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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” (18 reviews)
“cakes” (64 reviews)
“artisan bread” (14 reviews)
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Cafe, 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 January 4, 2015

There is enough variety of food to please everyone plus it is also a bakery so you can have some fresh baked goods with your breakfast! There is a decent sized patio area which is nice on warm days and the food is cheap yet...More

Thank SteveInVancouver
Reviewed January 3, 2015

Wow it was just Heaven to get that yummie bread and i really know how hard it is to find a place to get good bread and cakes in SA. Even in Germany it is hard to get such delicious fresh bakery stuff. The only...More

Thank Tom S
Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Had a very pleasant experience at this restaurant! Staff was very friendly and food not bad either. Will definitely go there again!👍

Thank MarioJvR
Reviewed December 31, 2014

Wonderful bakery / patisserie / coffee shop. Go early - it opened at 08:00 and by 08:02 the place was packed. Their breakfast is lovely and they have a great variety of baked goods, wonderful breads. If the weather is good one can also sit...More

Thank MartinK2409
Reviewed December 30, 2014

We have been here often over the years. There is always a wait in December. The service is always really good, the food consistently exactly as they describe it, fresh well prepared and tasty. The coffee is delicious. The Austrian owner is on site supervising...More

Thank Kate79_12
Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

We arrived at ile de pain at 8:00 on a Sunday morning. We arrived early to ensure that we get a table as they would be busy in the peak season. Sania, the door lady told us that they will let us in at 8:45...More

1  Thank FJPAN
Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

Arrived at 8 oclock on a Sunday to avoid standing in a queue. We were sent away and told to return only at 8:45 because they only open at 9:00. We went for a walk and returned at 8:35 to a restaurant that was already...More

Thank DeBruynJoubert
Reviewed December 23, 2014

This bakery / restaurant is definitely a must stop on the Knysna food circuit. Only real drawback is the long wait for a table in season .... But it comes with the territory. Cycling community supports this caffeinne spot well. Café and bakery inspired menu...More

Thank Jaco J
Reviewed December 19, 2014

This is most definitely one of my favourite restaurants. The owner has a passion for food that is almost never found. The quality is the best it could get. Only downfall is that sometimes there are so many people you cannot get a table but...More

Thank Kelsy C
Reviewed December 17, 2014

If you want more than bacon and eggs or yoghurt for breakfast, try this. Masterful french take on breakfast. Croissant with salmon, spinach and cream higly recommended as well as their wonderful juices ( carrot, beetroot and pineapple combo a favourite). Service is good and...More

Thank Steyn V
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
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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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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