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 tranquil one room event space. I visited recently opened Still House 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 come from upstairs?”
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.
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 apparent 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 electronics enough battery power 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 a deal if you’re looking for somewhere to work other than the library or a café.
A serene music tune echoes throughout the single room. It’s not completely silent like a library nor does it 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.
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, but when I tried, it was surprisingly easy – and comfortable. I preferred the chairs and tables to work, but I could see the swing seat being superb for reading and sleeping. Coupled with the gentle music, it’d be easy to fall into a nap that, if you’re not careful, could last until closing time.
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, there are free copies of HK Magazine – where I have previously worked at, by the way – lying around.
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 the busy Causeway Bay streets spilled into my ears. From the second floor in the central area of the town, the sound of people chattering and vehicles operating 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 nonstop is my limit!
2/F, 522 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
+852 9266 4041
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