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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.
Just months after its inaugural opening in Kowloon Bay, From Seed to Wish launches its second outpost in the hip neighbourhood of Prince Edward. Its plant-centred theme has carried over to the new location, but with a new menu that takes on an edgier tone.
Black is the key colour of the venue’s soul-comforting dishes, which spans from squid ink pasta ($108) and black truffle scrambled egg croffle ($68) to black sesame mochi chiffon cake ($68), and all-day breakfasts with all-black waffles ($128). For coffee enthusiasts, don’t forget to pair your meal with a cup of espresso-based, hand-drip, or syphon coffee made from locally roasted beans.
From Seed to Wish, G/F, 210 Tung Choi Street, Prince Edward
Fans of Cantopop group Error will want to add Tanuki Coffee to their list of must-visit cafés. Opened by none other than Error’s Denis Kwok, the long-anticipated Tanuki Coffee can be aptly described as a futuristic spaceship-meets-raccoon mash-up. While the theme may be unconventional, the upside-down raccoon figures hanging from the rounded, pod-like ceiling lights certainly make for a striking first impression.
Come for the cute décor (and perhaps a chance to bump into the local star), stay for the signature brunost cheese croffle ($98), Korean-style egg drop sandwiches (starting from $85), and bevvies like pineapple ginger soda ($45) and matcha lemonade ($45).
Tanuki Coffee, Shop 16, G/F, The Vantage, Ma Tau Wai Road, To Kwa Wan
A local neighbourhood market might not be the first place you’d expect to find a stylish café with superb food, but Goldy Café is here to prove you wrong. Located on the ground floor of Tai Yuen Market in Tai Po, Goldy Café boasts a modern space marked by light wood furniture, patterned grey walls, and an eye-catching pop of sea green.
And yet, even the uber-chic décor takes a backseat to the upscale French fare on offer, carefully designed by the former executive chef of a five-star hotel. Expect to sink your fork into the likes of braised lamb shank ($198), duck leg confit and waffles ($168), and chicken fricassée ($128) alongside your usual café suspects like sandwiches, all-day breakfasts, cakes, and pastries galore.
Goldy Café, 412 & 416, Tai Yuen Market, 10 Ting Kok Road, Tai Po | (+852) 6468 8173
Sai Kung has been on a roll with new cafés, and the latest to hit the scene is Arm Coffee. Befitting its laid-back surroundings, Arm Coffee reels visitors in with its clean, industrial atmosphere, made welcoming with the help of wooden furniture, cosy houseplants, and friendly staff. Its menu is succinct but well-thought-out, focusing on light brunch fare such as avocado bruschetta toast ($98), mentaiko pasta ($89), and curry chicken croissant. Accompany the meal with hand-brewed coffee made from single-origin Ethiopian coffee beans, or a refreshing berry smoothie.
Arm Coffee, 17 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung
Fusing the concept of a traditional Chinese herbal tea shop with modern hipster cafés, South Herbal Lab is a bit of an unorthodox take on “East meets West.” Donning a sleek and streamlined look, the café surprises visitors with a playful and creative menu peppered with elements of traditional Chinese herbs. Excite your taste buds with flavour combinations like plumeria elderflower coffee tonic ($46) and hemp seed oat milk latte ($46). While the drinks menu is themed around health and wellness, you can also savour more indulgent bites like the red bean croffle ($68) with chewy mochi balls and wild rock honey.
South Herbal Lab, G/F, 538 Fuk Wing Street, Cheung Sha Wan
Part café, part fashion boutique, and part Mediterranean grocery store, Artezano wears many hats and manages to balance each one in style. Browse its well-curated selection of sustainable fashion, wines, and lifestyle goods, and after picking up a few items to bring home, head over to the cosy coffee corner to enjoy a scrumptious meal.
Feast on an array of Mediterranean-inspired eats with an energising cuppa in hand. A must-try is Artezano’s gourmet grilled cheeses (starting from $75), elevated with fresh artisanal sourdough bread and vibrant ingredients like black olive tapenade, balsamic and bourbon caramelised onions, goat labneh, and more.
Artezano, 52–54 Graham Street, Central
From the ever-popular café stalwart, Mamaday comes yet another Instagrammable sister café—Good Day Bad Day. In keeping with Mamaday’s explosively colourful and quirky aesthetic, this new branch in Tsim Sha Tsui flaunts vibrant, kitsch décor and tongue-in-cheek humour that permeates the atmosphere and menu.
Experience next-level culinary innovation with an eclectic range of Western and fusion offerings, such as soft-shell crab pizza ($138), unagi omurice ($125), and buttered scallop risotto with pesto sauce ($88), alongside one-of-a-kind drinks like tofu coffee ($56), Kinder latte ($56), and Yakult yuzu smoothie ($56). Unlike most cafés, the portions here are big, and you are guaranteed to leave with a happy and full stomach.
Good Day Bad Day, G/F & 1/F, Ka Wing Building, 27-27A Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui