Apparently, there is a steadily increase in the number of western coffee shops around Hong Kong in comparison to the traditional canton style cafe which are decreasing. I mean its such a struggle to take preference as I love both equally and definitely does not want our canton style cafe disappearing because that’s where the fundamental Hong Kong foodie culture comes from.
Nevertheless, my take on sharing with you where I have been (in the past 6 months in HK) and let you decide whether its worth adding them onto your to visit list while visiting Hong Kong…
Cafe Deadend – 72 Po Hing Fong, Hong Kong
Located on the quiet area of Sheung Wan, this cafe is famous for quality food menu served with bread made from Po Atelier next door. What I enjoy the most is coming early around this area and enjoy a quiet breakfast sitting outside while reading your book. This place gets a little busy at lunch and afternoon so its probably wiser to come early. Beside the good hot or iced latte that I have tried, their apple tart is something that you should not be missed out on. I made my way after my leather class one Sunday and learnt that it was SOLD OUT only around 3pm. You might have guessed what I did… I went before my class just to eat their apple tart on the following Sunday!! A perfect cafe to enjoy chill time on your weekend.
Toolss – G/F, Fook Tin Building, 38 Wai Chi Street
A new comer in the end of 2014, the owner was previously a fashion editor but got tired of the fashion chasing and go for his dream of owning a coffee shop; he drew an associate of coffee with stationary (sth new hey!). Located in Shek Kip Mei amongst those industrial buildings and car garage, a different atmosphere! The shop is petite but love the wooden bar and stools also their serving cups/tray. However, I do feel the body lacks a little aroma and body. It might have improved since my visit!? Nevertheless, if you are near this neighbourhood, its worth stopping by.
Cafe Hay Fever – G/F., 62-64 Flower Market Road
This visit was unexpected, I walked by the shop while I was exploring around the flower market near MTR Prince Edward. And bump into this shop that the front half is a shop, the back half is a coffee shop. Its in a floral shop so you do see loads of greens and floral related items/books lying around in the cafe. The coffee and latte art was indeed really good, I cannot resist such a nicely made latte art on my coffee top. Nice little cafe perfect for stopping by after your weekend floral purchase.
No one will not recognised this developed chain of coffee shop/cafe that does western dinner too. I tend to avoid well known chains if I have got a choice but we was out of choice at the time for wifi and sockets. Coincidentally, we went to this shop and guessed what I found? My favourite carrot cake(!), something I misses of the London scene. Howdy, not the best carrot cake I have tasted but nevertheless, the coffee in this cafe is definitely better than some chain but not as good as other boutique barista coffee shop though. I still enjoyed my hangouts in this chain though.
Coco Espresso – Stanley Street
I never get around to visit their Queens Road branch and thank god they’ve opened one on Stanley Street! Yay! Closer to my then office, so I made my way there one lunch to pick up some photos after my South Korea trip. This little gem is definitely worth a visit, the atmosphere is modern and pleasant with some tall tables at the back of the shop. There’s some by wall bar table with stool, not the most comfortable sitting ever but you do get that casual hang out feel from this boutique coffee. Make sure you visit this place early around lunch time to get a seat, otherwise the place get filled up; of course, you can always buy one to go like most…
Coffee Academics – 35-45 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai
On the top of the list to visit while you are in HK, my first visit was after a lunch run to airport and back into HK island just so that I can doss the remaining hours of my day in this coffee shop before I trek home back to NT side of Hong Kong. The shop have from by window bar table to high communal wooden table; and to more cosy small tables to choose from. I personally choice would be the high communal table, love how everyone brings their laptop and work on it alone. Do we go coffee shop to find some company to prove you’re not the only solo person? howdy, I would say the service lack a little but their barista skills are top notch, love how rich and full body my flat white was.. can’t stop keep getting the top down view of them. Perfect place to work alone with a nice cup. what about noises? when you focus on doing what you’re doing, you won’t get to hear a thing!
The Cofftea Shop – Yue On Building, 78-86 Catchick St, Kennedy Town
Knew about this place so long ago, but its so far beyond Sheung Wan for me to visit. Not until one Sunday that I get dragged my bestie to go Kennedy Town to check out the area when Kenndy Town MTR was finally operating. Cofftea is a tiny coffee shop by the corner of the neighbour, not many sitting space and expected people are mainly buy to go. This place was special in terms of the machine that they use, they were still using hand press coffee machine to extract the coffee out. I got curious and asked why or how… the barista replied and goes its all by experience! booo! Nevertheless, using the hand press and still can get a decent shot is still amazing! Howdy, the latte was great, not overly powering of the coffee taste but a smooth pleasant cup I would say. Worth to pop by if you’re in Kennedy Town!
