Colour is something we tend to take for granted, especially since our lives are already dip-dyed in all kinds of hues. Even our vocabulary is embedded with colour: are you feeling blue? Turning green with envy? Is your world black and white? Some eateries in Hong Kong have taken these notions quite literally and doused their interiors in all the colours of the rainbow, so if you like colour-coordinated cafés, this one’s for you.
Asia’s first Ralph’s Coffee can be found at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, adding to fashion designer Ralph Lauren’s wide portfolio that also includes restaurants and bars in New York, Paris, and London. Did you know that green is the colour that is best suited for human eyesight? It requires the least effort for our eyes to see. The whole café is covered in Ralph’s signature dark green, with green tiles, green checkered floors, green signage and logos, as well as a massive green coffee machine taking up the spotlight. Want to take some of the green aesthetics home with you? Spoil yourself on Ralph’s speciality coffee and artisan chocolates, as well as apparel and accessories, available for purchase for die-hard fans.
Ralph’s Coffee, OT313, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2376 3936
While there is no shortage of pink cafés in Hong Kong, we decided to focus on one less known to the public. Welcome to Drink Puppet, located next to PMQ in Central, a dessert café wholly wrapped in different shades of pink! We’re talking pink walls, pink paintings, pink air-cons, pink chairs, and pink cashiers that are bound to put you straight into a dreamy craze. All that red making you hungry? You can dig into homemade waffles and soufflé pancakes, which some may say is basic, but we would do it for the ‘gram any day. As for drinks, they do a house special drink, made with tangerine peel and red beans to suit the warm colour palette. If that’s not enough, Drink Puppet also offers a chilled smoothie with a cream cheese milk top, infused with powdered tangerine! On Fridays and Saturdays, they stay open until 2am, in case anyone is up for a late-night treat.
Drink Puppet, G/F, 42 Aberdeen Street, Central | (+852) 2633 0999
Western District is a hotspot for artistic and hipster cafés, making it an obvious destination for those seeking the new and shiny. Infiniti C caters to a specific audience—those who not only crave aesthetics, but also quality coffee and vegan desserts. A rising star of Hong Kong’s café culture, there is usually a crowd queueing up outside, but trust us, it’s worth it! The colour featured here is blue, found in the light and royal blue walls, dark blue printed napkins, blue flowers, and blue icing in varying shades. Though we always talk about the Monday blues, blue is actually the one colour that symbolises calmness, wisdom, and loyalty. Time to embrace the blues!
Infiniti C, Shop 6, The Hudson, 40 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town | (+852) 3460 4996
The specific shade of HERcafe may be up for debate—is it orange or clay-coloured?—but its strong colour-coordination game is certainly not up for discussion. Nestled on Paterson Street in Causeway Bay, this café is actually part of a trendy fashion store. The café area is covered with orange bricks, which, combined with the white ceilings and furniture, makes a great Instagrammable spot. If that’s not convincing enough as a reason to visit, they also do crazy frappés with mountains of whip cream and offer a selection of Cookie Department cookies!
HERcafe, 55 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2856 9907
We have another café slash lifestyle shop again, though this time it’s a Leica camera boutique and photo gallery. Café Leitz, supported by INTERVAL Coffee Bar, is situated at the storefront of Leica Store Hong Kong in Causeway Bay, aligning with Leica’s emphasis on craftsmanship and premium engineering. They sourced LAAB Architects to create a minimalistic interior and exterior, with pleated metal wrapping around the shopfront, inspired by the texture of camera lenses, and mosaic tiles on the floor that assemble into a pixelated image. Of course, how would the aesthetics be complete without the black walls with a touch of brass? Sounds like you’ll be stepping into a Leica camera itself!
Café Leitz, G/F, 12 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay
Moving on to the light brown colour of soft wood, we’ve got to admit, it’s one of our favourites! Kaffeine’s shopfront is constructed mostly of wood, with a massive front window opening that provides additional spots to perch and people-watch. Wooden tabletops and benches make up the interior, as well as small bundles of dried wheat on the white walls to add a farmland aesthetic. The food menu is something to watch out for, with the Cheese and Scrambled Egg on Brioche Toast ($68) making the rounds as one of their most popular items, and rightfully so. Get ready to snatch some quality pics and dig in!
Kaffeine, G/F, 108 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2639 5100
NOC Coffee Co is without a doubt one of the most popular third-wave coffee chains in Hong Kong at the moment. One of the newer branches in Sai Ying Pun is large and spacious, with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for plenty of natural light. Everything is painted in an industrial grey, from the columns to ceilings to coffee counter. The interiors give us science lab vibes, with their state-of-the-art grinders and glass cylinders on prominent display when the bartenders are busying crafting the next cup of coffee. NOC has also specified that they intentionally pick interesting spaces in areas where their minimalistic aesthetic can bring calmness to the chaos of city life. Next time you feeling a bit suffocated, you know where to go!
NOC Coffee Co, Shop 4, G/F, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 3611 5300
We’re sure that you’ve already seen a boatload of pictures taken in and of %Arabica flooding your social media feeds. As another third-wave coffee shop, %Arabica also chooses unique spaces in Hong Kong when setting up shop, and Monster Mansion certainly wows us. The iconic architecture of this 1960s residential block in Quarry Bay is named Monster due to its imposing density. It is also one of the scenic backdrops in a Transformers film! The café goes with a white aesthetic, except for their ceiling, where bean bags are stacked high above the coffee counter and reflected off of mirrors to increase the impression of space. Combined with the majestic Monster Mansion outside, this has got to be one of the most Instagrammable cafés in Hong Kong.
Arabica, Shop 3, G/F, Yick Fat Building, 1048–1056 King’s Road, 2–32 Yau Man Street, Quarry Bay | (+852) 2474 8883
After going through a list of cafés dedicated to a single colour, we decided to finish the round-up with a café that dabbles in the rainbow! Eat Darling Eat is a modern Chinese dessert shop that allows customers to rediscover their favourite traditional childhood desserts in a design-centric environment. Featuring yellow screens, red counters, green stools, and purple walls, the café successfully picked up several awards for its bright design. As Marc Jacobs puts it, “Colour is like the finishing touch on everything!” and we’re inclined to agree.
Eat Darling Eat, Shop 17, G/F Fashion Walk, 11–19 Great George Street, 27–47 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 3188 8949