When it comes to dining out, Hong Kongers sure love the novelty factor. From lovable cartoon animals to real life furry friends, and comic book wonderlands to food that you can squidge, we’re never short of entertainment in the 852. Get ready to fill your bellies – and your Instagram feeds – as we check out Hong Kong’s coolest themed cafes.
1. 9¾ Cafe
After twenty years since the release of the first Harry Potter book, Hong Kong’s first unofficial themed cafe opened up to serve Potterheads some seriously magical potions that pay homage to the wizarding world of J. K. Rowling. The adorably named 9¾ Cafe is everything fans could dream of – and thankfully, they don’t have to run into a brick wall to get there! Decorated with genuine Harry Potter merchandise from the owners’ personal collection – everything from broomsticks and wands, to old spellbooks and even a sorting hat on the shelf (please let us be Gryffindor), the cafe serves up Western-style dishes named after mythical themes and characters like The Dementor’s Kiss ($138) and The Order of the Phoenix ($118). And of course, there are plenty of potions to keep the magic flowing, such as the Polyjuice Potion, Felix Felicis, and even an Amortentia love potion for $55 a pop. As an added touch, customers can pose for photos with magic wands and Potter-style glasses, as well as the famous half-disappearing trolley at Platform 9¾. So what are all you muggles waiting for? Call now to book your spot.
9¾ Cafe, 4/F, Prosper Commercial Building, 9 Yin Chong Street, Mong Kok, (+852) 9432 6555
2. Rabbitland Cafe
Prepare yourself for a cuteness overload as you enter Hong Kong’s first rabbit cafe, Rabbitland. Inspired by a trip to Japan’s famous ‘rabbit island’ in Okunoshima, this quirky upstairs Causeway Bay cafe invites you to slip on your socks and step inside the ‘bunny den’ for a play date with 12 fluffy fellas. Decked with little tables and legless chairs, three rabbit pens, and walls of bunny themed decor, this is the perfect spot for snapping adorable selfies with your favourite characters. We couldn’t get enough of fluffy-headed Donkey and the super sociable Orea (pictured above). Although you aren’t permitted to pick the rabbits up, you’ll still have plenty of interaction as you stroke them and watch them hop around greeting customers. Entry is $68 per person which gets you one hour in the den and a drink, or you can push the boat out and pay $138 for one drink, a tasty dish, and a rabbit snack for your new buddy. Just don’t forget to bring a pair of socks – and your camera!
Rabbitland Cafe, 3/F, 530 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 5281 0280
3. Charlie Brown Cafe
Some things never go out of style, and cartoon pooch Snoopy is certainly one of them. Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, the Charlie Brown Cafe has been a family favourite for years due to its fun, wooden cabin like environment and tasty menu of sweet treats and frothy drinks. Decorated with adorable Peanuts character sculptures, Snoopy inspired decor, and collector’s items, the 4,000 square-foot cafe is the perfect setting for children’s parties and big kids at heart. Who wouldn’t love tucking into a Snoopy cake, or sipping on a cup of hot chocolate with Woodstock’s face in the froth? With a range of breakfast, lunch, and snacks which mostly cost under $100, this is an absolute winner in our book.
Charlie Brown Cafe, G/F-1/F, Kok Pah Mansion, 58-60 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (+852) 2366 6315
4. Yum Cha
You’re never too old to play with your food at “Instagram worthy” dim sum restaurant, Yum Cha. In fact, you’re encouraged to squidge, poke, and smash your way through their impressive selection of animal shaped treats and googly-eyed faces that feature on their menu. Fans of char siu bao will squeal with delight when the BBQ Piggy Buns arrive at the table, while big kids with a wicked sense of humour will jump at the chance to squeeze the gooey orange innards from the mouths of the Hot Custard Buns (pictured above). The newest branch in Causeway Bay has some exclusive goodies in the form of the fluffy Mango Sago & Cotton Cloud and adorable Peanut Papa Buns with moustaches. With a large variety of noodle, rice, soup, and meat dishes on the menu, it’s never a dull – or tasteless – moment at this quirky little spot, as the quality of the food is actually very good, and most dim sum will only set you back $49 for three pieces. Totally worth the Instagram frenzy!
