In South Africa, winter officially starts on 1 June. This means cold winds and freezing rain storms are heading to Cape Town in the next few months.
Don’t get left out in the cold – head to these toasty restaurants equipped with warming fireplaces:
A Touch of Madness
A Touch of Madness in Observatory is a hidden Cape Town gem and much-loved local hangout. Based in a beautifully renovated Victorian house, you’ll feel right at home at this eatery with its two fireplaces, one in the dining area and one in the lounge (think hot chocolate on a comfy couch as your feet heat up).
Where is it? 12 Nuttall Rd, Observatory, Cape Town
Rick’s Café Americain
Step into 1940s Morocco at Rick’s Café Americain. A homage to the classic movie Casablanca, this charming restaurant is decorated with posters and memorabilia reminiscent of the World War II era. The Moroccan-themed menu will tickle your senses, as well as the elaborate burger and grill menu if you’re looking for good old-fashioned comfort food.
Where is it? 2 Park Rd, Gardens, Cape Town
Hearty Mexican food from El Burro is sure to give you an extra heat kick in the winter chill. With the main dining area being fairly small, the crackling fire makes for a cosy ambiance. Start off with the stuffed and roasted jalapenos before moving on to traditional Mexican dishes and ending the meal with churros (Mexican doughnuts served with a chocolate dipping sauce).
Where is it? 81 Main Rd, Green Point, Cape Town
A legendary Cape Town hangout, Den Anker’s doors have been open for more than 20 years, to the delight of tourists and locals alike. Specialising in traditional Belgian cuisine, this is the ideal setting to cosy up to the fire while feasting on croquettes, mussels, roasted marrow bones and delicious seafood.
Where is it? Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
A pub where everyone knows your name … Foresters Arms opened its doors in 1852 and is one of the oldest pubs in South Africa. Generations of groups and families have been coming to the establishment, affectionately known as “Forries”, for hearty pub grub or to catch up over a beer. If the cheerful atmosphere doesn’t warm you to the bone, then the log-burning fire certainly will.
Where is it? Newlands Ave, Newlands, Cape Town
Kloof Street House
Kloof Street House is one of the most beautifully decorated restaurants in Cape Town, with an impressive menu to match. The food (free range and locally sourced) takes traditional bistro-style meals to another level. Take advantage of the restaurant’s winter special for extra savings and to enjoy a menu specifically prepared to beat the outdoor chill as you cosy up to one of its three fireplaces.
Where is it? 30 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town
The Village Idiot
If you’re not in the mood for a formal sit-down dinner, The Village Idiot is the place to go. Relax on the comfy leather sofas in front of a large fireplace as you share a snack platter and savour a bottle of wine. The bar and restaurant are loved by locals for after-dinner drinks and the food won’t disappoint with its twist on South African flavours.
Where is it? 32 Loop St, Cape Town
At Societi Bistro, home to three roaring fires and a cosy bar area called The Snug, you will quickly warm up in comfort over a meal and a bottle of wine. Tuck into much-loved classics, including pastas, risottos, curries and steaks, at this popular local dining sanctuary.
Where is it? 50 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town