Top 20 Plettenberg Restaurants.

Pretty Plettenberg Bay has something for everyone to enjoy when it comes to restaurants and eateries.

With a wide range of diverse cafes, fine dining establishments, bistros and more, visitors will find an array of flavours and foods to sink their teeth into in this Garden Route-based city.

Here are some of the best Plett restaurants to enjoy in 2017:

#1 Zinzi

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Meaning ‘abundance’ in Swahili, this vibrant restaurant, located on Hunter’s Estate, is a marvel of architecture, interior design and great dining in the Garden Route.

It has an incredible forest setting and offers an exciting, tasty menu, prepared by a passionate team of chefs, who use only the freshest ingredients to make Zinzi’s honest, yet innovative dishes.

Contact: (044) 532 8226

Website: www.zinzi.hunterhotels.com

Location: Hunter’s Estate, N2, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#2 Bramon Restaurant

Located on the Bramon Wine Estate, Bramon Restaurant explores new horizons, as the restaurant combines interesting recipes with award-winning wines.

This popular wine estate restaurant is set overlooking the Tsitsikamma Mountains and elephants – and offers freshly-prepared, tapas-inspired dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Booking is advised.

Contact: (073) 833 8183

Website: www.bramonwines.co.za

Location: Bramon Wine Estate, N2, The Crags, Plettenberg, Garden Route

#3 The Fat Fish Restaurant

Well-positioned on Plettenberg’s Central Beach – with startling views of the Indian Ocean, Piesang Valley River and Tsitsikamma Mountains – this restaurant offers a casual, yet upbeat vibe.

The kitchen is headed up by head chef, Kirsty Sinclair, who helps prepare tasty dishes to ensure a quality menu and meal for guests.

Tuck into fresh, SASSI-complaint seafood or tantalising tapas – paired with some cocktails or fine, locally produced wines – made from only the freshest ingredients.

Contact: (044) 533 4740

Website: www.thefatfish.co.za

Location: Mlikwood Centre, Hopwood Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#4 Nguni Restaurant

Located in one of Plett’s most historical buildings (a 100+ year-old dairy), it’s only fitting that this restaurant offers nostalgic African flair.

The African menu is a reflection of South African favourites like: Boboie, Karoo lamb, ostrich, game, biltong and springbok.

With eclectic African interiors, complete with an original wood-fire stove, and a sunny veranda outside, visitors are provided with a true taste of SA – and in particular, the Cape.

Contact: (044) 533 6710

Website: www.nguni-restaurant.co.za

Location: 6 Crescent Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#5 Ristorante Enrico

With a terrace overlooking the ocean and a friendly atmosphere inside and out, it’s hard not to love this homely, relaxed Italian restaurant – particularly with hands-on owner, Enrico, always around to make his guests feel welcome.

Using fresh ingredients and raw, natural products, Enrico prepares tasteful, delicious dishes, inspired by his Roman roots.

His signature dish is the Fish Enrico – but the starters and desserts are equally tempting, as are the daily specials!

Contact: (044) 535 9818

Website: www.enricorestaurant.co.za

Location: 296 Main Street, Keurboomstrand, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#6 SeaFood at The Plettenberg

Drawing inspiration from the region’s rich marine life, the cuisine at SeaFood includes superb signature dishes, served all day.

There is also a unique tapas menu, served around the pool or from the terrace, which overlooks the ocean. High tea is also available here. Booking is advised.

Since it is part of The Collection by Liz McGrath, class and quality are a prerequisite at this seaside, hotel-based restaurant.

Contact: (044) 533 2030

Website: www.collectionmcgrath.com

Location: 40 Church Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

www.collectionmcgrath.com

#7 Emily’s Restaurant

Found at Emily Moon River Lodge, this restaurant exudes the essence of Africa, with a touch of her spirit and mystery too. This is present in everything from the beautiful collectors’ items to the kelims, carved mermaids and Nguni skins inside.

There’s a touch of old-school elegance and mystique here, and chef Jana produces an eclectic menu, particularly primed for candlelit dinners.

The large deck, overlooking the Bitou River, is great or sundowners, while the carved Ethiopian day bed, set in front of a log fire, is great for cosy, post-meal drinks too.

The menu changes like the weather, so there’s always something new and fresh to enjoy.

Contact: (044) 501 2500

Website: www.emilymoon.co.za

Location: Emily Moon River Lodge, 1 Rietvlei Road, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#8 Kurland Restaurant

This restaurant has won numerous awards over the years, and no matter where you sit, elegant settings made for intimate meals and group celebrations abound.

Headed by executive chef Leon Coetzee, who prepares quality dishes, while treating guests to new recipes – and in so doing, taking them on an exciting culinary journey – dining at this hotel restaurant is an excellent experience all round.

Contact: (044) 534 8082

Website: www.kurland.co.za

Location: Kurland Hotel, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#9 Peppermill Café

This café offers global tastes, as it embraces fresh dishes from around the world.

Guests can enjoy Good Morning breakfasts, Cajun chicken, healthy hummus, salad bowls, and other great light meals, in a laid-back café, which enjoys a delightfully tranquil setting that is ideal for family outings to The Crags.

Contact: (071) 324 4454

Website: www.plett-tourism.co.za

Location: The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#10 The Table Restaurant and Bar

Specialising in “simple food with serious taste”, The Table is a down-to-earth eatery, which focusses on bringing people together to enjoy good company – and even better food.

Every dish is lovingly made using the freshest ingredients – irrespective of whether you order a wood-fire pizza, handmade pasta dish or decadent dessert.

Signature dishes include the ostrich, with chilli-chocolate sauce, and seafood in a pizza basket.

Contact: (044) 533 3024

Website: thetable.co.za

Location: 9 Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#11 Equinox Flame & Flavour

www.lookout.co.za

This seaside restaurant right on Lookout Beach offers holiday makers and locals a classy, yet casual eat out experience.

Bringing flame and flavour to the Plett restaurant scene, Equinox (named after the Spring Tide of 2008, which transformed Lookout Beach) is a chic restaurant and bar, which offers everything from open-flame grilled tender cuts to super fresh seafood perfection, at the ocean’s edge…

Contact: (044) 533 0637

Website: www.lookout.co.za

Location: Lookout Beach, Hill Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#12 The Lookout Deck

This local Plett restaurant institution is a special place to enjoy special times. Nestled between The Lookout Rocks and Nature Reserve, it enjoys one of the best locations around and is very well-known and loved by visitors and locals alike.

It’s a must-visit eatery that provides guests with a selection of breakfasts, lunches, light snacks and dinners, as well as a choice of wine, exotic cocktails and other bar drinks to wash it all down.

Contact: (044) 533 1379

Website: www.lookout.co.za

Location: Lookout Beach, Hill Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#13 Lemon Grass Seaside Restaurant

Situated on the water’s edge, this terraced restaurant is open, warm and is a sensory treat in all respects, including the gorgeous surrounding views.

The menu offers a variety of freshly prepared dishes, from fish and seafood to meats and game, all of which draw either local or international inspiration.

If you’re looking for a restaurant with great food and an idyllic setting, Lemon Grass is the one for you.

Contact: (044) 533 5520

Website: www.lemongrassplett.co.za

Location: Salmack Road, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#14 The Burnt Orange

This is the new restaurant of chef Gareth Gardiner, former head chef of La Granada Divino (which appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s TV programme).

The Burnt Orange serves a variety of local and international dishes, drawing inspiration from Spain, Italy and other European culinary giants, and combining it with fresh, locally sourced ingredients for your ultimate food satisfaction.

There’s also a lovely outdoor space where diners can enjoy cocktails and sundowners as the sun sets.

