The Village Square

Knysna’s village square, the town and the people have played a defining role in everything I am doing.

It is a funny little town set in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Part of a unique and exciting eco-system. Despite which there are some nasty undercurrents which for one reason or other has bedevilled what should be a remarkable and special place.

The Great Fire

Already forgotten by most, Knysna’s Great Fire swept through the area leaving devastation and the charred remains of people’s lives, hopes and dreams.

Thai restaurants in Knysna

Sushi in Knysna

The Royal Siam Thai in Memorial Square offers discerning diners authentic traditional Thai cuisine freshly prepared dishes from spicy curries, noodles, stir fries and decadent chocolate springrolls.They also serve some of the best sushi to be found in the Garden Route

Bloo World Cafe & Eclectic Theatre

Entertainment in KnysnaLooking for something unique and original? Entertainment in Knysna ? Find it at the Bloo World Theatre Cafe. A wacky mix of of eclectic art, velvet drapes and lots of Bloo. It’s different, it’s warm, inviting and neither here nor there. It’s a world of Gypsies and magic. Where you will find Mediterranean tastes, homemade Italian pasta and sauces along with exotic Natal Curries.

Knysna library & central’s town square

Situated in a shady corner of Memorial Square the Knysna library is a quiet reminder of what this Village once was.

And our own town Square………is a hive of multicultures. Sit for an hour at one of the boulevard type eateries and one can meet any number of nationalities, locals, businessmen and Rastafarians. Who needs TV??? In our square one can discuss anything over a cup of coffee. Anything from weather forcasts “look at the weasten head my dear and that’s our today’s weather !!” Get a mine of infomation on any topic across the board from – job vacancies , where to find a reliable plumber or that bargain you have been looking for.

So … head for THE Square. And be in the center of all thats fun in Knysna! Dahling you haven’t lived till you’ ve sat in the Square

The Village Square

Where to eat out, what to do. Accomodation and activities offered in and around Knysna and the Garden Route. Personal views, reviews and local knowledge. Forest walks, fishing tips and all the back routes.

Sign Right.

Sign Right is an old Knysna business. They have been seeing to Knysna’s creative signage and installation requirements for well over a decade now. They do all sorts of creative things behind the scenes at Sign Right. From sandblasting designs onto glass to acrylic vinyl signs and, interestingly, they also make custom puzzles. ‘What’s that?’ You ask. Take a photograph of any image you like in to Catherine and she’ll turn it into a jig saw puzzle for you. How about that for a unique momento of your trip, or family occasion?

Even if you aren’t looking for a sign, that’s no reason not to stop in for a chat with Catherine. Especially if you enjoy creativity. How about a waterproof business card.

If you want to talk to Catherine about something original and creative you would like her team to address for you, call her up on 044 382 5554 or (+27) 825882645

Dazzling Jewellers

Debbie and  Connie are the two smiling faces behind this creative designer jewellery store. A Gold licensed jeweller ( that means they are allowed to buy raw gold to manufacture into their unique creations) Dazzling Jewellers create custom pieces for what they call, “the family people”  and retail stock jewellery of their own design as well as other pieces..
A tradition of jewellery design and manufacture has developed on the garden route with a number of talented smiths at work. None quite like the duo plying their trade in this out of the way corner of Memorial square. The old and traditional heart of Knysna. One gets the sense that these pieces of jewellery on display in the modest showroom are somehow imbued with what one might call the ‘spirit of Knysna.’ As an artist Debbie is not pretentious at all and is happy to chat with anyone. Her pieces have a sense of history to them without being old fashioned. Mark a simple occasion with  Dazzling jewellery, or pay respect to a major milestone in your family’s life by giving a timeless piece crafted by the sensitive hands of authentic craftspeople.

Asked why the shop is tucked into the far corner of Memorial square instead of somewhere more in the public eye Debbie’s lips curl up into the very slightest smile and it becomes obvious that the question is almost rude. She likes it here. She didn’t become a goldsmith because gold is worth a fortune. She does this work because she loves it.