Time is flying by too quickly! In the blink of an eye, almost one week has passed since I last posted. I was intending to make a post 2 or 3 days after the previous one but…
Anyway, nostalgia is a big thing in Hong Kong now so when I was googling for where to go and what to eat in Hong Kong, I saw that there was this Starbucks outlet in Central which was designed to look like a traditional Hong Kong café called “冰室 (bīng shì/bing sutt)”. Since none of us had any specific agenda in Hong Kong besides eating, we decided to head to that specific Starbucks outlet to have a look.
Address: Shop M2, Mezzanine Floor, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street, Central.
The climb to this particular Bing Sutt Starbucks in Central was quite something I must say. Most parts in the Central/Admiralty/Wan Chai area is pretty steep so we were pretty exhausted by the time we found the outlet after setting out from our hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.
I must say that while the decor is cool, there really isn’t much else that is special to the place. The menu is still the regular Starbucks stuff. Nothing particularly special and definitely not worth the climb.
My friend in Hong Kong did bring me to another Bing Sutt Starbucks outlet in Mongkok. I’d recommend that you visit this outlet instead as it is a lot easier to get to than the Duddell Street one in Central. No need to climb any mountain/hill to get there and it’s just a straight and flat walk of about 5 minutes or so from the Mongkok MTR station.
Exit from D1 or D2 from Mongkok Station. Walk along Argyle Street (away from Nathan Road). After about 4 blocks, you should reach Sai Yee Street. The Starbucks is on the second floor so don’t expect a large outlet, just look for the entrance:
Address: 1/F & 2/F, Wai Kee House, 91 Sai Yee Street, Mongkok.
This outlet is 2 storeys but the 3rd level was closed when I was there.
These are the special items they have in a Bing Sutt Starbucks:
I tried the coffee egg tart in the Duddell Street outlet and I must say it’s pretty delicious. I tried the rustic bun with ice cream at the Sai Yee Street outlet but it was just okay so don’t bother.
The decor is interesting and worth a look; just not worth the hassle to climb up the slopes to the Central outlet. It really feels like a step back into the past!
I think this Bing Sutt concept is so cool! Imagine if we have a Starbucks in Singapore that is the old school kopitiam style but with aircon! LOL.