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Old Biscuit Mill | Cape Town

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Parque Lage and the School of Visual Arts

Famous for its vibrant culture and music, people come to Rio de Janeiro from all over the world to get a taste of the magic. Just a short walk past the beautiful botanic gardens of Rio – Jardim Botanico – there is a hidden gem which is easily overlooked. I bit down Rue Jardim Botanico you will find the cobbled driveway of the public park Parque Lage. Walking through rows of palm trees and breathing in the sweet scents of the jungle, you will find a colonial mansion at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain with on its top Christo Redentor.

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Parque Lage was established in 1660 and spreads over 128 acres. It’s part of the much larger Tijuca National Park. The park is has been influenced by its owners throughout the years, like the stables from colonial times, when the property was a sugar mill belonging to Rodrigo de Freitas de Mello Castro, and the garden designs of the English landscaping artist John Tyndale, commissioned by the English owner in 1940.

The beautiful mansion was given its current shape in the early 1920s. Thanks to his family’s shipping company, entrepreneur Henrique Lage (1881-1941) had become one of the country’s richest men. He fell in love with Italian mezzo soprano Gabriella Besanzoni  (1888-1962) when she was performing in Rio de Janeiro. He asked Italian architect Mario Vodrel to remodel the existing house to a Roman palace, so that Gabrielle would feel at home. A beautiful facade and arcades were added, along with an atrium and a pool. In its interior, Salvador Sabaté installed his frescoes. This obviously swept her off her feet and they both lived happily ever after in the mansion.

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After the couple had passed, the mansion became the Visual Arts School of Parque Lage in 1975. The park’s gardens and architecture are now protected heritage. When you step into the courtyard, there is activity everywhere. On the left side of the courtyard you will find a café where people sit around drinking coffee and discussing their work. With its tranquil pool as centerpiece, students are scattered around the corridors, working on canvasses and sheets of paper tacked on to their easels and the walls.

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 Images by Eefje Sandmann