Article was updated on 28 May 2021
Cape Town’s cold and winter months can make anyone hibernate indoors and not go out. But fear not, for we have restaurants with fireplaces that give you the warmth, safety and hospitality long associated with a blaze on the logs.
There’s always a roaring log-burning fire at this long-time favourite pub, nestled in the misty Newlands Forest. Try some of the popular pizzas, or go for broke with one of the superb burgers. There’s a great play area outside for kids, too.
The large fireplace dominates the room of this historic restaurant in the cold, wet months. Order some soul-warming dishes from the autumn bistro menu, like pressed Iberian pork terrine with pickled wild mushroom vinaigrette and baby beets; penne with mushrooms, thyme and blue cheese; and glazed raspberry mousse with vanilla namelaka, nutty shortbread and matcha ice cream for dessert. Note that they will be closed from 1 June to 15 July 2021.
This Kloof Street bar keeps things warm with its central fireplace that crackles all through the night. Enjoy comforting tapas dishes, eclectic décor and live music until the early hours.
Settle in for a cosy autumn lunch or dinner with some spectacular and beautifully plated food. The central fireplace will keep things warm as you share plates of modern tapas-style dishes washed down with delicious local wines.
Situated in the centre of Observatory in a chic Victorian house, this restaurant boasts two wood-burning fireplaces: one in the main dining area and the other in the comfortable lounge room.
There are two fabulously designed fireplaces and the setting is spectacular – dining here feels like being on a luxury ocean liner. Treat yourself to a delicious tasting menu while you’re warming your bones fireside.
This beautifully decorated restaurant is home to no less than three crackling fireplaces. Wintery dishes might include gorgonzola and wild mushroom arancini with aïoli and napolitana; Moroccan-spiced lamb rump, herbed couscous, red cabbage and cucumber slaw with tahini yoghurt; and sticky malva pudding served with vanilla ice cream, grilled pineapple and pistachio.
The all-white gallery-style space at this restaurant is warmed up in winter with two beautiful fireplaces. Feast on Italian-style food like seafood linguine pasta with prawns, calamari, mussels, clams, white fish and pomodoro sauce; or red-wine braised lamb shank served with rosemary and polenta.
A roaring wood-burning fireplace makes this a warm option at the V&A Waterfront. A hearty bowl of their famous mussels and cheese croquettes will warm your bones on a chilly day.
Warm up next to one of Life Grand’s fireplaces and snack on something delicious and deep-fried from the tapas menu, or go for a hearty sandwich, bowl of pasta or pizza.
The fireplaces in the dining room at Chefs Warehouse in Beau Constantia will keep you warm while you enjoy the inspired tapas and breathtaking views. Note that a maximum of eight guests is allowed per reservation.
In addition to the fireplace, the wood-burning pizza oven generates lovely heat in winter. The family-friendly eatery offers some of the best pizza in the business, but you could also comfort yourself with the artichoke ravioli with artichoke, truffle and cream sauce and roasted artichoke garnish.
The two beautiful fireplaces here warm up the stylish space, making it a cosy spot for a winter lunch. There’s an à la carte menu, with comforting highlights including pulled-pork ravioli with crispy onions and Chalmar beef sirloin with hand-cut chips and a rocket-and-parmesan salad.
Located in Strand, this beautiful deli and eatery extends into a treasure trove of vintage collectables, Instagram-worthy food, and a large, crackling central fireplace. Enjoy a menu packed with breakfast bowls, freshly baked goods and classics like two poached eggs served with slow-roasted marinated cherry tomatoes, and toasted home-baked sunflower-and-raisin bread.
You can take your pick of where to warm up at Poplars, as the restaurant has three toasty fireplaces. Sit back with a glass of the estate’s wine and settle in for a long, slow lunch.
This homely pub is great in any weather, but it’s especially ideal in the cooler months, when you can grab a spot near the fire.
This buzzing Gardens restaurant keeps regulars happy in winter with three fireplaces. The warmth, paired with the Moroccan-themed menu, will have you all set for a cosy evening.
There are two fireplaces in this popular old cottage on Kloof Street. Warm up with the delicious Mozambican curry or traditional Portuguese stew with beans and pork, chicken or chorizo.
The large open fireplace roars at the one end of this historic restaurant. Specials are offered on a daily basis, but do try some of the hearty regular fare, like the fabulous chicken-and-mushroom pie or the famous lamb shank cooked in red wine until it falls off the bone.
You’ll be spoiled for choice with three crackling fireplaces in this perfect-for-winter bistro – there’s even one in the cosy bar, The Snug. Pair your glass of wine with snacks like the mushroom arancini or pan-fried haloumi.
This hidden gem of a restaurant is tucked up in Waterkant Street and, once you’re inside, you feel right at home, with its healthy menu, oven-baked croissants and, yes, you guessed it, wood-blazing fireplace.
With live music and weekly DJs, this bistro is also a popular restaurant for its fireplace and candle-lit Moulin Rouge-inspired atmosphere.
This busy Loop Street bar is always humming with locals who head here for drinks and bar grub. In winter, hunker down on one of the comfy couches next to the roaring fire with some snack platters and a bottle of good red wine.
Warm up next to the fire at this Mediterranean-inspired eatery that serves it all — from wholesome breakfasts to laid-back lunches, romantic dinners or family meals, this paradise will warm your heart with its vintage wines and cracking fireplace.
Candlelit tables and a roaring fireplace keep things warm in this Newlands restaurant that offers five-course culinary experiences and exclusive dining.
Enjoy Spanish-style tapas reminiscent of Barcelona, Madrid and Seville in the warmth of a staccato of embers in the picturesque Constantia Nek.
With a seating area that accommodates over 200 guests, this fairly new restaurant is located at Constantia Uitsig and open from sunrise to sunset.
For a cosy fine-dining experience out in the Winelands, head to Camphors. The venue is warm and inviting and the food is perfect winter fare. A must-try is the duck cassoulet with bean ragout, but you also won’t go wrong with the rib-eye steak served with peppercorn sauce.
Tuck into a delicious Nordic-inspired meal while you warm up in front of the fireplace. Options include the raw beef with Dijon and blue cheese, pork with apple and Swiss chard, and beetroot with cashew and coriander – to name just a few of the small plates you can enjoy. Or opt for the Chef’s Choice sharing menu.
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