Next to Hong Kong’s largest Art House Cinema is a lovely café and bookstore dedicated to movies. Not only does the café have delicious coffee but the largest selection of books on Hong Kong filmmaking I have ever seen. But the books are not limited to Hong Kong films, there are books on all filmmaking and plenty are available to browse while you enjoy the café’s specialties.
The café serves salads, sandwiches and pastas as well as the requisite number of coffees and, being in Hong Kong, the offered teas almost outnumber the coffees. What I really like most about this place though is that there are an equal amount of Chinese and English books and patrons in a thoroughly Chinese neighborhood. The arts bring out the best of the East meets West scene that is Hong Kong, uniting for a common love
Although this is certainly not a children’s bookstore, there is a lovely playground and amphitheater outside for kids to stretch their legs. For children interested in film as mine are the books and magazines will be fascinating at the very least the babyccino will be delicious and distracting for a little bit. The café is relaxed and welcoming to families and the menu in its simplicity is kid friendly.
Yau Ma Tei has lots of other activities as well, the Jade market, flower market, etc. but Kubrick is a bit different, off the tourist trail this café is about studying an interest and perhaps getting the chance to meet other Cinephiles from all over the world. Oh one word of caution, and I kinda love this one, no Wi-Fi this café is about books not computers!
Details: Kubrick, Shop H2, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei. Open Daily 11:30am – 10pm. Easiest to get there by MTR Tseun Wan line to Yau Ma Tie, exit C, Head west on Man Ming Lane until corner, left onto Arthur Street for two blocks, right onto Public Square Street, Prosperous Garden entrance will be on your right after about 200 meters. The walk will take about five minutes.