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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%
Travellers talk about
“bread” (210 reviews)
“cakes” (60 reviews)
“poached eggs” (20 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Hours
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 3 days ago

We grabbed some take aways for the road and really loved the feel of this bakery. Great tasting treats and fantastic bread a little on the high price end but worth it.

Thank bradsmitmail
Reviewed 1 week ago

They screwed up by letting me and the family walk into the establishment unhindered, and find ourselves a table. And then refused to serve us as we had not been seated by a "hostess ". What? How pretentious do you wanna get? Obviously we were...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 1 week ago

When there is a queue for breakfast it tells you something. A possible 15 minute wait was only 5 minutes. Ushered to our table, provided with cushions. Service impeccable. Food divine. Wish I could wake up every morning to a breakfast so fresh and tasty.

Thank cloeteleese
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived too late for breakfast so had to have lunch instead. What a pleasure!! The fresh baked breads are superb and a must have to take home with you to eat later. No Knysna holiday should miss this place

Thank Garethzimbo
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ile de Pain was my choice of activity during our Knysna holiday. After travelling 1000km and my husband and children choosing their activities, this is all I wanted to do during our time there. What a huge disappointment! Never have we been treated so poorly...More

Thank Anel S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently had an early Saturday lunch with a friend. Their artisan bread is scrumptious and different and delicious! Good coffee, great service! Just a tip: make sure to book a table or be prepared to wait as this is a popular spot and usually fully...More

Thank Yvonne V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a magnificent coffee shop. Everything about it makes you want to comeback. Coffee is excellent, food is excellent, service is very good and the atmosphere lovely!

Thank Christopher N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely cafe and our favourite place for lunch in Knysna. Not sure why it isn't more highly rated on TA. This time we had a Greek salad followed by a pizza bianca. All nice fresh healthy food.

Thank David M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved, loved loved this place. What a great spot for breakfast, tea, coffee, lunch. The bakery is excellent. Do try the Portuguese milk tarts - it is so good. Very popular especially during peak season.More

Thank hermadw
idp_artisans, Owner at Ile de Pain, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your enthusiastic review and for acknowledging that we love to take care of all aspects at ile de pain. It is reviews like yours were we feel that our guest 'gets us'. Hope to greet you soon again. We want to be...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the place everybody pointed us to and they are right! We instantly became repeating customers and a lot of people seem to think like this. We spoke to the host who had a hard time to place people because some rain limited the...More

Thank hightech-nomade
idp_artisans, Owner at Ile de Pain, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your unusual and insightful review. Yes, we like picky (not mean) customers, they keep us going and improving year after year. We prefer personal interaction and like to hear from our guests what is on their minds. We hope to be of...More

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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, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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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