Starbucks adapts to local taste and revives traditional local café. This unique Bing Sutt Style Themed Starbucks coffee store is a great option for all the coffee lovers who appreciate design, history and atmosphere. As one of the Hong Kong’s Themed Restaurants, you are able to enjoy your favorite coffee blends in a timeless and welcoming environment. I highly recommend you to take a short break and enjoy the illusion of time traveling.
What is Bing Sutt ?
“Bing Sutt” means “Ice Room” in Cantonese. It is a type of traditional coffee house in Hong Kong and was very popular during 1950s – 1960s. It was a place for people to meet, take a break, enjoy a coffee, tea, iced beverages or trendy Western treats such as ice cream and soda pop. It used to be a unique place where East meets West and cultures, styles, traditions and modernity blended and easily mixed.
It is also believed to be the predecessor of Cha Chaan Teng. Nowadays there are only a few of Bing Sutt left in residential areas where you can get some light meals and drinks. Since Bing Sutt are replaced by the modern cafes and is getting less and less, dining in such old style Bing Sutt becomes more precious now in Hong Kong.
Bing Sutt Style Themed Starbucks – More Than Just Starbucks
From outside, it has nothing different with a normal Starbucks coffee shop. However, from outside you already can notice the photos hanging on the wall which are totally different style with many other Starbucks stores.
After you walk in, you will be surprised by the original style of the Hong Kong “Ice Room”. No only the tables and seats are exactly duplicated, but also the decorations on the walls, the counters, the menus as well as the whole atmosphere inside.
Menu on the wall inside Starbucks are all written only in Chinese to bring the customers back to old times.
If you look around you will notice the walls around this Bing Sutt Style Themed Starbucks are designed according to the green-metal-frame window style of the old times. Each window is a display with the views of old Hong Kong streets and shops. Some of them are displayed with vintage toys and decorations which are precious memories of many Hong Kong locals.
Food and Drink Options of Bing Sutt Style Themed Starbucks
Take a seat and you will find that Starbucks pay so much attention to details. Even the menus on the table look exactly like what it was in the past.
Besides standard coffee drinks, this Bing Sutt Style Themed Starbucks serves two more specialties of Hong Kong : Hong Kong-style milk tea and coffee and tea mixed drink which is called Yuenyeung in Cantonese.
Btw, if you stop around noon you might have the chance to purchase one of the old-fashioned treats such as sweet pumpkin soup with sago or pudding cake with red beans out of an old-fashioned trolley. So try and give it a shot.
Secrets for You
“In my opinion, Starbucks did a really good job in designing this Bing Sutt Style Themed Starbucks and celebrates Hong Kong history, roots and spirit in a very special way. It is the one and only place in the world that you can experience this unique themed Starbucks.”
“Outside the Starbucks near the stairs on the end of Duddell Street, there are four oldest and remaining gas-powered street lamps. While other gas lamps are replaced by electrical lamps, they are still functioning from 6:00pm to 6:00am. Duddell Street Stairs as well as the Gas Lamps are one of the most popular photo shooting spots in Hong Kong as well.”
More Info and Details
M2 Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street, Central
8:00am – 9:00pm (Sun-Thu) / 8:00am – 12:00am (Fri) / 9:00am – 8:00m (Sat)
+(852) 2523 5685
HK$ 35 – HK$ 80 /person
How to get to Bing Sutt Style Themed Starbucks ?
By Subway: The most convenient way is to take the MTR to Central station and exit from Exit D1.
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