It can be hard to work in the office or from home sometimes (looking at you, ‘home’ offices), but even harder to find space and a little peace and quiet elsewhere to get your productivity levels up. Whether you’re a freelancer, student, or just wanting a hangout spot with strong WiFi connection and even stronger coffee, these Hong Kong cafés are the perfect places to get those items on your to-do list checked off.
Make yourself at home at Black Sugar Coffee, a friendly and cosy joint in Ho Man Tin (with two more locations in TST East and Tai Kok Tsui) run by very cute owners… two Shiba Inus! Okay, not really, but the owners take their two furry friends around the shops to hang out, and petting dogs is proven to boost mood and productivity, so the long tables at Black Sugar are ideal for a day of work. The interiors are well-lit, comfortable, and there are outlets abound. The WiFi isn’t restricted either, so you can settle in for an Eggs Benedict & Salmon Sandwich ($108) in the morning then creamy Carbonara ($108) for lunch, then wash it all down with a top-notch Espresso ($30) or Hand-Drip Coffee ($60–$100).
Black Sugar Coffee, locations across Hong Kong
Little Cove is a bright and spacious third-wave coffee shop in Sai Kung that perfectly encapsulates the laid-back Melbournian vibe. The coastal-inspired minimal decor, the plants dotting the tables, and plenty of natural light make it a perfect oasis to refocus and get in the zone. While Little Cove is always packed to the rafters on weekends, it’s easy to find a seat with a socket (preferably on one of the couches) during regular office hours and the WiFi is fast and strong both inside and outside in the breezy alfresco area. The all-day breakfast menu—as well as Mediterranean lunch offerings that pair well with their home-roasted coffee—are sure to keep your energy levels up! Did we mention they also make their own paleo-friendly treats?
Little Cove Espresso, Shop 1–2, G/F, Siu Yat Building Block A, Sai Kung Town Villa Block A, Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung | (+852) 9572 8560
When it comes to local artisanal coffee, Coffee Academics is definitely one of the leaders of the pack. Their locations are often busy, but the Morrison Hill and Lan Kwai Fong cafés are relatively chilled out in addition to having soft seats. The WiFi here is restricted by time, so be sure you make a couple more drink orders if you plan on staying for a while to get through a backlog of work. We highly recommend their signature Manuka Latte ($58–$62), naturally sweetened with New Zealand Manuka honey. If you need an immediate kick of caffeine, try their 18-hour Cold Brew ($58–$78).
The Coffee Academics, locations across Hong Kong
Not only is Elephant Grounds the ultimate hipster hangout—the owners also operate lifestyle store WOAW and more—but the free WiFi and independently-roasted coffee and handcrafted ice cream sandwiches keep freelancers and students coming back to spend their afternoons. There are locations all over town, but the best two to bring your laptop into are Star Street and Mid-Levels. Both are in convenient locations and offer reliable WiFi, enough space to spread out a bit, and abundant power sockets. Come early to get the perfect spot.
Elephant Grounds, locations across Hong Kong
NOC has heaps of locations around town, all following their industrial aesthetic and brewing cups of carefully selected Arabica coffee. The Sai Ying Pun flagship roastery is their largest location and is almost always full of students from the nearby HKU, as well as freelancers of every creed, and that’s because of the unlimited WiFi and luxury of space. We also love that NOC is aiming to be as environmentally-friendly as possible by moving towards removing all plastic products from their cafes. Don’t worry if you grab a slice of their Instagrammable Avocado Toast ($94)—it won't make you feel sluggish and you can turn it into fuel to get more done.
NOC, Shop 4, G/F, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun
Opendoor is a hidden gem tucked under an overpass in Sai Ying Pun. It’s beloved by locals and you’re guaranteed peace and quiet here, as it’s somewhat off the beaten path. This neighbourhood café offers coffee classics as well as speciality drinks, such as the seasonal Orange Dark Hot Chocolate (tastes like a jaffa cake) and Super Smoothies ($83–$88). There’s a graphic by the counter that informs coffee newbies of the coffee-to-milk-to-froth ratios their orders consist of. The best part about Opendoor is that there are power plugs and USB outlets at every table, and there’s interesting art for sale by local artists on the wall if you need to rest your eyes, as well as workshops to join.
Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 3460 3880
Did you know that an average of 50 coffee beans go into making a single shot of espresso? Why50’s name pays homage to that fact and is a very popular laptop dweller spot. They serve up a mean breakfast—Hey “Char Siu” ($94), the char siu and egg toast, is unbeatable—and the window seats are perfect for people watching when you get distracted. Power outlets are plentiful and the WiFi is stable, but be sure you have a strong back if you’ve been relegated to working on a bar stool.
Why50, Shop E, G/F, 27 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan