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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.
Putting holistic health and wellness at the forefront of its business, Orka provides a uniquely wholesome dining experience that aims to nourish both the body and soul. Opening its sleek, wood-lined space on Wyndham Street, the new dining concept provides health-oriented food and beverage choices for people of all dietary persuasions—be it vegan, non-vegan, or even gluten-free.
Culinary inspirations here refuse to be bound by conventions or regional borders; you will find à la carte options ranging from Thai vegan fish cakes ($188) and Korean soup noodles ($208) to pesto linguine ($118) and Indian pulled pork burger ($108). For a light afternoon snack, savour a freshly baked treat—such as the vegan pandan sticky toffee pudding ($108) or sourdough cinnamon roll ($58)—along with a macadamia milk latte ($48).
Orka, G/F, 36 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 3489 1217
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Hybrid cafés pulling double-duty have been all the rage in the past year, but we have yet to see a combination as delightfully unusual as coffee and pet grooming. Enter Bogu—a new café in Wan Chai that is not only pet-friendly but goes above and beyond to pamper both you and your fur babies.
As your canine and feline companions get primped and preened by professional pet groomers, you are invited to enjoy a relaxing afternoon sipping on coffee roasted locally by Urban Coffee Roaster and digging into tea-flavoured cheesecakes ($55). Bogu also offers pupcakes (starting from $18) and pupuccinos with “pay-as-you-wish” pricing, from which all proceeds go towards animal shelters.
Bogu, 2 Sau Wah Fong, Wan Chai
Straddling the line between vintage and modern, 128 Wang Lung appears like a blend of two very different worlds, but what ties everything together is the unmistakable Hong Kong flair that it exudes. Classic green mosaic flooring and ceramic wall tiles mingle with neon-coloured graffiti and written poetry by local street artist Matsushimaon (松島安).
Local influences make their way into the menu as well, with quirky food offerings like Last Song at Nevvay ($108), a decadent skewer platter filled with all sorts of grilled meats, sausages, and veggies; and Café de Fairwood ($118), a spicy curry dish served with prawns and homemade flatbread. Counteract the heat with an iced latte ($45), or perhaps a decadent Ovaltine with marshmallows ($45).
128 Wang Lung, 28 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po | (+852) 5500 5332
Turn on your out-of-office alert—it’s time to clock off work, put away your phone, and envelop yourself in the soothing aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Encouraging its visitors to break free from hustle culture, Out of Office is practically designed for unwinding and recharging (with pooches in tow!). The cosy coffee shop sports an industrial-chic façade, matching textured grey walls, and black steel-framed French windows with rustic red bricks. The inside further oozes comfort, furnished with bean bags, plush sofas, and leafy houseplants.
Out of Office is certainly no slouch either when it comes to slinging delicious food and drinks. Choose from a diverse menu of café fare, ranging from usual suspects like cakes, bagels, quiches, and avocado toast to the less-common Dutch pancakes ($90), shakshuka ($140), and even deep-fried ice cream ($65). Its house blend coffee leans on the fruity side and is always served with beautiful latte art.
Out of Office, Shop 1–3, G/F, Maisy Building, 8 Maidstone Lane, To Kwa Wan
Another pet-friendly coffee shop in the up-and-coming To Kwa Wan, Rim Coffee positions itself as a bright and fresh entry to the largely industrial neighbourhood. While the café itself is small, the space is dominated by light wooden fixtures and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural sunlight to pour in, leading to the feeling of warmth and airy openness. There’s even a small outdoor balcony where you can lose yourself in a little people watching.
Coffee is undoubtedly the main event here. Rim Coffee offers a house blend as well as three types of single-origin coffee from local roastery Café Sausalito, pleasing fruity and nutty coffee lovers alike. Try the tasting combo, which comes in a flight of nutty or fruity piccolo, espresso, cascara tea, and water. Food-wise, look no further than the fish brioche with sweet potato fries ($88) or the crispy Parma ham carbonara ($95).
Rim Coffee, Shop 104, 1/F, The Vantage, 63 Ma Tau Wai Road, Hung Hom
Dreaming of a Parisian escape? Tucked away down a quiet alleyway on the upper slopes of Sheung Wan, Lassana’s latest offshoot is a quaint European-inspired café that is sure to take your fancy. All decked out in rattan bistro furniture, classic geometric flooring, and elegant, black window frames, the atmosphere will make you forget that you are even in Hong Kong.
Imagine yourself on the streets of Paris as you tuck into hearty dishes like the eel and cheeseburger with fries ($158), all-day breakfast ($98), and mixed berry waffles with ice cream ($88). Pair the meal with your go-to espresso-based coffee or tea latte, or get adventurous and try their speciality drinks like the apple and pear kwun yum tea ($42) and hazelnut charcoal latte ($44).
Lassana, Shop A, Ground Floor, Pong Fai Building, 2–8 Lok Ku Road, Sheung Wan
Following its outlets in Wan Chai and Central, APT is bringing its tailored dining experience to the laid-back neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun. This time, they are venturing beyond the realms of open toasts and coffee, providing build-your-own options for pasta, taco, sandwiches, and yoghurt bowls, too.
Having opened for just a month, the custom-tailored pasta (starting from $128) has already proven to be a huge hit, with everything from the base, sauce, and toppings all up to your personal taste. If you are looking to go gourmet, tack on $50 for premium toppings like lamb skewers and braised oxtail with red wine.
APT Leisure, Shop 3–5, G/F, Artisan House, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 3568 2790
After a half-year hiatus, beloved Instagram bakery shop Hemma makes a triumphant return at In the Moment, a new vegetarian café taking up residence in JOMO’s former home in Sai Ying Pun. Expect to savour Hemma’s famous caramelised-on-the-outside, gooey-on-the-inside Basque burnt cheesecakes ($60), along with freshly brewed coffee and hearty mains like arrabbiata fusilli with sliced portobello ($105) and smashed avocado and egg toast ($95). The cheesecakes are available in limited quantity every day, so come early to avoid disappointment.
In the Moment, Shop D, G/F, Wing To Building, 4 Water Street, Sai Ying Pun