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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 good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“bread” (219 reviews)
“cakes” (65 reviews)
“poached eggs” (20 reviews)
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08:00 - 15:00 Hours
French, Cafe, International, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
10 The Boatshed | Long St, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6571, South Africa
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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
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We'd read and heard many reviews so it was no surprise that we enjoyed an excellent light lunch (we were too late for breakfast) and good coffee

Thank Hela S
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

I have been wanting to eat here for the better part of 10yrs and boy was the wait worth it. A warm welcoming environment on a chilly winters morning made our brunch visit here just perfect. The most delicious pastries and breads and a simple...More

Thank LyntonC9
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick bite in this highly recommended establishment and were not disappointed. Using their in house/on site baked breads we had 2 burgers and 2 toasties and all were delicious. Based in a modern/industrial building on Thessen Island the atmosphere is relaxed...More

Thank RSA_Traveller74
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

Would 100% recommend! Beautiful food and great coffee. Gorgeous interior and lovely staff. The owner even came and chatted to us while we ate breakfast. Recommending places to go for our further travels Will not disappoint

Thank ellehiggison
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

Family lunch; truly excellent breads and lunch dishes. Very good quality and well prepared. I recommend the Clean Green open sandwich, it's fresh and crispy with great textures. The decor is stunning! The atmosphere is warm and friendly, service a little slow but the managers...More

Thank Hilary_597
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

I have eaten here several times when visiting or passing through Knysna. The food and presentation is excellent. The roasted cauliflower salad is a winner. Service and atmosphere is good. They also have a lovely artisan bakery. A must visit.

Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed breakfast with friends. Beautiful setting with tasty food. Friendly staff with a great atmosphere.

Thank mrleewp
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Delicious food - the wild rice bowl was a standout, great service and lovely atmosphere made this a great place for lunch.

Thank runawaymind
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
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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