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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%
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“bread” (210 reviews)
“cakes” (60 reviews)
“poached eggs” (20 reviews)
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 1 week ago

Wow Ile de Pain! what can I say.... it was great to be back after all these years. We were fortunate enough to enjoy a breakfast and lunch at this incredible restaurant. Breads of note and pastries are baked on the premises and are perfection!...More

Thank MerlotCapeTown
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food here is all wonderful, and consistently delicious regardless of what I order here. The baked goods are phenomenal and the atmosphere in the place is charming. The decor is stunning and the menu caters for pretty much any dietary requirement. The staff have...More

Thank Nicola K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You have to visit this restaurant love it and the service is always good the food is outstanding you will not be disappointed.

Thank Shehnanz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This magnificent contemporary restaurant has everything going for it! They were super accommodating by allowing us to sit outside with our 4 month old Staffie and the staff were wonderful and friendly. The food was incredible and the pastries were out of this world! A...More

Thank 247meganr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'd read about this place in a couple of books but didn't realise they didn't open on Mondays so was pretty disappointed when we arrived to find them closed. Nevertheless I decided to return the following day and really glad that we did. Phenomenal bread...More

Thank awilliamsbsm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Warm friendly staff, welcoming, busy, vibrant atmosphere, fabulous food, real variety choices, food was excellent - fine presentation, full of flavour

Thank Leigh H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This establishment has a good reputation and quite rightly so. The decor is fabulous and industrial in a French way. Fantastic coffee - and I am beyond fussy on coffee..! Great salads, great pastries, good baguettes and a great ambiance. Very gentile and refined. Owner...More

Thank Stephanie_Moss
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the restaurant twice in three days. First time being a lunch date, and the second for breakfast. Both were superb. I cannot fault this establishment even if I tried. Wonderful setting, wonderful people and wonderful food. Feels like home!! Walked home with my anytime...More

Thank Nicole S
idp_artisans, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Enjoy the book Nicole! We hope you can enjoy our food "anytime" now. Thanks for your visits and review.

Reviewed 4 weeks 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 12 April 2018

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
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
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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