| Peak Lookout
Wordie, Jason (2002) Streets –
Exploring Hong Kong Island.
Hong Kong, Hong Kong University Press, pp. 91-97.
The Peak Lookout is a low, bungalow-style building, and
has counterparts in other old British hill-stations in
the region, such as Eraser's Hill near Kuala Lumpur and
Penang Hill. For decades the Peak had a highland village
feel to it, with very little traffic and no crowds. The
nearest the place came to bustling activity before the
war was at the old Peak Hotel next to the Peak Train,
which served cream teas and hot buttered crumpets on foggy
winter afternoons. For many local families in the 1950s.
a trip up to the Peak followed by an ice-cream or lunch
at the Peak
Cafe — as it was then known — remains a well-remembered
Sunday treat, and one of the few outings available.
For decades very little changed at the cafe, either the
menu, the decor or the prices. As the local population's
tastes and expectations expanded, the old-style Peak Cafe
lost its appeal and gradually declined in popularity.
Threatened with demolition in the early 1990s, a spirited
campaign to save it resulted in a face-lift, new management
and greatly renewed popularity. Increased prices reflected
the changes, but the attractive old building lead an atmosphere
lacking in many newer places. It has since changed hands
as well as changed its name, and the interior design has
been completely altered.