We love The Old Biscuit Mill for its vibe and variety – there’s so much to do, see, eat and covet! But the thing that makes it extra-special is that it’s all housed in one convenient corner, which means you can hop from a good espresso to a spot of designer shopping to a top-notch meal, and more, without the schlep of getting into your car (or calling an Uber). Here are five reasons we love The Old Biscuit Mill.
The Neighbourgoods Market
This popular award-winning market should be on everyone’s weekend itinerary, especially if you’re after fresh, artisanal, seasonal and locally sourced produce (and don’t mind the crowds). The Neighbourgoods Market is open every Saturday year round (come rain or shine), with a variety of speciality bakers and butchers and fine-food purveyors and mongers selling their wares. You can even bring your pooches, but be sure to keep them on a leash.
Despite its location, nowhere near Cape Town’s posh areas, The Old Biscuit Mill happens to be home to two of Cape Town’s top restaurants, the Luke Dale Roberts-owned Pot Luck Club, where the city views at night are almost as good as the food and Test Kitchen, which was ranked 50 in The World’s Best Restaurant Awards in 2018.
Fancy a pizza? Burrata does superb hand-crafted ones. And there’s also Redemption Burgers for unpretentious food and vibes.
Caffeine fiends can get their fix (and then some) at the Espresso Lab Microroasters, while chocoholics will be lured by the smell of freshly made chocolates from Cocoafair.
If you’re allergic to shopping malls and big-brand retail stores, The Mill will satisfy your desire for unique, locally designed and hand-crafted finds – from clothing and jewellery to furniture, decor and art. For stylish clothing and accessories, try Kat van Duinen, Phoenix Design, Lime Grove, and Ruby Yaya, while your decor and furnishing needs can be met at Quirky Me, Karoo Moon Country Store, and Abode.
Art + Design
Artists, art-lovers and appreciators will be in their element at the stores and galleries in the area. Photo fiends will love Hendre Louw Private Gallery and Exposure Gallery; pottery fans should pop in at Imiso Ceramics and Clementina Ceramics, while those with a passion for unique and locally crafted art and design should try Heartworks.
You might come for the market (or a particular shop), but after you’ve done what you came for, you might find that you end up staying a lot longer than you planned. The Old Biscuit Mill’s vibe is infectious; it’s the sort of place where you’ll bump into a friend you haven’t seen in ages, and grab an impromptu beer at a nearby restaurant. Every corner seems to be alive with new possibilities and new finds.
Date Monday – Saturday
Time Retail hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
Saturday, 9am – 2pm
Neighbourgood’s Market: Saturday, 9am – 2pm