New Japanese antique cafe Yukkuri opens in Kowloon City
Kowloon City is a wonderful area to explore. Besides Little Thailand’s restaurant enclave and the variety of small independent shops or boutiques, there are also a handful of cafes and cafes to visit, including the recently opened Yukkuri.
Run by four millennials: Pete, owner of the Hatch Area antique store; Cammi, founder of the local brand Yiju Production Co.; and Kenneth and Yanki of Chang Chang Goods Store – who all have a similar passion and appreciation for Japanese antiques and crafts – Yukkuri, which means “slowly” in Japanese, provides a carefree and relaxing environment for all who s ‘walk there. Store owners also interpret the store’s name as a combination of “Yururi,” meaning “relax,” and “Yutori,” the Japanese term used to refer to the millennial generation.
The cafe is a far cry from your usual Instagram based cafes in Hong Kong. From its vintage oak front door – salvaged from an old French village – to the collection of fascinating antiques neatly displayed on wooden tables and shelves, stepping into Yukkuri feels like stepping into a museum. There are old books from the Edo period, a kerosene lamp from the Taishō period, tableware handmade by Japanese ceramist Tatsuma Segawa, and many other handicrafts and antiques all under one roof. Even if you are not an antique enthusiast, you will certainly appreciate the amount of effort and detail that has gone into the shop and its interior.
Yukkuri is currently in its smooth opening phase, so the menu is still relatively small, but here it’s all about quality rather than quantity. A must-try is the Yukkuri Red Bean Toast, which uses Japanese red beans and a light and sweet brioche cream bun. For drinks, try the hojicha black sesame iced latte or the genmai iced matcha latte. The cafe also serves cold coffee brewed by Rest Cafe Gin, one of our best coffee bars in town. Yukkuri does not take walk-in clients at this time, so plan ahead if you want to visit and make your reservation through this link.
424 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon City (open 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)
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