Winter: a time to grab as many blankets as you can, stock up on the hot chocolate, and cosy up by a fireplace.
While Capetonians may hate the idea of leaving their house when it’s 5-degrees outside, even for their favourite farmer’s market, the Mother City is teeming with incredible restaurants that not only offer a cosy vibe but are also looking to keep things toasty this winter with a fireplace.
Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a delicious meal in front of a roaring fire? If you’re looking for the best places to check out this winter, then look no further.
Here are five Durbanville favourites:
Okay, this isn’t in Durbanville, but everyone needs a little trip to the sea and it’s basically a stone’s throw away, right? If you’re looking to breathe in the fresh ocean air while warming your feet by a cosy fire, then Damhuis in Melkbosstrand is a must. Listen to the waves crash in the background while you tuck into a generous bowl of Damhuis Mussel Chowder or a juicy sirloin steak, and add a little romance and cosiness to your evening. The building itself has actually been declared a heritage site, making it the perfect spot for those looking to roll a bit of history and a fantastic atmosphere into their culinary experience.
- Location: 32 Beach Road, Melkbosstrand
- Contact: 021 553 0093
2. Tables at Nitida
Tables at Nitida is a great location for those looking to satisfy their wine and food craving. Nestled in the heart of the Durbanville Wine Valley, patrons not only have the opportunity to enjoy a cosy fireplace but also good food, good vibes and good wine. Enjoy gorgeous views of the rolling vineyards and the sprawling dam, but don’t forget to try out their famous wines, especially the estate’s Pinot Noir.
- Location: Tygerberg Valley Road, Eikenbosch
- Contact: 021 976 1467
3. Shakespeare Restaurant
Opulent is just one of the many words used to describe this fine dining restaurant. Located in the heart of Durbanville, it’s an elegant little escape with incredible food and even better decor. Enjoy a delicious cocktail next to the fireplace or relax in the restaurant’s library as you wait for your food. Allow your inner diva to run free as you enjoy all that this foodie spot has to offer.
- Location: Heritage Square, Corner Vrede &, Gladstone Street, Durbanville
- Contact: 021 569 0244
4. Cafe 22 on Oxford
If you’re looking for a dining option that’s a little ‘down to earth,’ then Cafe 22 on Oxford is a great choice. They have a large fireplace and dining area for those looking to stay warm while enjoying great farm-style food. Their farmhouse breakfasts are a delicious start to the day or opt for one of their tasty burgers for a mid-afternoon/evening meal.
- Location: 22 Corner Oxford &, Cambridge Place, Durbanville
- Contact: 021 976 5210
5. Chocolat Bistro
Chocolat Bistro provides another regal affair for diners thanks to its French-inspired decor and food options. Indulge in a mouth-watering croissant as you sip your hot chocolate in front of the toasty fire. While this restaurant offers incredible food which includes Roast Pork Belly with vegetables and mashed potatoes, it’s their desserts that will leave you wanting more – truly magnifique!
- Location: 46 Oxford Street, Durbanville
- Contact: 021 975 2426
Four courses and Cellar Master-paired wines, dinner at Spier for R550