Header image courtesy of Cupping Room
Most people say that the world is obsessed with Australian coffee culture, but Hong Kong comfortably holds its own with a roster of outstanding cafés. Small as the city may be, our neighbourhoods are brimming with boutique coffee shops, and new openings are popping up across Hong Kong every week. Join us as we follow the irresistible waft of freshly ground coffee beans to the latest and greatest café and coffee shop openings in Hong Kong.
Sit back and enjoy an afternoon of tropical bliss at TBC with its Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine. Going beyond the obligatory woven rattan chairs and bamboo plants to embody a holiday resort-like atmosphere, the space is a medley of soft geometric curves and colour-splash canvases that turn the walls into a stunning seascape. Let your taste buds guide your travels as you tuck into fusion eats like tiger prawn linguine with laksa sauce, smoked salmon eggs Benedict with tom yum hollandaise sauce, and Thai milk tea panna cotta. Wash it all down with an icy sparkling coffee lemonade or coconut latte!
TBC, Shop 1, G/F, Jadeview Court, 38 Hill Road, Shek Tong Tsui
We all have days when we want nothing more than to escape the everyday grind and be a lazy sloth for an afternoon. If that speaks to your current state of mind, then this cosy sloth-themed hideout in Fortress Hill is just the place to be! Here, you will find oodles of adorable stuffed animals and decorative knick-knacks serving as a nod to the notoriously slow-moving mammal, making you feel right at home.
Savour homely Japanese comfort foods like curry udon with duck breast ($98), onigiri bento ($98), and katsu sando ($98). On the sweet side of the menu, tempting options like homemade Earl Grey tiramisu ($68), soufflé pancakes with rose syrup ($78), and matcha croffles ($68) might just put you through a bout of decision paralysis.
Sloth Café, G/F, 18 King Wah Road, North Point
Hot on the heels of its second shop opening in Tsuen Wan, The Matcha Tokyo is continuing its expansion with a third location in Cyberport. The new venue caters perfectly to the entrepreneurial and digital nomad crowd. Floor-to-ceiling windows, blonde wood beams, and herringbone-patterned flooring blend together to engineer a welcome and spacious environment, while the cushy upholstery adds a dash of sophisticated comfort.
Get your caffeine jolt with the enticing menu of organic tea-based beverages and desserts, which spans from the signature matcha espresso latte ($48) to the matcha milk jam croffles ($42) and hojicha latte float with Okinawa brown sugar ice cream ($52). There is also a smattering of all-day breakfast and light brunch options for your picking!
The Matcha Tokyo, Unit 303, IT Street, Cyberport 3, 3 Cyberport Road, Telegraph Bay
A bright and fresh face to the modest neighbourhood of Kwai Fong, Rosie brings a full feast for the eyes and stomach. Sporting a modern European style, this brand-new spot is delineated by cream-coloured furnishing, stucco walls, and gorgeous arched façades, attracting food bloggers and photo-hungry café-goers like bees to honey.
Its Instagram-worthy interiors are matched by an equally photogenic selection of food and drinks. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to filling lunch options, but we’ve got our eyes set on the soft shell crab burger with sweet potato fries ($98), mixed berry croffles with milk tea ice cream ($78), and bluebottle jellyfish ($56), a beautifully layered, tricoloured beverage concocted with butterfly pea condensed milk and iced coffee.
Rosie, Shop 18, G/F, Kwai Fong Plaza, 177 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Chung
Lactose intolerant folks have got a new reason to rejoice! Taking up a quiet corner on Tai Ping Shan Street, this quaint Sheung Wan coffee joint serves its entire drinks menu with oat milk and no added sugar (though honey can be provided upon request).
If you’re not a fan of coffee, how about an iced pandan tea ($50) or 100 percent berries smoothie with chia seed ($60) to refresh your soul and body? Beyond health-conscious beverages, Soul Fresh also dabbles in made-from-scratch French bread and dairy-free chiffon cakes, with weekly bakery specials that allow them to play up seasonal flavours.
Soul Fresh, Shop B, G/F, Tai On House, 14 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan
Here’s one to add to your café-hopping list the next time you’re exploring the West Kowloon Cultural District! A local brand known for its small-batch speciality coffees and well-executed food offerings, Cupping Room is opening its latest waterfront location in the long-awaited Hong Kong Palace Museum. It draws both design and culinary inspiration from the museum it resides in, presenting a modern-minimalist space with references to traditional Chinese architecture, as well as an array of Chinese-inspired menu specialities, like the slow-cooked BBQ pork belly gua bao and artisanal Chinese teas.
Cupping Room, Museum Café 1, LG/F, Hong Kong Palace Museum, 8 Museum Drive, West Kowloon Cultural District
Decked out in a refreshing palette of white and seafoam green, Sooner Café serves up a slice of modern Scandinavian comfort and homemade pasta on the quaint, hilly slopes of Sai Ying Pun. You ought to order the toothsome gnocchi with mussels and salmon roe ($138) or the novel coffee pasta with Taleggio cheese sauce ($138), featuring pasta noodles that are infused with nutty, aromatic ground coffee. To live out your coffee-loving dreams to the fullest, don’t forget to pair your dishes with a thirst-quenching cold brew ($48).
Sooner Café, 40 Eastern Street, Sai Ying Pun