The Garden Route and the Little Karoo Restaurants

Most medium-size towns along the Garden Route offer a decent selection of restaurants, and the smaller towns of the Little Karoo usually have one or two good restaurants and a handful of lesser eateries. On the Garden Route the emphasis is often on seafood in general and oysters in particular. (Knysna has an oyster festival in July.) Restaurants in the Little Karoo feature fresh ostrich meat and organic mutton or lamb, which is delicious accompanied by a good South African red wine. Look out for farm shops between towns. These make excellent comfort stops where you can buy traditional home-baked fare, dried fruit, and other snacks for the road.

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  • 1. Ile de Pain

    $ | Eclectic

    Almost every South African you meet on the Garden Route will tell you to visit Ile de Pain. Its stellar reputation is well deserved; owners...Read More

  • 2. Delfino's Espresso Bar and Pizzeria

    $ | Italian

    Good coffee, yummy pizzas and pastas, tables on the lawn right next to the beach, and a fantastic view of the bay and the Cape St. Blaize lighthouse...Read More

  • 3. Meade Café

    $ | Contemporary

    This light and airy bistro-style restaurant, with a lovely outdoor seating area, is in an 18th-century town house in George's shopping district...Read More

  • 4. Plett Ski Boat Club

    $ | Seafood

    Want to know a secret? Plett fisherfolk, ski-boat skippers, surfers, kayak operators, and other locals frequent this very, very casual eatery...Read More

  • 5. Pomodoro

    $ | Italian

    Friendly service, great food, and good value are the highlights of this Italian eatery conveniently located in the middle of town. The emphasis...Read More

  • 6. Wilgewandel

    $ | African

    At the turnoff to the Cango Caves, Wilgewandel serves well-cooked simple food such as hamburgers, toasted sandwiches, ostrich steaks, and sweet...Read More

  • 7. Fushi & BoMa

    $ | Asian

    Plett's slickest, sleekest eatery is all clean surfaces and classical lines. Start with a cocktail and Asian snacks at BoMa, the alfresco terrace...Read More

  • 8. Leila's Arms

    $ | Eclectic

    Intended to be an example in sustainable living, this friendly and informal restaurant serves fabulous lunches—made mostly from organic ingredients...Read More

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