If there’s an hour before your ferry arrives and you’re wondering how to spend that time, why not check out Café 8? Hidden from the masses on the rooftop of Central Pier No. 8, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour with a small purchase from the café. In fact, make sure to support Café 8, as it’s a collaboration between the Hong Kong Maritime Musseum and social enterprise The Nesbitt Centre, and provides employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
Apart from its charitable work and kickass views, Café 8 is also top-notch when it comes to minimalist design. The first time I visited was less than 24 hours after I found out about its existence while browsing through Instagram. It’s everything that defines my preference for interior decor… y’know, white and blue. Like Santorini. Every time I go back, it’s like stepping into my own white heaven.
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If you’re a #whiteaddict like me, then you’ll be delighted with the high ceilings and dangling lantern lights in Café 8. Spacious and airy, fancy decor is sparse, and it’s this simplicity that makes the design of the café work. Picture plain white walls, white furniture and a splash of nautical blue prints. Everything is kept to a minimal at Café 8, with the only few knick-knacks here and there contributing to creating an ocean-like theme.
Apart from the large interior, you can also venture outdoors to a large patio. Café 8 is, after all, named after the fact that it’s located on the roof of Central Pier No. 8. The spacious patio offers unobstructed 270-degree views overlooking Victoria Harbour. It’s a great place for private gatherings and parties in the evenings.
Café 8 offers a multi-page menu listing simple afternoon bites from light lunch sets to tea sets. If you’re feeling hungry, go for the pasta or full sandwiches and wraps, which all come with a coffee or a tea. I visited during the late afternoon and settled for the Sandwich Set, a beautifully arranged platter of a small ham and cheese sandwich on wheat bread, a tiny cut of a brownie and an assorted fruit cup. Tastewise, the food was nothing extraordinary, but it tided my empty stomach over until my ferry ride to Tsim Sha Tsui an hour later.
Great views? Great design? Great service? Great cause? Café 8 has got the whole list checked. It’s a rest stop I’ve returned countless times to, even though it’s not exactly located conveniently for someone who isn’t headed out to sea. I don’t know what it is about white decor, but the colour just calms me. Add in a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour, and I’m in for sure!
Roof, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Pier 8, Central, Hong Kong
+852 3791 2158
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