There’s this section inside a new Starbucks on Duddell Street (just down the staircase from Ice House Street) that’s totally retro, designed by G.O.D. This 1950’s Hong Kong tea house design was done extremely well and is almost an exact replica of some of the older tea houses you can still find in Mongkok and Yaumatei.
The attention to detail was quite impressive; they’ve got everything down from those red round plastic support for the glass (on the tables), the prints on the table, those old-school electric switches, adaptors and to even the type and colour of the blinds, the dusty old fans and folding chairs.
Here’s a photo of what it looks like. More to come later.
Oh, they even use the old tea house menu design for Starbucks’ menu. Unfortunately though, the drinks are the same. It would be great (not to mention a great marketing ploy), if they offer a special milk tea (奶茶) or ying-yang (駌鴦) to go with the menu that’s only available in this particular Starbucks.
This menu is done so well … the timeless green + red fonts … unmistakeably “Bing Sutt” (冰室)
I can see more of these Starbucks popping up not only in Hong Kong, but perhaps even in China with the type of tea houses they have back during those Dynasties.
Edit: Did you hear about that Starbucks in the States that serve alcohol now? What are they doing?!
Note: Photos taken with BlackBerry Curve 8900
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