26 restaurants with cosy fireplaces in Cape Town

The cold and wet winter months in Cape Town can make you think twice about going out for a meal. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about freezing while you’re eating thanks to the fireplaces at these great restaurants.

Aubergine (Gardens)

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.

Aubergine Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Asoka (Gardens)

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.


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A Touch of Madness (Observatory)

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.

The toasty fireplace inside A Touch of Madness. Photo supplied

Azure at the 12 Apostles (Camps Bay) ?

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.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app


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Blanko Restaurant (Constantia) ?

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.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app

Interior at Blanko Restaurant. Photo Supplied.

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia)

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.

The fireplace at Chefs Warehouse in Beau Constantia. Photo by Claire Gunn.

Den Anker (V&A Waterfront) ?

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.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app

El Burro (Green Point)

There’s nothing like hot Mexican food and a cosy fireplace to keep you warm this winter while you enjoy tasty tacos and delicious burritos.


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Foresters Arms (Newlands)

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.

Foxcroft (Constantia)

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.


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HQ (City Bowl) ?

This classic steak spot has a roaring fireplace in the relaxed lounge area for cosy winter drinks and snacks.

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Kloof Street House (Gardens)

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.

La Mouette (Sea Point) ?

This Sea Point fine-dining favourite boasts five fireplaces in its three dining rooms. Their famous menu is ever-changing menu, but you can always bank on delicious croquettes to kick off the meal.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app

The roaring fire at La Mouette in Sea Point. Photo supplied.

Life Grand Cafe (V&A Waterfront)

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.

Lou Lou’s (Green Point)

This cosy spot, hidden in the Cape Quarter, has an indoor fire and a modern menu that includes an extensive range of tapas dishes from prawn toast to crispy squid, or enjoy a larger dish of cauliflower risotto.

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Massimo’s (Hout Bay) ?

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.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app

Open Door (Constantia)

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.


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Pajamas & Jam Eatery (Strand)

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.

Poplars Restaurant at D’Aria (Durbanville) ?

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.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app

Rick’s Café Americain (Gardens)

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.

One of the fireplaces at Rick's. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

One of the fireplaces at Rick’s. Photo supplied.

Societi Bistro (Gardens)

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.

The fireplace at Societi Bistro. Photo supplied.

The Stack (Gardens)

 The Bar and Brasserie at The Stack has a fireplace to keep you warm while you enjoy dinner and drinks during those cold Cape Town winter nights. Highlights from the menu include comforting dishes like potato pasta pillows with gorgonzola; roasted herbed lamb with farm vegetables, white bean purée and watercress velouté; and butterscotch crème brûlée with a sage madeline.

The Toad (Noordhoek)

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.

Toni’s on Kloof (Gardens)

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 Village Idiot (City Bowl) ?

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.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app

the fireplace at The Village Idiot

The cosy interior at The Village Idiot. Photo supplied.

Wild Fig (Observatory)

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.

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