Top places to eat in Zanzibar

A tropical paradise known for its azure blue ocean, adventure water activities and the superb mix of African and Indian cultures; there are multitudes of flavours, spice and fragrances to sample and enjoy in the food. It’s not called the spice island for nothing so come expecting dishes carefully prepared with a cacophony of spices. Here’s a few favourites you should try when visiting Stone Town…

#1 Lunch at Chumbe Island

Funded by their eco-tourism alone, by staying in their eco-lodge set with solar panels, compost toilets, using water regeneration; you will be supporting all of the conservation projects on the island. I’ve been to many islands, but here I felt like i had been deserted on an island in the middle of paradise ( with staff not far away). When visiting the island on a day trip lunch is an abundant affair of seafood, salads and rice/potato-based dishes. All fish are caught sustainably and are on the green seafood guide list Enjoy lunch after a snorkel and relax on a lounge beside the ocean after.  This place was pure bliss!

Website: Chumbe Island Coral Park



#2 Dinner at Red Monkey Lodge

You can’t get any closer to the beach if you tried and with beautiful simple island accommodation right on a quiet beach in Jambiani, you can’t go wrong. With live music, the sensation of sand under your feet and the sunset smudges coloring the sky over the ocean, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better view in Zanzibar. The menu changes daily and will be written on the blackboard. I loved the spicy octopus and samosas. But to be honest- everything was a sumptuous affair.

Book your spot for dinner here: Red Monkey Lodge 


#3 Breakfast at Protea Hotel- Mbweni Ruins

Perched beneath the palm trees and right on the Mbweni beach in the neighborhood adjacent to Stone Town, the Protea Hotel is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a buffet breakfast overlooking the ocean, mangroves and the beach. Linger a bit longer for lunch and cocktails beside the pool and find coolness in the shade of the trees.

For more info visit: Protea by Marriott

#4 The Taarab restaurant

Atop the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in the heart of Stone Town is a roof top restaurant overlooking  the old city and the ocean. These are one of the restaurants which really impart the romance of Zanzibar especially once sun sets and night falls. Enjoy scrumptious breakfasts in the morning, sundowners in the evening and warm dinners  at the a la carte restaurant outside on the terrace. The Chef is known for creating marvelous meals and the team are known for wonderful gestures of hospitality.

Website: Doubletree by Hilton

#5 Emerson Tea House Restaurant and Secret Garden

Get whisked away by the romance of Stone Town and book your seat at The Tea House at Emerson Hurumzi showcasing true Swahili style with lush Persian rugs, low tables and live traditional Taarab music. Known for serving up some of the best meals in Zanzibar, one cannot help but get swept away to another time and relax into Afro-Persian luxury.  The restaurant only seats 35 guests so reservations are essential for lunch and dinner.

While the rooftop dinner venue of the Emerson is only open for dinner, Downstairs the secret spice garden is open during the day. With shaded spots beneath the trees and umbrellas to enjoy lunch, this magical little garden provides a welcome reprieve from the heat and the food is pretty delicious! Definitely try to the coconut curry.

Website: Emerson on Hurumzi



#6 Ma Shallah cafe

Started by local Yaseer, this buzzing restaurant is said have some of the best Indian meals in Zanzibar and this comes from Indian guests who tend to be very choosy about how their Indian meals are prepared. With well loved briyanis and butter chicken, fresh juice and fresh food, this is a stop you can’t miss on your culinary journey through the city. Watch how the naan is baked and sit outdoors watching the world go by.


Website: Ma Shallah Cafe



#7 Maru Maru

Another rooftop delight and one with a pool, Maru Maru is a welcome visit after a day of shopping in stone town. Enjoy views of the ocean and this dynamic little town from the top and take a dip in between drinks and lunch. On a hot day, the breeze up here is dreamy.


Website: Maru Maru

Top 20 Restaurants in Cape Town 2017.

These days, Cape Town is well-known for being a foodie mecca – but there are always going to be new or even lasting restaurant winners, which consistently bring good service, great food and a pleasant eat-out experience to the table.

Here are the top 20 restaurants in Cape Town 2017:

#1 The Foodbarn

Over the space of a few years, Top chef Franck Dangereux has worked wonders over at The Foodbarn. Serving French-inspired dishes, the restaurant offers excellent fine dining and superb food in a restored old barn.

At night, the deli turns into a tapas bar but either way, expect excellent food. Also, on Wednesday evenings, The Foodbarn offers a Pop Up Kitchen at the Community Market in Farm Village.

Contact: (021) 789 1390


Address: Noordhoek Farm Village, Corner Village Lane and Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town

#2 Raya Kitchen

Photo credit: Raya Kitchen via Facebook

Opened less than a year ago, Raya Kitchen already has been garnering rave reviews, as it serves its fine Asian cuisine. Food favourites include: prawn har gau, traditional Thai curries and phad Thai.

Raya Kitchen also has good cocktails and wine to enjoy, and often runs value-for-money specials.

Contact: (021) 422 2266


Address: Mandela Rhodes Building, 24 Wale Street, Cape Town

#3 La Parada Del Mar

This popular modern Spanish tapas restaurant and bar already had two existing branches, in both Bree Street (the original) and Constantia Nek respectively.

Recently, however, they opened a third on the glamourous Camps Bay Strip and it’s already ultra-popular.

La Parada Del Mar offers stunning views, of both Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean – and now, all three restaurants are open for breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner.

Contact: (021) 286 2106


Address: 35 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

#4 The Stack

A few days after its initial opening at Leinster Hall – a 106-year-old building – in 2015, The Stack fell victim to a terrible blaze, which gutted the place and devastated its owners. Now though… The Stack is back!

This trendy restaurant and club provides a bistro menu, with wonderful delicacies, like luxurious French onion soup or crème brulee.

Contact: (021) 286 0187


Address: Leinster Hall, 7 Weltevreden Street, Gardens, Cape Town

5# Azure Restaurant

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Complete with fine dining and amazing views across the Atlantic, Azure’s setting never fails to make a great impression upon its visitors, yet it is the seafood, which takes the centre stage here.

Enjoy the best local and international cuisines, made by executive chef Christo Pretorius, as you dine in style. Favourites include: classic prawn cocktail or fresh line fish, though you will also find grills, poultry/game and even a Cape Malay curry on Azure’s menu.

Dress code is semi-formal, and booking is advised.

Contact: (021) 437 9029


Address: Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

#6 Obi

Since Takumi’s closing, sushi legend Papa San has teamed up with chef Ben Bettendorf to bring Capetonians this urban Asian eatery, which specialises in sushi, tempura and ramen.

At Obi restaurant, guests can enjoy delicacies like shoyu ramen, an extensive sushi range and even great tempura options too.

Contact: (021) 418 4040


Address: 14 Long Street, Cape Town

#7 The Woodlands Eatery

With a lovely, considerate menu – which caters to the tastes and diets of all – The Woodlands Eatery is a rare find.

They are famed for their pizzas, which come with a choice of interesting toppings and even include the option of a cauliflower base. There is also seafood and other top meals to enjoy here.

Contact: (021) 801 5799


Address: 2 Deer Park, Vredehoek, Cape Town

#8 Charango

This popular Peruvian-Japanese (or ‘Nikkei cuisine’) restaurant offers a fusion of cultures, as well as great contemporary street food.

Tuck into ceviche or hot, kebab-style-cooked meats, cooked over coals… just know that whatever your pick, you’re in for a treat at this Bree Street eatery.

Contact: (021) 422 0757


Address: 114 Bree Street, Cape Town

 #9 Kyoto Garden Sushi

Photo credit: Claire Gunn Photography, Kyoto Garden Sushi via

At Kyoto, expect delicacy, subtleness and enduring Japanese cuisines and flavours, brought to you by owner Scott Wood’s stellar Kyoto team. This Japanese food shrine offers sushi, sashimi, seafood and more.

There’s a wonderful sushi bar to enjoy as is only fitting – but leave space for dessert to enjoy something naughty but nice, like cherry blossom ice cream or perhaps a tempting cocktail too.

Contact: (021) 422 2001


Address: Kyoto Garden Sushi, 11 Lower Kloofnek Road, Cape Town

#10 Hudsons – The Burger Joint

A regular feature on ‘Best burger’ lists in Cape Town, the American-inspired diner (with a contemporary twist) that is Hudsons gives guests well-made burgers, finished off with inventive toppings.

Each burger tells its own story, and everything from the names to the ingredients have been carefully chosen by owners, Ross and David.

