In the post-apartheid South-Africa, it makes sense that Woodstock, a gritty, formerly lower-middle class neighbourhood of crumbling Victorian cottages, is emerging as the city’s new creative district. Located between the docks of Table Bay and the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak, Woodstock is quickly becoming Cape Town’s trendiest areas.
Woodstock’s revival began when two friends who owned an art gallery in east Cape Town — Cameron Munro from Zimbabwe and Justin Rhodes from New York — started a small outdoor food market on Saturday mornings on the grounds of the Old Biscuit Mill. In 2006, they bought the old surrounding factory buildings and transformed the 1500 square meter complex into art-shops, trendy restaurants and market areas.
Old Biscuit Mill has become a place where people collaborate, come together and share their passion. It feels like a small, but vibrant village, where you can find arts and crafts, fashion and design shops and original places to eat and drink. It’s a great place to meet some of South Africa’s most talented artists, photographers and innovators. The mix of cultures is very exciting.
The Old Biscuit Mill Market is held every Saturday in an old sky-lit brick warehouse. More than 120 vendors sell local and organic produce, artisan cheese and bread, craft beers, juices and gourmet foods.
It is as much a source for farm fresh as well as organic foods and locally produced specialty goods, as it is a meeting point to enjoy community, swap ideas and stories, and become educated about what we buy and eat by going directly to the source.
Sit down at one of the long communal tables and relax with a snack or a glass of wine or beer and enjoy the live entertainment.
Old Biscuit Mill, 373 – 75 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Old Biscuit Mill Market: Every Saturday rain or shine 9:00 – 14:00.