Hong Kong Hustle: Coffee Shop Hopping at Jervois Street

I didn’t get to have all the coffee that I want back in Hong Kong but I took note of the interesting cafes that I saw while strolling around the area. Hopefully, they’ll be of help for you as well! 

Most of these are found at Hong Kong Island – in Sheung Wan, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay. Hopefully, this list will grow – because I’ll definitely go back soon! Maybe a lesson or two from the Coffee Academics… and an overcaffeinated vacation…

Ah! One can dream…


 

IMG_5513The Coffee Academics 
38 Yiu Wa St, Causeway Bay
+852 2156 0313
10am – 11pm

IMG_558818 Grams Specialty Coffee
77 Wing Lok St, Sheung Wan
8am – 7am (I’m not sure if this is serious tho lol)

IMG_5590VEYGO Coffee
Kai Fung Mansion, 2-24 Jervois St
Sheung Wan
+852 2205 1011
9am – 10pm

IMG_5591Catfe
85 Jervois St, Sheung Wan
+852 3590 2686

IMG_5592Fetch Coffee
109 Jervois St, Sheung Wan

IMG_5595Backerei Cafe
G/F Western Market, Sheung Wan

IMG_5602Agnes B. Cafe L.P.G.
17-19 Yun Ping Rd, Causeway Bay

IMG_5675Rabbithole Coffee and Roaster
3 Landale St, Wan Chai
+852 2528 0039
7:30am – 8pm

IMG_5692Barista Jam
126-128 Jervois St, Sheung Wan
+852 2854 2211

IMG_5694Cupping Room
LG/F 299 Queen’s Road Central
Sheung Wan
+852 2799 3398

IMG_5695Corner Kitchen Cafe
226 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan
+852 2547 8008

IMG_5697Caffe Habitu
Hung Hom, near HK Polytechnic Uni

 

Hong Kong Hustle: Day 2; Lazy Pandas, Touristy Things, and Quirky Finds Shopping

Day 2 is about touristy things and lots of walking... jeez it was gloriously tiring, but I'll do it all over again

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The first agenda of the day was to see pandas at the Ocean Park. We had coffee and croissant at a local Starbucks and got to Admiralty station for the bus. Unfortunately, there had been a reroute, so we got back to the MTR to Tin Hau. I just have to spend a moment though to say that the signs were put up the night before and it was so efficient and traveler-friendly of that move right there!

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I haven’t seen theme parks abroad plainly because I’m boring like that almost always alone traveling so it was kind of refreshing to see the humongous park. But I’ll be honest that, I wasn’t so thrilled – haha! Signs of ageing, indeed.

IMG_5550The cable car leads to the Penguin shows. The lines were incessantly long, so no we didn’t go.

IMG_5552IMG_5554IMG_5555IMG_5556This may start to seem like a bad review, please bear with me haha we just went here for the PANDAS! 

IMG_5557IMG_5559Cue: “Who is that girl I see / Staring straight back at me…”

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The Ocean Park houses a lot of zoo animals including this sad-looking but adorably cute fish that Nica and I couldn’t stop staring at! He’s like that chubby-faced kid from Up!

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AND FINALLY! PANDAS!!!! But lazy pandas, at that! I think s/he fully know that he’s being watched and that s/he’s being a troll for not moving. Huhuhuhu, that all our HK$ 320 (US$ 42) went to because spending half a day there with the hot sun above and the throngs of Hongkongers slash tourist crowd was too much to bear. I think half of the island’s population were concentrated there on a Sunday. So yeah, we watched this lazy panda, which I’d correct myself was just making kuyakoy (moving its feet sublimely as it slept) on us, and the playful red panda enjoying the tourists’ attention.

IMG_5573IMG_5574IMG_5578Another lazy panda. Much lazier panda.

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We were a bit disappointed with the pandas, so we went back to Sheung Wan to grab lunch. We ate at this nondescript diner with no English menu and a TV with horseracing on all day. Pretty legit. I felt like a kung fu scene from one of those movies we used to watch when we were kids would happen anytime. Flip all the tables, flying kicks, and flailing people. The works. But nah, it was just a peaceful meal with bouts of arguments in Cantonese, I think, whether who won the race and if their bets earned money. Beats me.

