Brrr! Cape Town Drinks You Must Try in Winter

Sojourn into a world of culinary delights and sensory bliss in Cape Town this winter. 

From decadent hot chocolate escapes, spirited Glühwein adventures and wine and soup picnics to the enchanting union of coffee and chocolate pairings, the options are truly endless. 

Hot chocolate at Honest Chocolate Café

Bask  in Honest Chocolate Café’s cosy atmosphere and order a delicious cup of hot chocolate before deciding what to eat from their indulgent menu.

This small artisanal bean-to-bar chocolate company uses handcrafted, old-school methods and quality organic ingredients to produce death by truffles, tarts, and other chocolatey delights. 

Whether you’re seeking a moment of solace, a cosy catch-up with friends, or a sweet escape, their tempting treats will leave your sweet tooth smiling. 

Location: 64A Wale Street, Cape Town
Opening Times: Monday to Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday: 9am to 5pm; Sunday: 9am to 4pm
Price: Various
Contact: Call 076 765 8306 or visit

Glühwein at Rick’s Café

Step out of the cold and slip into the warm aromatic embrace of a winter warmer at Rick’s Café. 

Crafted with care, Glühwein combines red wine with the zesty flavours of orange and lemon infused with a medley of whole cloves, cinnamon sticks and anise, while a shot of rum adds an extra kick on those wet winter days.

No matter where you choose to enjoy this winter elixir, be it on the balcony, roof deck or by the bar, the experience is best shared with great company and Rick’s signature “comfort food.”

Location: 103 Kloof Street, Corner Weltevreden Avenue, Gardens 
Opening Times: Monday to Sunday: 11am until late 
Price: R42
Contact: Call 021 822 1100 or visit

A Winter Wine and Soup Pairing at Spier

Sip and savour the fruits of their labour at Spier’s Organic Harvest. Touted as a “Garden-to-Glass Tasting” experience, enjoy award-winning organic wines, deliciously paired with a variety of vegetarian bites, including a cream of tomato soup and a parmesan tuille.

Alternatively, why not celebrate the winter sunshine with a garden picnic? Roll out your favourite picnic blanket, breathe in fresh farm air, and spoil yourself with a wholesome, hearty meal straight from the farm kitchen. Wash it all down with a complimentary bottle of Spier Seaward Shiraz (with every double-booked basket).

Location: R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch
Opening Times: Daily, from 9am to 7pm
Price (Organic Harvest: A Garden-To-Glass Tasting): R160pp
Price (Winter Picnic): R345 per person and R160 per child under 12
Contact: Call 021 809 1100 or visit  

Coffee and Chocolate Pairing at Hippolytas 

Travel on a magical chocolate and coffee pairing journey with Hippolytas. 

First, you’ll discover how their story began, their chocolate origins and insights into what happens in The Kitchen.

Next, your taste buds will be titillated and treated to Terbodore’s famous roasts, paired with five couverture chocolates, followed by dark, milk, white, gold and ruby praline chocolate tasting experiences.

Then, you’ll get to taste 1 of their 5 mendiants (traditional French confection), swirling hot choc stix and injected treats that are made right in front of your eyes. And to crown off your sweet heavenly high…a chocolate fondue party!

Location: 35 Prosperity Pak, Computer Road, Century City
Opening Times: By private booking
Contact: Email or visit  

Japanese Green Tea at Mochi Mochi

Intimate, cosy and deliciously unique, pop in and stay a while at this extraordinary restaurant!

Order a cup of piping hot Japanese green tea, traditionally served unsweetened and meant to be paired with your favourite mochi sweet treat. 

Coffee aficionados are in for a treat too. This locale offers pour-over coffee, a painstakingly precise process (done by hand) allowing for greater control over the extraction and flavour profile of the coffee.

Location: 71 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town
Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Price: Various  Contact: Call 021 422 4374 or visit

KWV Brandy Pairing

Occupying over 22 hectares, the KWV cellar complex is one of the largest in the world. Explore The Emporium brimming with brandies, liqueurs, and sparkling, natural and fortified wines.

Warm up this winter with an Enticing Pairing Experience. Expect Belgian milk, dark, white & almond chocolates masterfully married with KWV’s signature pot still brandies.

Alternatively, ignite your senses and journey through the House of Fire, a smouldering brandy and chocolate pairing extravaganza.

Location: Kohler Street, Southern Paarl, Paarl
Opening Times: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm; Saturday: 9am to 4pm; Sunday and Public Holidays: 9am to 2pm
Price (Pot Still Brandy and Chocolate): R150 per person
Price (House of Fire Tour and Tasting): R200 per person
Contact: Call 021-807-3007/8 or visit    

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