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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 at the East head cafe www.eastheadcafe.co.za. It's a nice family restaurant and has a great view of the Knysna heads. Get there early for lunch. It's very busy in the tourist season. ”
  • 88 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.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Amazing views - drive to the top of the heads to see the lookout point and walk down to the beach on the other side.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Great setting, oysters, tapas, ribs, burgers and drinks.. often have specials on so be sure to ask or check ahead.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“Great for Sushi on Mondays (1/2 Price) Huge menu for those who cant decide what to have :) Waterfront setting”
  • 42 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“This makes a nice day out when the weather is perhaps not ideal for the beach.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“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
Seafood Restaurant
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“A Knysna tradition … this casual outdoor ‘beach’ restaurant has an extensive fish and seafood menu including fish and chips, speciality catches of the day, prawns, crayfish, oysters and plenty of combos and platters. Bring your own alcohol (no corkage) www.freshlinefisheries.co.za ”
  • 37 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
Nature
“We recommend you take the John Ben boat from Knysna and go and eat at the new restaurant. During December and January there is a bar on the water. The hikes are great too. ”
  • 20 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
Restaurant
“Very populer Italian restaurant in Waterfront. Outstanding food and excellent pizzas!! Breakfast/lunch/supper”
  • 22 locals recommend
Cafe
“Best Pork Belly in Town. Wonderful Cocktails, sitting on waters edge. A 3 minute boat ride form Huck Finn, Houseboat”
  • 18 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
Entertainment
“Local golf course, great for family fun and experienced golfer, within walking distance from mySuite”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Very fascinating decor. Each corner is uniquely decorated. Great Atmosphere.”
  • 15 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Eat at the East head cafe www.eastheadcafe.co.za. It's a nice family restaurant and has a great view of the Knysna heads. Get there early for lunch. It's very busy in the tourist season. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Bakery
“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.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Great setting, oysters, tapas, ribs, burgers and drinks.. often have specials on so be sure to ask or check ahead.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“Great for Sushi on Mondays (1/2 Price) Huge menu for those who cant decide what to have :) Waterfront setting”
  • 42 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“A Knysna tradition … this casual outdoor ‘beach’ restaurant has an extensive fish and seafood menu including fish and chips, speciality catches of the day, prawns, crayfish, oysters and plenty of combos and platters. Bring your own alcohol (no corkage) www.freshlinefisheries.co.za ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“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
Restaurant
“Very populer Italian restaurant in Waterfront. Outstanding food and excellent pizzas!! Breakfast/lunch/supper”
  • 22 locals recommend
Cafe
“Best Pork Belly in Town. Wonderful Cocktails, sitting on waters edge. A 3 minute boat ride form Huck Finn, Houseboat”
  • 18 locals recommend

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