Before my belated birthday celebration with Jason at night, we spent the first part of our afternoon in Café Hillywood, a newly opened café and event location on Austin Road in Jordan. I discovered it a long time ago, as with all the other places I find, but as usual, I didn’t have time to visit until 2-3 weeks into its soft opening. Still quick, but not quick enough. I want to be the first five people on social media to visit a café!
Café Hillywood is an expansion of Hillywood, its restaurant and bar counterpart in the neighbouring Tsim Sha Tsui. The new café is super spacious as it also holds regular music events and is super chic, with marble tables for the Instagram whores. Can’t comment on the food though. Jason and I couldn’t eat much since we were going to a buffet later on, so I just had a peppermint tea and he had a tuna sandwich.
Café Hillywood’s exact location is rather hidden. It occupies a large basement space with only a tiny doorway on ground level to pinpoint its existence. I only found it because I went with full intentions to visit – otherwise, I would’ve missed it.
The cozy little place is split into three sections. After being greeted by the Café Hillywood flamingo mural, I was directed to the seating area to the left. On the right, though, boasts a table full of pastries and other baked items and a large, open kitchen.
The seating area of Café Hillywood is interesting too. As mentioned, it’s used as an event space as well. Because of this, there’s a huge stage for live band performances. When I went, it was filled with dining tables, but I know that when there’s something going on, the many chairs they have (pictured above) are rearranged to make appropriate space.
The stage already seems to be a popular spot for hipster and indie musicians to perform. Last month, upcoming bands Blackbird Blackbird and Chad Valley performed live there. And coming in May, OWK are set to have a gig in Café Hillywood.
Moving further left, the interior of Café Hillywood suddenly breaks from its grey, rustic walls of the event space into a white, homey eating area. Ah, so this is obviously where all the Instagrammers make a beeline for, with the famous marble tables and honeycomb-patterned floor tiles. The furnishings are simple enough, white and grey to complement the overall minimalist design.
As I mentioned, Jason and I were headed for some major food-cramming at Island Shangri-la’s buffet in the evening, so we settled for something light in terms of food. Café Hillywood offers your typical well, café foods. In the end, we ordered a Peppermint Tea with actual mint leaves inside and a Tuna Sandwich Set that came with a drink and a starter (either appetiser or soup). What was really funny was that there was a salad already in the main dish, so we ended up with a lot of veggies… ha ha.
Both Jason and I agreed that Café Hillywood was a great place for working in during the afternoons. It was quiet when we went on a weekend, but maybe it was because we avoided the lunch rush. Also, it was still in its soft opening and was pretty much unknown. Once it booms in popularity on Instagram for being a photogenic place, I’m quite sure it won’t be peaceful anymore (sadly). I might go back to try out their pastas as they’re known for that if I’m ever around the Jordan area again (though it’s far out in Jordan too, so not exactly convenient…) or if there’s a particular event I want to attend that takes place there. It’s not a no, but it’s not a hell yeah either, y’know what I mean?
Basement, Austin Tower, 152 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
+852 2762 1727
More great finds on the dark side (Kowloon):
- Be Tabula Rasa Studio
- Feed Your Nerves
- Floom Floom
- Lo Yi Faateng
- Lucy Coffee n Food
- Mum’s Not Home
- Storerooms No. 3
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