Now, with branches in Green Point and Claremont – as well as the original Kloof Street establishment – Hudsons is more far-reaching than ever before.

Contact: (021) 426 5974


Address: 69A Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

#11 Cheyne’s

Chef-owner Cheyne Morrisby offers creative combos, artful plating and delicious, strongly South Pacific cuisine, prepared using firmly Asian cooking methods.

Thanks to his culinary talents, Cheyne’s has become a real Hout Bay institution, though he hasn’t stopped there, for now Lucky Bao and the new Shio are also under his capable guidance.

Contact: (021) 790 3462


Address: Hout Bay, Cape Town

#12 Manna Epicure

Reflecting French and South African cuisines both, with a delightful Argentinian twist too, Manna Epicure is the epitome of fine dining in Cape Town.

With an emphasis on hospitality, styling and, of course, excellent food, Manna is like a tender Heavenly mercy sent down to food lovers.

Contact: (021) 426 2413


Address: 151 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

#13 Royale Eatery

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Royale Eatery really does make burgers fit for royalty… With over 50 burgers (and counting…) to choose from, this is a go-to burger spot in Mother City and is also one of its top eateries.

They offer vegetarian and vegan options, if you’re not a meat-eater, whereas as a side with your gourmet burger, enjoy a choice between fries, sweet potato chips or salad!

Contact: (021) 422 4536


Address: 273 Long Street, Cape Town

 #14 Gold Restaurant

At Gold – an African restaurant in the heart of the Mother City – expect an extensive menu, which offers tastes and styles from northern Africa to the Cape.

Whether you like your food hot and spicy or soft and gentle (like Tanzanian mango-and-lime chicken), Gold has something for everyone.

What’s more, your unique culinary experience is complemented by live, interactive traditional entertainment.

Contact: (021) 421 4653


Address: 15 Bennett Street, Green Point, Cape Town

#15 Active Sushi

In 2008, Active Sushi was born for the owner’s sushi addiction. Now, the focus is on providing customers with top notch sushi at reasonable prices.

 Active Sushi is so much more than a dining experience though… it’s a sushi extravaganza, and their vision is to make sushi more enjoyable for and easily accessible to all.

Contact: (021) 418 2604


Address: Mirage Building, 32 Hudson Street, Cape Town

#16 The Brasserie

This neighbourhood local and lovely bistro is something of a home away from home for locals and foreigners alike.

 Dine here with family and friends and enjoy creating lasting memories over good food.

Contact: (021) 712 1363


Address: Shop 1, Forest Glade House, Tokai Road, Constantia, Cape Town

 #17 San Julian

Started up in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, San Julian is now a popular spot, which serves unpretentious, authentic Mexican food.

This Mexican restaurant also claims to be the only Mexican restaurant in SA actually run by a Mexican family… and they know their stuff!

Contact: (021) 419 42 33


Address: 3 Rose Street, Shop 3 & 4 State House building, Cape Town

 #18 NV-80 Grill & Bar

Photo credit: NV-80 via Facebook

Situated in the heart of Sea Point, this popular bistro offers great variety, which includes meals like: charred queen prawns or caramelised pear and gorgonzola salad.

 With comfy seating for up to 120 guests, here at NV-80 Grill & Bar, you really can have a ball, as you sip on sundowners or tuck into a great meal with those you love.

Contact: (021) 439 7112/4


Address: The Point, Shop 8, First Floor, 76 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

#19 Hemelhuijs

At hemelhuijs, quality is of the utmost importance, as far as chef-owner Jacques Erasmus is concerned. This ever-changing space, in the heart of the Mother City, is something of an oasis for visitors.

Enjoy freshly squeezed juices, delicious cocktails or blended coffees from their small but seasonal menu or a lovely, light meal in between work or play.

Contact: (021) 418 2042


Address: 71 Waterkant Street, Cape Town

#20 House of H

This restaurant, tattoo parlour/barber and bar in one is a truly unique experience. Opened in 2016, it’s relatively new to the city’s food scene but already it’s been making (inked) food waves.

Dig into hearty portions, like 16-hour-roasted brisket sandwich, a steak roll or even fish and chips, from a menu that is all about good, seasonal local produce and focussed entirely on good food.

