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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.
Adding to Sai Kung’s growing portfolio of down-to-earth neighbourhood cafés, Warm Bread is a clean and homely new venue to go for brunch and sit out on the terrace enjoying some sunshine. As the name tips off, the café centres its menu around artisan bagels and sourdough bread—all of which are handcrafted in-house and served warm on your plate.
Tuck into rustic yet playful dishes like the pumpkin seafood soup with toasted sourdough ($138), Thai-style tom yum eggs Benedict, and American breakfast bagel sandwich stuffed with creamy scrambled eggs, agave-glazed bacon, caramelised onions, and fresh tomatoes. Pair your main with a homemade dessert (starting from $38), along with a well-balanced cup of coffee, and you have the perfect recipe for a relaxing afternoon.
Warm Bread, 9 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung
Some things are better left in ellipsis and simply experienced when you visit. At this newly opened café and lounge, quality and attention to detail speak for themselves in the form of beautiful, industrial-chic space and hefty portions of neatly plated food.
Spanning over 2,000 square feet on the second floor of Connaught Marina in Sheung Wan, Ellipsis is delineated by exposed, high ceilings, shiny brass finishes, and large windows that open to 270-degree views of Victoria Harbour. The elegant interior is tempered with green houseplants, comfy bean bags, and cushioned seats that create an inviting atmosphere.
Ellipsis is no slouch either when it comes to menu offerings, presenting a delicious range of toasts, pasta, and all-day breakfasts. For a delectable and satisfying lunch option, try the seafood tomato pasta ($188) or the lobster croissant ($168) with creamy avocado and lobster filling. Meanwhile, those coming just for a little downtime can unwind with a Baileys latte ($48) or shisha.
Ellipsis, 2/F, Connaught Marina, 48 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan | (+852) 9376 2492
After closing its doors in Causeway Bay last year, Passepartout Coffee has jumped across the harbour and found a brand-new home in Jordan. In keeping with its signature European aesthetic, the new location continues to flaunt Instagrammable blue walls, elegant French windows, and checkerboard flooring, with touches of brick and wood for a rustic edge.
Embark on a globetrotting journey with Passepartout Coffee’s revamped menu of international flavours, with each main dish named after the place that it’s inspired by. From the Florence eggs Benedict ($108) and Calcutta curry fried chicken ($138) to the Yokohama Wagyu beef rice burger ($158), diners can discover a world of cuisines in one spot. Savour the meal with a hand drip coffee or rose latte ($55). If you still have space for dessert, word has it that the caramel flan cake ($58) is to die for.
Passepartout Coffee, 1A Min Street, Jordan | (+852) 2882 0828
Split into two floors—“Hara” and “Kako,” which mean “original” and “refinement,” respectively—this Japanese-style café delivers its unique concept through distinctive interiors and a quirky comic strip series about a fictional character named Kako-san, the shop’s very own mascot. The lower floor, “Hara,” is a grab-and-go coffee bar with raw, exposed concrete walls and minimal furnishing, while the upper floor, “Kako,” is an artsy lounge that beckons customers to slow down and be inspired by artwork.
Hara Kako serves a variety of homemade baked goodies like cheesecakes, sea salt banana cake, and brownies, along with a beverage menu featuring locally roasted coffee from Red Meow Coffee and Cafe Sausalito, and seasonal speciality drinks.
Hara Kako, Shop B, Hollywood Centre, 77–91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan
Indulge in the luxury of Space at GoodDay Café’s latest pet-friendly offshoot in Kai Tak. Awash in pleasing shades of white and light grey, GoodDay Solar’s bright and spacious setting is complemented by floor-to-ceiling windows and an open staired seating corner furnished with cushions and seating pads. The calm atmosphere makes it nearly impossible not to be in a good mood the moment you walk in!
Shake off any lingering stresses by diving into hearty fare that span from salmon and scrambled egg on sourdough ($78) and cheeseburger with a peanut butter sauce ($138) to Japanese miso garlic soft shell crab risotto ($168), and even larger-than-life desserts like the pandan, coconut, and sticky rice waffles with ice cream ($108).
On the coffee front, take your pick between their Colombian and Brazilian house blend, single-origin espresso roasted locally by Studio Caffeine, and six different single-origin filter coffee options.
GoodDay Solar, Shop 11, 1/F, K.Summit, Kai Tak
Occupying a narrow storefront in between Times Square and Hysan Place, By Chance is petite, but it certainly provides a refreshing respite from the hectic shopping district of Causeway Bay—all light-filled, white-walled, and adorned with floral and wood accents.
Still in its opening stages, the café has already won customers over with its aromatic locally roasted coffee and exquisite French pastries, including standouts like the 70 percent chocolate tart and raspberry custard tart. Non-coffee drinkers can also look forward to a wide range of specialty tea beverages, fruit-infused sodas, and smoothies.
By Chance, 92 Percival Street, Causeway Bay
The Brew Job has made quite the name for itself courtesy of its artisan coffee, which is freshly roasted by their award-winning sister brand Roastworks. And now, you can grab a cup of their high-quality brews at the Central Star Ferry Pier!
The extensive coffee menu is divided into “Old School” and “Modern,” leaving you spoilt for choice as you pendulate back and forth between traditional Italian coffee options like doppio ($25) and dry cappuccino ($30), and modish offerings including flat white ($30), dirty ($35), and espresso tonic ($45). Prices are surprisingly reasonable for the quality, and non-dairy milk can even be substituted free of charge.
The Brew Job, Central Pier 7 (Star Ferry), Central