Seeking a good coffee? We’re not talking Starbucks or Pacific Coffee, but rather hidden gems for the connoisseurs amongst us. In the last year or so, some amazing places have popped up across, ideal for those who consider the perfect cup to be an important part of the day.
Our current top picks are:
- The Cupping Room – located on Queen’s Road Central, the award winning baristas at The Cupping Room pride themselves on creating the perfect cup.
- Chaiwanese – this trendy cafe (located in an industrial warehouse in Chai Wan) serves up spectacular harbour views along with its excellent coffee and unique fusion sandwiches (such as a Korean Bulgogi Cheesesteak).
- The Coffee Academics – Part of the Caffé Habitu group, this coffee shop/restaurant with industrial chic styling is a staple of Hong Kong’s coffee shop scene. The food is Italian – think paninis and pastas and the coffee is pretty good too!
- Crema – tucked away in a basement in TST, this little shop can be a bit tricky to find, but is worth the hunt. Reasonably priced breakfast and tea sets are also available, but the highlight is the coffee.
- Rabbithole – Formerly accessible only by booking a tasting or lesson at the Central escalators showroom, a new cafe style location in Wan Chai is open to walk ins for coffee or food. Their coffee “classes” and lectures on offer for aspiring home baristas are a fun way to meet fellow coffee lovers.
- Barista Jam – not only good coffee, but great pastas too – worth trying for lunch as well as just a coffee.
- Fuel – in need of a weekday pick me up? Then head over to either IFC or the Landmark for one of the best coffees in town. Not always the best service, but the coffee is fabulous and the cakes are good!
- Unar Coffee Company – British influenced coffee shop in trendy Tai Hang. Best for a great on-the-go coffee, as there is not much seating.
- Hazel & Hershey – The knowledgeable baristas at this quirky Peel Street cafe can make helpful suggestions about which of the shops’ coffees, brewed using specialty beans imported from around the world, might best suit your palette. Coffee beans, equipment, and tools for home brewing are also for sale.
- Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard – Opendoor offers coffee drinks made with regular milk or a number of dairy alternatives (such as almond milk). Yummy fruit smoothies and teas mean there are plenty of beverage options on the menu for the kids or non-coffee drinkers.
Don’t see your favourite on our list? If you have any suggestions of places we should check out, let us know on [email protected]!