Knysna is a perfectly understated, friendly Garden Route gem to visit when travelling throughout this lush, evergreen region of South Africa.
Though relatively small, Knysna has plenty of its own character and charm, and whether you prefer to blend in with the locals or tick items off the touristy bucket list, here is a list of the top 5 eateries worth popping into on your next holiday when visiting our spectacular resorts – Knysna River Club or Knysna Chalets.
Eat your heart out at:
Pembrey’s, is an unpretentious country house restaurant where you get to choose your meal from the seasonal menu that is updated daily. Choose from dishes such as tasty roast quail, oxtail stew, grilled sole and homemade bread pudding.
The Olive Tree
The Olive Tree is a firm favourite amongst the locals, and for good reason. This casual-chic eatery doubles as a place to dress up for an evening meal and dine by candlelight, or keep it casual during the day and supposedly serves the best filet mignon and chocolaty chocolate cake in town.
Now Raasoie may have a somewhat ‘shabby’ appearance initially, but if traditional and freshly made food inspires you, then this authentic Northern Indian eatery is definitely worth a visit. Feast on fresh naan bread, paneer and various lamb, chicken and fish dishes fresh out of the Tandoori oven.
Freshline Fisheries is a basic, no-frills venue serving up the day’s freshest catch – whatever it may be! If fresh seafood and simple, lip-smacking sides are your vibe then call in here for a relaxed Sunday lunch, toes in the sand.
East Head Café
Experience the full drama of the iconic Knysna Heads at the East Head Café. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and excellent fish and chips on the seaside patio while taking in the fresh sea breeze. There is also a special children’s and wine pairing menu available.
Île de Païn
If breakfast food is your weakness and you are keen to blend in with the locals for a morning, visit Île de Païn for their scrumptious artisan bread, pastries and superb breakfast options. You can also enjoy a leisurely lunch on the tree-shaded patio in summer, while on cooler days the huge baking oven warms the entire café.