A walk through Mongkok’s Flower Market with kids is a beautiful, colorful, often exhausting excursion. Treat yourself and your kids to a break at Hay Fever to relax and restore…java style!   Beyond the overflowing buckets of flowers and berries and greens out front, Hay Fever has a classy selection of plants and container gardens (perfect as gifts), plus a hidden gem of a cafe in the back of the shop.

Hay Fever owners Martin and Tammy Tsoi know their flowers, as they’ve been in the wholesale business for 20+ years. But this is their new retail venture, and it seems to come straight from the heart. The shop is spacious and well laid out, and the staff is helpful and friendly towards kids. After you’ve taken a walk through the shop, park yourself and your kids at one of the inviting picnic tables, hit the (nice and clean) restroom, and order a drink and a snack. Many products on the menu are fair trade, including the delish coffee (roasted in Hong Kong!) and chocolates. And if you’re in the mood for something more, try the filling and yummy steak and chicken pies from Ali Oli in Sai Kung.

Once you’ve been restored at this little oasis, get back out there! Be sure to check out Yuen Po Street Bird Garden by taking a left up the stairs at the end of Flower Market Road.