Oak Leaf Restaurant, Belvidere

Vegan/Vegetarian Food Experiences in the Area

Many years ago there was little to choose from for a vegan on a restaurant menu. You could have a garden salad and the vegetables of the day. Creamed spinach was as creative as things got, and sometimes a roasted mushroom made an appearance.

All that has changed and now you will find some great options on most restaurants in the area. There are some restaurants dedicated to providing delicious and sustainable plant based meals using local ingredients – here are some of our favourite places for vegetarian and vegan options in Knysna.

Oak Leaf Restaurant in Belvidere

Oak Leaf is situated in the picturesque suburb of Belvidere away from the hustle and bustle of town. There is indoor and outdoor seating in the courtyard, or under the grapevine. It caters for all dietary requirements with a focus on sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients.

Everything on the menu is scrumptious, but my personal favourite from the vegan menu is the Beet Ball Buddha Bowl. It is packed with delicious goodness – pan-fried beets, quinoa, spinach, red cabbage, edamame beans, hummus, cashew nut cheese and more. It is mouth wateringly good. While you are there, stock up from their deli which offers a wide range of vegan products, including cheeses.

Oak Leaf is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.
Contact details: info@oakleafknysna.co.za or 082 061 3166, Facebook

Oak Leaf Restaurant in Belvidere

The Node at Oaks on Main

On the busy main road right in the middle of Knysna town you will find the haven, Oaks on Main. This shopping centre is delightful with locally-owned shops offering unique goods and delicious food. The Node is a firm favourite. It offers cold-pressed juices, light meals, vegan options and artisanal gifts. The food is seasonal and fresh and is made with love and creative flair.

On our recent visit we ate a delicious falafel meal. It was a deconstructed pita bread with oven baked falafel, and it came with tzatziki and hummus. And delicious homemade tabbouleh. The juice is freshly squeezed and packed with goodness. Another firm favourite is the “nice cream”, perfect for a hot summer’s day.

The Node is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, And Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 2pm. For more information please contact 079 016 7900, or visit their Facebook page.

The Node at Oaks on Main

Peace of Eden in Rheenendal

Peace of Eden is a Vegan Nature Lodge and Forest Retreat. It is a magical and whimsical place to stay. You don’t have to be a resident, though, to enjoy a delicious meal at the pop up cafe. Meals at the Forest Cafe are a creative affair – passionately vegan, nourishing and never boring. They are inspired by the forest, by what is available, and what is sustainable.

We love the idea of the “Secret Dinner” at Peace of Eden, and it will be a highlight of your visit to Knysna.

They are open from Monday to Sunday from 08:00-20:00. For more information, or to book your Secret Dinner, please call 074 755 5859, or visit their Facebook page.

Peace of Eden in Rheenendal

Liola in Sedgefield

Liola at the Scarab Market is popular with locals and visitors alike. It does sit-in meals and take-aways (think ahead and get tomorrow’s meal sorted). It’s hard to choose a favourite from the menu, but the Funghi Risotto is delicious.

They are open from Monday to Saturday from 12:00-20:00, and from 12:00-15:00 on Sundays. For more information please call 073 192 8951, or visit their Facebook page.

Liola in Sedgefield

Other options to try are:

Chef Mau-Mau’s Rise’n Shine Restaurant the Rastafarian Village at Judah Square

The Grain Mill Organic Bistro – they also sell a wide variety of local organic produce. Contact them on 083 635 7634.

*Article written by Visit Knysna – March 2021.