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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Restaurant
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“East Head Café is a local landmark on the rocks of the famous Eastern Head. Breakfast and globally-inspired lunch dishes served with a spectacular view through Knysna Heads www.eastheadcafe.co.za ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Bakery
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“A good end to walking around on Thesen island. Super friendly staff, great location and scrumptious food. Do not miss out on walking through the atrium (The Lofts boutique hotel) at the back of the restaurant. Once a boat shed, now an architectural wonder, with comfortable places to sit and interesting small shops around.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Very casual hangout, for eats, drinks, live music, sport on tv, child friendly, with an outside playground for the kids, good for people and boat watching...”
  • 46 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“34 Degrees South at The Knysna Waterfront has a wide-ranging menu and is known for its fresh appetising seafood-inspired offerings.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“This makes a nice day out when the weather is perhaps not ideal for the beach.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Spectacular views over the lagoon, estuary and Indian Ocean. Ideal for a stroll, a climb, just sitting and watching the views, reading a book or a picnic.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“OK...In all honesty I am not a big shopper in terms of generic malls. But in this center you will find both parking and most of what you require. Woolworths and Spar are in close proximity for groceries. If you ask me for what you are looking for in terms of shopping, I will point you in the right direction. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“A Knysna tradition … this casual outdoor ‘beach’ restaurant has an extensive fish and seafood menu including fish and chips, speciality catches of the day, prawns, crayfish, oysters and plenty of combos and platters. Bring your own alcohol (no corkage) www.freshlinefisheries.co.za ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Italian, Seafood, Sushi, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Open 11:30am till late · Seven days a week The lagoon side restaurant is situated on the water's edge on Thesen Island. Sirocco is a the perfect restaurant for lunch and dinner, great views, friendly service and great food. They are next door to Knysna Charters so after a Sunset Cruise or a mid-morning cruise, you could move into a meal....the perfect day.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Nature
“A trip across the lagoon and a downhill walk along the west head makes for a great way to see Knysna. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Cafe
“Best Pork Belly in Town. Wonderful Cocktails, sitting on waters edge. A 3 minute boat ride form Huck Finn, Houseboat”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Authentic Italian café food with gusto infuses the menu at this well-loved café. Start the day with the Super Mario breakfast – the works, including spicy Italian sausage. Pastas full of flavor; pasta aurora – broccoli and gorgonzola or piquant puttanesca along with main dishes including veal marsala. Osso bucco or catch of the day grilled in olive oil are tasty and satisfying. Tel : +27(0)44 382 7250”
  • 21 locals recommend
Women's Store
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“One of SA' top retailers, we’re known for our wide choice of high quality clothing, food, home-ware and beauty products, offering real value for money.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Local golf course, great for family fun and experienced golfer, within walking distance from mySuite”
  • 9 locals recommend
Golf Course
“Pezula Championship Course is a breathtaking, award-winning course designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream of Golf Plan USA. It’s one of the most scenic courses in the world and the Compleat Golfer rates it a five star experience.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Very fascinating decor. Each corner is uniquely decorated. Great Atmosphere.”
  • 15 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“East Head Café is a local landmark on the rocks of the famous Eastern Head. Breakfast and globally-inspired lunch dishes served with a spectacular view through Knysna Heads www.eastheadcafe.co.za ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Bakery
“A good end to walking around on Thesen island. Super friendly staff, great location and scrumptious food. Do not miss out on walking through the atrium (The Lofts boutique hotel) at the back of the restaurant. Once a boat shed, now an architectural wonder, with comfortable places to sit and interesting small shops around.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Very casual hangout, for eats, drinks, live music, sport on tv, child friendly, with an outside playground for the kids, good for people and boat watching...”
  • 46 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“34 Degrees South at The Knysna Waterfront has a wide-ranging menu and is known for its fresh appetising seafood-inspired offerings.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“A Knysna tradition … this casual outdoor ‘beach’ restaurant has an extensive fish and seafood menu including fish and chips, speciality catches of the day, prawns, crayfish, oysters and plenty of combos and platters. Bring your own alcohol (no corkage) www.freshlinefisheries.co.za ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Italian, Seafood, Sushi, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Open 11:30am till late · Seven days a week The lagoon side restaurant is situated on the water's edge on Thesen Island. Sirocco is a the perfect restaurant for lunch and dinner, great views, friendly service and great food. They are next door to Knysna Charters so after a Sunset Cruise or a mid-morning cruise, you could move into a meal....the perfect day.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Cafe
“Best Pork Belly in Town. Wonderful Cocktails, sitting on waters edge. A 3 minute boat ride form Huck Finn, Houseboat”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Authentic Italian café food with gusto infuses the menu at this well-loved café. Start the day with the Super Mario breakfast – the works, including spicy Italian sausage. Pastas full of flavor; pasta aurora – broccoli and gorgonzola or piquant puttanesca along with main dishes including veal marsala. Osso bucco or catch of the day grilled in olive oil are tasty and satisfying. Tel : +27(0)44 382 7250”
  • 21 locals recommend

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