Located at a small community in Shek Kip Mei, Toolsshk has surprisingly attracted a lot of stationery and coffee fans. Local magazines are constantly featuring this little cornered shop and its instagram keeps updating amazing photos. While the coffee shop bloom is still happening, more and more people in Hong Kong are looking for their perfect cup and hoping to bring their coffee drinking habit to another level: handcrafted gourmet coffee. I am not [yet] a coffee person so I cannot comment on how the coffee there is, but hey, they sell stationery too? Then that’s worth spending an afternoon there and exploring.
사람들로 가득 차있고 또 놀랄 만큼 예쁜 다양한 팬시문구들도 많이 팔고 있어요. 약간 구석진 곳에 자리하고 있음에도 지역 잡지사들이 찾아와 주기적으로 기사화할 만큼 유명한 곳이에요. 자체적으로 운영하는 인스타그램에도 항상 어메이징한 사진을 업데이트 하고 있어요.
요즘 커피 붐이 한창 일어나고 있고, 더 많은 사람들이 좀 더 수준 높은 커피를 찾는데 혈안이 되어있어요. 저는 아직 커피인(?)이 아니기 때문에 Toolsshk의 커피에 대해 의견을 말하기는 어렵지만 그래도, 다양한 종류의 예쁜 팬시문구가 있으니까 한 번 쯤 오후에 시간을 내서 구경을 해보는 것도 나름 가치 있는 일이 될 거라고 생각해요.
It was a hot summery day so my friend and I ordered one each a fruity smoothie. My friend picked the special while-stock-last menu: peach smoothie and I went for my all time favourtie – mango! You may also request to add lactic acid into your smoothie at the same price at $45. The fresh mango smoothie was really delicious, refreshing and fulfilling (in such a big jar).
We also ordered some snacks as I did not have breakfast yet. The wings were cooked with spices and herbs (totally my taste!) upon order, and one portion comes with 4 wings so it’s perfect for two persons to share (like us) or eat all on your own (if you’re really that hungry)!
** Photo on the right – my friend and also one of the photographers of Sweet Petite K
Toolsshk is something what we call “small shop” in Cantonese. It does not have any fancy or glamorous interiors or fixtures, yet the casualness, mixed with a spark of playfulness makes this stationery cafe very unique and interesting. It imports a lot of stationery pieces from many other countries like Japan, USA, Germany but they also do sell some local designs or collaborate with other artists to launch several products.
Everything looks amazingly great and tempting. Look at the washi tapes in the big glass jar. Can you resist that? My friend and I spent like 45 minutes to “scan through” their whole shop from shelves to corners (did I mention that the shop is really small?) and probably the staff there found us really weird…
Then I spotted this binder clip pack and the minty pen. There are 3 colours and 3 sizes of the clips. Of course I picked the gold and the smallest size. All are $40 per pack, with small (19mm) comes with 10 clips, middle (32mm) comes with 6 and large (51mm) comes with 3 clips. I know Log-on is also selling similar clips but at a slightly higher cost and this packaging is definitely so much better and looks so much more classy than the one you can find in Log-on.
The pen I chose is also $40, which you can easily find its refills from some local stationery shop as it is made by a famous stationery brand named BiC . I am thinking to use it with my personal planner because their colours match so well (find here).
If you are planning to go there for a drink and a few pieces of stationery, I will suggest you to go around 12ish at weekdays (fewer people) so you can actually look at the products one by one and I am sure you can always find surprises somewhere at the corners or behind the tags.
With purchase above $50, you can use their stationery tools box to decorate and design your own note card. Some handcrafting time, huh? YAY! xoxo
Some closer shots of what I have bought there. Hope you have enjoyed reading this post! xoxo
Shop No.2-3, G/F Fook Tin Bldg, No.38 Wai Chi Street, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon (Close on Mondays)