On the coldest day in Hong Kong in nearly 60 years (I won’t get into details, but it was down to 1˚C in some places), I met up with my Instagram husband in the afternoon and we checked out a café that had been long on my list. Feed Your Nerves serves a range of delicious looking food, which we didn’t try because we both had had lunch already, so we settled for tea and coffee. The café has a typical dining area downstairs and a room with a free-layout upstairs where visitors can chill out. And the best part? It was super warm inside!
After visiting, I would say that Feed Your Nerves is my favourite café – and that says a lot! Both my Instagram husband and I agreed that it was the perfect spot to spend the coldest day in Hong Kong. The free-layout also meant that couples could cosy up if they wanted… if they don’t mind showing a little PDA, that is. The room is filled with knick-knacks for sale, so visitors can spend hours just checking out every little accessory up for grabs. I had a lot of fun inspecting all their wacky products.
Three large low tables are scattered around the room with accompanying straw-covered cushions for visitors to sit on when they eat. If you’re not into tatami-style seating, then the lower floor with the usual chairs and tabletops are a better fit for you. The casual arrangement on the upper floor, though, definitely brings about a relaxed vibe that makes it a perfect place to spend a chilly winter afternoon. Feed Your Nerves is a rare sanctuary in busy Mong Kok away from the hustle and bustle of the noisy Chinese markets.
The soft colour palette of Feed Your Nerves’ interior contributes further to this relaxed vibe. The walls are painted using a straightforward colour blocking technique in white and light blue, matched by light wooden tables and the neutral tones of the furnishings around the room. A spot of classical music echoes through the background, which when paired with the toasty heater, makes it hard for visitors not to fall asleep right there in the café.
If you love flowers, then you’re in for a treat. The upper floor of Feed Your Nerves is a floral haven. Well, a dried floral haven. Handcrafted by the florists at Be Tabula Rasa Studio, another café decorated in the same whimsical style, the dried flowers are hung lavishly all over the room. The blossom increases in abundance as we head away from the main area, towards the other side of the room, where multiple shelves are propped up to showcase a range of goods for sale. The whole setup resembles a Disney princess’s forest sanctuary!
One major thing I didn’t check out during my visit to Feed Your Nerves was the food – and the food is undoubtedly the most important part. Feed Your Nerves is, after all, a café. But just take a scroll through Openrice.com or Instagram and you’ll find the most photogenic meals of all sorts, ranging from rice bowls to pastas to salads. There’s something for everyone, even a picky eater like me, and their menu rotates weekly to eliminate boredom. Other than the scrumptious food, which I’ll leave to you to make a verdict on, I would return to Feed Your Nerves just for the chill vibes. It’s not every day you find a retreat like this in the busy city of Hong Kong.
Feed Your Nerves
G/F, 434 Portland Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
+852 2673 4722
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