WORLD TRIP 2010
Part 4 of our World Trip, a fairly short (4 day) stop in Hong Kong.
This peninsula on the edge of China is kind of small for a country (which it isn’t, anyway) and kind of big for a city. It’s a fascinating, varied place. For weary British travellers it’s a homely reminder of the UK, with the same road signs, familiar districts (Soho, Admiralty, Aberdeen), the same electrical plugs and even a Marks & Spencer!
But more so it is a slice of China, which is, of course, what we came for.
Considering the dearth of coffee shops in Tokyo which, rightly or wrongly, I think of as similar to Hong Kong (wrongly, I suspect), I was surprised to find that this little part of the orient is chock-a-block with terrific cafes. We visited a couple, one of which was Crema Coffee.
Crema is just outside the Peninsula Centre in bustling Tsim Sha Tsui. It roasts its coffee on the premises.
My coffee (a flat white) tasted fantastic and it was beautifully presented. I also had a damn fine muffin. The barista and staff were friendly and it’s a comfy, convivial place. What more could you ask for?
Another big shout-out goes to Coco Espresso (197 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan), a teeny, friendly place, another serving wonderful coffee.
See also http://www.cnngo.com/hong-kong/drink/5-best-coffee-houses-882773 and http://www.cnngo.com/hong-kong/eat/coffee-renaissance-blooms-hong-kong-846754 – two helpful sources for locating great coffee shops in Hong Kong.
We had a wonderful few days in Hong Kong, eating curry in crumbling, drug-ridden tower blocks one minute and window shopping in some of the world’s swankiest malls the next. If you’re in the area (i.e. south-east Asia) is well worth stepping outside the airport.
67 Mody Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
We visited on 16 April 2010.