Contact: (072) 704 1501

Website: www.plett-tourism.co.za

Location: Piesang Valley Road, Brackenridge Private Residential Estate, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#15 Off the Hook

This vibrant and trendy restaurant, complete with a homely touch, is perfect for families to enjoy relaxing and dining together.

The menu offers local seafood specialties, served with a choice of varied, delicious side orders.

To further complement this dining experience, add one of the top quality wines or if you prefer, a cup of good coffee with a slice from one of their delicious cakes.

Contact: (044) 533 0796

Website: offthehookplett.co.za

Location: Beacon Island Centre, Beacon Island Drive, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#16 Clare’s Cakes & Deli

At Clare’s, you can get cakes for all occasions and enjoy wowing your friends and loved ones with one of these masterful, iced creations – or simply, satisfying those sweet tooth cravings…

Products are made using only the finest ingredients and everything is made with the utmost care and love.

Clare’s Cakes & Deli also supplies cakes to local hotels and coffee shops, and their Chocolate Mousse Cake the stuff of baked legend in these parts.

Contact: (044) 533 0000

Website: www.clarescakes.co.za

Location: Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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#17 LM in PLett

This restaurant offers guests a taste of Mozambique in Plett and with its good service and mouth-watering fare, it makes for a memorable dining experience.

The menu combines Indian, Portuguese and African food and guests can enjoy sharing traditional meals in this unique local restaurant.

Contact: (044) 533 1420

Website: lmplett.co.za

Location: 6 Yellowwood Corner, Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#18 The View Tapas Café and Bar

Boasting spectacular views, an affordable menu and sound service, this is the perfect place for a chilled night out with friends or family.

The View serves yummy tapas made and designed from locally sourced ingredients, and offers awesome al fresco dining in fair weather, though there’s also ample bar seating inside too.

Contact: (044) 533 0165

Website: www.plett-tourism.co.za

Location: Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#19 Courtyard Café

Nestled in the heart of Plett, this wonderful courtyard coffee shop is a great place to head for a coffee and a delicious meal.

Serving everything from breakfasts, toasted sandwiches, burgers and light meals to speciality Greek food – which includes the likes of Greek shortbread cookies, spinach pies and falafels – Courtyard Café is the place to come for good Greek hospitality and simple, yet tasty food.

Contact: (044) 533 3331

Website: www.plett-tourism.co.za

Location: Shop 9A Melville’s Corner, Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#20 Down to Earth Restaurant

This is relatively new, natural/organic restaurant is located at Plett River Lodge. The focus at the aptly named Down to Earth is strongly on health and locally sourced ingredients, as well as ethically prepared meals.

This waterfront venue is perfect for hosting special occasions; intimate dinners – or even simply enjoying a cup of tea on a lazy afternoon.

Contact: (044) 533 5843

Website: www.plettriverlodge.com

Location: Plett River Lodge, N2, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

These are just some of the awesome restaurants you can enjoy in Plettenberg Bay if you live in or visit this phenomenal Garden Route city during 2017.

Top 20 activities in Plettenberg Bay 2017.

Situated along the gorgeous Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is a trove of beautiful beaches, secret adventures, caring animal sanctuaries, surf spots and so much more; it’s a tourist destination of note, among local South African travellers and foreign tourists alike.

Here are some of the best activities to enjoy in Plettenberg Bay:

#1 Enjoy family fun at Adventure Land

Offering good, clean fun for the whole family, Adventure Land is a place of water rides, playgrounds, super tubes and more. There are also awesome braai and picnic facilities, as well as a take-away kiosk, if required.

Highlights include the 75-metre super tube; 2-lane racer; kamikaze slide (with a 12-metre drop!) and even some kiddies’ slides and splash pools for the tots.

