Cafe Solo
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Gourmet Coffee in a Traditional Fishing Village
Tai O is a traditional fishing village on Lantau Island, Hong Kong, that is famous for its houses on stilts and its fresh and dried seafood. It's a cute, albeit touristy, place to wander around, although I often feel uncomfortable with the idea of traditional-home-as-tourist-attraction. Cafe Solo is a good opportunity to slow down and interact with the village in some limited manner, rather than merely passing through. It's a cramped coffee shop with a simple deck on the water that offers sweet views of the stilted houses, the boats, and the mountains behind. There's a decent selection of fresh-roasted coffee that would hold its own against any gourmet establishment in the United States—and which is served in adorable heart-shaped cups. The minimum charge encourages you to sample one of the homemade desserts, or perhaps an affogato.
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