Contact: (076) 699 6146


Address: 112 Loop Street, Cape Town

These are just some of the many restaurants in Cape Town consistently churning out good reviews, service and above all, food. During 2017, make sure you eat your way through them, for some fun variety and food satisfaction in the Mother City.

Top 20 Restaurants in Franschhoek 2017.

Fair Franschhoek is a region popular for many things: majestic mountains, top wine estates and of course, its French-inspired roots – but it’s also home to a selection of great restaurants.

Here are the top 20 restaurants in Franschhoek 2017:

#1 Haute Cabrière Restaurant & Terrace

Photo credit: Everett-John Mariano via Instagram

This iconic restaurant* is famed for its unique setting and breath-taking views, offered by its location against the Franschhoek Mountain. Its soaring arches and primarily summer terrace offer cathedral-like views of Pinot Noir Barrel Maturation Cellar and the valley below.

The seasonal menu features classically prepared dishes with a modern twist, and its cellar master and chefs work to marry good food and wine.

* (From 21 May to 31 August 2017, the restaurant and tasting room will be undergoing renovations.)

Contact: (021) 876 3688


Address: Haute Cabrière, Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek, Cape Town

#2 Le Bon Vivant

At Le Bon Vivant, food is an experience. Chef-patron Pierre Hendriks and his staff invite you to journey with them and savour bold flavours and unique combinations, presented impeccably for your enjoyment.

Inspired by his training in classic French kitchens, Pierre’s recipes – which offer modern interpretations of classic lunch and dinner dishes – aim to surprise, whilst maintaining an exacting standard expected from a restaurant such as Le Bon Vivant.

Contact: (021) 876 2717


Address: 22 Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek

#3 Orangerie at Le Lude MCC

Photo credit: Le Lude

Chef Nicolene Barrow has, aside from formal training in Europe, worked at world-famous restaurants like London’s Gavroche Restaurant before her arrival at Le Lude. Now, at Orangerie restaurant, she prepares classical French cuisine, with a contemporary twist.

What’s more, Orangerie’s seasonal menu uses only the Cape’s finest and freshest ingredients, and meals are perfectly paired with Le Lude wonderful Method Cap Classique.

Contact: (021) 100 3464


Address: Le Lude, Bowling Green Avenue (Lambrechts Road), Franschhoek

#4 Foliage

At Foliage, guests can expect anything from vegetarian dishes to nose-to-tail cooking. This farm and forest to plate-style restaurant is a wonderful experience in every way and comes highly rated by those in the food know.

(On 29 and 30 April, as well as 1 May and 20 August to 6 September 2017, Foliage will be closed.)

Contact: (021) 876 2328


Address: 11 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek

#5 Pierneef a La Motte

Named for the famous South African artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, this restaurant, through its traditional cuisine, creatively reflects the beauty of South Africa, even as it offers a modern take on things.

Its unique food styles and diverse flavours have drawn inspiration from centuries of cooking – and with the talented chef Michelle Theron at the helm, you can be certain of delicious, quality meals in a fresh, natural-looking restaurant.

Contact: (021) 876 8800


Address: R45 Main Road, Franschhoek

#6 Greenhouse Restaurant

Hidden away between oak trees, the appropriately named Greenhouse welcomes guests to rest as they enjoy delicious home-baked treats like cake, coffee, tea and fresh garden juices.

Greenhouse at Babylonstoren also offers proper meals, with artisanal breads, handcrafted cheeses and dressed meats, served with a selection of homemade goodies, including herb oils and garden salads.

Note: There is a R10 entry fee for weekdays and R20 (adults) and R10 (children under 12) entry fee for weekends and public holidays at Babylonstoren, which goes towards their local child education trust.

Contact: (021) 863 3852


Address: R45, Simondium, 7670

 #7 Ryan’s Kitchen

With an impressive career spent in Michelin schools around the globe, chef Ryan Smith was adamant that his own restaurant in Ryan’s Kitchen would only offer modern South Africa cuisine, driven by local and indigenous ingredients.

This unique space – which has a Chef’s Table’s kind of feel to it – offers an interactive kitchen and table concept. With limited seating inside (and out, if the weather’s good), attentive service is a guarantee.

Aside from their signature ‘Taste of Africa’ menu, Ryan’s Kitchen offers a smaller tasting menu. Note: Booking is advised.

