[Hong Kong] If you are looking for the most characteristic and photogenic Starbucks in the world, you may want to make your way to Hong Kong’s Bing Sutt at Duddell Street.
After all, this Starbucks which pays homage to the 1950s Hong Kong arts and culture, is a collaboration with Douglas Young’s unique concept store GOD. For those unaware, it does not mean LORD, but actually Goods of Desire – known for their retro, humorous and Eastern take on lifestyle products.
Finding this Starbucks Concept Store is not too difficult, only about a 10 minute walk from Central MTR, a corner away from the luxurious brands shopping. If you are a Starbucks fan, it makes it all worthwhile.
Oh, the shop is divided into two halves – the Western side and the Hong Kong side. At the entrance side, you get the ordering counter with typical Starbucks décor and seats. Very amusingly, I noticed that all the Westerners were sitting at this part of the café. None of the ‘gwai lo’ were on the other side.
Then, the thrill begins: Over the top décor, tiled floors, signatures in traditional Chinese writing, fake bird cages on the ceiling, old toys in the glass cabinet, retro movie posters, and wooden sitting booths like how a traditional Hong Kong café looks like. Except that it is all recreated.
And on this side, all Asians – Filipino domestic workers holding a meeting, ladies for a morning tea, and an occasional tourist like myself.
Even the food offered had some East-West fusion twist: Rustic Bun and Thick Cut Butter (HKD$13), Coffee Paper Cake (HKD$13) and Coffee Egg Tart (HKD$10). Okay, taste wise, the re-creations were not very impressive and I would rather head over to nearby Lan Fang Yuan for their buns anytime.
Drinks were standard Starbucks fare, with an Asian Dolce Latte special. If also they could conceive the traditional Hong Kong silk stocking milk tea as well.
Bing Sutt – The Starbucks Concept Store
Shop M2, Mezzanine Floor, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street, Central (10 walk from Central MTR),
Tel: +852 2523 5685 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org