The Molengebouw dates back to 1947, and the Riffellokaal dates back to 1931. Previously, these buildings were filled with machinery for grinding and processing grain. Thoughtful interventions have been made to adapt the old factory buildings into residential spaces, meeting the demands of the modern era while preserving their monumental industrial character. The distinctive steel structure has been kept visible and treated with special fire-resistant and insulating measures. The masonry and mortar work have been restored. The beautiful slender frames have been carefully restored and equipped with insulated glass. The original wooden ceiling panels have been preserved as much as possible.

The floors have been transformed into stunning lofts, where the characteristic old steel structure remains visible. These spacious and bright lofts feature high ceilings, some reaching up to 5 meters. Atop these two national monuments, a state-of-the-art penthouse with a rooftop garden has been added.

The first lofts were delivered in March 2020.


On the ground floor, there is space for a surprising mix of shops, restaurants, and workshop areas with a view on the Meelfabriek Garden. This area focuses on entrepreneurship and collaboration.

The commercial space opened spring 2023

Atelier Kleurstof

Atelier Kleurstof is a cozy and inspiring home studio where everyone can come for sewing classes! Whether you’re an adult, kid, or teenager, whether you’re a beginner or advanced, you can join a fixed weekly group or have private lessons at your convenience. In the industrial surroundings of the Riffellokaal in the former Meelfabriek, you can taste the craftsmanship and dive right into sewing with all-inclusive access to sewing machines and fabric. We provide quality sewing and overlocking machines, convenient cutting tables and spacious workbenches, cutting and drawing materials, scraps, the latest fabrics, haberdashery, patterns, and of course, coffee/tea with treats are always available. Sewing classes are offered every day of the week in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

ATELIER KLEURSTOF – Maalderijstraat 2, 2312WW, Leiden.
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 and Saturday from 10:00 tot 13.00.
Contact:, T: 06 219 83 226

GRUTSK Coffee bar

Grutsk offers the finest coffee and pastries overlooking the garden of Piet Oudolf. Alternatively, grab a coffee-to-go while strolling through the Singelpark. Feel free to settle down in the afternoon for a refreshing drink, perhaps accompanied by a platter of snacks. Grutsk is honest, transparent, and sustainable. They collaborate mainly with local suppliers.

The separate meeting space, set in an industrial-historical setting, can accommodate up to 40 people (depending on the arrangement). This versatile space can be used for receptions, workshops, and other events. Additionally, the meeting can be combined with activities such as a boat trip on their BizonSloep, an Escape Game, or a tour on their electric E-Choppers.

Grutsk – Maalderijstraat 2a, 2312 WW Leiden.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00 – closed on Mondays.

Les Soeurs De Meelfabriek

Les Soeurs

Personal, relaxed, experienced and with a keen eye for quality. Michelle and Lonneke welcome you in the relaxed atmosphere of their salon at this iconic location. Sincere attention to you and your hair, what a relief. The products have been selected completely in line with this. Styling products from the Swedish and Australian vegan brands Maria Nila & Mr Smith. Amonnia-free coloring products from the Danish brand ZenzTheraphy Alternative Color. These and additional beauty products or gift cards can also be purchased separately in the store.

LES SOEURS – Maalderijstraat 2c, 2312 WW Leiden.
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday from 09:00 to 20:00 – closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
Contact: App +31 6 42351849 to schedule an appointment

Cadeau Lokaal

Cadeau Lokaal is a delightful place with an equally charming selection of sweet and savoury treats, gifts, home decor items, and more. Inclusivity, collaboration, handicrafts, and learning are at the heart of this establishment.

What truly sets Cadeau Lokaal apart is its team of talented employees. As a learning and working space associated with Gemiva, Cadeau Lokaal provides individuals with disabilities or barriers to employment the opportunity to explore and further develop their talents. Within the store, the team warmly welcomes customers, manages sales activities, and expertly wraps gifts. Additionally, they collaborate with other entrepreneurs on the premises of the Meelfabriek, assist with site maintenance, and handle lunch and other catering tasks.

CADEAU LOKAAL – Maalderijstraat 2, 2312 WW Leiden.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Starting from July, we will also be open on Mondays from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.

De Fysio Specialist

De Fysio Specialist stands for high-quality, personalized treatment that focuses on the root cause of the complaints. The therapists offer a wide range of physiotherapy and related treatments such as pelvic physiotherapy, (regular) physiotherapy, manual therapy, and massage therapy.

DE FYSIO SPECIALIST – Maalderijstraat 70, 2312 WW Leiden.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, Saturday by appointment, and Sunday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.
Contact:, +31 (0)71 7 821 821

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