ile de pain
artisan bread, breakfast, lunch, patisserie, coffee and tea in Knysna, Garden Route
ile de pain is a café-style restaurant situated on Thesen Islands, Knysna in the Garden Route. We specialise in distinctive and appetising breakfasts and lunches and authentic artisanal breads.
8-10 The Boatshed
Thesen Harbour Town
044 302 5705
Breakfast & Lunch
Retail & food to go
Tuesday to Saturday
08:00 – 15:00
Walk-ins only… and welcome!
île de païn is a café-style restaurant situated on Thesen Islands, Knysna. We specialise in distinctive and appetising breakfasts and lunches and authentic artisanal breads. Our welcoming, award-winning restaurant is conveniently located close to the Knysna lagoon. Breakfast and lunch dishes have a European leaning and offer honest sophistication in flavour and creative visual presentation.
Each dish is lovingly prepared to showcase fresh, seasonal ingredients. Expect updated classics with a twist and truly innovative dishes. An impressive beverage selection includes specialist coffees & teas, fresh juices and a curated wine & beer menu. Breads are baked daily in a traditional wood-fired oven. Grab salads, sandwiches, pastries and coffee to-go or sit and enjoy the buzz in this beloved meeting place where local regulars and visitors to the Garden Route relax and mingle.
Coffee, bread , pastry and to-go 08:00-15:00
tradition & innovation
Markus built the first wood-fired oven for bread baking in South Africa, intent on continuing in the artisan tradition of the Färbinger family, dating back to 1700.
Under Markus’ stewardship the talented young bakery team produces rustic breads through slow fermentation and long rising. The result is a wholesome, delicious and nutritious array of bread.
Exquisite pastries vary from rustic to refined, delicate to decadent and our chocolate creations will delight the most discerning chocolate lover’s palette.
eat it. use it. wear it.
Take home a little of that special îdp feeling from our café emporium where you’ll find items that are unique to île de païn and in daily use in the café. Our range includes specialist tools for the home baker, delicacies for the pantry, linens and apparel for the cook plus a select line of African treasures made by local Garden Route artists. We offer a curated selection of our favourite essentials on our website. Please visit the café to enjoy browsing through our entire range of beautiful artisan products.
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If you can’t pick up your copy of ‘Baguettes & Ciabattas’ at île de païn or you just can’t wait for shipping, make use of the VIMEO site where you can watch and learn through detailed instruction. Make bread like the bakers at île de païn!
Stay with us at the îdp terraces, our three luxury self-catering apartments situated above île de païn in charming Thesen Harbour Town. The apartments boast stunning views across coral trees to the Knysna lagoon and Outeniqua Mountains.
We offer two chic 1-bed apartments; on the first floor “espressô” and on the top floor “mocha”. Our top floor 2 bed-2 bath apartment named “chocôlat” is as luxurious as the name implies.
The apartments are beautifully furnished in a contemporary rustic style. Open plan living spaces feature large, lounge-worthy sofas, DSTV for chilled evenings and well-appointed kitchens. Spacious terraces offer a perfect perch to enjoy the views along with sundowners and a braai.
We are île de païn 2.0, a team committed to superlative food and service, upholding heritage and embracing evolution, supporting principled producers and local suppliers, developing people and creating community.
Welcome to île de païn – let us nourish you.
au•then•tic / ô’THen(t)ik/
real, of undisputed origin, genuine
ar•ti•san / ‘ärdəzən/
a skilled journeyman, making unique products by hand and traditional method