The top picks along South Africa’s most famous drive. From fine dining, to fish and chips, to markets galore, there’s something for whatever you fancy.
The Garden Route is a gift of gorgeous food along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. While the people living there already know the secret to life is dwelling by the ocean in a peaceful costal town, most of us only get the pleasure of visiting while on holiday.
I’ve rounded up some first-rate establishments from Mossel Bay to Plett that will keep your bellies full of fresh produce, seafood and impressive culinary delights.
So get the padkos packed for the car, because after reading this list, you’ll be itching to hit the road.
Route 57 – International golf star gone restaurateur, Louis Oosthuizen teams up to bring you South African cuisine and a classical ambiance.
Meade cafe – Their motto is ‘life’s too short for cheap tea and dirty coffee,’ and we agree.
Serendipity – Often voted as one of South Africa’s top restaurants, Serendipity is a romantic, personalised fine dining experience without pretension and will be one of the best meals of your life.
Blue Olive – After an epic day at the beach, grab a burger, beer and mussels with friends.
Trattoria da Vinci – Small and local Italian food with friendly owners, Leah and Steve will make you feel at home.
Wild Oats Market – Find your South African classic eats and treats at this small artisan market.
Ile de Pain – A staple in Knysna, with heavenly freshly baked goods, sandwiches and a vibrant atmosphere to boot.
The Lookout Deck – Situated overlooking the ocean between rugged rocks and a nature reserve, they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner for all day dining.
Zachary’s at Pezula – Stylish, contemporary, beautiful cuisine, Zachary’s is a splurge, but well worth it.
Café Z – A little bit more casual than Zachary’s, also at Pezula and great for a more lighthearted meal.
34º South – Well established, great seafood, and a fabulously social atmosphere. Bring the family.
East Head Café – Set outside of town, East Head overlooks a blue lagoon, serves a spectacular breakfast (with Deluxe coffee) and you can go for a short trail walk after your meal.
More on our list of the best of Knysna.
Enricos – Dolphins and whales frolic past as you gaze towards the bright blue sea eating Italian food made by Enrico himself.
Seafood at the Plettenberg – Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff and Head Chef Gideon Landman impress with lavish seafood and stunning presentation.
Bramon Wine Estate – Get out of town, drink some bubbly and overlook the Tsitsikamma mountains.
Emily’s at Emily Moon – Candlelight romantic dinners with sushi options.
Lederle’s Bakery – The one stop bake shop. Beauty, butter and bread.
Le fournil de Plett – A (European) oasis of art, coffee and fresh pastries.
More on our list of the best of Plettenberg Bay.
Outside of Plett
Hakerville market – An organic market with handmade crafts, great for the kiddies.