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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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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (18 reviews)
“cakes” (64 reviews)
“artisan bread” (14 reviews)
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Cafe, 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 6 days ago via mobile

We have always held this establishment in the highest regard so this review is done with some sadness. I guess when you have been a repeat visitor to an establishment for more than six years, you have a reasonable expectation of both service and quality....More

Thank Fred P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there for a family brunch, two small girls included, we were a group of 10 and we thoroughly enjoyed the food, service was good and friendly. Will definitely go again when in the area

Thank LoftyE
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Island of bread, good coffee and delicious pastries! Breakfast, lunch, coffee, bread and pastries all highly recommended!

Thank 489anneriev
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The offerings are different using very fresh ingredients, in a very relaxed atmosphere. The wild rice salad was really tasty. Awesome staff.

Thank JamboNow
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent bread products, freshly baked and served in a variety of tasty and creative ways. Great food in every way that matters

Thank E S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived just after 11h00 for brunch and discovered that breakfast closes at 11h00 and lunch starts at 11h30. We have always been ardent supporters of Ile de Pain but our lunch was below par. The Idp Burger was OK but for R90 without chips...More

Thank John O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our breakfast at Ile de Pain but better still were the pastries we took away with us! Totally delicious, we were sorry that we couldn't go back for more!

Thank Basemess
idp_artisan, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

....ah, the joys of light crispy croissants, rich chocolate mousse and juicy fruit tarts. How to choose? We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed île de païn in and out, through and through!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Imagine the first thing you smell is freshly baked bread and brewing coffee. Your first greet is a smile, the sun is on your face and your senses are alive. I love everything about this place, the way it makes you feel when you arrive...More

Thank RoseBilbrough
idp_artisan, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for this poetic review. You have captured the sensory experience of île de païn so perfectly!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to enjoy a coffee, light lunch or cake/pastries and ideally located in Thesen Island. We went there for coffee and cake and it was delicious. I just wish they were open longer hours in the winter.More

Thank Mel D
idp_artisan, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Coffee and cake - the prefect remedy to a cold winter day! Thanks for your visit. We highly recommend our famous luxury grand cru hot chocolate for the next time you come by, perhaps paired with a perfectly crisp, spiced apple strudel and rich cream...More

Reviewed 25 May 2017

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,...More

Thank Austen G
idp_artisan, artisan at Ile de Pain, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Ah - great choice. Our brioche is so satisfying whilst being light as a feather. We are glad to hear you enjoyed it so much. Thanks for your visits to île de païn. We will look forward to seeing you again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
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
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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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