There’s an unlikely slice of France just 30 minutes from the Conrad Pezula on Plettenberg Bay’s main drag. Walk up a narrow ramp from the entrance of the otherwise nondescript Lookout Centre to a lovely cobbled courtyard. Follow your nose to the French-owned Le Fournil de Plett bakery—it’s home to the best almond croissants on the Garden Route, along with Cape Town cult favorite Truth Coffee. Drop by French Kisses, a French expat-owned boutique with fashion-forward clothing lines from Australia, Italy, Colombia, and Paris, bien sûr. Look for bikinis by Maaji Swimwear, colorful Metalicus cardigans, and Yaya boots. Literary types will love scoping the secondhand offerings at the bite-sized Book Nook. Design aficionados should check out Pure Collection Lifestyle Gallery for cutting-edge South African fashion, housewares, and accessories (wallets by Cape Town-based Jinger Jack make for a nifty souvenir). Shopped out? Take a seat at Grand Café for a lunch of bouillabaisse soup and fillet bearnaise in a glam dining room with glittering chandeliers and outsize ostrich feathers.
Make the 30-minute drive from Pezula to Plettenberg Bay’s main square.
LE FOURNIL DE PLETT: 7 Lookout Centre, Main Street, Plettenberg Bay; 27-(0)44-533-1390; facebook.com/lefournildeplett
FRENCH KISSES: Lookout Centre, Main Street, Plettenberg Bay; 27-(0)44-533-0586; facebook.com/French-kisses-plettknysna
BOOK NOOK: Lookout Centre, Main Street, Plettenberg Bay; 27-(0)44-533-3230
PURE COLLECTION LIFESTYLE GALLERY: Lookout Centre, Main Street, Plettenberg Bay; 27-(0)82-933-7247; facebook.com/Pure-Collection
GRAND CAFÉ AND ROOMS: 27 Main Street, Plettenberg Bay; 27-(0)44-533-3301; grandafrica.com/GrandCafeandRoomsPlettenberBay.aspx