Poplar Street and Cheung Sha Wan Road, looking north (1960).
Kopak Cafe 紅棉餐廳 was on the west side of Poplar south of Cheung Sha Wan Road. I don’t remember if it had an English sign so cafe is assumed given the small space inside. It was I believe more famous for its bakery products. You can select your loaf of bread, and the man slices it for you using a electric slicer and pushing the small platform back and forth. Here, I bought 車輪包 my favourite in mid-1950s.
The next several years I stopped walking this way. In early 1960s when I walked this way again, they have renovated the front with a new sign panel above head (shown in this photo).
I wonder if these shops on Poplar had their addresses listed on Poplar Street. The current Geoinfo Map lumps all the places into one Cheung Fung Commercial Building on Cheung Sha Wan. Reader tkjho reminded me of Kopak’s neighbour the mid-wife clinic where he was born (and my younger brother also) in the early 1950s. I remember walking up one level of stairs from Cheung Sha Wan to visit my mother so the clinic must be the corner unit above Kopak in this photo. I have no information when the clinic closed.
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