Saturday Ritual: Old Biscuit Mill

April 23, 2013 12:40 pm

photo(15)

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.

photo(8) photo(9)

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.

photo(10) photo(13)

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.

1 Comment