F&B establishments come and go in Hong Kong, but that also means we get a fresh dose of new concepts and instagrammable spots every month. As fall draws closer, here are some of the new and noteworthy cafes to check out.
A minimal and extremely Instagrammable cafe newly joining Central’s Mee Lun Street, Elixir used to be a hidden gem on Haven Street in Causeway Bay. True to the brand’s design DNA, the store is mostly soothing granite — a perfect backdrop for delicious cakes and good coffee.
9 Mee Lun Street, Central, 6083-0915.
Quietly opened on the harborfront of West Kowloon Cultural District, Rest Coffee Gin is a cafe-bar hybrid that has a beautiful view. During the day, you’ll find coffee served in handmade ceramic cups, and at night, a collection of curated gin cocktails. Their thick-cut wagyu sandwich is not to be missed.
Shop 04, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, West Kowloon.
A change of pace from the minimalist cafes, Mamaday is a colorful Taipei import, now with its second branch in Tsim Sha Tsui. Not just great for photos, they also have a menu of curious dishes like salted egg, avocado and crab meat pizza.
2/F, Southgate Commercial Centre, 29 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2345-6856.
Though located all the way in Lai Chi Kok, One Tenth’s location gives it the sense of calm a good cafe should have. From espresso coffee to hand drip and homemade cakes, it’s a great spot to spend an afternoon with a book in hand.
Shop 510, 5/F, Premier Centre, 20 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok.
More than just a cafe, Jisaam Books is a communal space and book store with antiques and secondhand books for you to explore and discover. Founded by two young locals, the shop oozes a sense of nostalgia. They also play host to live music sessions, pop-up stores and book sharing panels.
Room 1202, Grand Place, 558-560 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei.
Now an established brand name known for its store design as well as coffee, NOC is expanding in Asia and Hong Kong with a sense of vigour. Their latest branch in Tin Hau is a big space with plenty of airy natural light and soothing curved lines in its design, as well as their signature menu of light bites and smooth coffee.
23 Mercury Street, Tin Hau, 3619-7500.
Tucked in Tit Hong Lane in Central, Trois Cafe is a modern cafe serving single-origin brews and paninis, but also is home to a piece of Hong Kong history. The exposed brick wall in the main seating area is actually from more than a century ago, and matches well with the ceramic-tiled wall that remained from the cha chan teng that was previously in this location from the 50s.
6 Tit Hong Lane, Central, 2833-6980.
Located on the skirts of the Poho area, C Dou Cafe gets a new look after the Urban Coffee Roaster pop-up in the same spot, and actually still serves coffee made from the same UCR beans. Cosy and warm with plenty of wooden tones, C Dou is also a fantastic pick for a lazy weekend brunch.
G/F, 4 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan.
Another Taiwanese import, Jie Genge is a spacious two-story cafe that also has a balcony where shisha is offered. Not just a place for coffee, you’ll find hearty sandwiches and rice stew on the menu. Opened until 3 am, this Mongkok spot is good for any time of day.
G/F, 160 Portland Street, Mongkok, 2787-7328.
After Infiniti C’s success in Kennedy Town, their second branch in Sai Ying Pun brings the same passion for gluten-free dishes and keto-friendly bites. With a bigger space and a bigger, more colorful menu, Infiniti C By October is one to be bookmarked, especially for those with special dietary requirements but who want to eat their cake too.
Shop A, G/F, Kings Hill, 38 Western Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2468-2848.
There’s no shortage of cafes in the Sai Ying Pun area, but Hashtag Cafe stands out with its menu of Melbournian speciality drinks like Magic made with double ristretto, and Hashtag, a refreshing drink with espresso, lemon and tonic. The barista is also a world champion in latte art, so make sure your cameras are at the ready.
99B High Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2896-6683.
Last but definitely not least, Neighbourhood Coffee is a quaint spot in Aberdeen created with love for the community and nostalgia from the old fishing village days. Raw with exposed concrete and potted plants, the cafe design reflects the Aberdeen aesthetics. You can also flip through their curation of books about local culture and art while you sip on their coffee.
Shop No.2, G/F, Abba Center, 223-227 Aberdeen Main Road, Aberdeen.