Saturday Ritual: Old Biscuit Mill

April 23, 2013 12:40 pm


Locals are a huge fan of hitting up the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock on Saturdays, infertility where Cape Town’s famed Neighbourgoods Market sets up shop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. While some shy away from the Biscuit Mill’s blatant hipsteriness (not to mention its recent proliferation of American accents), I totally get the draw.

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Come hungry, leave stuffed. The options are endless, and varied. New York–style bagels? Check. Three different shawarma stalls, including one proffering sandwiches made with springbok, a local antelope? Check. A cornucopia of fresh produce? Check. Ostrich burgers? Check. Thai dumplings? Check. Tuna biltong (jerky)? Gross… but check.

I dug into a flaky, savory, scrumptious steak pie of which I will have fond dreams for weeks to come. It’s halal for those who are interested, and at a mere R25 a pretty good deal, and filling to boot. I didn’t get to scope the aisles for a second round as planned, but since I have a separate stomach for desserts, I split a delicious Belgian waffle with ice cream — though it can’t quite compete with New York’s Waffle Truck, it’ll do nicely for keeping me distracted till my next trip back.

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While it’s becoming more and more touristy (I hear), there’s a reason it’s the place to be in Cape Town on a Saturday. Beautiful people, beautiful food. Check and check.

Neighbourgoods Market
Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road,
Woodstock, Cape Town (Johannesburg has its own Neighbourgoods as well)
Every Saturday, whatever the whether, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

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