Contact: (021) 876 4598


Address: 1, Place Vendome, Huguenot Road, Franschhoek

#8 Monnaeux Restaurant

Photo credit: Monnaeux Restaurant

Offering fine wine and contemporary cuisine, this acclaimed restaurant – located at the original site of Franschhoek’s first perfumery, which dates back to 1890 – is a classically Cape culinary affair.

Enjoy lunch out on the fountain terrace, or dine in style inside the elegant, yet soothing Manor House dining room. They also have a comfy bar lounge and great award-winning wines to make your visit truly memorable.

Contact: (021) 876 3386


Address: Huguenot (Main) Road, Franschhoek

#9 Restaurant at Le Petite Ferme

The restaurant at La Petite Ferme offers a unique culinary experience, brought to you by Neethling du Toit and Tanya Rousseau.

Only the freshest and best local ingredients are used, as the restaurant prides itself on serving high quality, delicious meals, aimed at satisfying every kind of customer.

The bistro, known as ‘The Delicatess’, also offers a lovely selections of globally inspired tapas.

Contact: (021) 876 3016


Address: La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek

#10 The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal

Photo credit: Boschendal Wine Estate

Boschendal’s restaurants offer an array of authentic food experiences, with a focus on flavourful, nourishing farm-to-table food.

Under the careful guidance of executive chef, Christiaan Campbell, the Boschendal staff whip up mouth-watering meals… and this much is especially true of their flagship restaurant:  The Werf.

Located in the original, revamped Manor House cellar, The Werf offers contemporary dining and the freshest, finest farm-to-table cuisine, like fermented breads, brisket and lovely desserts. Note: Bookings are essential.

Contact: (021) 870 4206


Address: Pineal Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek

 #11 Allora

Allora Ristorante Classico is shaped around the idea of a traditional Italian village, with the restaurant’s focal points being the centrally based fountain and distinctive wood-fired ovens.

The menu offers artistically arranged meals, including seafood, poultry, meat, home-made pasta and thin-based Neapolitan pizza, as well as vegetarian options.

This casual, yet classy restaurant offers fine dining and a refined atmosphere, without feeling pretentious.

Contact: (021) 876 4375/6


Address: 32 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek Square, Franschhoek

 #12 ROCA Restaurant

Photo credit: Dieu Donne Vineyards

ROCA Restaurant, found on Dieu Donne Vineyards, serves delicious and exciting Mediterranean meals.

Their emphasis is on fresh, high quality local ingredients and respectful, yet unfussy food treatment and preparation.

It is also a great venue for functions, including events and weddings.

Contact: (021) 876 3384

Website: Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek


#13 Cafe des Arts

Known as the spot where Franschhoek locals meet, this restaurant offers neither haute cuisine, nor fine dining. Instead, Café des Arts is a simple and rustic restaurant, with a relaxed atmosphere, where good food takes precedence over all else.

Their daily chalkboard menu – which changes according to availability, season and the chef’s mood – consists of ten or more items, with a meat, poultry, vegetable and fish dish always available on any given day.

Contact: (021) 876 2952


Address: 7 Reservoir Street West (behind FNB), Franschhoek

#14 Tuk Tuk Microbrewery

In early 2016, Leeu Collection and Cape Brewing Company (or CBC) – which is owned by Fairview’s Charles Back, Andy Kung and Swedish brewer Hendrik Dunge – joined forces to bring Franschhoek its first microbrewery.

This bespoke restaurant and microbrewery offers tasting menus paired with their great brews. Their food is primarily Mexican, with the likes of nachos and tapas on offer.

Contact: (021) 492 2207


Address: 14 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek

 #15 The French Connection Bistro

This charming bistro-style restaurant is both welcoming and unpretentious in nature. Here, chef-patron, Matthew Gordon, offers a simple, yet delicious menu for all palates to enjoy.

With a concentration on fresh ingredients, you can enjoy a range of salads for lunch –including smoked chicken breast, with roasted beetroot, hummus and garlic yoghurt dressing – or pitas, and more substantial meals, like veal schnitzel. For dinner, tuck into crispy roast duck or fresh mussels.

