Ravenous for your daily dose of concrete? I know I was when I visited recently opened café Storerooms No. 3 in Mong Kok. The design space is housed in a sketchy, inconspicuous building on Sai Yeung Choi Street South among the fishball vendors, street performers and singing old folks on the road. Finding it was not unlike my journey to find Mum’s Not Home‘s entrance – in fact, it’d probably be harder for the Hong Kong newbie overwhelmed by the densest district of the already-dense city. But no fear, I had trusty Google Maps by my side (although it has betrayed me numerous times)!
Storerooms No. 3 is the third little space by hipster store and sourcer, Storerooms. I only found out about the store when the café popped up, but I noticed that most of my architecture school classmates had already liked their Facebook page and followed their Instagram account. And no wonder: Storerooms is porn for the design-hungry.
I’d get straight into telling you about Storerooms No. 3 because you’re probably here for concrete porn. But lets lay down the backstory beginning with the shop.
Storerooms No. 1
Take an extra flight of stairs up to the fourth floor of the same building as its café counterpart to find the OG, Storerooms No. 1. Their motto is “we sell beautiful things” and this was proved a hundred percent true when I took a look at the items they had up for sale.
Founded in August 2013, Storerooms sources its products from all around the world. These items are selected and collected by artists and designers and man, they scream “style” so loud I’d go death. The prices are o-m-g expensive, but you get items that are created with design and quality in mind shipped all the way from Europe and whatnot, so it really is value for money when you think about it.
I visited with Pinky – we were mainly there to check out Storerooms No. 3 – and even though we found quite a few knick-knacks in the store we’d love to own, the tear in our wallets would be too large.
Slightly disheartened but enlightened by the beautiful product designs, we stomped downstairs to get to the café.
Storerooms No. 3
Excuse my photo spam, but I just can’t help myself.
Storerooms No. 3 was everything Pinky and I love. Being architecture students, we were going crazy over the concrete walls – never mind if they were just spray-on concrete (but we weren’t sure so don’t take my word for it). How do I describe it? The whole room just had this artsy ambiance. Despite being a tiny space, it was really chill. All the customers in the store were quietly looking over the free reading material provided at the café, enjoying their slice of cake or coffee, or working on their laptop. And yes, for you to imagine how small Storerooms No. 3 is, my pictures pretty much capture every part of the room.
Storerooms regularly hosts events to promote local artists, designers and musicians, so Storerooms No. 3 is a perfect addition to their little store. It may be a bit dark or look a bit too much like a prison for the ones who aren’t crazy for concrete, but for me, it was a slice of heaven.
Storerooms No. 3
3/F-4/F, 42-44 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
+852 2426 6789
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