4 foodie destinations in Knysna

November 8, 2023
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Nestled along South Africa’s stunning Garden Route is Knysna – a picturesque coastal town that boasts more than just natural beauty…it’s a haven for foodies! If you ever find yourself in the area, here are the cafés and restaurants that deserve a spot on your itinerary!

Ile de Pain

If you’re a fan of artisanal bread and pastries, Ile de Pain is a must-visit. This artisan bakery and café has gained a reputation for its exceptional bread, croissants, and delectable pastries. For a special moment, gobble down your pastries while you soak in the surroundings of Thesen Island from the outdoor terrace.


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Drydock Food Co.

The Drydock Food Co. is a lagoon-adjacent restaurant nestled on the water’s edge in the heart of the Knysna Waterfront. Renowned for its oysters, wood-fired pizzas and mouthwatering burgers, this gem is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal overlooking the tranquil waters of the estuary and the boats that sail by.


Photo: Drydock Food Co./Facebook

East Head Café

Perched on the Eastern Head of Knysna, the East Head Café offers spectacular panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the Knysna Heads. Their dishes boast international flavour with local ingredients. Whether you’re a fan of breakfast with a view or you’re craving a seaside seafood platter, this spot is the one.

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Photo: East Head Café

34 South

Another hotspot at the Knysna Waterfront, 34 South is a seafood restaurant and deli. The diverse menu features everything from sushi to seafood platters, with vegetarian options, too. Their in-house deli shop is perfect for foodies looking to take a taste of Knysna home with them.

restaurants in knysna

Photo: 34 South/Facebook

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Written by Amy Steenkamp for Woman&Home.

Feature image: Visit Knysna/Facebook

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