I am lucky enough to have spent a few weekends and holidays in Sedgefield over the last three years. This place has gone from being a town I had never heard of, to one of my favourite places to visit.
Situated between Knysna and George, Sedgefield is a seaside village that is surrounded by lakes and sand dunes and covered in beautiful fynbos and other colourful plants. Everyone always raves about Cape Town, but I really think Knysna, Sedge and Wilderness are some of the most beautiful places you could ever visit in SA.
The Sedgefield Lagoon from different perspectives
I have had my fair share of food spotting while visiting over the past two years and wanted to create this list of some of the must stop at places when your next in the area and surrounds.
N2, Timberlake Organic Village, Kleinkant
On the way from Sedge to Wilderness is this awesome stop called Timberlake Organic Village. Nestled inside are a few small shops and restaurants – one of which is Zucchini – a homey country style restaurant that serves healthy, hearty South African meals.
Notable mentions – their gourmet burgers are bloody delicious, the beer tasting trays are value for money and a nice way to relax on a warm or cold afternoon in the sun and their breakfasts (although small) fill the gap.
PiliPili Beach Bar
2 Claude Urban Dr, Myoli Beach, Sedgefield
PiliPili is a beach bar is in the best laid-back location – right by the dunes at Myoli Beach. You may tell yourself that you wont be staying for long, maybe just a pizza and a drink – but somehow, with the sand between your toes, the relaxing music and sea air – time will fly and you’ll find yourself three Pina Coladas down without even realising its 6pm.
Must Tries – PiliPili is famous for its thin, wood-fired pizzas and their huge pizza oven outside, which are so moreish you wont be able to stop with one slice.
We haven’t tried them but I believe their ribs are also a big hit and their seafood is amazingly fresh.
36 Uil St, Sedgefield
Across the road from the old Sedgefield Railway Station, is the unpretentious, hole-in-the-wall Fish shop – Mr Kai’s. I mistakenly assumed the owner was Mr Kai, only to realise that was not the case at all.
It’s a family owned fish shop that draws in locals and visitors, who bring their own wine and enjoy a generous portion golden fried fish, tasty hand-cut chips, savoury rice and by far the tastiest coleslaw I have ever eaten.
The East Heads Cafe
25 George Rex Dr, The Heads, Knysna
Head over to East Heads Cafe VERY early – especially in peak season – this place often has a line snaking all the way down to the parking. As you walk into the restaurant, take a breath of the pristine, salty air as you relax on the covered patio or inside the restaurant (my favourite spot), where white sliding windows open up to gorgeous close-ups of the breathtaking Knysna Heads.
The breakfast menu is the real star of the day for me – made up of casual simple food, prepared well, with one or two quirky touches, with almost all ingredients been sourced locally.
You have a choice of countless breakfasts – such as the Egg-celent Breakfast – poached eggs with roasted cherry tomatoes, rocket and mushrooms, my favourite vegetarian breakfast – The Forager, or their Creamed Vanilla Oats – this place really has a breakfast to suit all pallets.
The waitresses are friendly and attentive and your every need is attended to meticulously – despite how crazy busy the place seems. A must visit restaurant!!!
The Wild Oats Farmer’s Market
Finally, no review of the Sedgefield area would be complete without a visit to the WILD OATS Community Farmers’ Market.
Its the highlight of every trip down to Sedge – as without fail – every Saturday morning from 7h30 to 12 noon, we all head to the market. It has the most extensive variety of stalls, selling their locally-produced foods, both the take-home and breakfast variety.
There’s really something for everyone here – Including free-range meats, chicken, lamb, dairy and cheese. The market also specializes in fresh-from-the-field vegetables, as well as many plants and flowers – Including my favourite – The Protea.
The market is VERY well supported, with patrons visiting from Knysna, George, PE and Plett! Head there early and reward yourself with a cappuccino and plate of tasty breakfast crossiants or a famous mince filled vetkoek that people are always queuing for!
Every time we go to the market, without fail, Shaun buys about 20 or so of these Argentinean Sugar Dusted Cookies
Sedgefield definitely stole my heart and I hope it steals yours some day soon x