10 CHILL CAFES TO LOOK OUT FOR!
Having a list of cafes is always something good to have at your fingertips. Whether it’s meeting a friend, recruiter, or wanting to get work done, a nice cafe can really uplift your day. Check out some of our favorite spots around Hong Kong for a nice cup of coffee!
Disclaimer: The operating timing below is for normal business hours. However due to the increased number of Covid-19 cases, all dine-in services at restaurants/cafes close by 6 pm.
1. NOC Coffee
A minimalist coffee shop spread all over HK now! This is our go-to cafe for any occasion. Their cappuccino ($40HKD) is smooth, delightful, and strong enough to get you through a few hours of work. We love going to their TKO, Whampoa, TST, and Repulse Bay branches as they are next to the sea, providing some sense of calmness.
We also recommend getting their Avocado toast if you get hungry. It's light and pairs well with the coffee but you may need to add some extra seasoning to it. The cafe is always bustling, therefore it may not be ideal to host a meeting here. If you really need to get some work done, the SYP branch is a little quieter!
Location(s): Shop 4, G/F, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun (Other branches in Causeway Bay, Tin Hau, Hung Hom, TKO, TST)
Opening Hours: 8 am-6 pm (differ by branches)
Price Range: $40-$100
If you’re looking for a decently priced and good coffee, be sure to try Fineprint’s cappuccino ($30HKD). Their Australian-style coffee attracts a lot of students, office workers, or just regular foodies like us! Located on Peel Street (Central), there is always a crowd outside the cafe, where people like to grab a drink and chat with their mates. The cafe is small, and a bit dark so working there isn't the best option. One of our favorite coffee side foods is their Half Avo Toast, which is topped with avocado, cherry tomato, and feta salad ($90HKD). The portion is almost enough for a full meal, and we are sure to get this whenever we visit.
Location(s): 38 Peel Street, Central (Other branches in Tai Hand and Sai Ying Pun)
Opening Hours: 6 am-Midnight
Price Range: $25-$100
3. Eric Kayser
An international authentic artisanal French Bakery, located all over Hong Kong. Their coffee is average, but we would definitely go back for their desserts like the Hazelnut, dark chocolate mousse ($45HKD). Layered with a sponge and crispy hazelnut praline coating, it is an ideal sweet snack to share between the two. The cafe is also known for its bakery items like Olive Ciabatta bread ($25HKD) and butter croissants. Their Kennedy Town branch is our favorite as it’s less crowded and feels a little secluded.
Location(s): 248 Queen’s Rd E, Wan Chai ( Other branches in Mid-Levels, Happy Valley, Sheung Wan, Admiralty, Kennedy Town, Sai Ying Pun, TST, Central, Quarry Bay, Wong Chuk Hang, West Kowloon, TKO)
Opening Hours: differs for each branch
Price Range: $50-100
4. Coco Espresso
This was one of the first coffee shops we started exploring and were very pleased with their quality of coffee and service. We normally get their regular cappuccino ($35HKD) and sometimes their breakfast set (Coffee + bagel). We always opt for the ‘All in one bagel’ with cream cheese + coffee for ONLY $48HKD. Almost all their branches are located on the Island side, near offices and business districts, appealing more to professionals. Their shop at Stanley St. (Central) is one of the quieter branches, where we were able to get work done. They have WiFi as well, so def a bonus for ‘WFH’ situations.
Location(s):13 -15 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan (Other branches include Central, Wanchai, Quarry bay, Kowloon Bay, Kwai Chung)
Opening Hours: https://cocobarista.com/eng / Price Range: $50-100
5. Urban Coffee roasters
An always busy coffee shop, which has expanded to 4 different locations around HK! We tend to go there for their mocha ($42HKD), a nice large cup of mocha, with hints of chocolate notes. We like to pair this with their French fries with black truffle mayonnaise ($68HKD). A great place to chill with friends and chill out!
Location: Shop 12, 29 Tong Yin Street, TKO (Other branches in TST, Causeway Bay, and Kwun Tong) Opening hours: Mon - Fri 10:30 - 20:00 , Sat, Sun & PH 08:00 - 20:00 Price Range: $50-100
6. Arabica %
With their off-white minimalist stores, they definitely attract Instagrammers! Their first shop was in Japan and is now one of the fastest-growing specialty coffee brands in the world. With 12 cafes in HK, there are quite a few choices. Our go-to branch is the Kennedy town one. With the splendid sea view in front of you, it is an ideal place to work and de-stress. We typically order the Cappuccino ($40HKD) or the Spanish Latte ($45HKD), which has condensed milk.
Location: Shop G04, G/F, Grand Fortune Mansion, 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Western District (Other branches in Quarry Bay, TST, Central, IFC, Repulse Bay Opening Hours: Differs by branch Price Range: $50 - $60
7. Coffee Academics
A world-renowned leading brand for specialty coffee in Asia, with 18 cafes across HK, it is a popular option for coffee lovers. The decor is very calming and elegant, which is great for a business meeting or meeting friends.
We recommend exploring the Repulse Bay branch, as it's right next to the beach and gives a stellar sea view. Perfect for a ‘WFH’ situation or chilling with family and friends. It’s great for a coffee grab but the food options were a bit limited for us.
Location: 35-45 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai (Other branches in Happy valley, Taikoo, Repulse Bay, Mid-Levels, Central, HKU, Sai Kung, Discovery Bay..)
Opening Hours: Differs by different branches.
Price Range: $50 - $60HKD
8. Cookie DPT cafe
Who doesn't love a good, thick cookie with their coffee? A newly opened branch in Central is a must-go cafe serving their signature cookies along with other desserts and beverages. We would recommend getting their latte or cappuccino ($HKD40) along with their Brownie Filled Chocolate Chip Cookie ($40HKD). If you’re lucky, they may have time to create beautiful latte art, as they did for us! Though the place is a little small, it's great for a quick coffee.
Location: 48 Cochrane Street L/G, Central
Opening Hours: 9 am-7 pm
Price Range: $50 - $60HKD
9. Simply Life
An affordable, yet fancy-looking cafe, located in 8 different parts of Hong Kong. They sell a variety of freshly baked European-style bread, pastries, and on-the-go foods. Not to forget, their beverage list, mainly consists of different types of coffees. Although their coffee doesn't top some of the other cafes, for the price and location, they’re definitely worth checking out. Their bakery items are also very fresh and delicious, so be sure to pick something up with your coffee, when you drop by.
Location: Shop B32, B/F, Landmark Atrium, Central, Hong Kong ( Other branches in Admiralty, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon Tong, Kwai Fung, Sha Tin, Tseung Kwan O)
Opening Hours: Varies by locations Price Range: $20-$50HKD
10. Elephant Grounds
A cafe, popularly known for its brunch menu, serving buttermilk pancakes, bagels, homemade pastries, and more! We typically get their mocha ($45HKD) and sometimes their Acai Yogurt bowl ($85HKD). Though on the more expensive side, their cafes are located conveniently, with comfortable seats and calming decor. We’d recommend going to their TST K11 Musea branch, as it's more peaceful, and a good place to work from.