Contact: (044) 532 7869

Website: www.adventurelandplett.co.za

Address:  Adventure Land, Plettenberg Bay, Thohoyandou-F, Thohoyandou, Garden Route

#2 Cycle the 14-km Buffalo Hills MTB Trail

For avid cyclists, the 14-kilometre, circular route at Buffalo Hills Reserve is an awesome outdoor experience.

Here, you can enjoy riding a relatively easy route (though there are, nevertheless, some challenges in store), which should take you between 1.5 to 2 hours to finish.

Ride through grassy plains, forest and then onto a single-track. What’s more, there’s a great ascent up a jeep track, where you can stop and admire the surrounding reserve’s spectacular scenery. Do a self-guided tour (minimum of three riders must participate) or opt for a guided one and learn about the forest and flora as you ride.

Contact: (044) 535 9739, (082) 783 8392

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: Buffalo Hills Reserve (off R340 towards Wittedrif), Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#3 Experience game drives at Plett Game Reserve

www.collectionmcgrath.com

Located some 20 minutes outside Plett, the Plettenberg Game Reserve is a wonderful place to experience African wildlife/terrain and to enjoy seeing the Big 5 in their natural habitat.

Two great activities to choose from when visiting are the game drive or horse safari, which both run for two hours. Or, if you want to experience something even more exotic, try the new 1.5-hour-long Elephant Safari.

The game drive and horse safari both allow you to experience game on a real wildlife safari – either from horseback or from inside a vehicle.

Contact: (044) 535 0000/1

Website: www.plettgamereserve.com

Address: Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, R340 Road, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#4 Enjoy educational entertainment at Plett Puzzle Park

Found in the heart of the Garden Route, this unique attraction offers interactive family-fun. Activities are designed with all ages and sizes in mind and are intended to provide educational entertainment in an affordable way.

Plett Puzzle Park’s main attractions are the life-sized 3D Maze (a first of its kind in SA) and the exciting Forest Puzzle Walk.

There’s also an on-site childrens’ play area and coffee/puzzle gift shop set in a tranquil garden, with oversized garden games to keep visitors occupied.

Contact: (044) 534 8853

Website: www.plettpuzzlepark.co.za

Address: Plett Puzzle Park, Greater Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

www.plettpuzzlepark.co.za

#5 Be amazed at Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden – the world’s largest free-flight aviary – is a unique, two-hectare dome, spanning across beautiful indigenous forest.

It aims to provide a sanctuary for birds, as well as miniature monkeys. Donations and bird releases once a protocol and criteria have been met, are welcome.

With a mysterious ruin, walk-behind waterfall, 200-seater amphitheatre and some 3,500 birds, it’s an experience like no other.

Contact: (044) 534 8906

Website: www.birdsofeden.co.za

Address: The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#6 Have your eyes opened at Junkani Wildlife Sanctuary

Home to an assortment of big cats (like lion, cheetah, Siberian and Benegal tigers, leopard, jaguars, pumas and more), zorilla, hyena and honey badgers, Junkani Wildlife Sanctuary is an eye-opening, once-in-a-lifetime experience for one and all.

The only sanctuary of its kind in the Garden Route, it is a conservation wildlife park, which gives animals the freedom to run, play and explore.

There are daily tours (from 9:00 am – 4:00pm), which are conducted in all weather conditions and which provide great insight into all Junkani’s animals.

Contact: (044) 534 8409

Website: www.jukani.co.za

Address: Junkani Wildlife Sanctuary, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#7 Monkey around at Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

The world’s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary of Monkeyland offers tours, and comprises of more than 550 primates.

This primate sanctuary presently houses some 18 different species, 11 of which roam freely around the 12-hectare forest that makes up Monkeyland. The other seven are housed in large cages within the main forest or else, call the nearby Birds of Eden home.

There is also an excellent, 128-metre suspended canopy walk, restaurant, souvenir store and viewing deck, with multi-lingual guides on-hand to provide insight into these amazing monkeys.

