New Starbucks on Duddell Street

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.

New Starbucks on Duddell Street in Hong Kong 1

New Starbucks on Duddell Street in Hong Kong 1

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.

New Starbucks on Duddell Street in Hong Kong 2

New Starbucks on Duddell Street in Hong Kong 2

Old School Power Sockets & Adapters at Starbucks on Duddell St.

Old School Power Sockets & Adapters at Starbucks on Duddell St.

New Starbucks on Duddell Street in Hong Kong 3

New Starbucks on Duddell Street in Hong Kong 3

Menu at Starbucks on Duddell Street

Menu at Starbucks on Duddell Street

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

Award: The Siu Yeh Stamp of Cool

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3 Responses

  1. can’t wait to go there…hmm check out the old char chan teng just by the western market, sheung wan too (hoi on cafe), you’ll love it!

  2. hey thanks for the message mochachocolatarita (that was a mouthful!). I’ve been wanting to visit Hoi On for a while now … and I hear there’s another (real) old school cafe in Mongkok / Yaumatei, which is where G.O.D. got their inspiration from … definitely need to pay them a visit! Pls share your photos … mine look like crap

  3. Wow, this is priceless!

    I’m heading to HK at the end of August and I can’t wait to check this out! Thanks for the intro!

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