Wednesday, March 24, 2010

sheung wan : 上環

i was in desperate need of a good great coffee so did a good old google to see what my options were.
the results were pages and pages of expats whining why it is so hard to find a decent coffee in a city like hong kong. i gotta say, i agree.

but not all was lost.
quite a few expats and locals jotted down that they had found a perfect cup in a little cafe called coco espresso.

so off we ventured for a stroll and a coffee (a decaf for my pregnant k-chan!) around sheung wan (
上環), an old district on hong kong island where the british first landed back in the early 18th century.

i seriously could have walked right past coco espresso had i blinked.
the cafe is tiny! but for a tiny store that can sit less than 10 they did a pretty dam good coffee!
feeling slightly peckish we also opted to share the club sandwich. another good choice.

now that we are counting down our weekends before we have a crying baby in our arms, we made the most of the day by strolling around this old part of town which is a haven for traditional chinese medicine stores and odd bits and pieces.

yet again ending up spending more money than i would have liked to...
with the coins rolling out of my pocket (well wallet, i hate coins in my pocket) we ended the day with an ice cold beer (and a mocktail for k-chan).

cafe info:
coco espresso
G/F 197 queens road central
sheung wan

open monday to friday: 08:00-17:00
saturday: 08:00-16:00
sunday: closed


gingerbee said...

Hmm, what does good coffee exactly constitute to you? Hee. Plus, is the price ok?

I definitely want to explore HK more the next time I go there. The people I was with then only went to the malls to shop. Good thing there were a few of us who went to the market and ate at one of those restaurants where translation was lost. hehehe.

Life for Beginners said...

Coffee never tasted better with the noise and bustle of the old neighbourhood surrounding the drinker... and maybe the chatter of the tables around can become the most comforting of sounds. :)

pascale said...

Nice picts! do I see a sleeping cat there? cute- if not, still cute :)

All the best to K-chan, the last few weeks are not so comfy... especially when it's hot and humid!

hiki said...

looks like a lovely cafe!
your photo makes it look a lot bigger than having only 10 seats though. and i love those chinese signs!!

Mary said...

glad you succeeded in your mission to find a really good coffee!
i love these black and white images. they remind me of old films stills from 50s & 60s films of hong kong.

hearblack. said...

great photos, looks exciting there

world of sekimachihato said...

* gingerbee
i good coffee for me must be smooth, rich, good aroma and give me the caffeine kick my body desires.
i'm all into "atmosphere" too, which unfortunately my favorite cafes in hong kong are totally lacking in. but at least the coffee makes up for the mis-matched decor.
and yup, price is important! i've had a horrendously priced coffee in tokyo (ginza) before that was nice, but nothing special.
my flat white at coco was under HK$30 which i think is reasonable.

world of sekimachihato said...

* Life for Beginners
you hit that nail right on the head with your comment. even my favorite cafe can feel slightly uncomfortable if i'm the only one there...

world of sekimachihato said...

* pascale
good spotting, you found the sleeping cat. (sleeping on the merchandise...)
the shop where the cat is curled up is great, it's brimming with kitchen accessories! i held back and only bought a little milk jug.

world of sekimachihato said...

* hiki
i guess it does look like a "normal" sized cafe, but in actual fact it only has two tables and a small counter.
hong kong signs have become such a common thing in my life i seldom look up and take notice of them. i think i need to look up more often, they are kinda cool.

world of sekimachihato said...

* Mary
to tell the truth i still think the color photos i took look better...
i just thought i would try a black & white post for a change.
if we lived in the same country i would so love to get some photography tips from you!

world of sekimachihato said...

* hearblack
thank you. i always try to explore when i get the time.

Life for Beginners said...

Yeah, it's as though even if we are not communicating with our "neighbours" in the cafe, it's nice having them there as background or background noise even. It adds to the ambiance. :D

Luuworld said...

good coffee is so important! glad you found someplace decent. like the black & white pics, by the way!

so i guess this is one of the places you'll take me if one day i turn up on your doorstep in hk asking for a nice cup of coffee! :-d

world of sekimachihato said...

* Luuworld
not only is good coffee so important, it is my daily must-have drug to get me going.
and yup, when you do turn up at my door i will take you here for a good coffee and good conversation!
(btw, i'm waiting...)

Luuworld said...

a trip to hk would be fun! something tells me you would be a very knowledgeable and cool guide!
beware the next time your door bell rings! haha

Make it Easy said...

those shirtless guys working...i can see he had cupping done. my mom had that done, and my friend just had that seems scary to me. haha

world of sekimachihato said...

* Make it Easy
cupping is really popular here but i'm too scared to try it too. i've heard it's not painful though. maybe you try it first and let me know! *wink wink*
oh, send me the "after" photo too :)

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