Contact: (044) 534 8906

Website: www.monkeyland.co.za

Address: Monkeyland, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#8 Hit the beach – any beach

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Plettenberg Bay is all about the beach, with surfing, bodyboarding, sun tanning, swimming and more on offer in this sun-loving, seaside city. The three most popular and beautiful beaches in Plett are Central Beach, Robberg Beach and Lookout Beach.

Each of this beach trio offers something different: Central Beach is great for families and sunbathers, with lifeguards on duty for the swimmers; Lookout is popular among SUP paddlers and surfers – and finally, Robberg is wonderful for long walks, beach runs and even paddle skiing.

Contact: (083) 655 3618

Website: www.plettenberg-bay.co.za

Address: Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#9 Birding and bird-watching at Fynbos Ridge

This private nature reserve, some 7km outside of Plett, is the ideal place for birding. Owners Brian and Liz Philips have ensured a delightful fynbos home for all kinds of birds, providing a rustic, yet natural environment for these feathered residents.

Birds are partially habituated so photographers will have the chance to take numerous shots, as birds visit feeding trays and birdbaths dotted about the grounds.

With a list of roughly 90 species, every inch of the property is overflowing with birdlife, fynbos and proteas.

Tick everything from Pin-tailed Whydas to Forest Canaries, Sunbirds, Sugarbirds and even Fish Eagles off your list. Fynbos Ridge is also one of only three bird-friendly establishments in Plett, as approved by BirdLife South Africa.

Contact: (044) 533 0106

Website: www.fynbosridge.co.za

Adddress: Fynbos Ridge Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#10 Saddle up with Hog Hollow Horse Trails

Experience the amazing Tsitsikamma Forest on horseback with Hog Hollow Horse Trails.

Choose between either a one-hour-long farm trail, with views out across the mountains and forest, or enjoy a two-hour-long forest trail, a three-hour-long private nature reserve trail or even a half/full day Cruise The Crags Trail, which will see you riding to various nearby attractions on horseback.

Booking is essential and comfortable clothing, sunblock and closed-in shoes are highly advised.

Contact: (082) 771 3745

Website: www.cruisethecrags.co.za or www.horseridinggardenroute.com

Address: Hog Hollow Horse Trails, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#11 Close encounters with the Whale kind

www.hog-hollow.com

If you’re looking to enjoy some close encounters with these gentle underwater mammals, particularly during Whale Season, by chartered boat – then Ocean Blue Adventures is your answer.

Enjoy awesome, permitted whale watching, as well as possible dolphin and other sea animal sightings, and get a brief history of the area too.

Trips last between 1.5 and 2 hours and no guaranteed sightings are given; booking is advised.

Contact: (044) 533 5083

Website: oceanadventures.co.za

Address: Ocean Blue Adventures, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#12 Go fishing in Robberg Nature Reserve

The national monument and nature reserve of the Robberg Peninsula: Robberg Nature Reserve offers limited rock and surf angling, with permits from the Marine and Coastal Management available from Cape Nature.

So while you can enjoy some fun recreational fishing, please be advised that bait-collecting, fishing from boats and spearfishing are entirely prohibited.

Contact: (044) 533 2125

Website: www.safarinow.com

Address: Robberg Nature Reserve, Airport Road, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#13 Explore the Elephant Sanctuary

Offering African elephants and an interactive experience (which can include elephant back riding), the Elephant Sanctuary at The Crags, is dedicated to elephant conservation and allowing guests to enjoy intimate experiences with these huge mammals.

Guides are committed, well-trained and insightful and will help you to interact with, ride and even touch the elephants.

Contact: (044) 534 8145

Website: www.elephantsanctuary.co.za

Address: Elephant Sanctuary, Animal Alley, The Crags (off the N2 near Natures Valley), Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#14 Go wild with Radical Raptors

www.radicalraptors.co.za

Opened in 2008, Radical Raptors is a rehabilitation centre, which aims to create community awareness on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of noble birds of prey.

