Six spots we love in... Yau Ma Tei
Connected to art house cinema Broadway Cinematheque, the Kubrick Café and Bookstore catches the eye before you even walk through the doors. A small cluster of green plants, scattered hanging plant pots and bare light bulbs suspended on cables make up a mini garden at the entrance, creating a very organic, green feel. There are books in English and Chinese on subjects like photography, architecture and culture. On the other side of Broadway Cinematheque is Kubrick, which carries records, CDs and DVDs. Browse through its collection of vinyl records tucked away in a separate booth, which include favourites like Joy Division, Depeche Mode, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and Sonic Youth.
A quaint museum devoted to toys – what more could our inner child want? The museum restores and displays toys from the last two centuries ranging from Pixar characters like Ratatouille and 1980s Care Bears to older favourites like Popeye and Raggedy Ann. You can also expect to find rockets, anime characters, pop music icons, celebrity dolls, aliens, monsters and, of course, robots. Take a tour or book a private kid’s birthday party at this colourful spot. Admission is $30 for adults and kids aged 11 and under are $20.
The Bruce Lee Club, founded in 2000, pays homage to all things Lee. Members of this club come here together to discuss the Hong Kong legend and also promote his philosophy, movies and martial arts. The shop sells DVDs, watches, posters, miniature Bruce Lee statues in his famous fighting poses as well as pretty rocking 70s-styled suits that Lee would have worn. Kick some ass in style.
Tucked away on the corner of Wing Sing Lane is this charming little nail salon that offers a variety of treatments. The natural nail services range from regular manicures and pedicures ($126) to buffing and Cuccio nourishing hand and foot treatments ($156), as well as gel manicures and pedicures ($283). If you want to give a bit of character to your tips, All in Nail also offers nail art with painting, 3D acrylic and Swarovski stone decorations ($10 per nail). This place sure knows how to make a girl feel pretty.
Mido Café is bursting at the seams with character. It opened in the 1960s, standing on the corner of Temple Street Market, and it has hardly changed since. The antique cash register adorned with collected toys and trinkets, aqua tiling, worn diner seats and big old windows give the space that undeniable charm that hipsters would love to lap up. The menu serves a typical cha chaan teng selection with everything from sandwiches, noodles and pastas to curry dishes and delectable desserts like egg tarts for reasonable prices.
Newly opened Life History is a great little spot for picking up funky knick-knacks for your home. They sell stickers, key chains, cards, jewellery, sunglasses and a wide selection of pop reference posters. They have a cotton bag collection that comes in cool prints like Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans. The store doesn’t have an official sign up yet, so keep your eyes open when walking past.