Nothing kick-starts your day quite like an awesome cup of coffee, and luckily for us, we have a whole bunch of top-notch artisan coffee shops on our doorstep. Check out these little treasures and recommendations from guest food blogger lolleroll.
Coffee culture has no doubt become a “thing” in Hong Kong. It might only be a matter of time until the mass gets so spoilt by good coffee that they become Starbucks-averse. I mean that is probably why Starbucks didn’t work out in coffee countries like Australia right? There are so many great choices for coffee now and after trying a good bunch of them, I’ve come up of this list of worth-the-visit artisan coffee shops you could try.
Espresso Alchemy is my go-to spot if I want a nice, satisfying cup of coffee and know that I don’t want to risk disappointment. The consistency and quality at this place is unparalleled; you can rest assured that you’ll always receive a no less than perfectly crafted cup of coffee. Plus they also do good food.
Waffling Beans specialises in Liege Waffles and so I am surprised at how good their coffee is. They also manage to do a pretty good piccolo, which is relatively rare in Hong Kong (in my experience).
Waffling Beans, G/F, Shop 9, New Fortune House, 4 – 8 North Street, Kennedy Town, (+852) 2855 8890
N1 Coffee & Co.
N1 Coffee & Co. doesn’t do such a great piccolo but their other coffees are amazing. Their flat white is delicious and they also do a double ristretto latte for those who like it extra strong. It’s not as creamy but I love the accentuated taste of their beans.
N1 Coffee & Co, Shop G, 34 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 3568 4726
18 Grams make a creamy cup of flat white and cappuccino and they are always consistent with the quality and taste of their coffees. But on certain days, the coffee kick can feel relatively lacklustre – the creaminess outweighs.
Worth a Visit
NOC Coffee Co.
Noc is a modern coffee shop that has opened opposite Pololi. Their coffee is quite strong and bitter, the taste reminds me a bit of Fuel, but still much milder.
Fuel is probably the best coffee option for Central office workers. It used to be one of my favourites, but although I like a strong caffeine kick, their coffee is a little too bitter and not very creamy.
Five Coffee Company
Five Coffee Company is a hidden coffee gem in the Sai Kung alleyways, but definitely worth the search. Their coffee tastes great, balanced and slightly creamy. They also make delicious hot dogs!
Five Coffee Company, 3 Hoi Pong Street, Sai Kung, (+852) 2613 1010
Hazel & Hershey
Hazel & Hershey seems to be popular even to tourists who venture up the hills above Soho to get here. Located high up on Peel Street, it is a hike to get there. While I do not doubt their coffee professionalism, I personally find it too sour. I heard they were going to employ lower acidity beans soon though!
Hazel & Hershey, 69 Peel Street, Central, (+852) 3106 0760
Coco Espresso is another one I visit every so often on workday lunch times since they have a branch in Stanley Street. They are no doubt coffee experts and their flat white never disappoints. I find it not creamy enough though.
Blend and Grind
Blend and Grind is a trendy central destination for your healthy coffee, smoothie and food needs. Conveniently located on the Soho escalator and open from 6am, the recently opened contemporary brew-house is the perfect spot for mid-levels commuters to get their perk-up on the way to or from work. The location also offers both inside and outside seating areas for those who like to sit and socialise over their “Cup O’ Joe”.
Blend and Grind, No.1 Prince’s Terrace, Central, (+852) 2887 3272
Polygon Cafe is a relaxing new cafe, focused on creating a comfortable and creative environment where one can enjoy an elegantly brewed cup of Intelligentsia Coffee or custom-blended tea. In addition to both indoor and outdoor seating, they feature a beautiful private garden for those sunny summer days.
Polygon Cafe, G/F, 14 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun
G/F, 40 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan
The Cupping Room
The Cupping Room is another widely regarded coffee shop on Hong Kong island, however it is personally not my favourite. The coffees are very mild, and a little too subtle and milky for me.
The Cofftea is a popular destination for coffee drinkers in Kennedy Town, with a second location in Sai Ying Pun that’s recently just opened. Apart from perfectly brewed coffees, The Cofftea also serves a wide range of baked goods such as carrot cakes, muffins, and scones.
The Cofftea, 78 – 86 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town
G/F, Aspen Court, 46 High Street, Sai Ying Pun
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