Are you thinking about where to go in Hong Kong for a steamed cup of joe and some peace? Look no more and keep reading. Hong Kong is home to many specialty and independent coffeehouses. These cafés cater to the unique taste buds of Hongkongers by not just offering the popular macchiato and decaf espresso but rare brews as well as homegrown and roasted coffee too. Here are 18 of Hong Kong’s best coffee shops and cafés handpicked by us for your need for caffeine.
Lofe (樂啡Plus) — Tuen Mun
Lofe is a nice little café nestled in Tuen Mun with the mantra that enjoying coffee and music are the high points of life. Friendly baristas create flower infused drinks and Italian coffees made with carefully sourced coffee beans. Vintage 80s Hong Kong vinyl records set the tone for a calming coffee shop experience. With a range of options for all day breakfast, Lofe would serve you their signature breakfast waffle with your choice of teriyaki chicken salad or smoked salmon salad. Moreover, the café owner occasionally conducts coffee workshops, diving into pour over, Turkish coffee siphon brewing and more.
Lofe Plus, No. 53 Leung Tin Village, San Sau St, Tuen Mun | +852 6558 8331
Accro Coffee — Yuen Long
A lively specialty coffee shop in Yuen Long with a cool, contemporary interior. The highly knowledgeable baristas at Accro keep themselves sharp by regularly competing in brewing competitions, their innovation showing in unique offerings like coffee cocktails. There is a reasonably broad range of coffee beans for you to order, besides the liberty to have either expert pour over or siphon brewing. First-timers to Accro Coffee cannot go wrong with Irish coffee and a freshly baked waffle. Lastly, expect long queues at weekends.
Accro Coffee, Shop D, G/F, 162-164, Kam Shing Building, Anning Road, Yuen Long | +852 9430 1433
CoHee Studio — Kam Tin
CoHee Studio is a hidden delight in the quaint village of Kam Tin, a coffee shop sprinkled with Japanese culture and tasteful interior. Coffee connoisseurs will love the wallboard highlighting the espresso-based coffees on the menu alongside their bean origins. Your hand-brewed coffee is served in lovely Japanese pottery. According to CoHee, your perfect coffee moment starts with a powerful espresso followed by a flat white to heighten your contrasting flavour with a pleasing aftertaste. Food-wise, you cannot go wrong with their chocolate brownies.
CoHee Studio, 152 Kam Tin Shi St, Kam Tin | +852 9449 7310
Forest Cafe 森林 — Tai Po
Forest Cafe is your ticket to a coffee safari in a real forest. The coffeehouse is nestled in nature in the fishing port of Tai Po. Sitting outdoors, you can actually hear birds chirping and squirrels going about their business. As a first-timer to Forest Cafe, we suggest you try the combination of gourmet burger and iced coffee. Located between Yuen Long and Kam Sheung Road MTR stations, it may be most convenient to drive here. If you do, you won’t need to worry about finding a parking space as there are plenty right beside the café.
Forest Cafe, DD19, Lam Kam Rd, Tai Po | +852 9869 0173
Rare Coffee — Kwai Hing
How does a quaint evening sipping coffee with your loved one sound? Rare, right? Not so much if you’re a rare coffee regular in Kwai Hing. The baristas are warm and friendly, the coffee is delicious, and the sandwiches are scrumptious. In fact, rare coffee offers four different flavours of bagels from brickery bread. More favourites of the regulars include Piccolo Latte and Flat White, made from beans sourced from Taiwan.
rare coffee, G/F, EDGE, 30 Kwai Wing Road, Kwai Chung | +852 6238 4208
Café Août — Jordan
If you’re longing for an authentic French crêpe, long no more and give café août a visit. It’s a tiny little gem in Yau Tsim Mong that offers perfectly dressed salads, freshly brewed coffee, and perhaps the best savoury crêpes in Hong Kong. café août’s most popular orders are Iced Latte, Cappuccino, and ham & egg crepe. Also, give their Warm Goat Cheese with Honey crêpe a shot if you are feeling a little sweet. This place is more suited for take-out, seating only about four to five people.
café août, G/F, 16 Nanking St, Jordan | +852 2698 9018
Wolf Den Café — Lai Chi Kok
Wolf Den Café only promises great coffee, all-day breakfast, and peace and quiet. It is one of the few indie cafés among the chain stores and high-rises that dominate Mei Foo. Enough to merit a visit, right? The interior of the coffeehouse is decorated with illustrations of wolves that cover the entire cafe. You’re welcomed by a friendly barista, who makes your coffee and hamburger steak choices easy for you. Popular menu items include a honey mustard chicken burger, cheese noodles, and the special tandoori chicken that is served every day.
Wolf Den Café, 1 Broadway, Mei Foo Sun Chuen, Lai Chi Kok | +852 3102 9628
Dog99 Coffee — Sham Shui Po
Dog99 Coffee is small, independent coffee shop of 10 seats with an enticing offering of cakes and pastries, awesome croissants sandwiches, and excellent hand drip. It is also one of the few coffee shops in Hong Kong that are open 24 hours. Pair their very own Black Forest gateau or special egg tart with the cappuccino or the latte your heart desires. Lastly, you cannot go wrong with Dog99 Coffee’s Mushroom Egg Pudding or Raspberry Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake – all priced very reasonably.
Dog99 Coffee, 33 Wong Chuk St, Tong Mi, Sham Shui Po | +852 3565 4937
Hong Kong Island
For Single — Kennedy Town
A special concept coffee shop with fantastic single-origin beans, single malt whiskies, and craft beer. For Single’s menu includes elaborative details about the different brewing methods employed in creating each drink to help make your caffeine choices simple. The interior offers a cosy ambience that transitions well from day to night. From 6pm on, For Single turns into a whiskey bar that offers reasonably priced drinks as well as a taster set. It is the kind of specialty coffee shop and bar that you might find in Japan or Taiwan.
