Good Food

Knysna has some really good food

fish - bread - italian - indian - sushi - tapas - steak - bar - breakfast
lunch - dinner - wine - pizza - beach - ice cream - local - view
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East Head Cafe

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.

Cafe du bois

082 412 8172 Hours 07:30 - 15:30 Cafe du Bois have friendly staff and really good food for breakfast and lunch. Close walking distance from most of the hotels. Great food, wine and coffee.

The bell tavern

Knysna's smallest pub is housed on the site of the original Belvidere farmhouse, and indeed a feature of the pub is the wine cellar viewed through the window in the floor, where freshly caught game would have been hung. With a yellowwood ceiling and ironwood block floor, The Bell is a quaint favourite of the Belvidere locals.

thesen island cafe & Shop

We are a small convenience store and cafe on Thesen Island in the Thesen Harbour Town district. We have great prices and fantastic coffee. If you looking for a spot to get something to snack on or an ice-cream then pay us a visit.

tapas & oysters

Tapas and Oysters is a vibrant, waterside restaurant situated on Thesen Island in the idyllic town of Knysna. Perfectly located with views over the Knysna Lagoon towards the iconic Knysna Heads. We are well known for our great food, friendly service and vibey atmosphere.


Situated on the water's edge of Knysna's trendy Thesen Harbour Town, Sirocco is evocatively named after the warm wind that blows across the Mediterranean. Sirocco is a vibey lunch and dinner time venue, a meeting place for those who appreciate relaxed sophistication, cutting edge design, friendly service and great food.


île de païn is a buzzing café-style restaurant situated on Thesen Islands, surrounded by the picturesque Knysna Lagoon. Expect a warm welcome and a feast for all the senses. Our distinctive breakfasts and lunches, authentic bread and creative patisserie are testimony to our belief that life is endlessly delicious, abundant, and full of tastes to share, savour and celebrate.


Situated in Knysna at the very heart of the Garden Route, Chatters is a small, owner-run restaurant with a lot of vibe.

We are most famous along the Garden Route for the made-to-order, thin-n-crispy pizzas from our traditional wood-fired oven, but our restaurant offers a much wider variety of home-made burgers, delicious pastas, potato bakes, salads and filled paninis.

To complement our offering of pizza and more, our restaurant is fully licensed for beers, wines and spirits and we have a yummy dessert menu for those of you who were clever enough to save room! Don’t forget, all our pizzas are also available on a wheat- or gluten-free base.