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Explore Waterfront Drive in Knysna

Thursday, 22 January 2015 10:33 Written by  Johan van Schalkwyk
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Whatever your mood: taking a stroll or drive along Waterfront Drive, Knysna, will surely get you going with its variety of options. Your visit to Knysna will not be complete without a ferry trip, organic meal, great coffee, shopping and art - all along one street. Here’s our pick of things to do along and just off Waterfront Drive...


With its comfy and casual ambiance, this bistro/deli serves amazing coffee and great tasting bakes. They are open for breakfast and lunch from Monday to Saturday and you will be sure to catch up on local gossip. Think slow food served fast.

+27 (0)44 382 7873


Recently opened with its owners originally from southern Germany, you will find yourself in a world of fresh organic fruit and vegetables, products made at The Grain Mill, local art and craft and natural cosmetic products. The Grain Mill restaurant is also on site and offer various healthy meal options.

+27 (0)82 563 1930


It is all about real German Wurst. After gaining much popularity in the Greater Knysna area with their great tasting authentic product and home-made sauces, they have now taken permanent positioning at the Knysna Local and Organic Market. You cannot miss their lively and colourful Wurst Express vending trailer along Waterfront Drive.


It is a surprisingly large kitchen shop in a small sea side town that’s owned by John Metelerkamp and his wife Avril. She has a feel for beautiful designer branded kitchen goods and John is brave enough to let her order the things that she likes. So pop in and meet the team behind this creative kitchen shop at No. 3 Waterfront Park, Queen Street (just off Waterfront Drive).

+27 (0)44 382 0274


Turning towards the estuary from Waterfront Drive into New Street, you will find their lagoon-side brewery. Do tasting tours, enjoy good food and learn more about South Africa’s oldest microbrewery – started in 1983 – with one of its original brewers still on the job.

+27 (0)44 382 4685


Enjoy an unforgettable experience on the Knysna Estuary. The Featherbed Co. offers ferry rides, sunset cruises and guided tours. You will also find the very popular Cruise Café with water’s edge seating and amazing views over the estuary.

+27 (0)44 382 1693


Arguably one of the most popular leisure and shopping destinations in our region! It boasts a superior marina and a base for luxury yachts, as well as being Knysna’s gateway for cruises and luxury charters. Enjoy a variety of restaurant and other local products on offer.

+27 (0)44 382 0955


Situated just off Waterfront Drive along Long Street you will find Thesen House which hosts the Knysna Fine Art Gallery. They have recently added “A Different Drummer” to The Thesen House offering which displays tribal artefacts, ceramics, sculptures and many other items.

+27 (0)44 382 5107


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