once dilapidated neighbourhood of Woodstock become the thriving heart of the city’s creative industries.
This award-winning market features over 100 speciality traders every Saturday, creating a weekly showcase for Cape Town’s most exciting street food chefs, artisanal producers, local designers, musicians and merchants to gather and display their works in a festive celebration of local creative culture.
Parking at Old Biscuit Mill Cape Town
You can securely park at the Mill throughout the week, however on Saturdays because the Neighbourgood Market takes over the parking area there is parking available at the College of Cape Town opposite the Mill. All taxi and Uber drivers know the “The Mill” in Woodstock or search for “The Old Biscuit Mill” on your GPS if you are driving yourself. Be advised that the market gets very full on Saturdays so if you are planning to visit over the weekend we would advise that you go early for the opening at 9h00.
If you enjoy old architecture, good food and meeting local people then a visit to The Old Biscuit Mill Cape Town should be high on your list of things to do in the Mother City. Outside of the Mill Albert Road Woodstock can keep you busy for many hours as it has become a trendy neighbourhood with many shops, studios and workshops to explore. You will be spoilt for choice with the number of coffee shops, eateries, antique shops and street art on display.
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The Cape Town Local team