The next stop on my list of character cafes to visit in Hong Kong was the Hello Kitty Secret Garden cafe located on Ormsby Street in Tai Hang on Hong Kong Island. Thankfully I was staying in nearby Causeway Bay so it only took me just over ten minutes to walk there from my hotel. However if you are using the MTR to get there, then the closest station to the cafe is Tin Hau on the Island Line – you will need Exit B and then it’s just over a five minute walk from there.
You cannot miss the outside of the cafe as you are walking past and I loved that they had put an umbrella over the Hello Kitty statue as it was indeed raining that day! I spent a few minutes taking photos of all the Hello Kitty details before I went inside.
I visited Hello Kitty Secret Garden on a Friday afternoon and after reading various blogs online I was expecting the cafe to be very busy however when I arrived, I was the only person there! The cafe is very small and there is only a handful of tables so I can see how there is sometimes a wait to be seated. I also read online that there is a time limit of one hour inside but I did not see any sign of this whilst I was there.
Even though the cafe serves breakfast, soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers, I decided to order just a coffee and a cake as I had already eaten lunch earlier in the day. I had a Latte and a Strawberry Mont Blanc cake. They did not have any soy milk but my need for a coffee with some Hello Kitty latte art on top of it outweighed my dislike for normal milk so I had to order it!
My Strawberry Mont Blanc cake was delicious although the only thing that made it Hello Kitty was the pink bow on top – I think I’d been spoilt by the intricate details on the Dim Sum at Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine in Kowloon. However I loved the Hello Kitty on my Latte which stayed in place until I nearly finished my drink! There was also free wifi available in the cafe.
My bill at Hello Kitty Secret Garden came to HK$97 which at the time worked out to about £9.50. True it’s expensive for just a coffee and a cake but I did not mind paying this as it was actually nice to sit and enjoy a coffee in peace and quiet in somewhere which wasn’t a Starbucks for a change.
Would I go back? Definitely.