Cape Town’s winter sunsets are a spectacle unlike any other

Winter is officially here – a season which tends to see Capetonians enter hibernation mode while trading the city’s beauty and splendour for ‘the great indoors’.

But before putting your social life on ice and hiding under the duvet until spring arrives, remember that Cape Town’s winter sunsets are a spectacle unlike any other and that people-watching with friends, or alone, is a year-round activity in the Mother City.

So why risk cabin fever, or Netflix and chilblains, when there’s so much beauty to experience and so many wonderful tastes to enjoy?

Try these captivating eateries with astonishing views and arresting sights; hot locations that are guaranteed to break the ice.

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Armed with this list, both Capetonians and visitors to the Mother City will soon realise that there’s far more to the winter months than stuffy blankets, thermal underwear and repeats on DSTV:

San Marco, V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is renowned as Cape Town’s playground – a place for high-end shopping, family outings, good times and, of course, good food. As temperatures begin to drop, it’s vital to nourish the soul with some elegant carbo-loading Italian style, and where better to go than San Marco – the V&A’s Little Italy.

With splendid waterfront views and a relaxed ambiance, San Marco is your quintessential port in a winter storm. Offering prime Italian cuisine made only with authentically sourced ingredients, there is no better place to wine, dine and partially recline while watching locals and international tourists explore the quay. As the evening draws in, passers-by become silhouetted against Cape Town’s breathtaking sunsets, bathing the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in a mesmerising evening glow. Che bello!

V&A Waterfront harbour in Cape Town, late afternoon. Image: Robin [email protected]

Bones, Woodstock

A relative newcomer to the Cape Town culinary scene, Bones is akin to a snug embrace amid the low-key sophistication and sanctuary of a contemporary city restaurant. If ever there were a spot to escape the winter blues, while casually observing patrons being defrosted from the inside out, through refined yet hearty cuisine, this is most certainly it.

While the mouthwatering selection of carnivorous delights comfortably hits the spot, the dish that sets this restaurant apart from all others in Cape Town is “Pot Bones” – rich, perfectly balanced flavours to die for, with skaap ribbetjie, chicken or the exquisite beef shin that slides off the bone before melting decadently across your tastebuds.

Image: Boneskitchenandbar.co.za

Chinchilla, Camps Bay

If you’re looking for a vibrant rooftop location with some seriously effervescent vibes, then Chinchilla is definitely your upmarket eatery of choice. Boasting a splendid range of delectable cocktails, this cafe and bar is nestled between the towering Twelve Apostles Mountains and the Camps Bay vista which, as the shadows lengthen, plays host to one of the most captivating sunsets in the world.

The wickedly wonderful clientele isn’t afraid of the seasonal drop in temperature, so there’s plenty of goings-on and overheard conversations to indulge in as the sun sinks below the horizon. People-watching, be it on the deck around you or on the beach below, requires sustenance, of course, so take more than a moment to avert your gaze and feast your eyes on the tantalising array of seafood on offer. Be sure to top off this unique experience with Chinchilla’s take on the decadent Hennessy 3 Cs – winter warmers never tasted so sweet!

Image: MARIA LUISA LOPEZ [email protected]

Seabreeze Fish & Shell, Bree Street

Often described as Cape Town’s most popular seafood restaurant, Seabreeze is a little more inland than you’d perhaps expect. Situated on Cape Town’s hip and happening Bree Street, Seabreeze is a perfect spot to indulge in exquisite seafood while watching the hustle and bustle of the city’s day and night life pass by.

It’s hard to argue with half-price oysters, so be sure to check in for Seabreeze’s lunch and evening oyster happy hours – guaranteed to bring the most discerning diners out of their shells. With the finest of the ocean’s fare to indulge in, this unpretentious yet engaging restaurant will quickly have you hooked.