Local travel is the best. South Africa is home to a lot of stunning, seaside gems, and Knysna is one of them. This beautiful town in the Western Cape is where we spent the weekend, 2 months ago when the mid-semester break offered us a chance to have a bit of freedom from university work.

When my Mom, sister and I travel, we like to make the most of our trips and sample as much as we can. That’s how our trip ended up going from the get-go! Our first stop of the day was a nearby town called Sedgefield, to check out the Wild Oats Community Farmer’s Market. Although not technically inside Knysna itself, it’s a fun thing to do while in the area. If you’re a major foodie as well, then it’s an absolute must to go.

We only caught the tail end of the market, and a lot of vendors were packing up for the day when we arrived but we still managed to sample some of the food from one of the vendors who was still open. And lemme tell you, those samosas were the bomb dot com! 

It was then back to Knysna to find a place to have lunch at. I’d heard a lot about the East Head Café, so we gave it a go.

I don’t think anything could have prepared us for the view of the beach at the foot of the restaurant. It really did feel like something out of a movie or a storybook. Major European summer vibes! 

We did a little exploring afterwards…

There was a cute little ice-cream shop outside the restaurant…

For our trip we stayed at the Knysna Quays, which is right at the waterfront. I wish I’d taken pictures of our accommodation because it was beautiful!

This is the view we had from the balcony. 

The next morning we checked out, and decided to venture to Thesen Island, which is also part of Knysna, to find a place to have breakfast. We ended up having breakfast at The Island Cafe, which makes up part of the Turbine Hotel.

I was pretty surprised at how affordable their meals are! If you’re ever in town, it’s definitely worth a visit.

I loved the decor! It was a beautiful combination of white walls, bright colours, floral print and open, airy spaces.

Had to get a picture in front of the red door, let’s pretend I’m in London! 😂

Knysna truly is a magical, magical place. We visited the town numerous times as a family when my sister and I were little, so it was extra special to return and explore when we were at an age that we could appreciate it more.

This town is a forever-treasure in my book. 

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