Contact: (021) 876 4056


Address: 48 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek

 #16 Good Food & co

Good Food and co is a deli, which specialises in choicely cut meats, hand-crafted cheeses, artisanal charcuterie and grab-and-go meals too, owned by the go-getting Gauteng duo, Joey Stiglingh and Emmarentia Klassen.

The deli offers gluten-free bakes, whilst the premises itself offers banting-friendly products, A-grade meats, hand-made cheeses and free range meats from sources like Ryan Boon and others.

They also make platters for function and offer a restaurant menu, which includes salads, breakfast, burgers and fish, as well as a takeaway menu and ‘Doorstep Menu’, which allows you to order food for the week and have the meals delivered to your home.

There’s a great kids’ play area, making Good Food and co very child-friendly too.

Contact: (021) 876 3556


Address: 13 Main road, Place Vendome Lifestyle Centre, Franschhoek

#17 Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar

Owned by famous South African chef, Reuben Riffel, Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar believes that food doesn’t need to be fancy to be delicious. Here, passion for creating uncomplicated cuisine and providing guests with a laid-back restaurant space prevails.

The menu offers firm favourites – as well as daily specials, which take advantage of the market’s freshest ingredients – with a great wine list to match.

Contact: (021) 876 3772


Address: Uitkyk St, Chamonix Wine estate, Franschhoek

#18 Village Grill & Butcher

Photo credit: Village Grill & Butcher

This is the place for outstanding steaks, fresh take-home meats and great family-friendly dining.

Enjoy a cosy dinner indoors, a relaxed garden lunch or a sundowner on the veranda and don’t forget to visit the butcher’s counter.

They are also available for private functions and offer regular Winemaker’s Dinners and Wine Painting Workshops.

Contact: (021) 876 2344


Address: Main Road, Franschhoek

#19 Lust Bistro & Bakery

Lust Bistro & Bakery – found on Vrede en Lust Wine Estate – will entice and tantalise you with its wonderful freshly baked artisan breads and other great food, offered up by patron chef and baker, Jean Pierre Smith.

Serving breakfast and late lunches, Lust Bistro & Bakery offers something for everyone to enjoy devouring, be it cakes fresh from the oven or mouth-watering chicken and beef dishes. Everything is fresh and tasty, without being pretentious.

On Sundays, you can also enjoy slow-cooked roasts, but for these Sunday Buffet lunches, booking is essential.

Contact: (021) 874 1456


Address: Vrede en Lust Wine Estate, Intersection of the Klapmuts Road and the R45, Franschhoek

 #20 Cafe BonBon at La Petite Dauphine

At Café BonBon, guests can presently expect light, healthy summer salads and some new additions to the existing menu.

Now, the menu more strongly embraces seasonal ingredients and means to showcase the region’s great produce.

The setting of this popular Franschhoek eatery is the delightful La Petite Dauphine, so you’re promised both good food and a pretty place to eat it at.

Contact: (021) 876 3936


Address: La Petite Dauphine, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek

 These and many other wonderful restaurants belong entirely to the Franschhoek Valley and make it even more of a special place to visit… and when you do, tuck in and be sure to enjoy every bite!

Top 20 Restaurants in Knysna 2017.

Whether you’re there on a peaceful break or passing through on a cross-country road trip, this beautiful Garden Route town’s eateries will make a memorable impression.

Found along South Africa’s favourite coastal stretch, the Garden Route – Knysna is a popular city for holidaying, adventures and seaside escapes. 

Here are 20 top restaurants to enjoy in Knysna in 2017:

#1 Pembreys Bistro

Run by Cordon Bleu chef Peter and manager Viv Vadas, Pembreys offers guests an adventurous, well-balanced menu.

It offers tasty meals, inspired by travels to Italy, like authentic pasta dishes and Mediterranean-style salads. The restaurant-bistro possesses warm, country charm.

Contact: (044) 386 0005
Address: Pembreys Bistro, Brenton Road, Belvidere, Knysna

#2 East Head Café

Photo credit: Bernat Orsolya via Instagram

So much more than a café or coffee shop, East Head Café is something of a landmark. Situated on the famous Eastern Head’s rock, it offers wonderful views of the Knysna estuary and Indian Ocean.

Responsibly, the restaurant supports local suppliers and offers guests lovely seafood cuisine, including fish and chips and Cape Malay seafood curry.

