Freelancers and coffee lovers alike will know: a truly good spot to hang around, with both strong Wi-Fi and good coffee, is almost as hard to find as unicorns themselves. But fear not: we have done the legwork and have found several reliable gems all over town to add to your list. These are the best Hong Kong cafes with free wi-fi:
A coffee shop we can get behind, Cafe 8 is a scenic spot atop the Maritime Museum that’s also a social enterprise. Apart from providing training and career opportunities to students with learning disabilities, Cafe 8 also serves up a full food menu and an indulgent selection of cakes to enjoy while you work.
Roof Level, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Ferry Pier No.8, Central, 3791-2158.
Part of the Sai Ying Pun hipster dining scene, Coffee by Zion is a sunny, spacious cafe that serves up hearty all-day breakfast items and a great cup of flat white to go along with them. There aren’t too many power plugs around, but there is Wi-Fi all day long and the staff are lovely.
Shop 1, Chung King Court, 83 First Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2857-1838.
Perched a few streets above Po Hing Fong is Lof10, an industrial and bare-bones cafe that’s both photo-perfect and has a sense of nonchalance about it. Admittedly, Lof10 doesn’t have the fastest internet, but it is a great place to set up shop for a few hours on a quiet afternoon. For a more city center vibe, head to the Causeway Bay branch, which also offers a bigger food menu.
Shop 1B, 1 U Lam Terrance, Sheung Wan, 2540-2210.
Now with branches in Central, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui among other hot spots in town, The Coffee Academics is a convenient choice that has reliable Wi-Fi, coffee, all-day breakfast and plenty of seats — especially if you head to the one on Yiu Wa Street.
G/F, 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, 2156-0313.
If you frequent the Sai Ying Pun area, The Hideout is much like its namesake: a great place for some quiet time. Though it does get more customers on weekends, the upstairs area usually isn’t too full for a solid few hours of working on your laptop. There are one or two power plugs available so make sure you seat yourself strategically.
Shop B, 63 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2858-1012.
A common stomping ground for freelancers, Why50 has a fantastic amount of power plugs and seats available in its small space. Staff are always welcoming, coffee is great, and we’re giving bonus points for delicious hot dishes and being a short distance from the MTR. Don’t forget your punching card because you get one free coffee for every 10 you buy.
Shop E, G/F, Fu Fai Commercial Centre, 27 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, 6532-4161.
One of the more recent additions to the Jordan area, Café Revol is conveniently close to the Jordan MTR and a great choice if you’re looking for a place near Tsim Sha Tsui. Cafe Revol also has plenty of spacious seating, power plugs as well as pastries and house-blend expressos to keep you fueled.
Shop 5, G/F, Fortune Terrace, 14-16 Tak Shing Street, Jordan, 3702-0170.
Though not strictly a cafe, we are including this one because it’s often hard to find a quiet space on Kowloon side. Desk-one is a space for anyone who needs a desk or a quiet space to read, work or study. Chargeable by the hour or day, you can enjoy free snacks and coffee along with free Wi-Fi and power in the reading zone or quiet zone. There’s also a branch in Causeway Bay.
23/F, Chung Kiu Commercial Building, 47-51 Shantung Street, Mong Kok, 2185-6661.
Prince Edward and Sham Shui Po dwellers can now retreat to a coffee shop near them. This independent cafe has some delicious hot dishes like Japanese rice bowls or pasta for lunch and dinner, as well as homemade cakes and of course, free Wi-Fi and power.
G/F, 434 Portland Street, Mong Kok (closest to Prince Edward MTR).
Independent cafes are hard to come by in the Tsim Sha Tsui area, but N1 Coffee & Co is a good call for a quick hour or two of working on your laptop. It’s usually crowded but it can be a lifesaver if you’re in need of a desk and a cuppa joe.
Shop G, 34 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3568-4726.
[Updated November 2018]