A coffee (or three) a day keeps us from going insane, and with so many speciality cafes popping up around the city lately, we Hongkongers are seriously spoilt for choice. But what do we love more than our heart-pumping espressos and super gimmicky avo-lattes? A gorgeous cafe where we can have our coffee and taking a decent selfie or two, that’s what. Blogger Shirley Ling shares her pick of the most photogenic cafes in Hong Kong, which are sure to give you an enviable Instagram feed.
1. Winstons Coffee
One does not simply walk past Winstons Coffee without taking a photo of its shopfront. Both its Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town locations feature an old-school cinema sign bearing the cafe’s name and a sneaky catchphrase. It’s so eye-catching that there’s always someone standing across the road taking photos of it. The sleek interior and black-and-white patterned floors are another favourite backdrop for Instagrammers after that 10/10 shot. Winstons is more than just a pretty face, however, as this Aussie-style cafe serves some of the very best piccolos, flat whites, and espresso martinis in town. Strong, dark, and slightly bitter, these coffees are best enjoyed with a side of biscotti, croissants, and pies.
Winstons Coffee, Shop 4, G/F Rich Court, 213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, (+852) 2559 5078
Shop 8, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, (+852) 2694 1878
2. Halfway Coffee
Just off a staircase full of antique stores in Sheung Wan is the very quaint Halfway Coffee. This cafe merges East and West with all drinks being served in vintage porcelain Chinese teacups, scoured from places like Temple Street Night Market. See them all lined up atop the bespoke espresso machine and let the barista know which cup you want your drink served in. Also make sure to keep an eye out for the cash register – a counter-weight just like what you’d see back in the day at a wet market. Halfway Coffee makes a mean latte – rich, smooth, and creamy, the coffees here always hit the spot and come with some of the best latte art we’ve seen in the city. It’s a super popular spot during lunchtime and space is limited in this small cafe, but don’t fret, as Halfway Coffee has just opened a new location nearby on Tung Street with plenty of seating and opportunity to photograph your lunch hour away.
Halfway Coffee, G/F, 26 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, (+852) 9511 7197
12 Tung Street, Sheung Wan
3. Mido Cafe
If you grew up watching Hong Kong movies and TVB, then it’s very likely that you’ve seen Mido Cafe as a set location. This Yau Ma Tei cha chaan teng opened in the 1950s and its décor has remains largely unchanged. Iron-framed glass windows, mosaic floor tiles, bench seating, and a manual cash register all scream ‘nostalgia’ in a city where everything seems to change at the speed of lightning. Although Mido’s extensive menu is nothing out of the ordinary for a cha chaan teng, its signature dishes like the baked pork chop rice and fried noodles topped with roast pork are all worth a taste. Want something smaller? Grab a Hong Kong-style milk tea and chow down on a pineapple bun with butter or scrambled egg toast.
Mido Cafe, G/F, 63 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, (+852) 2384 6402
4. Cafe Hay Fever
Botanists will love this secret garden-style cafe. Sitting at the back of a flower shop on Prince Edward’s Flower Market Road, Cafe Hay Fever offers an oasis from Hong Kong’s hustle and bustle. For Instagrammers, the venue offers an endless supply of potted plants, stunning bouquets, and garden décor to bless your socials with. Cafe Hay Fever’s coffee menu is concise and most tables order the slow-drip ice coffees and organic fairtrade tea infusions too. Feeling peckish? We hear the lemon cheesecake is the real MVP, but if you can’t make your way over to Kowloon side, there is also a Causeway Bay outlet inside the massive bookstore Eslite, complete with colourful flowers and greenery to whisk you away to a calmer place.
Cafe Hay Fever, G/F, 62-64 Flower Market Road, Prince Edward, (+852) 2397 0638
Eslite, 9/F, Hysan Place At Lee Gardens, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 6039 2886
5. Hands-On Coffee
This newly opened cafe sits right on top of a mobile phone store and offers must needed respite from the madness of Mong Kok. Hands-On Coffee is photogenic from every angle. Whip out your camera for the cafe’s centrepiece round bar, before watching the baristas pour a strong one. Coffee tempers line portions of the wall and ceiling, while the rest of the seating area is drenched in warm lighting and shades of retro pink, turquoise, and green. The menu here offers a wide selection of pasta, sandwiches, and desserts, but the venue takes its coffee very seriously. Let the baristas walk you through the entire brewing process as you choose from Indonesian, Costa Rica, and Ethiopian beans, as well as various brewing methods like Aeropress and hand drip.
Hands-On Coffee, 3/F, China Mobile Flagship Store, 1L-1M Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, (+852) 2622 2147
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