For Single, Shop D, G/F, Full Harvest Building, 6-18 Hau Wo Street, Kennedy Town | +852 9384 4491
The Missing Piece — Sai Ying Pun
Off the bustling main road of Sai Ying Pun, The Missing Piece is nestled on quiet Eastern Street. This neat little coffee shop offers perhaps the best Piccolo and Cappuccino in the district. The atmosphere is cozy without feeling cramped. There is a wide selection of vegan and gluten-free cakes, and you also won’t regret trying their scrumptious all-day breakfast or salads packed with brain-powering ingredients like avocado, grilled chicken, and pine nuts. The Missing Piece also has a liquor license, which means you can always switch your evening coffee with a glass of wine or whiskey.
The Missing Piece, 35 Eastern St, Sai Ying Pun | +852 2547 6636
Passepartout Brunch and Coffee — Causeway Bay
As the name announces, this café offers great coffee and the tastiest brunch options; think Calcutta, Yokohama, and London. The Calcutta comes with masala waffles and crispy butter chicken. Seating around 20, the ambience is lovely, with cool background music. Your latte is smooth as wind, and the pricepoints are just right. Also worth trying are their artisan teas and Mocha. Lastly, expect a crowded Passepartout during the weekends.
Passepartout, Shop 2, G/F, 447-449 Lockhart Rd, Chung Wai Commercial Building, Causeway Bay | +852 2882 0828
Solo — Tai O
Solo in Tai O offers a scenic view of the stilt houses after a long morning of exploring the village, along with a combo of coffee and cake for your famished stomach. Their food menu and range of teas are also extensive. Solo takes their specialty coffee very seriously. Their artisanal coffees are served in heart-shaped mugs, which add to the natural allure of the coffeehouse. Visitors should note that the establishment requests you to pay upfront based on the amount of time you plan to stay, as the waterside location is highly coveted by weekend daytrippers.
Solo, G/F, 86-88 Kat Hing Street, Tai O | +852 9153 7453
Uncle Russ Coffee — Discovery Bay
Uncle Russ is very much Discovery Bay’s community coffeehouse that offers fruit smoothies, delicious snacks, and, of course, consistently high quality coffee. You can either sit indoors or outdoors to be served by one of the kindest baristas in the resort district of Discovery Bay. The outdoor area is dog-friendly. Indoors, the sofas are cosy enough for reading with an added power plug option for your smart devices. While you are at it, order their iced latte – one of the best you will sip in Hong Kong. However, seating is limited, and the place is brimming at peak hours.
Uncle Russ Coffee, 92 Siena Ave, Discovery Bay | +852 2682 8110
Pause Café — Mui Wo
A cozy family-run cafe beautifully nestled on Chung Hai Street that offers a variety of craft coffees and a range of breakfast options. Pause Café is dog-friendly, and the baristas are well-versed with the dietary knowledge of their menu. For the first-timer, Fresh Toast and Bagel with Cream Cheese are highly recommended. The breakfast connoisseurs should start their meal with Eggs Benedict and smashed avocado on toast. To complement your food, order their hot Macha Latte; or if you’re feeling spicy, go for Pause Cafe’s Bloody Mary Mocktail.
Pause Café, 21 Chung Hau St, Mui Wo, Lantau Island | +852 5267 5549
NAK Kafé — Tai O
Say hello to chill vibes, scenic views, and a great coffee at NAK Kafé. Pocketed in the fishing village of Tai O, this dog-friendly sun terrace café serves delicious breakfast, lunch, and coffee. You are welcomed by a cheerful barista at a counter adorned with colourful action figures and specials of the day. The coffee menu is basic compared to other coffee houses mentioned above, yet every drop is worth it. For first-timers, we recommend NAK Kafe’s Smashed Avacado and Brazilian pour over coffee.
NAK Kafé, 20 Wing On Street, Tai O, Lantau Island | +852 2368 8030
Other Outlying Islands
Island Table Grocer Cafe — Peng Chau
Island Table Grocer Cafe is a relatively new coffeehouse located close to the ferry piers in Peng Chau that serves tasty pizzas, pastries, and great coffee. You can either sit inside – which is air-conditioned – or in the patio area outside. On a hot day, Island Table’s lemonade is perhaps the best beverage in town. Many regulars absolutely love their homemade sausage rolls and cheesecakes.
Island Table Grocer Cafe, 9 Peng Chau Wing Hing St, Peng Chau | +852 6019 7694
啡寮 Valor Cheung Chau — Cheung Chau
Did you ever have a craving to sip your latte from a seashell or your ice-dripped coffee from a whole coconut? Even if you don’t, the concept at Valor Cheung Chau is worth trying. The interior of this hipster coffeehouse gives the impression of a bar, yet it only serves coffee which is truly fantastic. Coffee connoisseurs looking for something novel are suggested to try their pineapple and honey ice-dripped coffees. Pet moms and dads will be happy to note that Valor is a dog-friendly coffee shop.
Valor, No. 4, G/F, San Hing Street, Cheung Chau | +852 6699 5892
咖啡譜 Coffee Philharmonic — Lamma Island
If you’re in Lamma Island, Coffee Philharmonic is a must-visit coffee stop. A small place with an amazing selection of coffees from Colombia, Costa Rica, Kenya, Ethiopia or Ecuador. All the classic types of coffees are available, from espresso, to flat white or hand drip coffee. Teas and other beverages, hot and cold, are also available. Prices range between HK$20 and HK$70. Our favorite coffee? The Dirty!
Coffee Philharmonic, V106 Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island | +852 9363 0563
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