During the winter months all we want to be is niiice and toasty. And there’s no better way to achieve said goals than dining by a crackling fireplace. From cosy little nooks to roaring flames, we’ve taken our icy selves to defrost by the fireplaces of Auckland's cosiest winter spots.
Sound like something you also need to do? Too right. Here are the best spots with fireplaces in Auckland. Chilliness, be gone.
Waiheke might be known as the perfect summer hotspot, but it has its own winter charm. If you’ve spent the day adventuring and are looking for a place to recuperate, then Fenice is your one stop shop for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With a roaring fireplace framed by candelabras, this is your dream wintery cocoon. Dining fireside makes for some sought after tables so do yourself a favour and make a booking. Buon appetito!
Hotel De Brett’s Housebar is known for its cosy vibes and excellent cocktail list. This art deco bar boasts an inviting gas fireplace and feels more like someone’s home than a hotel bar. Take your boo for a date night and they’ll defs be impressed.
Not only is La Zeppa a stellar rooftop drinking spot, it has everything you need for a snug evening of winter drinking. A huuuuge outdoor fireplace sits in the dining area so you can stay warm while you munch on sharing plates and sip on wine. Not to mention their pork tacos are some of the tastiest tacos in town and it'd be a crime to not bite in to one of these.
One Tree Grill
Fancy doing something a bit spesh? Why not treat yourself to a night at One Tree Grill. Push the boat out and dive into their epic degustation menu that will have you in seventh heaven. Think six delicious courses with the likes of salt baked baby beets, sugar cured salmon, and raspberry sorbet—the deliciousness never ends. Enjoy the art of dining with the level of service and the ambience. The modern fireplace and open layout make for some serious #interiorgoals. The dessert menu is to die for with the likes of caramel poached pears, handmade truffles, and Tahitian vanilla crème brulee. Loosen the belt for this one folks.
Dida’s Wine Lounge
Meaning ‘Grandfather’ in Croatian, Dida’s Wine Lounge & Tapas Bar combines two of our favourite things—wine and tapas—with a toasty fireplace to have them by. There’s patatas bravas, soft goat’s cheese with truffled honeycomb and fig-rosemary toast, and churros with chocolate sauce for those who need to satisfy their sweet tooth. Dida’s also recently opened their cellar so you can hand-pick a perfectly aged bottle of vino to enjoy with your tapas and warmth.
Nestled amongst the hustle and bustle of Ponsonby Road lies the quaint and cosy One2One café, with a fireplace so homey you’ll never want to leave. Tucked away out the back is a private courtyard that offers reprieve from city life. If you’re after a warming drink, a lemon honey and ginger could be the perfect wintery alternative to your classic coffee order. Sip it alongside the resident cat while you check out the vintage knick-knacks.
Stafford Road Wine Bar
You can’t beat neighbourhood bars and Stafford Road Wine Bar is one of the best in A-town. Share an artisan meat board or get amongst the hearty tartiflette (potatoes, cheese, lardons and onion—the ultimate winter tucker) washed down with mulled wine by the fire. There’s really no other way to warm up on a chilly evening than at an Auckland bar with a fireplace.
Fireplace Cafe, Restaurant & Bar
Take a trip to Kumeu and prepare yourselves for ultimate comfort when Jack Frost comes calling. This place is a total steal, whether you’re dining with family or bae, The Fireplace Café, Restaurant & Bar will provide you with one of the cosiest nights out this season. Make a day of it and take a wintery walk around nearby Riverhead forest and refuel at this epic spot, they’re open from 10am-3pm.
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Image credit: Fenice, La Zeppa, Dida's, Stafford Road Wine Bar