The Unicorn Cafe and Salon in Port Elizabeth opened its doors on the 29th of March, a mere 3 weeks ago, and already people are lining up outside to enter the magical land of rainbows, colour, sprinkles, marshmallows, puffy clouds and of course, unicorns.
My fascination with themed cafes started a few years ago while I was living in South Korea – in Asia I’ve dined on toilets (yes really), indulged in monster cupcakes and enjoyed a cup of coffee while being surrounded by dogs – so when a friend posted a photo of one incredible-looking milkshake, complete with rainbows and a unicorn horn, I just knew I had to try it.
The Unicorn Cafe and Salon started when owner, Shan Friskin, looked for something fun to do with her nine-year-old daughter; an idea was born on the 2nd of April 2016 and almost exactly a year later the dream turned into a reality in Main Road, Walmer in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Upon entering a wave of soft pastel colours greet you as little girls run around with unicorn clothes, unicorn cookies and unicorn arts and crafts while another is getting a mini mani by the nail station. You grab the last table, have a look at the menu and just know: whatever you order you want it to be filled with rainbows, colourful hundreds and thousands sprinkles and marshmallows.
There is no time to be an adult and act fancy with flat whites and stiff-looking Americanos, colour will find its way to you.
Shan Friskin is cut out for the title of Unicorn whisperer; one moment she’s coating milkshake glasses in hundreds and thousands, then she is moving on to the soft serve machine for the perfect swirl; she chats here and laughs there. Constantly smiling, constantly radiating rainbows.
With a big smile on her face she says, “I go home every day covered in sparkles and glitter! I love my job!”
If you are a mother and ever thought of doing something unique with your daughter, whether it is just for a Saturday mom-and-daughter date or for a birthday party, you might want to pick up the phone and book ahead. The Unicorn Cafe and Salon specialises in unique and interactive experiences like manicures and pedicures for young ladies, board games, crafts (making a bracelet or necklace) and decorating cupcakes.
If you think this is only a place for kids and kiddie parties, think again; young and old have been pouring through the doors; the pink walls have seen it all, from varsity students to mothers to grandmothers.
There’s no age limit and you just know, like the art on the wall says, “It’s going to be a rainbows and unicorns kind of day”.
The menu is simple yet filled with a little bit of everything; meals come with either popcorn or crisps while deserts and drinks are oozing magic. There are special packages for kiddie parties plus they’re selling “I Heart Creations” jewellery and unicorn cookies.
And it is not just any kind of unicorn cookie; this unicorn poops rainbow stars…
(Seriously, there is a hole and everything.)
Details of The Unicorn Café and Salon in Port Elizabeth
You can find this cafe at 154 Walmer Main Road, Port Elizabeth (opposite Bloomingdales). If you want to have a kiddies’ party there, remember to book ahead to avoid disappointment. Also, it can get really busy, get there early, or call ahead or put your name on the waiting list. The milkshake alone is worth the wait.
For bookings and queries, email them at email@example.com and visit their Facebook page.
Daddies and dudes are in the minority, so if this sounds like an occasion too much on the pink side and you want to sit this one out, just remember, “Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn”.
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