It’s rare to see small and interesting “indie” cafes in Hong Kong on the street level due to the outrageous rents in this city. So it has became a trend to open cafes on the upper floors of business buildings which has cheaper rent. Thus these cafes were coined “Upstair cafe.” Upstair cafes are usually themed, homey and have more personalities than your boring Starbuck.
Just when our tired feet could not walk further, we spotted the catchy signage of People’s Recreation Community at Causeway Bay. I’ve read about it before as it was one of the first upstair cafe + bookstores in Hong Kong that started the trend. Using Mao & Communist propaganda as theme, People’s is more known as a bookstore that sells political books about Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong and the touchy subjects between the three. They have special sections on banned-in-China books as well as books on “6/4.” They also carry design, lifestyle and indie comic books too.
People is located on the 2nd floor and the space is compact. We noticed one shelf was filled with Japanese baby formula for sell. At that time I thought they were just being ironic with the Poison milk scandal in China. Later on I read that they deliberately sell these Japanese baby formula as they became a super hit commodity among Mainland Chinese tourists. Guess that’s also another way to lure them to check out the banned books?
The interior space is small but they managed to fit in 3 tables. The vibe was cozy and quiet. And it’s great that you can take and browse any book while sipping drinks.
I love love love the menu! It was pasted inside an old communist Propaganda clip art book. (Kind of a waste though). There’re lots of cool clip art inside, I wish I could own this book. They have other old clip art books for sell but they aren’t as good as this one. I bought one nonetheless.
I got an Apple tea with Tibetan comb honey. Very delicious. It smells wonderful and refreshing.
Hazelnut latte. Surprisingly good coffee. Rich and strong.
They also have homemade dessert. The drinks are high quality, and so many interesting books and magazines to browse though. Definitely a cool place to hang out. If you find yourself around the Time Square area in Causeway Bay and need a coffee/tea break, skip Starbuck and come here instead.
People’s recreation community 人民公社
1/F, 18 Russell Street, Causeway Bay,