Arriving at this little gem was almost like stepping into a different world. Black and white striped tablecloths decorated the tables. Combined with tones of pink and flowers everywhere, it was the ultimate location for a catch-up, and of course, some photos to show that you were there. It was the perfect outdoor setting for coffee and a bite or slice of cake.
How It All Started
The Pink Piano started because of a gap in the market, says co-owner Chanelle van Wyk. The location already had a boutique, hair and beauty salon, and people always asked for coffee. The original concept was to provide coffee to our clients. “We started with two tables, and now we can accommodate almost 100 people.” The Pink Piano is still only a pop-up coffee shop but has evolved and grown since it opened in January 2021. There might be no kitchen on the premises, but you can order a slice of cake, or even a light meal.
Go For A Bite
Ask about the available cakes and you are led to the beautiful exhibition, cakes so beautiful it is almost a shame to eat them. The cake is rich and decadent, so you will have to forget about the diet for a bit. On the day we visited the cake options included carrot, custard, red velvet, chocolate caramel, messy chocolate cake and a few more. I did not have any food, but there are toasties, croissants and even salad on the menu.
It is difficult not taking photos of your drink when it arrives. Speciality drinks include several new takes on the original cappuccino, including a pink one decorated with glitter and hearts and marshmallows. The cookies and cream cappuccino have an actual cookie lid on top of the cup with cream and decorations underneath. “We were also the first place in Benoni to serve hot chocolate bombs,” says van Wyk. It is still a firm favourite, even now with the hotter weather.
It is not difficult to take beautiful photos when visiting The Pink Piano. Apart from the beauty of the food and drinks, there are also plenty of spots on the premises for a few happy snaps. There are walls with wings, a floral arbour, a hanging chair, a flower decorated swing, and more. “We want visitors to sit in the garden and forget about time when they visit. People are driven by social media, so this is just another way of marketing,” explains van Wyk.
What The Future Holds
The future holds plenty of fun activities for you and your friends to get the creative juices flowing. Think art workshops, paint nights, macaroon decorating classes, and more, basically anything creative that women can do together, explains van Wyk. “We want The Pink Piano to be an inspirational place to motivate not only women but people in general.”
How To Get There
The Pink Piano is situated at 19 8th Ave, Northmead, Benoni. The entrance is on 3rd street. They are open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 08:00 until 16:00. Visit www.thepinkpiano.co.za for more details. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Written by René De Klerk. Image taken by René De Klerk and The Pink Piano.