Things To Do in NewlandsJosephine Mill
Where? 13 Boundary Road, Newlands, Southern Suburbs, Cape Town
When? Please enquire.
How? Call +27 (0)21 686-4939
How much? Price on request
Newlands in Cape Town is home to the Josephine Mill which was built in 1940. Its machinery ceased operation in 1963 and it was decided to renovate and reconstruct the mill to get it operating again, which was achieved by 1988.
Josephine Mill is a little slice of history in the heart of the green, leafy suburb of Newlands. It is situated on the banks of the Liesbeek River, and is both a museum and the only remaining water mill that can be found in the Mother City of Cape Town. As the capital city of the Western Cape Province of South Africa, Cape Town is frequented by millions of tourists for its many attractions. The Josephine Mill is just one of these; one that adds to the variety, heritage and charm of a world-class destination. It was left to the Cape Town Historical Society by its heir in 1975.
Built soon after 1819, the iron wheel continues to create stone-ground flours, which are baked on site or sold to the public. Fresh breads are available from the shop, making for delicious snacks and gifts for those who appreciate a top-class homemade loaf. Natural, organic ingredients mean that nutrients are preserved and flavours enhanced. The shop also stocks homemade preserves, as well as baking utensils.
Artisan bakers produce the goods at Josephine Mill, with locally sourced ingredients. This means that supporting the old mill also has a positive impact on the community. A milling demonstration costs only R20, and provides fantastic insights into the history and processes behind baking the perfect loaf through the ages.
The eatery at Josephine Mill, Caveau Wine Bar & Deli, is set in the idyllic gardens, with a stunning outdoor dining area. Whether you are a corporate neighbour wanting a quick lunch or a vacationing family wanting to while away balmy summer afternoons, this is a lovely spot. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a wine list that is the envy of many other restaurants.
Entry to the mill is only R10, and the nearest train station is Newlands.