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Ile de Pain

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10 The Boatshed | Long St, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6571, South Africa
+27 44 302 5705
08:00 - 15:00
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Milnerton, South Africa
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76 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

During our week stay in Kynsa we ate here three times. It's just that great. And I love bread. We bought some takeaway sandwiches for a hike, and those were just as satisfying as the sit down meals we enjoyed. yes, it does get busy, so be prepared to wait- but the waiting didn't bother me. We were always seated... More 

Thank Austen G
Knysna, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere, great food and great service in a beautiful setting. a Must visit. Dynamic and inspiring owners and staff.

Thank 10riaan
idp_artisan, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this review

Thanks for this high praise. We love what we do and it makes us happy to hear that our guests love île de païn too. More 

Cape Town
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310 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ile de Pain is something of a local institution for all those looking for good coffee and bakes. We stopped in for breakfast and coffee - both very good. I was hard-pushed not to purchase a load of pastries - they looked superb. Service is always good. Always worth stopping by.

Thank kalgran
idp_artisan, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this review

Yes, the pastry display is pretty irresistible! Glad to hear you enjoyed your breakfast with us. More 

Western Cape, South Africa
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is delicious and the setting perfect save for a sea view. Definitely the place to stop for a light meal or coffee and in the heart of the village.

Thank KKQ66
idp_artisan, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind review. We love our location under the coral trees and are happy to hear you enjoyed the vibe! More 

Hermanus, South Africa
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very popular for breakfasts, coffee and pastries – be prepared to wait for a table. The service was very friendly and efficient, while the kitchen was remarkably efficient and quick. A good variety of breakfasts are available and the pastries looked very tempting.

Thank Hekkies
idp_artisan, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this review

Be tempted! They are worth it :) Thanks for your review. More 

New York City, New York
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175 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Both a bakery and eat-in café, Île de Pain (island of bread) bakes the most exquisite pastries and bread. It took a lot of willpower not to indulge in the pastries, but we picked up a couple of tasty sandwiches and a squash salad which made a perfect picnic lunch that we enjoyed on the dunes of Buffalo Bay after... More 

Thank BAM1113
idp_artisan, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed an île de païn picnic after such a glorious hike. The Garden Route offers gems in so many ways.... More 

Knysna, South Africa
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoy eating here, all is good just really pricey. Service and setting all good, I can only mark them down on value for money.

Thank FrannyH57
idp_artisan, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this review

Thanks for your observations. We prize amazing ingredients that offer serious flavour and nutritional density. Our ingredients are often from small producers who work in traditional and meaningful ways that support land and livestock. We feel that there is great value in upholding such initiative. We are really happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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38 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Ile de Pain twice during our recent stay in Knysna (both times for breakfast). We had to queue on both occasions, but not for very long. The food is delicious, and the service good. The lunch menu also looks delicious - we will have to try that next time!

Thank tuffie448
idp_artisan, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this review

Great to hear that you enjoyed your breakfast twice (or should that be both of your breakfasts once?!). We do hope you can join us for lunch next time you are in Knysna. There are some really special plates on our lunch menu that we are very proud of. More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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94 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped by to pick up a pain au chocolate, fresh bread and a cappuccino on my way out of Knysna. Probably the best croissants in South Africa as they're normally too thick - Ile de Pain's are light and crispy like France. Great selection of confectionery on offer and super fresh, right out of the bakery. Love this place.

Thank ShoutItAllOut
idp_artisan, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this review

Great choice! In addition to our classic croissants, we also offer decadent pain au chocolat, rich and buttery almond croissants and the new kid on the block - crisp and satisfying coconut croissants (my favourite!). We look forward to seeing you again. More 

London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying at the Lofts Boutique hotel and had a breakfast voucher for Ile de pain. I had a croissant, smoothie and a tea and my boyfriend, tea, wheat grass shot, egg Florentine / Benedict fusion with creamy mushroom and a basket of bread. The bread basket was value for money - you could taste about 5 different types... More 

Thank scg162016
idp_artisan, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit to The Lofts and île de païn. Thanks for reviewing and noting how much you enjoyed our breads and breakfasts! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
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
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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