If there’s heaven on earth, I think I’ve found it.
I know I’ve said this many times before, but there can be many heavens, right? This new one I’ve found, Free Rider Studio, is heaven in the form of a home office and now, a weekend café. If you’ve been dreaming of organising your workspace for the longest time but have yet to take any action, then perhaps you need a push. Here’s a little #workspacegoals inspiration to get you up and running on Monday.
Free Rider Studio is located in the depths of To Kwa Wan, an area in Hong Kong without MTR access. For direction noobs like me, it isn’t easy to get to. If you’re thinking of visiting and you’re a dud in terms of finding your way around, you better have Google Maps handy. Or y’know, even better, have a knowledgeable friend by your side. You’ll be needing all the help you can get to navigate the tight streets. Hey, no one said the path to heaven would be easy!
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For just $50, you can spend one hour chilling at Free Rider Studio, inclusive of its weekly rotation of teas and cakes. And who wouldn’t want to? It’s perfection all around as soon as you step in.
A large studio room of around 700 square feet houses furnishings driven by Scandinavian design, handpicked by the owner herself. In fact, most of the final construction touches are personally done, including the colourfully painted walls that give the room its refreshing vibe. Combined with the homely blend of knick-knack souvenirs and scattered greenery, the studio has great potential to become Hong Kong’s newest Instagram hotspot.
During the weekdays, Free Rider Studio is a personal home office for the owner, but when Saturday rolls around, it opens its doors to the public in a form of a café. I went on the first weekend it opened back in April, and from food selection offered at the time, I opted for the freshly-made Matcha Souffle Cheesecake. To pair with it, I decided to try out two blend infusions I’d never heard of before, ordering both the Yerba Mate Tea and the South African Blend Tea. The subtlely bitter teas were refreshing to sip with the cake, which had a fluffy sweet taste that made it perfect for a bite in the afternoon.
At the moment, Free Rider Studio still remains hidden from the masses, a shared secret between the most stalker-esque of Instagrammers. Given the potential of this little weekend café, I’d advise you to visit as soon as possible, before it blows up on social media. A half day trip there is the perfect way to peek into a creative’s daily life and will definitely spark your motivation when it comes to interior decor. #workspacegoals, anyone?
Free Rider Studio 冗員俱樂部
Room A301, 7/F, Tung Nam Factory Building, 40 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong
More great finds on the dark side (Kowloon):
- Be Tabula Rasa Studio
- Café Hillywood
- Feed Your Nerves
- Floom Floom
- Lo Yi Faateng
- Lucy Coffee n Food
- Mum’s Not Home
- Storerooms No. 3
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