• Snag an ocean-facing table
  • Eat seasonal, locally-sourced food
  • Hang out with the regulars

Survey the Knysna Heads (green-clad sea cliffs) with your morning coffee at the East Head Café, an easy 10-minute drive from the Conrad Pezula. The prime coastal location might sniff of a tourist trap, but the laid-back restaurant styled with African pop art and a mosaic of teapots is a local favorite. You’ll be fighting for a water-gazing terrace table if the weather is nice, but the battle is worth it. Order the crayfish hollandaise, spicy mince bastoni (poached eggs, beans and crème fraîche), or satisfy that savory-sweet yen with the French toast with bacon, fig preserves, and camembert. Fuel up, because after breakfast you’ll want to take a short amble—mild clambering required—to a deserted rock outcropping hovering above the ocean where you can meditate on the waves crashing below.

Take a scenic 10-minute drive along the coast to the cafe.

​​EAST HEAD CAFE: 25 George Rex Drive, Knysna; 27-(0)44-384-0933;