Contact: (044) 384 0933
Address: 25 George Rex Drive, Knysna

#3 Ile de Pain

In 2015, this popular local institution fell victim to a terrible fire. However, it re-opened recently, after chef-owner Liezie Mulder and master baker and chocolatier, Markus Farbinger transformed into a beautiful, light space.

The renewed restaurant/bakery is back with everything it was loved for previously: tasty meals, fresh artisanal breads and amazing pastries.

Contact: (044) 302 5705
Address: The Boatshed, Unit 10, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna

#4 Die Gieter Restaurant

This lovely, casual French country-style restaurant is found on a private reserve, which overlooks the Knysna River.

Cathy and Remy’s Die Gieter offers generous portions of pita and dips, baked camembert, duck confit and duck fact potatoes, as well as delectable desserts (like poached pears and cheesecake) equally generously portioned.

Contact: (044) 386 0201
Address: Phantom Pass Road, 5, Knysna

#5 The Veg Table Private Dining Room

This restaurant, housed in a lovely farm cottage, is a celebration of authentic ‘slow food’ and vegetables, all prepared in a Defy Jewel woodstove.

Brett Garvie’s experience as a botanist helps tremendously, as he forages for mushrooms, picks pecans and sources harvests from local gardens and harvests for his ever-changing menu. It’s advisable to book a table in advance.

Contact: (074) 833 9516
Address: Mermaids Rest, Rheenendal Road, Rheenendal, Knysna

#6 The Olive Tree

This Italian restaurant, led by Ellen Owens, has been producing lovely, tasty dishes in the very heart of Knysna for several years now.

It transforms from a relaxed eatery during the day to an elegant, romantic space in the evenings. With delicious mains like bobotie, home salads and Cape chicken and prawn curry, it’s sure to wow your taste buds.

Contact: (044) 382 5867
Address: 21 Main Road, (N2), Knysna

#7 Freshline Fisheries

Photo credit: Olga G. via Instagram

This unique, seafood restaurant offers a wide variety of lovely seafood dishes on the beach. It’s a perfect spot for a casual meal with those you love.

Enjoy favourites like fish and chips and Kingklip or the Wes Kus braai for delicious seafood fare in this outdoor beach restaurant. You can also buy fresh fish and frozen seafood to take home.

Contact: (044) 382 3131
Address: Railway Siding Dockyard, Corner of Long & Waterfront Drive, Knysna

#8 Anchorage Restaurant

The Anchorage is a traditional seafood restaurant in the epicentre of Knysna. It has been around for some 20 years now, and is considered one of Knysna’s oldest restaurants.

Over the years, owner Brian has offered his guests an unforgettable dining experience, with excellent seafood – like fresh fish, Knysna Oysters, seafood platters – mature Angus beef, vegetarian and chicken too, at this well-rounded eatery.

Contact: (044) 382 2230, (083) 310 2135
Address: 11 Gray Street, Knysna

#9 Caffé Mario

Located at the Knysna Waterfront Quays, Caffe Mario offers lovely Italian in a beautiful, scenic setting. It’s a popular local eatery, for locals and visitors alike.

One of its most fun meals is the Super Mario full breakfast. They also offer tasty sandwiches, pastas, seafood, thin-crusted pizzas and wine.

Contact: (044) 382 7250
Address: Shop 9, Knysna Waterfront, Knysna

#10 Kilzer’s Kitchen

Photo credit: Kilzer’s Kitchen via Instagram

This is not your average restaurant, it’s a cookery school, which opens to the public once a week for six months of the year (from beginning November to end April).

Here, Albin and Jenny Kilzer combine two passions, cooking and teaching others, and offer cooking courses, as well as cook ‘n look evenings – but they also offer tasty meals at this restaurant if you’re around when it’s open for public eating.

Contact: (044) 382 0135
Address: No 3 & 5 Roos Bolton Crescent, Knysna Heights, Knysna

#11 Chatters Restaurant

This small, owner-run restaurant is vibey and is famous for its made-to-order, thin, crispy pizzas, which are made in their traditional, wood-fired oven.

They also offer homemade burgers, pastas, potato bakes, filled paninis, great desserts and takeaways, complemented by beers, wines and spirits.

Contact: (044) 382 0203
Address: 9a Gray Street, Knysna

#12 JJ’s Restaurant

With a mind to bring you the most delicious and lovely looking meals, as they extend a warm welcome, JJ’s is another Knysna Quays-based restaurant.

