Firefly Eating House

Firefly Eating House Unconventionally charming, this little restaurant has grown along with its popularity but a collection of global curries still dominates the menu, from mild coconut-based to flame-inflicting hot – as in the ever-popular chilli prawn curry. Dishes are stylishly presented and some imaginative starters are a must. Good wine list and no BYOB. Hours: 6-10pm Tue-Sun. Main...

East Head Café

East Head Café Just above the site of the historical Paquita wreck, this bright and cheery café is surround ed by breathtaking views extending out to the heads and the sea. The all-day menu starts with a selection of breakfasts, moves on to a long list of burgers, including calamari and veggie, plus curries, soups, and salads. Expect kid-pleasing options as well as fun cocktails. Hours...


Daniela’s Romantics relish the elegant décor, good selection of bubblies, unobtrusive, polished service and uninterrupted views of dazzling sunsets over the estuary – a real sense-of-occasion restaurant. The small menu is based on the best of the season prepared with flair and usually includes a fish, meat and vegetarian option, but mention any preferences when booking. Hours: 6-...

Caroline’s (Belvidere Manor Hotel)

Belvidere Manor Hotel The old-world elegance of the hotel extends to the menu where guests enjoy a good range of South African classics such as eland and ostrich, local mussels and oysters and the beloved malva pudding. An excellent choice of wines accompanies the fare and service is smoothly old-fashioned and attentive. On beautiful days the porch or patio are delight full spots to take a...

Caffe Mario

Everything a neighbourhood restaurant should have: reliably good food (try any of the traditional pastas), friendly service and great atmosphere. The patio is on the canal and the cosy interior is filled with yummy aromas. Hearty Sunday breakfasts and lunches are a family tradition and locals meet here regularly, so booking is recommended in peak times. Hours: 7.30am-10....

34 Tapas and Oyster Restaurant

34 Tapas and Oyster Restaurant Pitchers of sangria or Ruby Tuesdays go down well with a wide variety of globally inspired tapas including South African frikkadelle (meat- balls), local oysters and tender calamari, all served with warm rosemary bread. Set on the water’s edge, this is a popular place for sundowners. Hours:11.00am-11.00pm daily. Main courses: R35.

Protea Hotel King George

Yes, it’s a chain hotel. But no, you wouldn’t have guessed that if we hadn’t told you. This hotel boasts country style along with comfortable, well-appointed rooms and suites. Rates: R720-R1130.

Highlands Lodge

Highlands Lodge A 20km drive out of town on tarred roads, these self-catering chalets and cottages offer cosy fireplaces inside, and walks and trails outside. Rates: R595-R1300.

Dutton’s Cove

Dutton’s Cove An exclusive 13-unit property, hidden away in Herold’s Bay. The units all have high ceilings and balconies overlooking the beach, which is a short (but fairly) steep walk Away. Rates: R1300 per room.

Acorn Guest House

Acorn Guest House A renovated Victorian home with a useful central location, close to Meade, York and Courtenay streets and their restaurants, Acorn is, nonetheless, a refreshingly quiet and secluded four-star guesthouse. The friendly hosts have a wealth of knowledge of the best places in the area to visit. Rates: 5-R680

Power Van

Want an alternative to the Choo Tjoe? Then try this one: it’s a small electrical train-cart which leads up into the Outeniqua Mountains, travelling for two-and-a-half hours over four passes and through six tunnels on its way. The trip is flexible, so you can stop and picnic at the top or along the way, or grab a meal at the museum restaurant. Hours: Mon-Sat by appointment...

Outeniqua Choo Tjoe

Outeniqua Choo Tjoe To answer the eternal questions: yes, the train is still running; and no, it doesn’t run between George and Knysna anymore – the route has changed to George-Mossel Bay. And the experience is as charming as ever, with South Africa’s last scheduled steam train running 52km right along the coastline, crossing two rivers and taking in some gorgeous scenery. Hours: Depart...

Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Golf Estate

Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Golf Estate Fancourt boasts three championship courses (Outeniqua and Montagu, which both feature 18-hole parkland layouts, plus the magnificent The Links), plus a public course, Bramble Hill. The courses were designed by nine-time majors winner Gary Player, with special attention paid to the natural surroundings and the winds. And while golf is the main thing here, it’s not the only...

The Royal Moose

Though it feels more like an antiques shop than a restaurant when you walk in (all you see is tables, chairs, bookshelves and – of course – a mounted moose head), the décor only adds to the meeting-place-and-eating-place vibe. The menu, meanwhile, features reliable, and always tasty, favourites. Think hearty dishes from salads to steaks and a bit of everything in between...

Old Town House

George’s oldest restaurant is housed in the old town meeting hall, which dates back to 1848. The grill menu is a great place to start (go for the roquefort pork chops), while the home-made desserts are an even better place to end. Hours: 12.30-3.00pm Mon-Fri; 6.00pm-late Mon-Sat. Main courses R80.