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Hong Kong is bursting with coffee shops, and new openings are appearing left and right. Holding its own against neighbouring rivals South Korea and Japan when it comes to coffees and cafés, our city definitely has its own eclectic roster to boast about. After all, who doesn’t need their daily dose of caffeine or thirst-quenching drink to start the day? Join us as we round up the latest cafés and coffee shops popping up in the city.
Online pastry brand Hemma finally opens its physical shop and café in Sai Ying Pun! The space has industrial vibes, opting for minimalism in its design and muted colour palettes. Join in the clamour for Hemma’s beloved Basque burnt cheesecakes in various flavours, such as sesame ($62) and vanilla ($52). If you’re looking for a hearty meal, its wholesome dishes, like pasta aglio e olio with shrimp ($148), scrambled eggs with Parmesan cheese on toast ($88), and all-day breakfast ($148) are great options to kickstart your day!
Hemma, Shop 2A, Second Street, Sai Ying Pun
You’re already spoilt for choice when it comes to cafés in Sai Ying Pun, and more just keep coming! Live a Little is the newest addition to the bustling district. The coffee is supplied by local studio Feiru Coffee Lab and features Ethiopian house espresso. Drinks like the espresso panna cotta ($42) or the queen drip ($45) take the spotlight, but the cheesy chacha beef balls bagel ($50), which is inspired by hot pot ingredients, is also a must-try!
Live a Little, 172–180 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun
If you haven’t been to San Po Kong much, you now have an excuse to drop by. Brew Dog is a new café in the area with cosy vibes and a refreshing atmosphere. The no-fuss drinks menu has all the classics—think espresso, tea, and even soda, with milkshakes soon to come. The food is divided into easy-to-eat pastries, such as avocado chicken panini ($64) and egg salad croissant ($38), but you can also opt for a bigger dish like the all-day breakfast ($118) or linguine with prawns in homemade basil sauce ($108).
Brew Dog, Shop L, 1/F, Maxgrand Plaza, 3 Tai Yau Street, San Po Kong
This new café in Tsuen Wan is brought to you by Reaction, a Hong Kong-based coffee roaster with multiple shops across the city. As a pet-friendly café with a warm interior and equally delicious food and thirst-quenching drinks, this place has it all! Already making rounds on social media is the Dutch baby pancake ($88), the dirty tiramisu ($58), and the banana chocolate milkshake ($55). Sounds perfect for those with a sweet tooth!
Boundless Coffee, Shop G75A–76C&D, G/F, Citywalk, 1 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan
If you don’t look properly, you might miss Relieve Coffee in Sheung Wan. This quaint Japanese café surely lives up to its name—a place to relieve your hunger and thirst. The vintage vibes feel like they’ve been lifted straight out of an anime! From the menu, you can choose between an all-day set, Japanese side dishes, or desserts. We recommend the slow-cooked sirloin steak with sukiyaki sauce ($198), the purple sweet potato croquette ($68), and the photogenic hojicha mochi chiffon mountain ($68). For drinks, take a sip of the matcha tonic ($60) or hojicha latte (starting from $55).
Relieve Coffee, Shop G01, G/F, Ovest, 77 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan
Between finally opens its first outpost on the Kowloon side! Located in Harbour City, the store debuts a fresh design showcasing Between’s new periwinkle blue colour. The counter is presented in terrazzo, with a window for food that allows you to take a peek at what’s on offer for the day, and the storefront even features a special mirrored wall for you to take your best selfies! Enjoy eight exclusive beverages on the menu in addition to current food and drink offerings. We recommended the Coco-Rice Paradise, the smoky ginger pomegranate, or the pineapple and peach oolong.
Between, Shop OT G16A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Well-loved café chain NOC Coffee Co. opens a space inspired by Japanese dry gardens (枯山水; karesansui) in Yuen Long! The new branch boasts intricate details with a streamlined ceiling modelled after nature, and the décor and walls showcase the simple yet geometric lines of a zen garden. To top it all off, elements like sands, greenery, and moss further accentuate the space and allow you to take in the tranquil atmosphere.
Don’t miss the pink lemonade ($50) or the mango cold brew tea ($45)! The drinks go perfectly with the chicken quesadilla ($118) and the golden sando ($74). You can also dip your tastebuds into the limited-time offerings of seared salmon couscous ($148) and smoky Earl Grey ginger soda ($50).
NOC Coffee Co., Shop G010, G/F, Yoho Mall, 9 Yuen Lung Street, Yuen Long | (+852) 2398 0939