Yum Cha locations:
Central, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, (+852) 3708 8081
Causeway Bay, 2/F Emperor Watch & Jewellery Centre, 8 Russell Street, (+852) 2323 1288
Tsim Sha Tsui, 3/F, 20-22 Granville Road, Kowloon, (+852) 2751 1666
Mong Kok, Level 4A, Langham Place, (+852) 2818 1099
5. Moomin Bakery & Cafe
Fans of the lovable, hippopotamus-like Moomin creatures will no doubt enjoy taking a trip down memory lane at the Moomin Bakery & Cafe. Located on the third floor of Harbour City, this Scandinavian style cafe is centred around the popular Finish cartoon books and series. Diners can meet Moominpappa, Moominmamma, Sniff, and Snork as they tuck into some delicious desserts, lattes, and savoury treats. Dishes include Moomin Style Hot Pancakes (around $138), Homemade Cheesecake ($88), and Finish Style Stewed Beef (around $130). Don’t miss the special Moomin souvenir store next door, which features some Moomin gifts and nick-nacks – some of which are exclusively from Japan and Finland.
Moomin Bakery & Cafe, Shop 32, Level 3, LCX, Harbour City, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2730 0963
6. Cat Store
If you’re moggie mad, then you’ll feel like the cat that got the cream at Hong Kong’s one and only Cat Store. Tucked away on the 3rd floor of a part residential, part commercial building in Causeway Bay, this quirky spot has 11 resident cats who love to be stroked, groomed, and spoiled rotten. A great solution for animal lovers who miss having their own pet (we’re looking at you landlords), this kooky cafe can’t get enough of its furry residents who are the inspiration for its murals, photos, decorations, and even lighting – we love the Yakult bottle lanterns. They even inspire the menu, which is filled from front to back with cat-themed desserts, snacks, coffees, and meal sets that feature their adorable faces. Prices are pretty reasonable, meaning you and your kitty (yes, there is an ‘order for your cat’ section) can enjoy several treats without breaking the bank for a cute snap or two. Don’t forget to check out the little cat trinkets for sale on your way out too.
Cat Store, 3D Po Ming Building, Foo Ming Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, (+852) 2710 9953
7. Ease Cafe
Calling all comic book lovers! It’s time to slip off your shoes, get comfy on the sofa, and take your pick of more than 5,000 comic books at Ease Cafe. With collections ranging from classics such as Doraemon, to the long-running Captain Tsubasa, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in this 1,500 square foot space. Guests can dig into some pasta or a full-day breakfast as they enjoy a spot of reading or play some board games in this peaceful spot which overlooks the hustle and bustle of Mong Kok.
Ease Cafe, Unit 2508-09, 25/F Golden Era Plaza, 39 Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok, (+852) 2780 3362
8. On Dog Dog Cafe
Dogs rule, cats drool – or is it the other way round? It’s hard to know who runs the show at On Dog Dog Cafe in Mong Kok. Three huskies, one akita, one shiba, and a feisty rescue cat are the stars of this 1,000 square foot cafe, owned by dog lover Brian Tse Ming-cheung and his girlfriend Candy Chung Cheuk-ling. Guests can mingle and play with the lovable bunch – who have been known to break into song when the mood strikes – as they feast on a selection of reasonably priced snacks. Pets are welcome here, too, and a variety of safe and nutritious treats can be made for hungry animal companions.
On Dog Dog Cafe, 1/F, 3 Soares Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Mong Kok, (+852) 9045 2766
9. Jolly Thinkers
With more than a hundred board games to explore, you’re never short of entertainment at Jolly Thinkers. This hangout has proven to be so popular with Hong Kongers that it’s expanded into two outlets – one in Prince Edward, and a newer, bigger branch in Wan Chai. Guests of all ages can fuel up on a hefty menu of drinks and snacks as they get stuck into some Monopoly action and discover a large collection of lesser-known finds. Entry costs $65 per person which gets you a $30 soft drink and three hours of playtime fun – perfect for a rainy day in Hong Kong, or clever clogs who love a challenge. Stone Age, Power Grid, and Dixit are among the favourites of cafe owners Joyce Lam Yuen-han and John Guest – and we hear the mayonnaise-smothered Baked Potato Skins are to die for.
Jolly Thinkers Wan Chai, 11/F Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2527 2882
Jolly Thinkers Kowloon, 14/F, Capricorn Centre, 155 Sai Yeung Choi Street North, Prince Edward, Kowloon, (+852) 3107 1160
10. Hello Kitty Madness
This little kitty is so popular she has her own cafe in Hong Kong. Tucked away in the quieter streets of Tai Hang, Hello Kitty Secret Garden is a 17-seater cafe which boasts a menu of savoury dishes, sweet desserts, and cheeky drinks which pay homage to the famous feline. The cafe has a garden theme with foliage and wooden decor, making it the perfect location for some rustic snapshots with the moggie herself. The cafe is small and seats are limited, so be prepared to wait a while for that delicious Rose Latte (pictured). This is definitely one to visit more for the novelty factor – and the gram – rather than top-notch food, so don’t expect Michelin star bites and you won’t be disappointed.
Hello Kitty Secret Garden, 19 Ormsby Street, Tai Hang, (+852) 2808 2868