Serenity Now

Sometimes a busy coffee shop with barista’s shouting out “latte” “cappuccino” just doesn’t seem like the place one goes to unwind or relax. I’ll explain why. The flat above us is being renovated, there’s street construction below and the building across the way is being prepared for demolition. Peace and quiet while savoring a good cup of java was in order. I found such a place to escape to in Soho, Central. Antique Patisserie & Fine Chocolates (32 Lyndhurst Terrace) was just what I needed. Once inside, the noise disappeared and somehow I am already feeling like I’ve found my own sanctuary. Now to make a decision as to what to have with my cappuccino.

After looking at all the possibilities, I finally narrowed my search down to ‘Nouvelle Une’ (white chocolate orange mousse cake). I’m in heaven! The cappuccino is served in a generous cup of fine bone china from Villeroy & Boch. My dessert consists of a sponge cake wrapped around white chocolate mousse and topped with fresh berries. So light and so easy to consume.

Antique opened October 2005 and has recently opened another shop in the basement of Sogo. There are plans for another location in the Lee Gardens. The pastries are all locally made while their chocolates, Whittamer are imported from Belgium. The coffee comes from an Australian company called Vittoria Coffee.

Looking for a place to go for afternoon tea? Antique offers a good selection of tea sets starting from HKD$45.00 and they offer this all day long.


  1. Bruno on August 29, 2006 at 13:37

    Sounds like a nice alternative to Starbucks!

    What was the green on the exterior of your cake?


  2. The Culinary Chase on August 30, 2006 at 00:23

    Hi Bruno, The green part was the sponge cake & the green bits sticking out of the top was white chocolate colored green. The only non-edible piece was the paper ribbon. Cheers!