They say nothing prepares you for motherhood, and being 3 months into the gig I can officially say this is so totally true. Being one of the founders of Sassy Mama I thought I knew what it meant to be a busy mama in this town even without being one myself and now that I have a little one of my own I am officially ready to admit I had NO idea!
What really threw me for a loop is how much I now rack my brain to seek out family-friendly places here in the 852. Gone are the days where I rocked up in my heels and teeny-tiny clutch for champagne brunch on a late Saturday morning. Now I am visualising which places have space for my stroller, how their changing facilities are and if I could get away with breast-feeding in public without getting awkward stares. Yup, times have definitely changed for this new mama and while I am ready for a bit more family-friendly in my life, I so totally need it in a way that mixes kid-friendly with an adult-friendly vibe.
So… new (ish) café Recharge is seriously ticking all my boxes for a fab hangout for the family and it does so without feeling like you have gone to Kiddie City! Located on Podium 4 of Cyberport 2, the café has got to be a welcome relief to loads of residents of Pok Fu Lam (I tend to think that most of Cyberport lacks soul). Even if you happen to live in another part of town the green grass of Cyberport’s podium, which is located just outside of Recharge’s doors, is a must-visit for anyone struggling with life in our concrete jungle.
The café serves up great coffee and on every occasion I have been to Recharge it has been full with mamas carrying large cups of coffee with little ones in tow. They also serve fresh juices and smoothies for those who want something refreshing, and their counter is full of muffins, scones and croissants. If you want something a bit more substantial you can also grab a sandwich, which are delivered daily from Classified.
Now the café space is open plan and it’s really great (a favourite is the kids area situated behind the counter – see more below!) but what really takes the cake for me is the Recharge picnic hamper. You can request that your order be placed in a picnic basket and the staff will bring your food and a rug for you to sit on so you can enjoy a yummy picnic outdoors! My only wish is that I could order a bottle of wine in the basket (see, I really am all about mixing adult-friendly with family friendly!). While they don’t serve wine at Recharge (boo!) Keith, the owner, told me he would happily chill your bottle at the counter if you want to bring it yourself or buy from the local ParkNShop International.
Here is the scoop on what I think about Recharge…
Thumbs up: By far, the proximity to the Podium is what I love the most about Recharge. There is something so refreshing about being able to enjoy a cup of coffee or picnic on a lawn in Hong Kong. This rarely happens! The kids play area indoors is also great for mamas who want to stay inside for their cuppa. They also have free wi-fi, which is great for any working mamas who need to get out of the house to get some work done.
Thumbs down: I would love to see an earlier opening time on the weekends as I am quickly learning that weekends no longer are for sleeping in. This mama needs her coffee way earlier than 9am these days!
Play area: Tucked behind the main counter is a small area for the kids, that is full of games, books and a chalkboard for drawing. They also have larger balls and games that can be taken outside on the grass.
Stroller access: Yes – if you take the lift near the Post Office and Vogue Dry Cleaners you can get to Recharge avoiding any stairs or escalators.
High chairs: Yes.
Kids menu: There isn’t a specific children’s menu but there is plenty on the menu that would appeal to little ones’ tummies.
Price range: From $25 up to around $50.
Opening hours: Daily from 10.30am – 7pm.
Opening hours: Weekdays, 8am-6pm; Weekends 9am-6pm
Recharge Level 4 Podium, Cyberport 2, Cyberport, Pokfulam, Hong Kong