In the residential area of Kenilworth, lies a hidden gem – Pink Coffee Boutique, situated at 46 Goldbourne Road, the perfect tea date is waiting to happen. Although the house may seem quaint from outside, a creative packaging company operates out of the front room (almost a reason to visit in itself!), and the coffee shop takes up the remaining space inside and spills outside onto a covered patio adorned with pink bunting. Thus patrons are able to pick up some great gifts and unique home décor items after they have enjoyed their tea. At Pink! everything is done a little old-school, from the décor – vintage, shabby chic, to the cubed sugar, and milkshakes served in glass bottles. The menu is short and sweet and the specials and tea time snacks are listed on many blackboards scattered around the coffee shop. The sweet treats (my fave!), are invitingly displayed on tables both inside and outside, and house a selection of delicious cakes, brownies, tarts, and muffins. The atmosphere is very laid back and one really does feel at home once seated in the over-stuffed couch on the patio, listening to the relaxing music selection, sipping on a lovely cup of tea.
The shop celebrates everything that is pink with quotes such as “Pink is more than a colour, it’s an attitude” and the famous quote by Audrey Hepburn “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles” displayed amongst the many other cute quotes on the walls.
The first time I went to Pink! was in 2012 when I was invited to my friend Katie’s 20th birthday tea. After much Google mapping and GPS-ing I finally made it! Pouring with rain, in true Cape Town style, and unable to find a parking, I ran up the stairs, in search of a warm cuppa (of anything really – desperate times!). Outside (thank goodness for the covered patio!), my friends were already gathered around a large table snacking on fruit kebabs, sandwiches and mini Lindt cakes covered in pink (obviously) glitter. Time to order drinks arrived and I was thinking – a coffee boutique, almost a sin to order tea, so I settled for good old hot chocolate instead – delicious! Needless to say, I soon learnt through my many subsequent visits, that everything at Pink! is delicious. Their tea, served the way it should be – in a transparent glass teapot with a sieve alongside, infusing while you chat. Many think that they have found the best lemon meringue – I am afraid they are horribly wrong. Pink! has undoubtedly the BEST lemon meringue I have ever had the pleasure of devouring, definitely worth the extra calories, and the 20 minute drive down taxi-infested Main Road. Lunch is another treat all together – with salads, wraps, sandwiches and burgers that are too tasty to possibly be considered healthy.
Definitely a must see for tea-lovers and coffee-lovers alike. Pink! really is a special place.
For more details about Pink Coffee Boutique:
Call: 021 762 5510
“Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?” -Peter Pan