Operating directly under the rules and regulations laid down by Cape Nature Conservation, Radical Raptors is a caring, yet exciting experience. Visitors are invited to enjoy a flying display, which sees a variety of trained, non-releasable birds of prey flying around freely, allowing guests the chance to admire, photograph and watch these magnificent birds – weather permitting.

Contact: (044) 532 7537

Website: www.radicalraptors.co.za

Address: Radical Raptors, The Heath, N2, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#15 Visit the Harkerville Saturday Village Market

Every Saturday, this rural and rustic, but also ultra-vibey, market takes places in the heart of the Garden Route. It’s a mix of flea-, craft- and farmers’-market combined and offers an all-round South African market experience.

There is a wealth of stalls, with the likes of organic food, jewellery, woodwork, clothing, flowers, music, books and more on offer.

Contact: (084) 510 9939

Website: www.harkervillemarket.co.za

Address: Harkerville Saturday Village Market, Harkerville, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#16 ‘Run’ with wolves at Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary

Situated between Knysna and Plett, this exciting sanctuary offers interactive tours that take visitors through wolf enclosures, offering a truly unique and intimate experience.

Aside from the wolf packs, there are also friendly wild dogs and huskies awaiting to greet guests.

You can enjoy a guided tour, which runs for +/- 40 minutes, with no prior booking required.

There is also a touch farm, with farmyard animals, and a restaurant, offering breakfasts and light meals.

Contact: (074) 303 0657

Website: wolfsanctuary.co.za

Address: Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary, N2, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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#17 Shop at Porcupine Ceramics

Selling hand-made ceramics crafted by fire, Porcupine Ceramics makes ‘raku’-fired ceramic art pieces, inspired by African art and animals. Items include sculptures, plates, pots and other goods, all of which reflect the colours and traditions of our wonderful continent.

Products are produced by a group of local artisans, who have been trained and mentored by Porcupine since 1994.

Visit The Mill, a factory shop and studio, at The Crags and enjoy a tour of the working studio daily, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Contact: (044) 534 8910

Website: porcupineceramics.com

Address:  Porcupine Ceramics, The Mohair Mill, Kirbywood, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#18 Try something new with Learn to Surf Plett

As mentioned earlier, Plett is a surfers’ paradise and, with so many great beaches, it’s only natural for those keen on surfing to flock here.

Even if you can’t yet surf, there is hope with Learn to Surf Plett. This locally owned and operated surf school offers lessons for surfing and stand-up paddle boarding, taught by passionate people, with a love for surfing and the ocean.

Learn to Surf Plett is suitable for those of all ages, though booking is required.

Contact: (082) 436 6410

Website: learntosurfplett.co.za

Address: Learn to Surf Plett, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#19 Get up high with AfriCanyon Adventures

Experience unique canyoning, kloofing and gorge-walking with AfriCanyon. Discover the fun of canyoning/kloofing in the amazing Crags, try optional jumps, navigate deep gorges and even takr a cool, rock-pool zip line.

All professional equipment is provided but bookings for those 10 years and older is essential.

Contact: (044) 534 8055

Website: www.africanyon.com

Address: AfriCanyon Adventures, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

#20 Take in the beauty of Robberg Nature Reserve

Situated some 8km outside of Plett, you will find the beautiful Robberg Nature Reserve. This national monument and World Heritage Site is one special place and no visit to Plettenberg Bay is complete without having successfully explored some of Robberg Nature Reserve.

There is an assortment of hikes, walks and wildlife to be seen and enjoyed when visiting this reserve and for those who wish to linger longer, there is even an overnight hut to stay in.

Contact: (044) 533 2125/85

Website: www.capenature.co.za/reserves/robberg-nature-reserve
Address: Robberg Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

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These are just some of the top activities you can enjoy when you visit the paradise-like Plettenberg Bay in the Cape’s most gorgeous Garden Route.