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Drinking and Eating


Anchorage – The Anchorage is a traditional seafood restaurant situated in the heart of Knysna with ample parking and access. The restaurants has been around for the past 20 years running under the same ownership making the Anchorage the oldest restaurant in Knysna.

The Olive Tree – Its all about the food! Limited menu selection but the food is well prepared.

Le Maquis – Grey Street. Cathy and Remy are your French hosts. Bookings essential.

ïle de paîn – Artisan bakery and a great meeting place for visitors to the town and locals alike.

Café Mario – This Authentic Italian Café gastronomically infuses the palate with traditional Italian cuisine on the patio overlooking the Knysna Quays waterway. Considered by many as the most popular restaurant in town, Café Mario serves intimate meals and hearty breakfasts complimented by reasonable Italian wines. A wonderful place to linger the day away, people watching and indulging in flavour infused Italian faire.

Cruise Cafe – This restaurant is known for its fresh seafood and modern styled cuisine, a relaxed atmosphere with exceptional views of the Knysna Lagoon.

East Head Café – East Head Café is more than just a café or coffee shop, it is a local landmark where family and friends have a good time with good food and casual wine enjoying life. Situated on the rocks of the famous Eastern Head, East Head Café has the most spectacular view – looking directly through the Knysna Heads.

The Muse – for fusion food. Fusion cooking is a mixing of food cultures and cuisines. It is about taking the best of two or more culinary disciplines, combining them and finding a delicious hybrid. Come enjoy the vibrant local Knysna atmosphere and hospitality.

The Island Café – This 90 seat restaurant at The Turbine Hotel creates a totally unique environment for all meals. Tables overlook the canal, pool deck or are nestled between the original refurbished turbines. Warm open fireplaces and majestic sliding glass doors allow us to maximize and match the ambience and weather conditions. The Island café has won the prestigious 2012 Diners Club Platinum Award for its wine list.

Chatters – Situated in Knysna, Chatters is a small, owner-run restaurant with a lot of vibe. Famous along the Garden Route for the made-to-order, thin-n-crispy pizzas from the traditional wood-fired oven, but the restaurant offers a much wider variety of home-made burgers, delicious pastas, potato bakes, salads and filled paninis.

Wine Tours – in the heart of the Garden Route. Pick up from your accommodation and enjoy a 4 – 5 hour guided tour through some of the new wine estates that can be found on the Garden Route. Alternatively, you can arrange a wine tasting for friends or fellow guests at home.

The Exchange Grill – located on Thesen Island for great hamburgers and steak. Loads of space for children to play while the adults can relax and enjoy the ambiance.

Papillon at the Heritage – in the centre of town with secure off-street parking. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, something for everybody. Heritage House is one of the historical buildings in Knysna so come and check it out.

Bodega Café – located in the leafy suburb of Leisure Island with plenty of parking. Have a decent size cup of coffee and enjoy the ever changing menu. From conception to execution, Bodega Cafe combines an array of ingredients and cooking techniques along with culinary talent and sincere hospitality so guests can enjoy an unforgettable experience.

Oak Leaf Brunch Café – located in Belvidere. Really interesting and tasty menu, delicious fresh ingredients and there is even a menu for dogs. Just a lovely environment with loads of parking.

Belvidere Manor – with its two great meal options, i.e. The Bell (the oldest pub in Knysna) and Carolines for fine dining. Enjoy one of the most beautiful views over the Knysna Estuary.

Pembreys Bistro – one of the best restaurants of its kind in the area where the owners are intimately involved in running the restaurant, from the kitchen to front of house. The menu is ever changing as Peter loves to mix things up and does so very successfully. Reservations are a must!.

Buffalo Bay

RiverDeck Restaurant – A hidden gem standing high up alongside the river’s edge overlooking the picturesque Goukamma River and its lush emerald banks lined with numerous indigenous forest trees, in the shade of the old Wild Figs.

Buffelsbaai Waterfront Restaurant – Delight in a seafood platter while sipping chilled Cape wines and watching the dolphins and whales play in the bay. Taste our local beer, chilled to perfection and tuck into one of the best Sunday buffets in the area.


Montecello – Great for prawns!

Pucci’s Italian Style Restaurant – A taste of Italy in the heart of Sedgefield! A variety of traditional value for money Italian cuisine, NOT just pizza and pasta!

Trattoria da Vinci – Best Pizza in the world. Mouth-watering salads and pastas to die for. Friendly and efficient service.


Totties Farm Kitchen – It is becoming a restaurant of choice for breakfast, lunch, teas and special events and the famous, truly scrumptious (and cheap) Sunday buffet. They are licensed. The food is fresh and extremely reasonably priced, the owners are hands-on and creative, and the setting with its upgraded decor, water features etc can only be applauded.

Leeuwenbosch Farm Stall – Near the N2 / Rheenendal corner, great standard breakfast and lunch fare with lovely cheeses, bottled goods, fresh bread and other baked good for sale too. They also do a Sunday buffet.

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