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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Restaurant
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“Eat excellent food while overlooking the sea. Definitely a local favourite.”
  • 84 locals recommend
Bakery
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“A good end to walking around on Thesen island. Super friendly staff, great location and scrumptious food. Do not miss out on walking through the atrium (The Lofts boutique hotel) at the back of the restaurant. Once a boat shed, now an architectural wonder, with comfortable places to sit and interesting small shops around.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Spectacular views over the lagoon, estuary and Indian Ocean. Ideal for a stroll, a climb, just sitting and watching the views, reading a book or a picnic.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Very casual hangout, for eats, drinks, live music, sport on tv, child friendly, with an outside playground for the kids, good for people and boat watching...”
  • 46 locals recommend
Bottle Shop
“34 Degrees South at The Knysna Waterfront has a wide-ranging menu and is known for its fresh appetising seafood-inspired offerings.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This makes a nice day out when the weather is perhaps not ideal for the beach.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Excellent down to earth seafood restaurant. It’s unlicensed so rememberer to take your own alcoholic beverages. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“OK...In all honesty I am not a big shopper in terms of generic malls. But in this center you will find both parking and most of what you require. Woolworths and Spar are in close proximity for groceries. If you ask me for what you are looking for in terms of shopping, I will point you in the right direction. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Establishment
“A trip across the lagoon and a downhill walk along the west head makes for a great way to see Knysna. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Italian, Seafood, Sushi, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Open 11:30am till late · Seven days a week The lagoon side restaurant is situated on the water's edge on Thesen Island. Sirocco is a the perfect restaurant for lunch and dinner, great views, friendly service and great food. They are next door to Knysna Charters so after a Sunset Cruise or a mid-morning cruise, you could move into a meal....the perfect day.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Women's Store
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“One of SA' top retailers, we’re known for our wide choice of high quality clothing, food, home-ware and beauty products, offering real value for money.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Café
“Best Pork Belly in Town. Wonderful Cocktails, sitting on waters edge. A 3 minute boat ride form Huck Finn, Houseboat”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Caffe Mario is a lovely Italian style restaurant to eat at. We love their pizzas, paninis and coffees. A great place to have lunch while exploring the Knysna Waterfront. Book to avoid disappointment because they are very popular during season. The Quays, Waterfront Drive, Knysna ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“This cute harbour town has ample shopping options. From Weylandts Decor to hand made chocolate, jewellery, hair dressers (Nicci Philips - the best in town), and designer clothing shops. It also boasts with some of the best restaurants in town - Ile de Pain, Sirocco, Tapas and The Exchange. There's also a great Health Shop and a lovely Spa (Le Tranquile) which I often visit. Neighbouring the Tapas and Exchange restaurant is a great children's play area - making it perfect for those family dinners. You can sit and dine while the kids are playing in eye-sight :)”
  • 15 locals recommend
Golf Course
“Pezula Championship Course is a breathtaking, award-winning course designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream of Golf Plan USA. It’s one of the most scenic courses in the world and the Compleat Golfer rates it a five star experience.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Establishment
“Local golf course, great for family fun and experienced golfer, within walking distance from mySuite”
  • 9 locals recommend