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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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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (19 reviews)
“cakes” (64 reviews)
“artisan bread” (14 reviews)
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Cafe, 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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Opens from 08 00 to 15 00. We were there at 15 10 and they let us in to have something for take away. Well decorated and spacious. Had the croissant and opera. Simply delicious.

Thank Ritesh_Boochia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing and excellent quality and variety of food and good services recommended for breakfast and lunch

Thank Mohammad S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful breakfast on a rainy cold day. The restaurant was packed but the service was efficient and friendly. Despite the looks the children was welcomed as well. No one can say no to choc-chip cookies for breakfast. The french toast with mixed...More

Thank Christie E
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

We have always held this establishment in the highest regard so this review is done with some sadness. I guess when you have been a repeat visitor to an establishment for more than six years, you have a reasonable expectation of both service and quality....More

Thank Fred P
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

We went there for a family brunch, two small girls included, we were a group of 10 and we thoroughly enjoyed the food, service was good and friendly. Will definitely go again when in the area

Thank LoftyE
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Island of bread, good coffee and delicious pastries! Breakfast, lunch, coffee, bread and pastries all highly recommended!

Thank 489anneriev
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

The offerings are different using very fresh ingredients, in a very relaxed atmosphere. The wild rice salad was really tasty. Awesome staff.

Thank JamboNow
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Excellent bread products, freshly baked and served in a variety of tasty and creative ways. Great food in every way that matters

Thank E S
Reviewed 4 July 2017

We arrived just after 11h00 for brunch and discovered that breakfast closes at 11h00 and lunch starts at 11h30. We have always been ardent supporters of Ile de Pain but our lunch was below par. The Idp Burger was OK but for R90 without chips...More

Thank John O
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our breakfast at Ile de Pain but better still were the pastries we took away with us! Totally delicious, we were sorry that we couldn't go back for more!

Thank Basemess
idp_artisan, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

....ah, the joys of light crispy croissants, rich chocolate mousse and juicy fruit tarts. How to choose? We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed île de païn in and out, through and through!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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
  • E-mail
We are ile de pain 2.0, a team of authentic artisans and devoted individuals; foodies, fundis, artists, professionals and dreamers, all waiting to welcome you to our magical cafe. We are committed to honest food and superlative service, upholding heritage and embracing evolution, supporting traditional farmers and local suppliers, developing people and creating community. Our cafe dishes offer a superlative level of honest sophistication in flavour and creative visual presentation. Each dish is lovingly and mindfully prepared using simple, fresh and beautiful ingredients that we hand select. We bake bread - good, honest bread that tastes the way it ought to. Our patisserie creates rustic yet refined desserts that offer a balance of delicate and decadent. We cultivate relationships with valued local growers who produce in small quantities and are entirely devoted to their land and craft. ile de pain is a place to gather, making friends of strangers. We find our guests respond to the energy of the cafe, and in turn fill it with life, adding to the unique experience that it is. Our new light and airy, open-plan layout encourages patrons to witness our team at work and understand the way in which we lovingly prepare “real” food.
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