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We continued walking from Sheung Wan to Soho and the Aberdeen area (yes, walked) and saw these quirky wastelands (!!!!!!!) There were a lot of home stuff, but mostly were artisanal or curated so I guess that’s why it was a bit expensive. But, I got a few things like a wooden postcard (another !!!!!!!!) and we just passed through. We were looking for PMQ which was at the end of Soho bisecting Aberdeen.

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PMQ or Police Married Quarters is formerly what you think it is. It was transformed into blocks of creative shops selling artistic items from toys, postcards, books to clothes, furniture, and food. In Manila, we have these kind of stores, but not on steroids like these ones! We were just in time, I think there was an event there and there were a loooooot of people – both locals and foreigners – checking out the good stuff. I had an amaziiiing time looking at the stores. The stuff they sell there were on the pricier side though, so unless you came with a big budget, don’t expect to bring home a lot of stuff. I brought home a couple of postcards, a biographical photo-poetry book, and a really good shopping experience.

IMG_5611IMG_5612IMG_5613IMG_5614IMG_5615IMG_5616Five floors times two plus basements! There’s a connecting bridge somewhere in the fourth floor.

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The walking didn’t stop there. Oh god, can you imagine our aching feet?! But the city is too charming to resist. Literally, the place is a living and self-manifesting art in itself. Walk a bit and you’ll see great street art and the next would be a slew of local market finds like meat, vegetables, and oh dim sum ingredients (I think that was Graham Street Market, one of the oldest in Hong Kong!) We rode the train back to Austin and lucky for us, there are a lot of dim sum places in the area so, hello dinner!

IMG_5626In a funny-sounding yet renown place called Dimdimsum (to the tune of the minions song)

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We wouldn’t mind egg tarts for dessert really (from another store with no English menu again.)

Weekend Shenanigans: Back from the Land of Dim Sum!

I’ve just been recently back from a quick trip to Hong Kong and I’ve three words — awesomely, gloriously tired!

IMG_5676.JPGAround Johnston Rd., Wan Chai

Hong Kong is an ultra fast-paced hyperreal country with a rich past, sumptuous food, and incredible population (I thought Manila has that many people, but no!)

I cannot (dim) sum into words what it felt being there – it is just positively infectious, save for the people walking too close to each other – that I don’t like. But with an efficient train system and strong-willed feet paired with really comfy footwear, you will never run out of places to go to. Up, down, left and right. Go diagonal, get lost. I like being lost in Hong Kong come to think of it, and maybe bump into a stranger that would be my eventual boyfriend. Oh no, wait – that didn’t happen *wink*

IMG_5702.JPGThe majestic view at the Peak

If it weren’t for the language barrier though, I guess it’d be easier. It’s definitely part of the experience – like this one time I was in the nearby 711 wanting to buy stamps but instead ended up staring at the cashier for 20 seconds for the loss of words. How many synonyms and charades for stamp I can conjure before the cashier gets me is beyond my twisted state of mind. I just gave up and walked around to find (love, lol no) another convenience store. When I got my stamp though it felt like victory over adult life, that I could cut across this barrier, and actually got what I want in the end. Like, really. Buying those stamps made me learn a lesson. Who would actually fucking know?

Good thing, picture menus are a thing in this beautiful and glorious wasteland – because if it weren’t then we’ll never know if it’s the mystery meat of the day!

IMG_5650.JPGTian Tan Buddha statue at Lantau Island via Ngong Ping 360 cable car

They said that the East crosses the West this part of the world. It definitely does — trams in the city and this big serene Buddha in the countryside. Nevertheless, I can consider shopping (or selling for that matter) as the national hobby, as shops loom around town everywhere you go. This means that your pocket might actually need to be ready for the cutesy things you’ll find. Or stuff you won’t find at, say, Manila Uniqlo branches – like this jacket I’m wearing right now. I think they were on their way to Manila but stocks were out in Hong Kong already. That’s the only logical reason *wink, again.* But seriously though, amidst eating, shopping, and roaming around town – there is something magical in this seemingly harangued yet very not-giving-a-fuck place called Hong Kong that I can actually picture myself moving in there.

IMG_5592.JPGOne of the third wave coffee shops along Jervois st., Sheung Wan

It’s definitely so fetch! (I just had to.)

*Photos taken using iPhone 5


Up next: Transit options to Hong Kong – we actually flew via Macau airport! Stay tuned!

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