About Only Local

In the picturesque residential suburbs of Knysna, a small treasure awaits those whose love of coffee is only rivalled by their desire to be responsible consumers. Only Local is nestled in the small, but chic and trendy, venue along Cove Street, just minutes away from the lagoon and the waterfront.

Chris Emmanuel is the proud owner of this initiative, and has the support of local producers at heart. He says, “We are unable to fathom the list of bad things found in the processed goods that we buy in supermarkets. If you source local, you can control the freshness and quality of what you eat and buy.”

Using locally sourced produce and ingredients means less pollution caused by transport, and exploring what local crafters, who may otherwise have remained in the shadow of mass manufacturing, are producing.

There are a few seats inside Only Local, where patrons can enjoy a fantastic cappuccino, latté or espresso (using locally roasted beans, of course) while chatting to the barista or reading the paper. There is also a table or two outside, under the shade of umbrellas hanging in the tree, for a quirky twist on your daily cuppa.

The deli is full of delightful gems; ranging from cheese, olive oil and a charcuterie selection to homemade ice-cream and baked goods. These are not only fantastic products for locals to enjoy, but also make excellent gifts for travellers to take back home with them as a little taste of the Garden Route. Lebanese-inspired breads and other tasty snacks are often available as the perfect complement to your coffee.

Only Local is not licensed, but patrons are welcome to bring their own drinks and enjoy them under the tree or in the sunshine of the garden. This garden can be reserved for private functions and celebrations.

Knysna is perched along the world-renowned Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa. It is a hotspot for travellers that are looking for dramatic landscapes, a laid-back vibe, and an endless variety of water sport activities.

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Where19 Cove Street, Knysna, Garden Route

WhenMonday to Friday from 07h00 to 16h00.

Telephone+27 (0)84 205-6930

OvernightStay nearby in Knysna, in Garden Route


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