Arguably the best thing about winter is the excuse for cosying up around a fireplace – and even better still when you don’t have to be responsible for the hassle of ensuring ignition and fuel sources are accounted for. Here are some of Canberra’s best fireplaces, just waiting for you to warm up next to them.
What could be better than finishing off a luxurious spa treatment with a cup of tea by a fireplace? Hale Gym+Spa is a welcome addition to Canberra’s growing spa scene, and offers a variety of treatments to pamper you from head to toe. Take a dip in their plunge pool, sweat it out in their gym for a tailored session, or if you’d prefer to garner more of a passive sweat, take some time out in their sauna – the choice is yours.
Scandinavian charm comes to the capital at RYE. Located on the bustling Lonsdale Street in Braddon, enjoy the minimalistic decor as you’re warmed by tasty morsels and fireplace heat. Taste local produce like Three Mills Bakery artisan bread, get your day started with a Bloody Mary or dine like they do in Denmark with a breakfast board of charred ruby grapefruit and toasted rye sourdough, served with Pepe Saya butter, citrus jam, hard cheese and a boiled egg.
From your first step into Bar Rochford, you get the sense that this is an establishment that is proud of its heritage, particularly due to its hidden away location in one of Canberra’s oldest buildings – the Melbourne Building. In celebration of Canberra’s cooler climate, Bar Rochford will tend to their fireplace all winter long while keeping you plied with locally sourced nibbles, glasses of wine and spirits, and retro vinyl tracks after dark.
Helix Bar and Dining does away with the images usually conjured when you think of airport lounges. The heart and soul of Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport, Helix holds one of the most welcoming state-of-the-art fireplaces you’re likely to encounter. Best experienced with a glass of local wine in hand, you’ll wish you could stay longer at Helix.
Have you been tempted by Monster Kitchen and Bar’s 2017 SMH Good Food Guide hat? Let us lure you in with the promise of warming eats by their salon and dining room fireplace. Located on the ground floor of Hotel Hotel in the NewActon precinct, you can relax by the fireplace all day long, from a filling breakfast through to a dinner of shared plates. Ask their knowledgeable staff for their drink and dish recommendations – you won’t be disappointed.
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