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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 coffee 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.
Newly opened in Tai Kok Tsui, Coftea is a pet-friendly café serving quality food and fragrant brews. Sporting a minimalistic, wooden interior, Coftea offers a soothing environment for you to relax and enjoy its varied offerings.
Food items include hearty mains such as the aromatic tiger prawn truffle pasta and flavourful honey mustard roasted chicken burger with potato and sweet potato fries. Vegetarian options are also available on the menu and are just as mouth-watering, including burgers, pastas, and poké bowls with a filling cauliflower base.
True to its name, the café offers tea and coffee in abundance, alongside other non-caffeinated drinks. Expect all your regular coffee varieties, whilst cold-brew teas come in an adorable bottle that you can take away.
Coftea, Shop 4, G/F, West Block, Peony House, 34–46 Hoi King Street, Tai Kok Tsui
Soft-opening in Lai Chi Kok is Aha Coffee, a relaxing new location adding to the vibrant café scene in the neighbourhood. A selection of hot and cold drinks is available alongside an extensive menu of hearty mains, appetising sides, and irresistible desserts.
Fuel up for the day with smoked salmon eggs Benedict dressed in homemade hollandaise sauce or head over in the afternoon for Aha’s lunch set featuring its signature homemade pasta. If you’re looking for something light, check out its daily fresh pastries and sandwiches. Satisfy your sweet craving with a peanut butter and condensed milk gelato waffle—a twist on the local classic—whilst sipping on a refreshing espresso tonic in the summer heat.
Aha Coffee, Shop 1, G/F, Billion Plaza II, 10B Cheung Yue Street, Lai Chi Kok
Sporting an adorable logo of a sausage dog chilling with a cup of coffee, OKLM is a hip new spot in Tsim Sha Tsui offering quality brews and delicious bites. Get energised with a cup of coffee or tea before your busy morning, or wind down with a matcha or hojicha latte after a hard day at work. Milk alternatives are available for all your lactose- and dairy-free needs.
In terms of food, patrons are treated to a wide range of items, from hearty pasta dishes and mains such as topped toasts, eggs Benedict, and a classic all-day breakfast to quick meals for the busy bee and mouth-watering sweets such as lemon sorbet with mixed berries ice cream and fresh toast with coconut ice cream. Head over to OKLM for a relaxing day!
OKLM—Au Calme, Shop 1, G/F, 1–3 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui
The Kyoto café Sonia Coffee is opening its third location in the city, this time introducing its delicious mains and irresistible cakes and pastries to the neighbourhood of San Po Kong. Café hoppers can expect the same top-quality foods from this new location in Mikiki mall, including the protein-packed double Japanese boiled egg salad toast, Sonia’s signature Neapolitan pasta, croissant sandwiches, and more!
Dessert lovers are spoilt for choice at Sonia Coffee. Its beautifully crafted treats include Sonia’s speciality pudding—the perfect jiggly creation for your Instagram boomerangs—aromatic Japanese chestnut waffles with tofu ice cream, and creamy and fragrant Earl Grey Basque cheesecake. Enjoy your sweet treat with a cup of joe at a discounted price by opting for the afternoon tea dessert set.
Sonia’s latest location also offers outdoor seating for pets and their parents, so don’t forget to stop by for a refresher whilst on your walk around the area!
Sonia Coffee, Shop S05B, G/F, Mikiki, 638 Prince Edward Road East, San Po Kong
Adding to the vibrant mix of sub-culture and local traditions in Sham Shui Po is The Bridge Plus, a café-art space where coffee perfectly complements art. Visitors will arrive to find a minimalist café on the ground floor offering quality brews and delicious pastries and cakes. After savouring your coffee, head upstairs to the dedicated art space, where exhibitions will be held from time to time. Gallery hoppers, keep an eye on The Bridge Plus’s socials for more information on current and upcoming exhibitions.
The Bridge Plus, 82–84 Ap Liu Street, Sham Shui Po
Newly opened in Ngau Tau Kok is Bischofia by Mood, a chic café sporting a cosy wooden interior decorated with plants. A selection of mains and desserts are available alongside coffees and speciality drinks. If your office is in the area, drop by during lunch for a hearty pasta dish or an energising all-day breakfast.
If you’re looking for an urban oasis to idle your weekend afternoon away, Bischofia’s location makes for a quiet retreat from the bustling district of Kwun Tong and Ngau Tau Kok. Simply sit back with an iced Americano or matcha latte while nibbling on some homemade cakes or an elegant tiramisu affogato.
Bischofia by Mood, Shop 1, G/F, Fullerton Centre, 19 Hung To Road, Ngau Tau Kok
A new café tucked away behind Hysan Place, The Coffee Journal sports an eye-catching royal blue exterior that distinguishes it from its neighbours. Its interiors are equally vibrant, with classic furnishings that elevates the café into a stylish one–stop shop for coffee, mains, and desserts.
Pop by for a cup of coffee and pair it with one of Coffee Journal’s delicious sweets—the Uji matcha waffle topped with vanilla ice cream and Lady Grey Basque cheesecake have been popular since its opening and are definitely worth a try. For something a little more filling, try out its yoghurt carbonara, a lighter twist to the classic in which eggs and cream are replaced.
The Coffee Journal, 12 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay
The newest addition to Tai Wai is Chas Long Long Ago, a quaint neighbourhood tea café with good vibes and equally delicious food and quality brews. Visitors can relax and unwind in Chas’s spacious interior while enjoying its offerings, which are infused with distinctly regional flavours. For mains, highlights include a selection of reimagined classics, with Sichuan dandan noodles and Taiwanese gua bao being crowd-favourites so far.
For sweets, patrons can choose between the monthly and regular dessert menus. While monthly offerings depend on seasonality of ingredients, you can expect traditional flavours such as glutinous rice balls in fermented rice wine with bird’s nest and osmanthus and red sugar ciba cake with oolong cream cheese dusted with peanut kinako on the regular menu, all perfect for pairing with a cup of tea.
Chas Long Long Ago, Shop B, G/F, Chik Sin Building, 77–81 Chik Shun Street, Tai Wai