garden route tours

The Garden Route, a scenic stretch of coastline in South Africa, is renowned for its beaches and lush vegetation. However, what many people don’t know is that it’s also a food lover’s paradise. This region has a wealth of local produce, which is used to create some of the most tantalizing dishes you’ve ever tasted. From the freshest seafood to the finest wines, the restaurants, markets, and eateries along the Garden Route will leave you salivating for more.

Plettenberg Bay

Start your journey in the charming town of Plettenberg Bay, which is home to some of the best restaurants on the Garden Route. The Lookout Deck, for instance, offers a breathtaking view of the ocean while you savor fresh seafood and a glass of local wine. Alternatively, try something more authentic at Emily Moon River Lodge, where the chef uses locally sourced produce to create a fusion of African and Mediterranean flavors. For those with a sweet tooth, visit the famous Beacon Island Hotel, where the chef whips up a variety of delectable desserts using the freshest ingredients.


Continue your culinary adventure to the quaint village of Wilderness, where you’ll find the ever-popular Wild Oats Market. Every Saturday, local farmers gather to sell their fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, and homemade bread. While here, you can also indulge in a hearty breakfast, sip on freshly roasted coffee or smoothies while enjoying live music and a rustic atmosphere. The market is a must-visit for food lovers, but it’s not the only option. For a unique dining experience, visit the Fairy Knowe Hotel and try their famous Sunday roast buffet, a scrumptious spread of meats, veggies, salads, and desserts.

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In Knysna, the Oysters are a big attraction, as they’re harvested from the lagoon right there in front of you. At 34 South, you can choose from a variety of oyster dishes, as well as other seafood options. But, if you’re feeling adventurous, travel down the dirt road to the unassuming Brett’s Fish and Chips Shack. Here, you’ll find some of the tastiest fish and chips in town, made from freshly caught fish and double-fried in oil and served hot and crispy.

Winelands of the Garden Route

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or not, don’t miss out on the Winelands of the Garden Route. Start your tour at Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar, a boutique wine farm that offers a unique wine tasting experience. Enjoy a picnic under the trees while sipping on some of the finest wines the area has to offer. For the ultimate winery experience, visit Bramon Wine Estate. Not only do they produce exquisite wines, but they also have a restaurant serving fresh, locally sourced cuisine, paired with the estate’s signature wines.


The Garden Route is a treasure trove of culinary delights, from fresh seafood, local wines, and artisanal cheeses to mouth-watering desserts and hearty roasts. Any foodie would be lucky to experience this gastronomic journey. On your next trip to South Africa, take one of the many garden route tours to explore the local eateries, markets, and restaurants along the Garden Route. You won’t be disappointed.

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