A Windmill of Delicious Delights: De Molen Windmill Bakery


Standing proudly in Edenvale is a little piece of Dutch history: De Molen Windmill Bakery. Built in 1996, this charming landmark is a ¾ replica of the Zeldenrust Molen windmill in Holland. But De Molen is more than just a pretty façade. It’s a haven for delicious treats, baked with love for generations.

From Bakery Sign to Beloved Windmill

The Verhoogt family, owners of the bakery, initially envisioned a simple neon windmill sign to attract customers. However, after seeing the quotes, a more ambitious idea sprouted. They decided to build a real windmill, not just a sign! Originally intended for offices, the concept evolved into a pancake house and coffee shop. The Verhoogt’s realised their customers often traveled long distances and would appreciate a place to relax and enjoy a bite before heading home.

De Molen Restaurant

Having feasted your eyes (and perhaps snagged a pastry to tide you over) on De Backery’s delightful selection of treats, why not extend your visit and indulge in a delicious sit-down meal at their adjoining restaurant? Their menu offers a delightful array of options, perfect for any appetite. Craving a classic breakfast? They’ve got you covered with toasted sandwiches, pies and a variety of breakfast options. Looking for something lighter? Their soups, including vegetarian options, are sure to hit the spot. And of course, no visit to De Backery would be complete without sampling their legendary pancakes – a must-try for any true fan.

Pastries and Cakes to Tempt Every Tooth

De Backery doesn’t stop at savoury delights. Their pastry selection is a sugary wonderland, featuring classics like flaky croissants, delicate cream puffs, and decadent cheese eclairs. Fruit tarts brimming with seasonal produce and vibrantly decorated cakes, perfect for any occasion, add a touch of elegance to their offerings.

A Taste of the Netherlands in Edenvale

Another store on their premises is De Soeta Inval. This store’s offerings extend beyond delicious cakes and baked goods. They stock a variety of imported Dutch items, allowing customers to experience a taste of the Netherlands without leaving Johannesburg.

For More Information

Location: De Molen is located at 47 Van Riebeek Avenue in Edenvale.

They can be contacted via phone at 011 453 2233 or by email at

View their website and Facebook page here.

De Molen is more than just a bakery; it’s a destination. With its charming windmill, commitment to quality, and delightful selection of treats, it offers a warm and welcoming experience for all.

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