Monday, 29 October 2012

A Starbucks with an Eastern Twist!

There's an exception to every rule. I don't normally promote big brands (they certainly don't need any help from me!), but here is my exception. I was recently introduced to a really cool Starbucks in Central, Hong Kong. 



This particular Starbucks is on quite a famous street in Hong Kong: Duddell Street. At the far end of this short street are a set of granite steps (built between 1875 and 1889) on which there are four gas lamps. These lamps, unlike all others in Hong Kong which are now powered by electricity, are still gas-powered lamps.  









Regardless of whether you've been to Hong Kong or not, you can imagine that one of the biggest problems here is space. Or lack of, to be more precise. This Starbucks is bigger than the average coffee place and because it's a little tucked away, it's never particularly crowded. 


Hanging up above are old-fashioned ceiling fans as well as modern air-conditioning

One week I was in there and there were couples having their wedding photos done! Wedding photos in Asia are often done before the wedding day, so that they can be put on display on the day itself. On more than one occasion I've seen women on the MTR (underground train) in wedding dresses and for comfort trainers as well! 


Memorabilia in glass cabinets
The walls are lined with old posters and Chinese art pictures
This is the first Starbucks menu I've seen in Cantonese

9 comments:

  1. I like how you're discovering great finds in HK. :)

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  2. Hi Laura,
    I've just followed you, and those pictures are awesome! :)

    Cheers,
    J.H. Myn
    http://jhmyn.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey! Thanks for the follow - I'm following you now too! :)

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  3. Wow, that's neat. I love seeing how things are in other places in the world.

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    1. It's great, isn't it? Apparently there's another themed Starbucks in Hong Kong, so I'll be checking that one out too! :)

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