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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.
The revitalised Central Market might have been getting a lot of buzz in recent months, but the two-storey Japanese-inspired café-bar newly settled just opposite to it is set to put up some tough competition. Here to be your new favourite hangout, Triple. C is all decked out in moody hues, dark leather, and wooden fittings, lending to a cosy yet sophisticated atmosphere that implores you to linger and relax.
The name is a nod to the venue’s three specialities—coffee, cocktails, and canapé—and a great way to kill two birds with one stone is with their signature sake kasu latte ($54), a brilliantly concocted drink made with fragrant sake lees and locally roasted coffee beans. Apart from canapés, customers can pair their drinks with loaded breakfast plates, Japanese fusion pasta, bento boxes, and even yakitori.
Triple. C, 15–16 Queen Victoria Street, Central
Adding to Hong Kong’s mushrooming collection of Australian-style coffee shops, G’Day Café and Restaurant brings a slice of laid-back Aussie life to Sai Wan, complete with light-filled interiors, mean flat whites, and comfort-driven brunch fare.
Make a beeline for the window seats if you want to indulge in a little people-watching whilst you tuck into creative mains like the sourdough toastie with housemade blueberry jam and double cream brie ($98) and French toast with house-made beet chutney and mascarpone cheese ($98), and sip on a nutty brew roasted locally by Studio Caffeine. Catering for different dietary needs, they also offer keto food options and non-dairy milk substitutes for vegans and the lactose intolerant!
G’Day Café and Restaurant, Shop A, G/F, Nam Cheong Building, 48–52 Hill Road, Sai Wan
Starting out as a bubble tea takeout spot in Sha Tin, November Tea has recently expanded to their third location in Sheung Wan—and this time around, they’ve opened as a photogenic upstairs café! Diners can now enjoy the chain’s beloved Taiwanese beverages in a relaxed, plant-filled space alongside a belly-warming meal.
Expect an eclectic menu of drinks ranging from the staple black sugar bubble tea and refreshing fruit-based drinks to unique options like Oreo bubble tea, ginger latte, and avocado smoothie! The food menu majors in standard café fare with a sprinkle of Asian flair in-between, with hearty standout dishes like kimchi prawn pasta ($98) and coconut chicken soup rice ($78).
November +, Room 1301, 13/F, Cheungs Building, 1–3 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 9182 5564
Kicking off the new year on a healthy note by going keto? You’re in luck, because a slate-white, keto-centric coffee shop has just announced itself in Wan Chai! Situated just a stone’s throw away from the historic Blue House, Liffee Coffee & Tree stands out as a dramatic block of pristine white against the rustic colours of the old neighbourhood. Step inside and you’ll find a bevvy of food and beverage offerings reflective of the cafe’s overarching aesthetic—clean and contemporary.
Heartier appetites can choose from the likes of salmon and egg sourdough toast ($98), low carb risotto ($148), and keto lasagne ($138), while snacky sweet tooths can get their fix with blueberry keto muffin ($38) or keto pound cake ($28). If you’re a fan of creamy coffee beverages, then their signature egg latte ($50) is sure to hit the spot.
Liffee Coffee & Treats, G/F, 1A Kennedy Street, Wan Chai
Branding itself as a sustainably-minded speciality coffee shop, From Seed to Wish is a plant-filled caffeine oasis amid Kowloon Bay’s industrial jungle. The space evokes the vibe of a tropical greenhouse with a splash of Mediterranean aesthetic expressed through its terrazzo surfaces, soft arches, and incorporation of geometric shapes.
The food menu is best described as fun and experimental, serving elevated renditions of your typical pasta, toasts, and all-day breakfasts. Take your pick from options like the avocado bun burger ($118), salted egg yolk French fries ($52), and all-day breakfast served with pandan toast ($128)! The creativity doesn’t stop there: Anchoring their drinks menu are all sorts of unique beverages like pandan lemonade ($48), honeycomb milkshake ($68), and osmanthus pear flower fruit tea ($58), in addition to a variety of pour-overs and espresso-based coffees.
From Seed to Wish, G/F, Phase III, Amoy Plaza, Kowloon Bay
For a slice of vintage Parisian charm, look no further than Coffee Cchiato. Setting the scene with nostalgic French bistro floor tiles, antique pendant lights, and dark-wood wall panelling, this quaint little café plucks you away from the hustle and bustle of the Wan Chai neighbourhood and transports you to the back streets of Paris.
While the décor screams old-timey, the offerings are a mix of traditional and newfangled light bites. Café classics like scones and black and white coffees are always a choice option, but adventurous eaters could also expand their horizons with the likes of sparkling genmai tea, Parma ham and grapes with sourdough, and their whimsical and daily-changing roll cakes!
Coffee Cchiato, Shop G08, Emperor Centre, 288 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Have your drinks the way you’d like your tuxedos or suits: tailor-made. In keeping with its original spirit, Suit Coffee and Sake has recently sprouted a second location in Sheung Wan, offering bespoke filter coffee and sake experiences in a sophisticated-chic environment inspired by a tailor shop—only this time, they’ve upped the ante with a bigger space and more expansive menu!
Branching out from pastries and light nibbles, the new location also serves Japanese-fusion lunches, with unique options like salmon and crab roe sando, shrimp risotto with pomelo, and beef tartare with scallops, cured yolk, miso, and yuba. Stay tuned for their free-flow sake and coffee pairing lunch set to launch soon!
Suit Coffee Sake, 87–89 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
Standing for “No OT,” this stylish speciality coffee shop in Happy Valley invites frazzled urbanites to break free from work overload and indulge in an afternoon of Scandinavian reverie. The space embodies modern Scandi simplicity in its cosy yet effortlessly streamlined design, pairing cool, muted neutral tones with rattan furnishing and leather seats.
On the menu, coffee enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with the speciality blends and single origin options from big coffee-producing countries like Ethiopia, Colombia, and Costa Rica, while foodies will find their attention captured by the delicious variety of snacks, toasts, all-day breakfasts, and desserts available. Share a platter of chips and dips ($68) or honey wings ($78) with a friend or savour a slice of honey cake ($68) with a steaming cappuccino ($42).
NOOT, G/F, 149 Wong Nai Chung Road