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Cosiest restaurants to visit on the West Coast this winter

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Winter is here to stay for the next couple of months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy Cape Town in all its chilly splendor. In fact, winter is the perfect time to seek out some of the West Coast’s cosier hideaways. 


If you want to take a daytrip to Darling with your darling or prefer to keep it a little more local with your loved ones, there is a cosy restaurant on the West Coast that everyone will enjoy.


Here are four of our favourite West Coast restaurants perfect to visit in the winter months:


I Love Melkies – Melkbosstrand


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Nestled within a small strip of seaside restaurants, I Love Melkies is not just a favourite with Melkbos locals, but with fans from neighbouring areas on the West Coast too. This winter, soak in the last deliciously warm rays of the day while feasting on a selection of tasty tapas, tacos and pizzas.


Their mouth-watering pizzas are known for their gourmet variations, with toppings to tantalise your tastebuds. Not to mention the ever-burning pizza oven making this little spot one of the cosiest ones on the West Coast.


Their milkshakes and waffles aren’t bad either…


Shop 9, MiraMar Centre, Beach Road, Melkbosstrand, 021 553 0472


The Brazen Head – Bloubergstrand


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Nothing beats the real warmth of hearty food, good conversation and great company, rarely found anywhere else other than your local Irish / South African pub.


On the West Coast, such a place is none other than the Brazen Head in Bloubergstrand. The simple pleasures of ‘pub grub’ favourites keep locals coming back over and over, especially in winter. 


Sink your teeth into a char-grilled burger or their legendary Irish stew of slow-cooked lamb and vegetables. Or how about a classic savoury pie served with your choice of Irish champ, rice or chips?


Whatever you fancy, The Brazen Head is sure to make your winter extra toasty.


Shop 12A, Seaside Village, Corner of Cormorant Avenue and Otto du Plessis, Bloubergstrand, 065 942 1413


The Old Forge Bar and Restaurant – Darling


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Possibly the cosiest eatery that Darling has to offer. Famous for its old world charm inspired decor, The Old Forge is set within an over 100 year old barn, beautifully refurbished into what it is today. Kick back with a glass of red wine in front of a roaring fireplace on chillier days, with the laid back vibe of local musos serenading you in the background.


Simple food prepared lovingly and with care, the menu features a winter favourite for everyone, including traditional pork bangers, mash and peas served with an onion red wine gravy, fillet steak served with garlic mash and a selection of seasonal winter veggies, and a selection of warm fish dishes that will have you salivating.


If you have room, indulge in a slice of their famous chocolate cake washed down with a cup of steaming coffee. Bliss.


The Old Forge offers a mouthwatering Sunday roast every Sunday from 12pm onwards.


7 Long Street, Darling 7345, West Coast, 022 492 2130


El Barrio Tacos and Tequila Joint – Eden on the Bay


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Recently named ‘Best Mexican Restaurant’ by Cape Town Experiences Magazine in their restaurant awards, El Barrio Tacos & Tequila Joint at Eden on the Bay is making waves as Cape Town’s hottest new Mexican joint that locals love.


If the decor and atmosphere don’t defrost that all-too familiar winter chill, their menu certainly will. Feast on your favourite spicy dishes, like tacos, nachos, enchiladas and more. Pair your meal with your favourite Mexican cocktail or a shot or two of spiced tequila, for that warm and fuzzy feeling.


Shop 16A, Eden on the Bay Mall, Corner of Otto Du Plessis and Sir David Baird Drive, Big Bay, Bloubergstrand, 021 554 9696 


Don’t let winter keep you holed up and hibernated this year. As you can see, there are plenty of wonderfully warm spots for a bite to eat. We know you’ll find your favourite in no time.

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