For many of us, our daily cup of joe is possibly more important than breakfast. As Hong Kong slowly emerges from the wake of the virus, we are encouraged to start combing our city for quiet new openings, especially cute cafes! Read on for the latest cafes in town that are worth checking out.
After Coffee Jobs’ departure in Mongkok, came the arrival of Black Coffee in its location. From the people who founded HeySoNuts in To Kwa Wan, Black Coffee serves a combination of caffeine, desserts, and some fusion mains like smoked salmon black garlic paste spaghetti in a stylish, black-hued interior.
G/F, 3 Kwong Hwa Street, Mong Kok.
Blue Bottle probably needs no introduction. The Californian coffee chain finally made its way to our town after several concepts around Asia, and Hong Kong’s location is conveniently located on Lyndhurst Terrace. Expect queues at the trendy store, serving their signature cold brews and waffles, as well as beans and merch to take home.
38 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central.
Both a design studio as well as a cafe, Bone Studio is a hidden gem that offers Japanese roasted coffee and cakes in a warm wooden interior that feels cosy and welcoming. Nestled near Sai Ying Pun, it is perfect for an iced coffee break in the summer heat, especially if you’ve got your furry friend in tow!
38 Bonham Road, Mid-levels.
The stylish new arrival at IFC mall with the instagrammable oil slick feature wall is none other than a NODI offspring, run by the same team behind NODI that was at Jack Wills Causeway Bay (RIP!) and still is at Tom Dixon on Lyndhurst Terrace. The new concept is more than just a cafe — it also allows customers to bring their own pour-over beans for brewing, and has a range of coffee beans in stock for purchase.
Shop 1104A, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central.
Tucked next to the new Storerooms in Sham Shui Po, Coffee of the Day is among one of the few new cafes and hip shops opening in the up-and-coming area destined to be the next Poho or Star Street. With each coffee, you’ll also receive a motivational quote of the day to keep you inspired. If you’ve got a furry friend, you can also sip on an iced coffee and take a break on the bench outside.
Shop B, G/f, 172-174 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po.
We love DeTour’s Sai Ying Pun location, but we are even happier that they decided to open up in Sheung Wan! Almost at the edge of Sai Ying Pun, the new location is bright and airy with curved floor-to-ceiling windows. Though only with a few seats, it is still a great spot for coffee catch-ups and even an hour or two of working.
G/F, 379 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan.
The latest venture by Cupping Room brings not just a stylish black-and-gold space above Lyndhurst terrace, but also a place for both coffee and cocktails. The Doubleshot refers to both caffeine and alcohol, and there is also a collection of Spanish-inspired tapas and bigger plates on the menu to go with your choice of beverage.
1F, Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road, Central.
Opened by Hypebeast and connected to their concept store in Landmark, Hypebeans is a minimal and to-go spot to pick up your dose of caffeine or a trendy Spiced Espresso Yuenyeung. Just be sure not to get lured next door to pick up a limited edition pair of kicks on your coffee run.
B30, B/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central.
It is hard to miss Joint’s matcha green doors, especially now that they have moved on from their smaller Kennedy Town space to the new but equally minimal yet warm location in Wanchai. You’ll want to go in for a cup of coffee or maybe a few photos for the ‘gram, but soon you’ll find fast friends in the lovely team who’ll make you feel home.
Owned by a Korean, Kactus Koffee is a beautiful cafe that fits right into the streets of Seoul. As Sham Shui Po rises to become the next Brooklyn, Kactus Koffee joins the line-up of cafes, offering delightful waffles, open-face sandwiches, and of course, coffee — made with milk from Korea!
164 Haitan Street, Sham Shui Po.
One of the longest-standing cafes in Hong Kong, with its original branch in Mongkok, finally arrives on the island. Now on Stanley Street, Knockbox continues to provide the much-needed caffeine in a warm and inviting space, decked out in wooden elements. For the best kind of sugar rush, be sure to pick up a cookie from Baked Indulgence sold there too.
G/F, 50B Stanley Street, Central.
In Yau Ma Tei and Jordan, there are a lot of old architecture that deserves to be preserved, which is why we are super glad to see Mamaday Studio taking over this three-story Tong Lau and giving it new life. Head here of course for coffee and cake, but also to check out its kaleidoscopic interiors and chill out on their two balconies.
105 Parkes Street, Jordan.
Another newcomer to the Sham Shui Po area, Nomad is more than just a cafe. This dining concept is influenced by Japanese culture, serving fusion creations like Kabayaki eel burger and uni risotto to go with their list of curated sakes. Mark this spot for a quick coffee during the day, or head there for an evening treat in its industrial and raw space.
G/F, 32 Poplar Street, Sham Shui Po.
For those who frequent the area, you will be familiar with the lovely folks at Midway. They recently opened a coffee stand next doors, perfect for an iced latte on a hot day. Small, with only standing room for a handful of people, the minimal shop space keeps the focus on coffee. You’ll also find handpicked coffee beans and coffee bags from Japan to take home and experience.
G/F, 132A Ki Lung Street, Sham Shui Po.
More of a coffee studio than a cafe, Sonne CAD in Tai Hang is focused on one thing only, and determined to get it right. Their menu features a rotation of coffee beans from around the globe, served by drip, siphon or from time to time in espresso form. Housed in a revamped historic building with a beautiful wooden front door, this is the place to explore and appreciate coffee at its best and purest.
G/F, 16 San Tsuen Street, Tai Hang.
The second venture by the team behind vegetarian cafe Years, The Park by Years is a bigger, brighter and also vegetarian- and vegan-friendly spot serving everything from Impossible coriander burger to braised pears with pancakes. Their coffees are also made with plant-based milk, and you’ll also find other creative and healthy concoctions like banana papaya oat milk.
132 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po.