Oh Causeway Bay, we love how dynamic you are. We can do everything here: eat, drink, shop… but what if we want to relax after shopping? I’ve suggested the little Christian haven by the name of Just Café before, but if you’re up for an even more secluded spot to rebalance your zen, then you gotta check out Still House pronto.
It’s hard to imagine that in the middle of busy Lockhart Road lies a perfectly serene one room event space. Still House recently opened and is still unknown to the general public. I visited on a busy Saturday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised that it was empty. Throughout the four hours I was at Still House, only a few foreign customers came and went, seemingly from an internal stairway that came from upstairs. Curious, I went up to the owner.
“How come most of the customers are from elsewhere?”
To which the owner smiled and replied, “oh, this is actually a B&B!”
Then it made perfect sense. I can count the number of times I’ve stayed in a hostel on one hand and I’ve only stayed in an AirBnB once, but I’ve seen enough photos from my friends to know that some small boarding institutes can be really unique in terms of design. Oftentimes, it’s the interior that attracts travellers to ultimately pick that one hostel. And since I’m so drawn to minimalism, a B&B like Still House would be top on my list if I were a tourist in Hong Kong.
The Main Area
Still House requires everyone who enters to take their shoes off, which explains the B&B component of the event space as I saw many shoes at the doorway leading into an empty room. The outdoor patio and bathroom have separate slippers for guests to use. As soon as you step inside, it is obvious that the main area of Still House also serves as the B&B’s lobby.
Sockets for charging your electronics are spread out all over the room, ensuring you enough battery power to work throughout the opening times of the event space from 1PM to 10PM. Still House lets guests stay for as long as they want within that time range for HKD$100. It’s quite a deal if you’re looking for somewhere to work other than the library or a café.
The perfect serene music for concentration plays throughout the single room. It’s not completely silent like a library and doesn’t have distracting tracks blaring like a café. There’s only one word to describe the whole atmosphere that infiltrates you as soon as you step in: relaxing. For those who prefer to lay back with a book instead of working, there are two full shelves of design-related reads.
The Hammock Area
Across from one rack of shelves is what I call the hammock area, characterised by a swing seat made of a net and a soft cushion. I thought it would be hard to balance on it, but it was surprisingly easy – and comfortable. I preferred the chairs and tables as I worked on the laptop, but I could see the seat being super comfortable for reading and sleeping. Yes, sleeping! Coupled with the gentle music, it’d be quiet easy to fall into a nap that, if you’re not careful, could carry on until closing time.
The Coffee Area
Next, you can choose your drug. Included in Still House’s full-day stay is two cups of coffee or tea. There is a counter at the inner end of the main room where the owner brews you a cuppa. If you feel like reading a more current listings magazine about Hong Kong instead of a general design book, as I predict most travellers from the B&B will, there are free copies of HK Magazine – where I have previously worked at, by the way – lying around. However, since HK Magazine has closed down (the issue in my photograph is their last issue, which came out the week I visited Still House), I’m not sure what magazine will replace it.
The Outdoor Area
I checked out Still House’s outdoor patio last, and it was only then did I realise just how quiet the interior was. As soon as I pushed open the door to the little balcony, the noise of busy the Causeway Bay streets spilled into my ears. From the second floor in the central area of the town, the sound of people chattering on the streets, vehicles operating and general white noise was a huge contrast to the soundproof indoor space. Nevertheless, if you’re craving a smoke or want to enjoy the sunshine on your skin, feel free to let yourself out anytime.
I know I say this about pretty much every spot I give my five stars to, but I think I’ve just found my new favourite working space. Well, I can have a lot of favourites, right? 😉 The price is slightly higher than a café because you don’t get a meal with the entry fee, but it’s worth it for the nine hours you can stay (though half a day of nonstop working without eating is my limit).
Personally, I find Still House a much better place to concentrate in than an eatery, as there are fewer people (for now), less noise, and most of all, I don’t have to worry about anyone running off with my valuables if I need the bathroom! Seriously, that is my biggest dislike about working solo in cafés. I also like that the event space isn’t completely silent like a library, which I’m not particularly fond of.
The owner was super friendly and introduced himself when I arrived. He also gladly explained the concept of the space. It’s got a more personal touch than cafés where you are usually served by waiters who are otherwise distant from the customers as it isn’t their job to make small talk.
Seeing as I can’t concentrate at home, I’ll be back to Still House, no doubt about that. Especially if the space is quiet on weekends where other places are usually bustling with people. As you may know if you read my blog regularly, I love working on weekends and going on working dates with my boyfriend, Jason. This way, I feel like I’m doing something productive instead of just wasting my time without a goal in mind. You really can’t get better than Still House if you’re not looking for a bite to eat. Two thumbs up and a definitely recommend!
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