When the weather outside is cold and you’re not in the mood for cooking dinner, slip away to these cosy nooks and crannies around the Mother City that will not only fill your belly but also comfort you with crackling fireplace sounds and a warm atmosphere.

1. Simon’s at Groot Constantia 

There’s possibly no better place to warm you through this winter than by the fireplace at Simon’s.

The huge hearth at this hospitable establishment warms the entire restaurant and creates a relaxed and cheery mood.

Simon’s is most suited to those looking for a sophisticated evening out with a loved one or family, paired with sublime food and wonderful wine.

Contact: 021 794 1143

Address: Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Groot Constantia Rd, Western Cape, South Africa 7806

Website: www.simons.co.za 

2. A Touch of Madness

If you’re looking to grab a glass of wine or two and enjoy a fun night out with friends while also staying toasty warm, A Touch of Madness is the spot for you.

This quirky, fun-filled restaurant has just been renovated and is housed inside a charming old Victorian building.

Their specials are to die for and if the drinks don’t blow you away their brand new menu certainly will.

Contact: 021 447 4650

Address: 12 Nuttall Road, Observatory Cape Town, Western Cape 7925

3. Chardonnay Deli

This quaint restaurant in the beautiful Constantia Valley calls itself an upmarket farm stall and is synonymous with comfort.

Visitors can pick up some groceries and grab a healthy meal made from local farm produce at the same time.

It’s best to visit Chardonnay Deli during the day as they close at 6pm, and we suggest finding yourself a spot right by the fireplace, ordering a warm drink and letting your stress melt away.

Contact: 87 Constantia Main Road, Western Cape, South Africa 7806

Address: 021 795 0606

Website: www.chardonnaydeli.co.za

4. The Village Idiot

This vintage-style neighborhood bar and restaurant with some local braai culture thrown in offers one of the cosiest fireplaces around.

The Village Idiot is conveniently located in the inner city and is the perfect venue for anyone looking for a night out, a place to watch the game, or the chance to kick back and enjoy a lazy lunch or dinner date.

Both the drinks and food are excellent and if you’re lucky enough to be sitting near the fireplace on a not-so-busy night you’ll be served marshmallows to skew on sticks and roast over the fire too.

Their menu offers a melting pot of South African favourites and you’re sure to find something you like.

Contact: 021 418 1548

Address: 32 Loop Street, Cape Town, Western Cape 8000

Website: www.thefirmct.co.za

5. Lou Lou’s Bar


Lou Lou’s is the place to meet friends and socialise and the one to go to if you’re looking for somewhere with a sophisticated, yet cosy, interior.

This trendy bar uniquely meshes new and old styles wrapped in New York inspiration, while offering food made from fresh ingredients to create an Asian and Italian fusion menu with a touch of Portuguese influence.

Lou Lou’s features a huge fireplace front and centre, and prides themselves on their variety of drinks, so you can while away the evening sitting and sipping by the fire.

Contact: 021 418 0015

Address: Cape Quarter Square, 10 Jarvis Street Green Point, Western Cape, South Africa 8001

Website: www.loulous.co.za

6. Kloof Street House

If you’re looking for a classy, vintage-themed evening out where you can enjoy fireside drinks, Kloof Street House is the place to go.

Escape to this hidden wonderland on Kloof Street in the city and enjoy the unique Victorian setting and charming garden area.

Be sure to visit the homely library room where a crackling fireplace awaits, and keep an eye out for the travelling case bar.

Contact: 021 423 4413

Address: 30 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8005

Website: www.kloofstreethouse.co.za

Pictures: Facebook/ Laura McCullagh

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