Eat at: Appetite Knight at The Gallery Café

Tucked away behind the Walker Bay Modern Art Gallery in Hermanus, you’ll find yourself in the beautiful courtyard setting of The Gallery Café.

Run by, self-proclaimed, nature lover and vegetarian foodie, Emilia Knight, the café is a testament of her love for healthy eating and ethical, sustainable food.

The menu is vegetarian and the meals, like the café itself, is hearty, homey and I could literally taste the love that went into every dish. I chose the seasonal fruit platter with a gluten-free granola cup, almond yogurt and Emilia's homemade berry jam (a must-try!) and Chelsea chose the Gallery Breakfast, consisting of avocado, halloumi, spinach, basil pesto, cherry tomatoes and two poached eggs. Both meals were absolutely incredible and I have already vowed to make this my go-to breakfast and lunch spot whenever I’m in Hermanus or surrounds again.

We slowly sipped on our coffee, enjoying the sunshine from the tranquil courtyard, when Emilia surprised us with a slice of her zesty vegan carrot cake and gosh, it was heavenly. Apparently the croissants are a must-try as well, and I’ll admit that the batch of freshly-baked savoury muffins that came out of the oven as we left looked very tempting.

We left after a walk through the gallery, already excited for our next visit (I’m eyeing the Health Nut breakfast bowl or perhaps a lunch? Maybe she would’ve perfected the promised vegan croissants by then. In that case, one of those with some more of that heavenly jam, please.)

You’ll find The Gallery Café behind Walkerbay Art Gallery, 167 Main Road, Hermanus. They’re open from 08:00-16:00 Monday to Friday and you can give them a call at +27 76 837 4231 or see their menu over HERE.