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For many of us, grabbing a steaming cup of frothy caffeine on the way to work is the best way to kickstart our busy day. However, the Starbuckses and Pacific Coffees of the world get monotonous and mediocre, and knowing where to find a decent cup can also pose a challenge. Before you start getting the jitters just from thinking about not drinking coffee, fear not! We’ve hunted down the best cappuccinos in Hong Kong for you; now go forth and kick this day’s butt!
Hailing from Tokyo, Omotesando doesn’t exactly serve the most affordable coffee around, but their Double Iced Cappuccino ($63) is excellent. Order it with a side of kashi (a baked custard cube) and relax in the minimalist surroundings. The flagship in Lee Tung Avenue is bigger but always packed, just as you would expect from such a touristy spot, so we prefer going to the lesser-known branch next to the Lockhart Road Playground—cosier and much more peaceful.
You know a company means serious business when they’ve got a name carrying such machismo! Their Dark-Blend Cappuccino ($52) strong and topped with a silky foam, with many of our friends claiming it’s one of the best cappuccinos in all of Hong Kong. The best thing about Fuel is that their quality doesn’t fluctuate; you always know you’re getting a good cup. Order a slice of their Carrot Cake as well if you’ve got the time to sit down. With seven locations spread across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, a nice cuppa is guaranteed to be close by.
Run by the cute twins Caleb and Josh of Hong Kong-based F&B consultancy Twins Kitchen, Common Ground is tucked away in an unassuming little alley consisting solely of stairs. Once you arrive, you’ll find that these guys serve a mean cup of coffee and have created a bit of a social hub for the neighbourhood, with pop-up events happening quite often. We love the rustic decor and the soft green tone on the walls, and their classic Cappuccino ($42) is pretty unbeatable, too.
Common Ground, 19 Shing Wong Street, Central | (+852) 2818 8318
There’s nothing particularly fancy about this little joint—in fact, it’s tucked away inside a dilapidated-looking building—but that’s because they let the coffee speak for itself. Café Corridor is particularly proud of their quality coffee blends, and we really like their Soy Cappuccino ($38). Conveniently situated near Times Square, this is the perfect spot for an afternoon pick-me-up while taking a break from shopping and escaping the crowds.
Café Corridor, 26A Russell Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2892 2927
We will find any excuse to hit up NOC. They usually have a choice of two bean blends that are regularly rotated, and the staff are always happy to help if you’re stuck on what to try. The last time we had a Cappuccino ($40) here, it was so smooth and creamy that we just about teared up. Grab your drink and chill out in their bright minimalist space, or bring in your laptop to do a bit of work, safe in the knowledge that there’ll be good caffeine on hand to give you a jolt if need be. From Sai Ying Pun to Tin Hau and across the harbour in Whampoa, NOC has got serious coffee lovers covered.
Fans of trains and steam engines will love this café, as it’s designed to resemble a mix between an MTR station and a train station in Europe. If you’re in the area, pop in and order a timeless classic Cappuccino ($38) or try a seasonal special, such as their Creme Brûlée Cappuccino ($40), which was frankly a bit sweet for our tastes but nevertheless expertly made.
La Station, G1–2, Sunlight Tower, 248 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai | (+852) 2868 2100
Confession time: Halfway’s Cappuccino ($40) is great, just not particularly amazing out of the myriad choices available in Hong Kong. So what’s our reason for coming here? We love that they serve their coffee out of cute vintage porcelain cups, which obviously makes for the perfect photos. Even if you order to take away, they use paper cups printed with vintage patterns found on old Chinese crockery; if your nan is a local, she will most definitely recognise the patterns from dishes she used to have in her kitchen!
Halfway Coffee, 12 Tung Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 9511 7197