As the up-and-coming hippest and hottest neighbourhood in the city, known by some as Hong Kong’s Brooklyn, Sham Shui Po is no longer just the go-to spot for textile or electronic shopping – it is becoming a haven for food and coffee lovers. In particular, there is an incredible array of new and revived cafés to visit. Whether you are looking for a quick pick-me-up, a space to work, or just a nice spot to relax and read a book, Sham Shui Po has something for everyone!
Relatively new on the block is Kokoni, known for its Japanese-inspired minimalist design, specially roasted Studio Caffeine beans, and of course, incredible desserts. For the Instagram-worthy photo, get one of the Tea Rolls, Matcha or Hojicha. If you are feeling something savoury, there are the egg drop sandwiches to fulfil your cravings. There is also something for your furry best friend, with their burger, salmon soufflé, and chiffon cake on the dog menu! So head over to Sham Shui Po, and once you’re done with your afternoon of shopping, sit down and have a coffee in the cool and calm vibes of Kokoni.
Kokoni Coffee, 156 Ki Lung Street | kokoni_co on IG
For your daily fix, head over to Coffee of the Day, the hole in the wall café with bright white decor and of course, incredible coffee. Whether you opt for caffeine (their Dirty and Cold Brew is especially well known), or their innovative non-coffee drinks (including Cold Brew Peach Tea or Grapefruit Soda), you know the quality will be top-notch. You can either take it to go, or if you’re lucky, you might be able to get a seat. Just be sure to carry cash! The best part? Each coffee comes with a little paper with an inspirational quote. Who doesn’t love a little positivity with their coffee?
Coffee of the Day, Shop B, G/F, 172–174 Tai Nan Street | coffeeoftheday.hk on IG
To be transported to your favourite coffee shop in Japan, check out Sap Sann, where every element is thoughtfully decorated. To enjoy the full experience, get there early and sit on the tatami seats, and read their hand-drawn menu by local artist Aimai. And when you’re ready to order, you’ll have an array of mouth-watering desserts to choose from, and you can’t go wrong! The favourites are the Strawberry Cheesecake, the Caramel Egg Pudding, and their signature, the Sapsan toast – think French toast meets Japan. And while you can definitely have their coffees, they also have a number of unique drinks, like the Kinako brown sugar soymilk or the genmaicha latte, if you are open to adventure! Go enjoy the little Japanese haven at Sap Sann.
Sap Sann (十常八九), G/F, 2 Wong Chuk Street | sap.sann on IG
An unmissable spot on your Sham Shui Po café run is this coffee shop meets NGO meets sustainable fashion brand. Unmissable not only because of their incredible coffee (the ice drip in particular is worth waiting for), but also because of their store design itself. The shopfront of Colour Brown has distinct green industrial shutter gates, and an Instagram-worthy spiral staircase inside. Once you cross the café on the ground floor and take the stairs up, you will find two storeys of exhibition and workshop space run by Phvlo Hatch, a collaboration between Johanna Ho’s sustainable fashion design platform and a local NGO that trains underprivileged women and youth. With regular exhibits, workshops, and events, this is more than a coffee shop, it’s a space for like-minded people to collaborate and give back to the community.
Colour Brown x Phvlo Hatch, G/F, 13 Wong Chuk Street | +852 2791 7128
Come find your inspiration at Openground, a creative space with books, art, and music, all while enjoying your coffee (and a cheeky cheesecake!). They are known for experimenting with cakes, and some favourites include the Sesame Cheesecake, Marbled Banana Cheesecakes and Lemon Roll Cakes. Downstairs, their grey walls are decorated with books and music, and you can take your time and read a book or magazine with your food. Once you have filled your stomach, head upstairs to feast your eyes. The upstairs area hosts regular exhibitions, an opportunity for you to discover upcoming local artists. This hot spot usually has a line, and is closed on Mondays, so be sure to get there early to grab a seat!
Openground, G/F, 198 Tai Nan Street | +852 3974 5098
Established to promote women-owned businesses, WomanBoss’s store is a collection of unique items, beautiful art, and of course, great coffee. They aim to cater to all your consumption needs, including wellness, sustainable future, clean eating, culture, mindful consumption, and work-life, all while highlighting and promoting the stories of ambitious women entrepreneurs. Their test kitchen houses experimentations by Chef Phoebe Lo, including their limited edition seasonal speciality, a juicy pork chop. They also offer all the usual coffee suspects and has options for CBD coffee. To support this incredible organization, be sure to pop in from Fridays to Sundays, and check out their array of coffee, food, and shopping choices, all while knowing you are helping the community.
WMNBSS, No. 82, 84 Ap Liu Street | +852 9718 6821
Having grown up in Sham Shui Po, founder Michael Tam wished to create a community to connect as people go about their daily rituals, finding each other through coffee. So in 2014 he launched Café Sausalito, sourcing its beans from around the world including Brazil, Ethiopia, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. They serve up the basics but also have some interesting concoctions including the Mint Mocha, and if you’re feeling boozy, the Very Dirty which has coffee liqueur and chocolate paste. And for food, you have many choices including bagels – a rarity in Hong Kong! And, they are committed to the community, with projects such as encouraging reusable cups and water bottles, partnering to minimize food waste and hosting live music to support local artists. They are also dog-friendly, so bring your friends, both human and furry!
Café Sausalito, 201 Tai Nan Street | +852 3689 3292