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Ile de Pain

10 The Boatshed | Long St, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6571, South Africa
+27 44 302 5705
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“bread” (217 reviews)
“cakes” (64 reviews)
“poached eggs” (20 reviews)
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Cafe, International, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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10 The Boatshed | Long St, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6571, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 737 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love eating here! Their duck confit is delicious and pulled pork on steam bun also great and vegatable soup too. Coffee good but wish they baked more pasteie des natas...always sold out when we ask for them.

Thank Sue53_11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love Ile de Pain! It has everything a cafe could ask for. A relaxed atmosphere, a great menu, fabulous food at great prices, great coffee and friendly staff. They promise distinctive and appetising breakfasts and lunches and boy, do they deliver - and that...More

Thank 17AnniLi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ile de Pain is an oasis of excellence is a desert of mediocrity. With one or two exceptions Knysna’s eateries, relying on tourist feet and location, have become standard. Still good but standard for a repeat visitor. Ile de Pain, island of bread(?), offers new...More

Thank Frik L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

6 of us went, the duck confit was excellent, the Draqon Burger, Pasties de Nata, even the Coeliac was happy with the chocolate mousse and take away Pain au chocolate. Everyone happy.

Thank laylapretoria
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely love ile de pan would recommend it to everyone. lovely atmosphere, amazing food very health conscious (making it very easy to eat greens :-) fresh breads right out of the wood fired oven, best choc mousse I've ever had with the best chocolate in...More

Thank Foodlover0044
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A local recommended and dropped in while walking around on Theason Island. Service was good, cakes great and the bread selection amazing.

Thank Stephanus B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were seated almost immediately and Jay-jay was our waiter to our dismay. I watched his interactions with "regulars" and it was quite different to the service he rendered to us. He failed to identify himself and our presence seemed to annoy him. I had...More

Thank Netanya v
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Good staff, good presentation and executed!! Great prices in a beatiful square with fresh ingredients.

Thank RHY1
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

We have been wanting to have a meal at the renowned Ile de Pain for ages and finally succeeded on our last visit to Knysna. The food was superb and I would return in a heartbeat. But not with a four year old. There really...More

Thank LindaHorning
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Ate breakfast and lunch in one day - love love love the place. Breakfast was delicious and Lunch was an amazing food experience - duck confit with an Asian salad and a peanut butter and coconut sauce paired with the most delicous cider I have...More

Thank 20michele2016
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 The Boatshed | Long St, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6571, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Knysna
  • Phone Number: +27 44 302 5705
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A café-style restaurant and bakery specialising in distinctive, appetising breakfasts and lunches and authentic artisanal breads. This welcoming, award-winning restaurant is conveniently located in vibrant Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna. Breakfast and lunch dishes have a European leaning and offer honest sophistication in flavour and creative visual presentation. Each dish is lovingly prepared to showcase fresh, seasonal ingredients. Expect updated classics with a twist and truly innovative dishes. An impressive beverage selection includes specialist coffees & teas, fresh juices and a curated wine & beer menu. Breads are baked daily in a traditional wood-fired oven. The patisserie creates exquisite, delicate desserts. Shop for specialized baking equipment, books, DVDS, essential pantry items & crafted homewares. Grab salads, sandwiches, pastries and coffee to-go or sit and enjoy the buzz in this beloved meeting place where local regulars and visitors to the Garden Route relax and mingle.
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