East Head Café will be closed from 2 May – 12 June 2024

East Head Café is more than just a café or coffee shop, it is a local Landmark where family and friends have a good time with good food and casual wine enjoying life.

Situated on the rocks of the famous Eastern Head, East Head Café has the most spectacular view – looking directly through the Knysna Heads.


Go Local

We support the “Go Local” campaign – a naturally Knysna initiative sustaining local and responsible suppliers. “When something good goes in, something wonderful comes out!” In our never-ending pursuit of …..

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Our Very Casual Wine Guide

Our wine list has been compiled from wines we ourselves enjoy drinking at breakfast and lunch , if you think like us, you’ll agree that “life is to short to drink wine only after lunch”….

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Our Menu

Our food is simple – we believe in simple well made food with accent on flavour and freshness – all dishes are made using the best local produce that we can source. Our kitchen team under the guidance of Greg Coleman, believes in only one theory….

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Our Location

Knysna is South Africa’s favourite town, East Head Café is Knysna’s favourite meeting place. The visual beauty of the blue lagoon, the sandstone cliffs, the ever changing Heads, the mysterious Milkwood Forests and …

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East Head Café Knysna

By Jamie Who | Published: January 6, 2011

The East Head Cafe could be the best kept food secret in Knysna. Across a parking lot from the more celebrated Cornuti, it beats its more fancied neighbour in style, food and service. It might not be on the water (like Cornuti), but it’s pretty damn close.

It boasts an awesome outdoor area and panoramic view of the Knsyna lagoon and the entrance to the Heads.  There is a dedicated area for the kids to play (a nice touch I thought?) and the decor throughout is Afro-cool. Management-style is enthusiastic, hands-on and the service every time I visited was friendly and very, very good to boot.

The breakfast menu – and indeed the menu throughout – is made up of casual, simple food with one or two quirky touches that keep things interesting. I tried a vegetarian omelette consisting of butternut and jalapeno peppers, which was delicious. The real star came on a return visit though. The fish and chips.
Quite frankly, the best I have had anywhere in The Garden Route. Brilliant crisp batter and flaky, moist, fresh hake. Superb.

If you’re not in the mood for eating (shame), I’d advise making a trip solely for a Mojito. Served in a glass jug, it comes with massive bunches of fresh mint and a wooden “baton” so you can muddle your own drink. (This is a fancy way of saying squash your own limes basically – I picked it up from my cocktail guru mate Power). The Bloody Mary is also impressive.

Quaint, laid-back, great food and solid service. Pretty much exactly what I’m after when looking for a restaurant in Knysna.


Jamie Who


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