From the outside, the Starbucks outlet at Duddell Street, Hong Kong looks exactly like any of the thousands of outlets around the world. Until you step right in and see that one section has been modeled after a 冰室 which refers to Hong Kong coffeehouses in the 1950s.
Designed by Goods of Desire or G.O.D founder Douglas Young, a lot of attention has been given to details.
The menus here have been made to resemble those at Hong Kong coffeehouses – a piece of paper slipped under the tabletop glass. And regular items are handwritten and pasted on the tiled walls. Starbucks has even worked in local items like pineapple buns and egg tarts into the menu.
You will find old metal windows that open up to a make-believe Hong Kong street filled with giant signboards and old buildings, retro light switches, old school wooden booths, tiled floors and little knick knacks and reminders of the 1950s and 1960s. It is incredibly cool and is nostalgia at its best.
Although this outlet is a little tucked away, it’s worth a visit. The coffee brew may be the same but it’s a unique experience stepping back into the 1950s with a cup of Starbucks in your hand.
Shop M2, Mezzanine Floor
13 Duddell Street, Central