The best winter restaurants in Cape Town

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From a cosy Italian restaurant with twinkling lights and great red wines to a beautiful space set on a wine estate complete with a crackling fireplace, below are some of the best winter restaurants in Cape Town listed by and are definetly worth braving the winter chill for.


Blanko at the Alphen Hotel has been a vibrant “all day” favourite for the past couple of years. Set in one of Cape Town’s most luxurious hotels, this Italian eatery beautifully combines elegant decor with contemporary, delicious dishes. Cosy up next to the fireplace with a classic carbonara or indulge in a wood-fired pizza.

Winter special: Two courses for R190 | Three courses for R240

Cape Town Winter Restaurants - Blanko

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La Mouette

Set in a beautiful old building that was once owned by the Mayor of Cape Town’s family, La Mouette is known for its seasonally inspired menus. Showcasing the best of local producers while capturing the essence of each season, this cosy and unpretentious spot is a must in winter (and every other season). And if wine is your drink of choice, be sure to do their food and wine pairing menu – you can thank us later.

Winter special: Five-course menu for R295 | Five-course menu with wine pairing for R545

Cape Town Winter Restaurants - La Mouette

The Village Idiot

The Village Idiot is a vintage Neighbourhood Bar & Restaurant that enthusiastically embraces South African braai culture. This is a place where we raise our glasses to foolish renegades, adventurous idiots and all the people who refuse to live by the rules of conformity.
The Village Idiot offers a melting pot of traditional and modern South African cultures and tastes, smashed together with loads of flavour and this winter the inner-city watering hole is offering an incredible list of food and drink specials for almost every day if the week.
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Kloof Street House

This popular Kloof Street spot hits all the right notes for a chilly winter’s day. Picture this: a gorgeous Victorian house with candle-lit tables, sparkling chandeliers, a suitcase-stacked bar, vintage furniture and gently burning fireplaces. The brasserie-style menu offers hearty meals packed with flavour – each bite worth braving the cold for. The bar area develops into a social hub as the evening goes on with smooth jazzy tunes and creative cocktails.

Winter special: Two courses for R170 | Three courses for R195

Cape Town Winter Restaurants - Kloof Street House

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The Shortmarket Club

Brought to Cape Town’s bustling Bree Street, by The Test Kitchen famed Luke Dale-Roberts, The Shortmarket Club offers restaurant goers a truly unique experience. Set in an opulent space that has been designed to create a club-type feel, the deep aubergine and black interior evoke an inviting atmosphere to beat any wintery Cape Town day. Pair that with mindblowing dishes and a couple of glasses of red wine and you’ll forget all about your woolly slippers at home.

Winter special: Three-course Prix Fixe menu for R320

Cape Town Winter Restaurants - The Shortmarket Club

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The Stack

From hotelier Nigel Pace and his interior-designer wife Sarah Ord, comes The Stack, a luxurious and stylish brasserie and bar with a French-inspired menu. The decor is bright and eclectic – there’s more leopard print than in your grandma’s wardrobe plus, the atmosphere is vibey and warm. Tuck into dishes like beef bourguignon and pork confit as the dining room fireplace quickly makes you forget all about the wintery bite outside and why this is one of the best winter restaurants in Cape Town.

Winter special: Two-course lunch or dinner for R235 | Three-course lunch or dinner for R275

Cape Town Winter Restaurants - The Stack

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