Where to Stay - South Africa

Places to eat and drink along the Garden Route, Western Cape

Some ideas of places to stop to have a bite to eat or a drink along the Garden Route in South Africa

Beach bars along the Garden Route of South Africa

The Garden Route of South Africa has long been a popular tourist route frequented by many international visitors along its 200km stretch. There are numerous places to stop along the Garden Route to admire the scenery and the coastline but we thought we might just share with you a few ideas of perhaps less well known spots to stop for a drink or bit to eat whilst enjoying the delightful seaviews.

The rather trendy Views Hotel in Wildnerness may come across to some as rather clinical in its finishes but its Sails Restaurant offers stunning views across the Indian Ocean and even allows people in to just enjoy a drink rather than a meal. There is a lovely decked area with seating where you can really put your feet up and relax. From Wilderness head south towards Mossel Bay and look out for the turn off for Groot Brak. Hidden amongst the twisting anf turning gravel roads is Die Vette Mossel. Here the owners have set up a Bedouin-style camp which is located on the beach right by the surf. The owners provide excellent seafood and you supply your own drinks. The setting is superb and the owner serves food on an eat-as-much-as-you-can basis.

In Mossel Bay there are a few places where you can get really close to the sea and enjoy a drink or some food. The Palm Beach Bar overlloks the strand and is located to the west of Santos Beach. Here you can enjoy a game of rugby on TV or stroll onto the open deck to enjoy the views. One of the big favourite beach bars in Mossel Bay is The Terrace at Point Beach. This beach bar has a terrific location and is a real favourite with locals and holidaymakers.

Knysna is probably the most visited town along the Garden Route but surpsringly there are very few actual beach bars here. Our recommendation goes to the East Head Cafe which has a great location with the amazing Outeniqua Mountains visible as well as the famous Knysna Heads to the south. The outside area of the East Head Cafe has a tented roof and has a real light and airy feel to it.

Finally at Plettenberg Bay next to the Tsitsikamma National Park go in search of the Ski Boat Club which is positioned on the sand close to the mouth of the Piesang River. The Ski Boat Club serves some of the best fish and chips around and is not expensive. The atmosphere here is warm with a feeling that everyone knows each other. The staff are friendly too and its well worth stopping to eat or have a drink.