Food & Drinks

Sedgefield Arms

Sedgefield Arms The self-contained three-star cottages offer the standard requirements (TV, microwave, braai, patio); the apartments are non-smoking units set about the restaurant; and the guesthouse offers four double rooms. Said restaurant is something of a local favourite with its English-style pub vibe and its huge range of beers being obvious draw cards. Rates: R150-R250.

Trattoria da Vinci

This intimate (though not small) Italian eatery is hidden away in a corner of a small shopping complex – but it’s hugely popular among the locals, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait for a table in season. The menu is excellent, with many of the meals (not just the pizzas!) made by hand and cooked in the wood-fired oven. The seafood pizza, though not always...

La Piazza

It’s not the only Italian restaurant in town, nor is it the only locals’ pub in town, but it’s a great pub/Italian eatery combo. There’s a kids’ play area outside, with restaurant seating both out- side (around a fishpond fountain) and inside, and a well-loved bar – with big screen for big sports matches – alongside it. Hours: Noon-10.00pm daily. Main Courses: R60. La...

Bungalo Bush Restaurant

Bungalo Bush Restaurant Hidden among the trees on the N2 roadside, overlooking Groenvlei lake, this small restaurant offers breakfasts and light meals (try the honey- coated spring rolls). The on-site Elemental Sport adventure centre can hook you up with kite surfing and stand-up paddling (the latest trend in water sports), while there’s also a small self-catering cottage available. Hours: 9....

The Deli Factory

The deli factory, a treasure trove for foodies, supplies most local restaurants with a wide variety of ingredients: Italian pastas, Asian noodles, sauces and spices, slabs of chocolate and specialty vinegars and oils. The cold room houses imported and local cheeses and meats – great for picnics or parties. Their signature fresh juices are always on hand. Hours: 8.00am-5....

The Sand & The Sandbar

The Sand & The Sandbar When your tastebuds need pampering, pull out all the stops and book at The Sand, wholly deserving of its Relais status. Start the evening with cocktails at the chic Sandbar and then enjoy European classic cuisine with a nod to African ingredients, served with elegance and prepared with panache. The superb wine cellar is stocked with the very best of South Africa and...

Kitchen Café

Kitchen Café A wisely short menu of local seasonal ingredients can be ordered à la carte but the chef’s menu is good value – two courses for R99. Local mussels, line fish and delicious steak with port sauce are hearty mains. Order thin-crusted pizza in the café or at the pizza counter. Hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-late Mon-Sat. Pizza kitchen open 11am-9.30pm Mon-Sat. Main courses: R79.

Hunter’s Country House & Sage

Nestled away in a back country road where you’d least expect to find this five-star level of sophistication, Hunter’s provides two lovely settings – either the crystal- chandeliered gazebo for more casual meals or the antiques-filled dining room. Tanya Kruger, Hunter’s young chef, is already earning culinary awards. Try the bangers and mash, duck confit mousseline with...

The King Fisher Seafood Restaurant

The King Fisher Seafood Restaurant It just wouldn’t be right to visit the seaside without trying a local seafood restaurant, and this one’s one of Mossel Bay’s most popular. Line- fish and prawns are the house speciality, and the Queen Platter is the recommended choice. Hours:10.30am-11.30pm Mon-Sat; 10am-11pm Sun. Main: Courses starts from R70.

De Vette Mossel

De Vette Mossel It’s laid-back (your crockery is a paper plate, and your cutlery is – seriously – a washed-out mussel shell), but it’s an experience you’ll never forget. It’s a meal, sure: three hours, nine courses, all you can eat, with dishes ranging from mussel meat with onions, garlic and farm butter to coffee and koek sisters via ostrich neck and goulash pot (course 4) … but it’s...

Delfino’s

Delfino’s Looking for a pizza? Look no further. Delfino’s boasts some of the best pizzas and light meals in town, with a stupendous view to match. Only drawback is, it gets insanely busy in season, so in summer you may struggle to find parking, a table and – sadly – a waiter. Hours: 7.00am-11.00pm daily. Main Courses: starts from R60.

De Dekke Restaurant

De Dekke Restaurant A classic locals hang-out (it’s all langarm danc- ing and playing pool), De Dekke Restaurant offers more-than-decent pub food and live entertainment on Wednesdays and weekends. Hours: 9.00am-10.00pm Mon-Thurs; 9.00am-11.00pm Fri, Sat. Main courses: starts from R62.

Café Havana

Café Havana A Cuban-themed cigar lounge in the centre of town, Café Havana boasts a fine tapas menu, along with meatier main courses – all in a pseudo-South American style. Try the pollo con manchego al horno (which is, if you can believe it, a stuffed chicken breast with bacon, cheese, mushroom and chilli). Then light up in their cigar lounge. Hours: 11.00am - late daily. Main...

Café Gannet Restaurant

Café Gannet Restaurant Located across the road from the Dias Museum Complex, this charming seafood restaurant offers alfresco dining with views across the bay. The menu features light lunches and seafood specialties, with wild Mossel Bay oysters at the top of the list. Hours: 7am-11pm daily. Main courses: starts from R80.

The Knysna Waterfront

The Knysna Waterfront A leisurely walk around will reveal the same sort of stuff you’ll find in town – African crafts, touristy knick-knacks and by-the-sea sorts of apparel. But the boats do float close enough to touch, so browse around, enjoy an ice-cream cone and watch the kiddies attempt the climbing wall. Carries a good selection of deli items including wine. Worth a look, especially if...