With ingredients sourced from the finest, local produce and freshly pricked herbs from Hoekwil, near Wilderness, you can expect tasty meals, which combine an array of good flavours.

Contact: (044) 382 3359
Address: Knysna Waterfront, Knysna

#13 34 South

This restaurant/food store, bakery, gift shop, fish monger, clothing emporium and bakery, with a fine wine shop on the side, offers a little something of everything at the appealing Knysna Quays.

Here, visitors will find fresh oysters, bread, wine, deli goods and even some sushi too. It’s a good spot for groups and for kids and they also offer take-aways.

Contact: (044) 382 7331
Address: Shop 10, Knysna Waterfront, Knysna

#14 African Bean

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A favourite among locals, this vibey café was open for twenty-four years before it closed briefly. However, it re-opened in 2014 and is back serving lovely café fare, breakfasts, snacks, lunches and burgers – like the Buffalo burger.

It has a tasteful, cosy interior and is a wonderful meeting spot for friends, loved ones and travellers too.

Contact: (079) 522 6664
Website: none
Address: 29 Main Street, Knysna

#15 Sirocco

This sister restaurant to 34 South and Tapas and Oysters is positioned on the water’s edge at Thesen Harbour Town.

Named for the warm Mediterranean wind, Sirocco is a great, vibey lunch and dinner venue, which serves good food in a sophisticated space and is open seven days a week. Aside from their main food menu, they also offer cocktails and beer, sushi and a wine list to enjoy.

Contact: (044) 382 4874
Website: http://
Address: TH 28, Thesen Harbour Town, Knsyna

#16 Totties Farm Kitchen

Found along Rheenendal Ramble, Totties Farm Kitchen offers you a warm welcome and a selection of dishes carefully and freshly made.

Totties serves sandwiches, light meals, lunches, milkshakes and delicious desserts too, though it is their Sunday Buffet (R150 per person), which is particularly popular. They also host large functions and weddings.

Contact: (044) 389 0092
Address: Main Road, Rheenendal, Knysna

#17 Tapas and Oysters

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This vibrant restaurant is found on Thesen Island and enjoys perfect views over the Knysna Lagoon and famous Knysna Heads. Known for their friendly, vibey atmosphere, this waterside restaurant offers varied Spanish, Mediterranean and South African tapas.

They also offer fresh oysters, seafood, homemade dips and olives, salads, desserts and more, including: sushi, Mitchell’s beer and freshly baked, rocket salt baguettes.

Contact: (044) 382 7196
Address: TH 29, Thesen Island, Knysna

#18 O Pescador Restaurant

This Knysna Waterfront restaurant has been around for twenty-eight years now. Manny and his staff serve Mediterranean-Portuguese food in a warm, friendly space.

Included on the menu is fresh fish, steaks, chicken and seafood. O Pescador also has a Rhodesian Teak bar, with an open-plan kitchen.

Contact: (044) 382 3476
Address: Shop U4, Knysna Waterfront, Knysna

#19 Rib & Rump

This popular, local steakhouse offers AAA Grade steaks and pork ribs, flame grilled just right, as well as surf & turf, grilled chicken/eisbein, starters, salads and desserts too.

They also serve fresh fish from their sister restaurant, Freshline Fisheries. With relaxed indoor and outdoor seating, Rib & Rump is great for meals with friends and family, and bring the kids along too.

Contact: (044) 382 0722
Address: Corner Waterfront Drive & Long Street, Railway Siding Dockyard, Knysna

#20 The Bell Tavern

Housed on-site of the original Belvidere farmhouse, Knysna’s smallest pub offers a wine cellar viewed through a window in the floor. With its yellowwood ceiling and ironwood block floor, The Bell Tavern is a favourite among Belvidere locals.

Enjoy pub meals outside during summer or next to a cosy, warm wood-fired stove in winter. They also offer a selection of locally brewed beers, including Mitchells, as well as Cape wines and spirits.

Contact: (044) 387 1055
Website: none
Address: Lower Duthie Drive, Belvidere Estate, Knysna

So whether it’s some of the famous Knysna oysters you’re after, a little bistro fare or even some sweet pastries, these top restaurants will be able to suit every palate’s needs in 2017.

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