Colour Brown Cafe – Sai Kung
This was definitely out of expected visit in Sai Kung after my walk around and waiting for dinner hours to arrive. There I ordered my latte with a typical HK Peanut butter toast with condensed milk. Nice heart latte art hey! Sitting outdoor enjoying the breeze was something that you should do on your weekend in HK before the humid summer arrives. The atmosphere plus this glass of decent latte, I would say it was definitely a good ending to my Sunday weekend.
Common Ground – G/F, 19 Shing Wong Road, Central
Well well…a little of a hike up heel when you want to visit this little gem on in between Sheung Wan and Central. I love this place, not too much on the foods that they provide (why would my english breakfast all chopping up and served individually?!) but for their coffee I will definitely return for it. The ambiance of this coffee shop is neat and cosy, right next to a stair case but it still offers a quiet environment for you to catch up or do your own things in the shop. They have outside stable and stair seating as well. If you walk up you will have reach Caine Road.. Imagine that steep up heel climb? The furniture, loved wooden stuff! and take a looky to their China used, quality!! The staffs were pretty laid back and appears to be from aboard that’s probably brought the whole western environment back in town. Must visit from me!
Cupping room – off Queen’s Road
Another boutique turned into a few shops (I do wonder why can’t people create new names rather than a chain?? I hate chains!!!!) Their brunch choices were amazing, equally their coffees aren’t bad considering their barista was the winner in the Barista Championship. Having said that my personal preference kicks in and found that their coffee is slightly more sour and bitter to my usual cupping. Can’t fault much of this place beside the lamps on top of the reflected table, making it super hard to get nice shot down.
Elephant Ground – Gough Street
Lost count of how many times I have been to Elephant Ground at lunch just to get my coffee fix. Elephant Ground operates inside a clothing shop, very tiny corner with some bar sittings and outside bar sittings. One Friday lunch I literately just sat by the outdoor bar bit and enjoy my own quiet Friday to unwind for the weekend. It was very pleasant, overlooking what people do in the park below the coffee shop.Their iced and hot coffee are good, their cups were pretty big and loved the half body of the elephant legs! And what’s getting famous is their ice-cream sandwiches!!!!! I only had it twice so far, wish I get to try more when I was around… must go on weekend!
Lof10 – G/F, 1 U Lam Terrace, Sheung Wan
Saw a lot of IG shots of this coffee shop, they have stools on the shop font and people enjoy outdoor sitting there! Additionally, they have this raw communal table and wooden stools by the entrance makes it extra attractive to enter into this coffee shop (maybe only me!?). I was hungry after leather class and went for a flat white and pineapple roll. Really enjoyed both, love how the presentation of the roll and how it has chopped pineapple inside. The coffee probably one of the best in town and enjoyed every sip of it. Other bloggers have said the staff stares at them a lot while they were there. I didn’t feel any of that, when you are focus on doing your own things, you will definitely not get affected by other’s sight. Please do go to Lof10 if you are up the hill already, love that quiet atmosphere….
The Mixing Bowl HK – 5 Shin Hing St, Central, Hong Kong
Another gem but hidden off the side road of Gough Street. Totally quiet and peaceful when you want a quiet environment to work, there’s wifi in the shop… I didn’t know this place until some IGer posted a photo, quickly I popped by at lunch for one. Can’t fault my latte, just felt the services were a bit cold (I think this is a culture of HK…)! as always loved the wooden furniture; its more of a mix before natural and modern interior design. Apparently if you want to seat outside, you will only get a paper cup! Make sure you double check before you place your order. I do recommend this place for weekday quiet time.
Brew Bros – 33 Hillier St, Sheung Wan
I bumped into this coffee shop on my way to find Nail Point in central, hidden in a side street off Queen’s Road. Tiny shop with slight dim setting (not my usual preferred style) but the counter and bar area are neat and tidy. Though, once again I have got sucked into this shop due to the wooden sign of the shop front. Placed my order and waited for my coffee by the little side table into the shop. I do occasionally like latte served in glass and on this occasion I cannot fault anymore with the latte art that I get to see, I am a real sucker for pretty latte art! Drank the latte without any sugar, a good sign to tell me that the coffee beans were rich and full body without the bitterness that I dislike on some of the cups that I taste.
Its only recent that they had their 1st year anniversary and hopefully many years to come for Brew Bros. Another worthy place to go for a cup of quality coffee.
And while I visited other places but doesn’t quite have a nice photo to share.. but still worth a visit are;
Rabbithole – Wan Chai
Fuel Coffee – IFC
St Francis Street – Wan Chai
Veygo Coffee – Sheung Wan