Hello 2015! New year, new possibilities and a new site! :) I’m so excited about my blog’s new look but beyond that, behind the scenes, I decided to switch platforms and have a self-hosted site of my own! I spent hours during the past month googling, reading tutorials and going through internet mumbo jumbo and learning the necessary info required to do this myself. This may be easy to some, but this is my first time attempting to launch a website of my own and I’m so happy with it!
Moving on from digital talk, I have to share about one of the best things that finally arrived in Hong Kong last year: our very own Hello Kitty cafe! Last spring, I visited the Hello Kitty Le Petit Café in
Causeway Bay [*Update: moved to Tsim Sha Tsui in July 2015 – location details below] but it was takeaway only and I was hoping for an actual cafe. I was really excited when Hello Kitty Secret Garden opened sometime in the summer but even Hello Kitty didn’t convince me to queue for two hours in Hong Kong’s summer. ;)
I remember starting to like Hello Kitty when I was about ten, because my cousin would send me tons of Hello Kitty stationery from Hong Kong to Singapore, where I never bought any because they were just too expensive. Hello Kitty stuff were pink and cute and perfect for me, especially since I was growing up with two cats at home. I was already a cat person anyway. :)
The first Hello Kitty cafe I visited was an extremely pink one in Seoul and I pretty much loved it. It was one of the most girly places I’ve been to and I remember that the interior was so pink that all my phone snapshots had a faint pink light to them haha!
This one in Hong Kong has a garden theme with plants and wood decor, which I like too! I found it refreshing to see a garden themed cafe in Hong Kong where greenery in urban areas is hardly existent. (This is one of the things I miss most about Singapore, but we’ll leave that for another day.)
I visited Hello Kitty Secret Garden on a weekend afternoon in November, and there was just a short queue, so I waited 15 minutes for a table. Google Maps wasn’t very helpful but I found some really helpful directions on this blog!
Here are our Hello Kitty treats! :) We ordered a cafe latte (HK$40), apple pie (HK$48) and strawberry tart (HK$48), yummy! The desserts and coffee weren’t fantastic, but pretty good. The cakes are pricey but I guess that’s Hello Kitty for you! There is a HK$60 minimum charge per person by the way.
Here’s a snapshot of the menu.
The cafe is very small, I counted 17 seats total on the inside and there is a bench outside for those in the queue. It’s also not spacious, with just enough room for people to walk in and out. I think the cafe is great if you’re a Hello Kitty fan, but it’s probably not the best kind of cafe for reading or working! I personally found the cafe very cute and I’m just happy Hong Kong finally has one of its own so I don’t have to travel abroad to visit one. :)
Hello Kitty Secret Garden
19 Ormsby Street, Tai Hang
(Tin Hau station – Exit B)
Tuesday – Thursday: 12 noon – 9:30pm
Friday: 12 noon – 10pm
Saturday: 9am – 10pm
Sunday: 9am – 9pm
Closed on Monday
Hello Kitty Secret Garden 2.0 (Fine Dining)
30 Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang
Tuesday – Sunday: 12 noon – 9pm
Closed on Monday
Other Hello Kitty locations:
Hello Kitty Le Petit Café (Closed) (Check out my post!)
Shop 1, G/F, 2A Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui
(Tsim Sha Tsui station – Exit A2) Hours
Daily: 12 noon – 9pm
(Image from Hello Kitty Dining Hong Kong Facebook)
Hello Kitty Obrigado
Edificio Pak Hou, 5-7A Tv. de São Domingos, Macau
Daily: 12 noon – 8pm