I don’t know about you but on Saturdays and Sundays, the Instagram husband and I like to sit all day in a café to work on our respective projects. We’re always on the search for new cafés with free wifi. But with 7.3 million people in the city out during weekends, it’s nearly impossible to find a quiet working space. That’s until we discovered the hidden little gem called Café d’i.
The brightly coloured café is located in the Central district, which would usually make it a nest for people on weekends if not for its off-the-path location. Getting there, I completely underestimated the hike up from MTR Central Station to 11 Chancery Lane’s Café d’i. And when I say Café d’i’s location is off-the-path, I really mean off-the-path. It’s totally unnoticeable from Old Bailey Street, which may explain why it was almost empty when I arrived.
Café d’i boasts a cheerful atmosphere that matches the friendly attitude of the staff with its colourful panelling. It certainly isn’t the type of concrete interior I’m obsessed with, but it’s definitely a more comfortable working space. I’m not a fan of reflective surfaces but it somehow makes sense with the green, yellow and orange walls of Café d’i to tout this finishing.
Ambiance-wise, not only was the café quiet with just several return guests dropping by from time to time, but everyone was super friendly. Customers greeted the staff, customers helped the staff… I suppose that’s what you get when you cater to your neighbours! And the cherry on top for me: the air conditioning wasn’t too cold.
The food was nothing special, but I mean, I was there because of the cutesy architecture. You can expect the usual western fare like all day breakfasts, pasta and salads cooked Hong Kong-style. It’s nice that Café d’i offers lunch sets at an affordable HKD$88 too, even on weekends. For me, that’s a great deal with an appetiser, a generous portion of the mains, and a drink. Remember, we’re in Central!
Café d’i might just become one of my favourite cafés for working in on Hong Kong island. The only thing I dislike is its secluded location, but I suppose that’s what makes it quiet and relaxing without swarms of people knowing about it. The hike up to Chancery Lane can easily be fixed after some cooling down, so all in all, it’s not too bad in exchange for the friendliest service ever!
11 Chancery Lane, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2878 7111
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