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 best described as 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 searched 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, a homey eating area in white. Ah, so this is obviously where all the Instagrammers make a beeline for, with the famous marble tables and honeycomb-patterned floor tiles for photo opportunities. The furnishings are simple and straight forward – white and grey to complement the overall minimalist design.
The other end of Café Hillywood is used as an event space. Because of this, there’s a huge stage for live band performances. It was filled with dining tables to welcome customers when I went for tea, but when an event is happening, the multiple chairs are rearranged to make appropriate space.
Despite its recent opening, the stage of Café Hillywood already seems to be a popular spot for indie musicians to perform. Coming in May, OWK are set to have a gig in café-cum-event space.
For tea, I settled for something light to eat from the western menu provided by Café Hillywood. It only took a quick round of deliberation before I ordered a Peppermint Tea – brewed with actual mint leaves – and a Tuna Sandwich Set that came with a drink and a starter of either an appetiser or soup. It turned out that there was a salad included already in the main dish, so I ended up having a double dose of veggies. Well, I’m not complaining!
Final verdict? Café Hillywood seems a great gathering space and working area during the afternoons. It was quiet when I went on a weekend, but the reason for the absence of people may have been due to the soft opening stage of the café. If you’re around Jordan area, be sure stop by and try out the pasta – Café Hillywood is known for its carbonara – and look out for cultural events that take place there. Even if you’re not particularly hungry, the beautiful design of the space is worth at least a peek at.
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 & Food
- Mum’s Not Home
- Storerooms No. 3
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