Mount Nelson (PHOTO: Marisa Crous)
The meteoric rise of dusty pink came out of nowhere. And it has stuck ever since. Mostly to walls.
Restaurants, especially in Cape Town, have taken to this trend, painting their interior and often even their exteriors in this pastel hue.
But the Belmond Mount Nelson was there first. A hundred odd years ago to be exact.
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The hotel is an institution, and going to "the Nellie" for high tea is always a treat. Even better, sit on the stoep at sunset and take in the serene surroundings, while you sip on a chilled glass of Chenin Blanc.
This past weekend the hotel celebrated 100 years of pink with a garden party, some local and international guests attended, and bottles of Veuve Clicquot bubbly were served, as they are also celebrating 200 years of of blended rosé sparkling wine.
A match made in candyfloss-hued heaven.
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Vogue writes that the exterior was painted pink in 1918, shortly after the news that World War I ended reached the Cape.
Apparently, legend goes that the then-hotel manager wanted to paint the hotel in a colour that sparked joy, that was light and fresh and happy-making. This then set off a trend among some of the other fancy European hotels, and pastel exteriors soon became a thing.
Here are a few other cool spots painted pink:
Have one of the best dining experiences in the city at this lovely restaurant. They serve eclectic combinations, so arrive adventurous.
Dona Ana Hotel, Vilankulo, Mozambique
Have a cocktail on the veranda as you take in the incredible views of this slice of heaven.
Flamingo Room, Tashas, Sandton, Jozi
Part of the coffee shop franchise Tashas, the Flamingo Room is attached to the Sandton shop. A spot here needs to be pre-booked as it's more exclusive.
99 Juta, Braamfontein, Jozi
This beautiful building is a new design-focused development in Braamfontein, and is home to various local showrooms and exhibitions.
Chalk & Cork, Kloof Street, Cape Town
Dine al fresco on delicious tapas and sip from their well-curated wine list.
The quirky eatery and cocktail bar is set in an 18th-century townhouse tea room.
Pietro Nolita, New York City
Serving up healthy Italian food, this little cutie is right in the heart of Nolita in NYC.
Nanan Patisserie, Wroclaw, Poland
This contemporary confectionery serves up some of the best pastries in the area.
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