Celebrating All Things Pink! – Pink Coffee Boutique

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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.

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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.

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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.

Katie, Tayla & I at Katie's birthday tea

Katie, Tayla & I at Katie’s birthday tea

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pink.coffee1

Email: sandra@faxpack.co.za

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“Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?” -Peter Pan

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It’s all in the detail – High Tea

High Tea is a cosy little café located in the tranquil gardens of the Farriers Centre, just off Constantia road in Wynberg. The centre boasts a number of speciality stores, perfect for a leisurely afternoon browse. There is ample parking space, but never fear, if it is a beautiful sunny summer day, one can always park on the grass verge across the road.

High Tea offers a delectable selection of mini cakes and tarts, amongst other goodly things including breakfast, lunch, tea & coffee. The shop has a very relaxed atmosphere and the décor has a very rustic charm: meals are served with albeit fancy, completely mismatching cutlery, crockery and serviettes. This little coffee shop really has thought of all the small details, from the rainbow crystal sugar to the perfect music selection. One wall of the shop is lined with shelves laden with interesting snacks and gifts including speciality teas, spiced nuts, caramel popcorn (DELICIOUS – literally can’t leave without a bag), hand-made tea-cosies, and biscuits amongst other things. The menu reflects the restaurant owners’ mantra, simple and straightforward, with very few options available and only slight variations with changes in season. In addition to the restaurant, High Tea creates exquisite cakes (both in appearance and in taste) for order for weddings, birthdays or any other celebrations. My Mom has already picked out my wedding cake from High Tea, even though I am 20 and marriage is not even a wild possibility in the near future.

For one day in the future :) stunning isn't it?

For one day in the future 🙂 stunning isn’t it?

I was introduced to High Tea by our estate agent, Mary Bailey, in 2009, when my family and I were down for three days to do house hunting (don’t know if it was desperation or efficiency?). Since moving to Cape Town, just over four years ago, I have been there many a time and have shared this delightful spot with many friends and family. With such an amazing spread of cakes, it is really hard to have a favourite, but dozens of tea dates, hundreds of Rands, and thousands of calories later; I have definitely found mine – the SERIOUSLY chocolate cake, followed closely by the lemon meringue.

My SERIOUSLY chocolate cake

My SERIOUSLY chocolate cake

On each of my countless visits to High Tea, I have always been impressed with the service I have received. On one occasion, I was enjoying an almost weekly mother-daughter date, when my mother saw a heart –shaped coat hook on the wall that she just HAD to have. The owners, much to our surprise, kindly obliged and unscrewed the hook from the wall, and let my mom purchase it.

I highly recommend, that if you are a sweet tooth like me, that you make your way to High Tea ASAP – you will not be disappointed, nor leave empty handed.

Me and my Mumsicle <3

Me and my Mumsicle ❤

For more details about High Tea:

Website: http://hightea.co.za/

Call: Cakes 083 7640 760 and Restaurant 021 7971 421

Email: cakes@hightea.co.za (Irma) or restaurant@hightea.co.za (Kerneels)

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“If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you” – William Gladstone

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