Ile de Pain, Knysna

The first thought that comes to mind when one mentions ‘Knysna’, is oysters. It is a conditioned response we are all familiar with and for good reason. That is unless you have experienced the slice of coffee and bread heaven that is Ile de Pain. One visit and your inner Pavlov’s dog will never be the same again. You have been warned.

Opened in 2002, Ile de Pain is the creation of professional chef, Liezie Mulder, and 5th generation baker, Markus Farbinger. Celebrated for their flavourful meals, wood fired breads and delicious pastries; it is the kind of place you would happily drive an hour to visit. Their coffee also makes it a great deal easier to convince a friend to join you on the drive. Their beans are from Origin and they are serving an amazing coffee donned the ‘Romano Blend.’ It is a clean cup with a sweet fruit driven finish and rich mouth feel.

The bread at Ile de Pain is said to be the best in the country and it’s easy to understand why. This creates a bit of a dilemma for those who don’t live in Knysna though, because once you have tasted it, everything else will seem mediocre. But it is a risk that is most definitely worth the reward.

Tuesday to Saturday 08h00 till 15h00
Sundays 09h00 till 13h30

10 The Boatshed
Thesen Islands, Knysna
021 302 5707

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Written by Cindy Taylor

Cindy is the editor in chief and photographer for I Love Coffee.


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7 Responses to “Ile de Pain, Knysna”

  1. Kyle Fraser September 30, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    Wow. This place looks awesome!!!

    Definately going there the next time I’m in Knysna…

  2. nic reid September 30, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    a real gem in the garden route – worth a visit, especially for breakfast!
    markus’ passion really comes through when you chat to him too

  3. Werner October 1, 2010 at 7:18 am #

    Please correct me if I am wrong, but the “Romano Blend” is from Gourmet Coffee and not Origin.

  4. Andrew October 1, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    ile de pain -Tre chic!

  5. Lindy October 12, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    You havent experienced the garden route, unless you have been here. It is extremely popular, so you have to sometimes wait for a table, but worth it. Very good ambiance, staff are always friendly and food is excellent. We visit time and time again … their hot chocolate is to die for, and of course his bread and pastries …… love it ……

  6. Mark April 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    I enjoy their cafe au nong which is a strong shot of coffee sitting on a bed of condensed milk. The coffee at Lunar Cafe in the new mall is also worth a try.

  7. Jo September 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    New find when we drove thru on a road trip…Mon petit Pain a new addition to ile de Pain and they are open on a monday!

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