Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Most Unique Starbucks In The World

Starbucks is a common sight in most countries. How special can any Starbucks be? Well, not when you visit a Starbucks that is fashioned after a traditional Hong Kong Cafe. I am not a stranger to Hong Kong but this particular Starbucks is not exactly an easy one to find.

Yes, this is the Starbucks on Duddell Street, Hong Kong. Tucked away in a discreet little street in Central, away from the hustles and bustles.

I shall let the pictures do the talking. Here's the explanation of how this unique Starbucks came about. This poster is placed at the entrance for visitors to read.

You have to see it to believe it. It was surreal to be here. I felt like I was in the movie set for "In The Mood For Love", being transported back to old Hong Kong.

They even placed paper menus under the glass panel on the tables, just like the Hong Kong cafes. The Chinese characters of the title is the Chinese name for Starbucks Coffee.

Located at the basement of building with windows but no good street views, the designers created a window display of toys based on typical Hong Kong characters.

A combination of something old and something new. It is really nice to see Starbucks participating in the conservation of culture. Perhaps there should be one special Starbucks in every city. Maybe they should have a Starbucks in Singapore modeled after a traditional kopitiam (hokkien word for coffee shop) with wooden chairs and marble top table.

P.S.: Singapore Tourism Board, here's an idea for you!

Check out the floor tiles, wooden chairs and glass top table... and the old-style poster in the background.

They even put in a bird cage as part of the decor to create an authentic depiction of the past.

Old tv, fan, tea cups and knick knacks as part of display.

My tip for you is to visit as early as you can. I was there at 10am on a Saturday morning and was among the first few customers. Being an early bird, I got a nice booth table with a good view.

Starbucks @ Duddell Street
Floor M2, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street, Hong Kong.
Tel : 2523 5685

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