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It doesn’t matter if you are five years old or well into your seventies—board games are fun for anyone. Most people will be familiar with the classics, like Uno or Monopoly, but there are a hundred different kinds of board games out there worth exploring. Board game cafés provide a comfortable haven for you and your friends to relax and have a go at a range of games in-store, and it’s a good alternative hangout spot when you’re trying to escape the heat and rain!
Morokok, a Thai-inspired board game café in Mong Kok, is truly a hidden gem. Not only do they have delectable food, but their massive outdoor terrace is one of the coolest places to try out a myriad of board games. You can see plenty of old Hong Kong-style buildings surrounding you from the terrace, and if you’re lucky, you can also catch the sunset. Settle down onto their Morrocan-style mats and cushions with a coffee and have a go at the Game of Thrones-themed Monopoly—it’s a race to see who will reach King’s Landing first and who will go bankrupt in their attempt!
Morokok, Shop 801, 8/F, Gala Place, 56 Dundas Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 2363 1882
Wheat & Wood is one of the sleekest board game cafés in Hong Kong. Every shelf in the café is filled with all sorts of games, and there are also tables set up exclusively for bigger games like Jenga and chess. For standard hours, the cover charge ($90 for two hours of play) includes $40 in credit for food and beverages, with each additional hour costing an extra $20. If you want to be budget-conscious, visit on Wednesdays and Thursdays, where they promote unlimited play ($80)—and that includes $40 credit for food and drinks, too! You’ll find most board game favourites here, like Life, Catan, and Risk, as well as some niche titles from smaller producers.
Wheat & Wood, Shop 6, G/F, Brilliant Court, 28 Praya Kennedy Town, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2399 0433
Claiming to the best board game café in Kowloon—we’ll see about that—Painkiller Boardgame Café prides itself on its extensive range of board games. You can virtually pick any game from their cupboards to guarantee a good time among your pals. The cover charge is one drink per person (starting from $60) so you can order a cup of their own Italian ground coffee and chill for up to three hours. On weekends and holidays, it’s just an extra $8 for every half an hour afterwards! If you fall in love with any of their in-house board games, rest assured that you can browse their retail section to purchase your very own copy to take home.
Painkiller Boardgame Café, Shop C, 5/F, 2 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3568 3227
Here at Double Café, you can find an extensive dining menu you can order from when you’re vying for the win among board games or card games of all sorts. A panini with smoked salmon ($112) is good for lunch or a large afternoon tea snack, and the chocolate lava cake with ice cream ($62) is designed for all the sweet-tooths out there. If you’re just looking for a drink, you can order from their Tarot Card menu, where drinks are named after characters from tarot cards, such the Magician ($48), which is a mixture of rose and green apple, or the Demon ($52), a blueberry blended ice smoothie! Dive into classics like Pictionary, Scrabble, and even Chinese checkers when you’re here.
Double Café, 4/F, Ko’s House, 577 Nathan Road, Mong Kok | (+852) 9768 2318
Station 3 Café is one of the biggest cafés on this list, boasting enough space for up to 150 people. They also have private VIP rooms for hosting gatherings and parties, because who doesn’t want a big birthday bash dedicated to all things board games? They even have a projector and a full audio system that doubles as a karaoke machine if you need a break from outwitting your friends. If you’re just looking for a way to kill some time, order one of their house coffee ($46) or milkshakes ($52) and you can much pretty take your time with any board game of your choice!
Station 3 Café, Flat 08–09, 25/F, Golden Era Plaza, 39 Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 6681 1177
Jolly Thinkers has grown from a small café to a multi-service business, offering in-store retail options, online retail, and wholesale board games as well. With two stores filled from top to bottom with board games, all of their staff can not only offer recommendations of what to play on the day but they can practically teach you any game as well. Their cover charge ($69) includes two hours of play and one basic drink. Every additional 30-minute session of play afterwards is just an extra $7. We could go into detail on what kinds of board games Jolly Thinkers offers, but trust us when we say that they have everything and their selection is so comprehensive, it’s dizzying.
This colourful café is filled with board games of all sorts to take you back to your childhood, such as Pirate Barrel or the Bad Dog toy! Walking into Any Moment Café is like going into another world: Extravagant, nature-themed decorations hang on the walls to help you relax into your window seats overlooking the streets of Mong Kok and while away the hours. They also offer options for private parties and gatherings in their forest-inspired room where you can play Jenga and other space-consuming games!
Any Moment Café, 9/F, Hanway Commercial Centre, 36 Dundas Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 6130 6631
Homemadecafé is all about making you feel at home—just like the name implies. They have soft sofas strewn all across the café space and soft plush toys for you to cuddle with! With massive windows offering captivating views of Mong Kok’s skyline, gazing out while playing board games can really slow time and help you appreciate the cityscape of Hong Kong. Their food menu is also something to look forward to, with highlights such as the truffle mushrooms risotto ($148) or their Sicilian pizza ($188), made with their in-house hand-pulled dough for a chewy texture!
Homemadecafé, 12/F, Dundas Square, 43H Dundas Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 6534 4336
Coffee Break is a sophisticated café that lets you play board games all day. Made up of marbled tabletops and sleek wooden chairs, the modern and chic aesthetics make us want to pick up an intellectual bout of chess to fit in with the sumptuous interiors! They have a separate burger menu for those who are hungry in-between games, with stand-out items like the red wine-poached apple cheeseburger ($118)—which sounds like a very interesting combination to us—and the lavish offering of white wine pear foie gras burger ($158).
Coffee Break, Shop 4, G/F, Hung Fai Building, 2Q–2Z Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 3709 2215
If you’re looking for a cheap way to kill time and play board games, then Sweet & Fun Café is the place for you. Pick any board game from their tall racks and sit down and play for as long as you want—without any cover charges! Since some games like Monopoly take forever to finish (we had a game that lasted four hours), we would recommend getting a drink or two so you’re showing your support towards a boutique local business.
Sweet & Fun Café, 18/F, Hanway Commercial Centre, 36 Dundas Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 3482 3992
Upstairs cafés are always an exciting adventure for us, and at Meeple Tree, you can sense your thirst for the unknown even further—with a wide host of role-playing board games! With a goal to facilitate the meeting of likeminded people with a love for games, Meeple Tree offers several stations for groups to come together and battle it out over the likes of Paladin of West Kingdom, Everdell, Castle of Burgundy, Century: Eastern Wonders, and so much more. If you’re keen on discovering boutique titles and unique new board games from small producers, Meeple Tree is the place.
Meeple Tree, Unit 605, 6/F, World Interests Building, 8 Tsun Yip Lane, Kwun Tong | (+852) 9669 4554
Industrial buildings are full of surprises, such as The 5B Private Corner, a hidden café just 15 minutes away from The Mills. As long as you have the address right, it’s not actually that hard to find. There are many reasons to love this café, from the epic sea view you get treated to from their window seats to the board games you can play anywhere. This café is like a slice of childhood that manage to survive throughout the times!
The 5B Private Corner, Room B, 5/F, Tsuen Tung Factory Building, 38–40 Chai Wan Kok Street, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 3956 3926