5 Great Breakfast Spots in Knysna

The Milkwood Collection’s properties are situated a mere 200 metres from the famous Knysna Heads, a pair of sandstone cliffs that separate the Knysna Lagoon from the Indian Ocean beyond. Situated on the rocks of the Eastern Head, East Head Café offers the most spectacular view through the Heads. Being a self-catering establishment, we usually refer our guests here for breakfast but during the onset of winter, however, they close for a month to take their annual break. So here we recommend five other great spots to have breakfast in Knysna.

Nadine’s Corner on Leisure Island

Image of exterior and garden at Nadine’s Corner on Leisure Island

This delightful and charming coffee shop is situated in a quiet area of Leisure Isle – the island across the beach from Under Milkwood. They serve excellent breakfasts, burgers, and sandwiches, as well as vegan and vegetarian meals.

Address: 12 Kings Way, Leisure Island
Phone: 044 384 1746

The Tin House Café

Image of table in garden at The Tin House Café

Situated in Gray Street, across the way from the Knysna Waterfront, this hidden gem offers a place to relax and take time out in a beautiful garden setting. The restaurant serves all-day breakfast, brunch, and lunch, and they also offer a children’s play area.

Address: 3 Gray St, Knysna Central
Phone: 044 382 2761

34 Degrees South

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Situated on the harbour’s edge at the Knysna Quays, this inviting restaurant offers a wide and varied menu. Specialising in seafood and sushi, it is also a deli, gift shop, food store, fishmonger and bakery. Served between 8:30 and 11:30 am, the 34 South Breakfast Special is one of the most popular items on the menu.

Address: Shop 19, Knysna Waterfront
Phone: 044 382 7331

Caffe Mario

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Overlooking the water at the Knysna Quays, this extremely popular and well-loved restaurant serves authentic Italian café food and great coffee in a delightful atmosphere. Start the day with the Super Mario breakfast – the works, including spicy Italian sausage.

Address: 9, The Waterfront, Knysna Quays
Phone: 044 382 7250

Cruise Café

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Known for its fresh seafood and modern styled cuisine, Cruise Café offers a comfortable atmosphere and incredible views of the Knysna Lagoon. Sit on the deck while enjoying specialty coffee, a delightful breakfast, lovely fresh pastries, and the picture-perfect surroundings.

Address: Remembrance Drive, The Waterfront
Phone: 044 382 1693