12 Places to Chill out and Read a Book in Hong Kong

Summer reading | Pixabay
Summer reading | Pixabay
Photo of Sally Gao
30 March 2017

When you’re sharing a city with seven million other people, it can be hard to find some peace and quiet. That said, it’s not impossible to find a quiet corner in Hong Kong where you can read undisturbed for hours. Here are the best places in the city to curl up and escape into a literary world.

Holly Brown

Ice Cream Parlour, Cafe, Contemporary, Ice Cream, $$$
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Holly Brown, Stanley Street
Holly Brown, Stanley Street | © Photo Courtesy of Holly Brown

This cozy coffee shop in Central occupies two floors and has a gelato counter that serves delectable frozen desserts. The best seats are the velvety blue armchairs along the back wall on the bottom floor, which are perfect for sinking into with a good book.

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

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Yes, the promenade is packed with selfie-taking tourists during the summer, but outside of the peak tourist season, it’s easy to stake out a spot by Hong Kong’s most iconic waterfront. It can get chilly this close to the water, so be sure to bring a light cardigan or jacket.

Wired Café (Hysan Place)

Cafe, Restaurant, Japanese
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Perched on the 14th floor of Hysan Place, this spacious Japanese yoshoku-style café gets plenty of natural light and friendly but unobtrusive staff who don’t mind if all you order is a rose latte. If you need some food to keep you going, the soups, snacks and lunch sets are delicious and great value for money.

West Kowloon Cultural District

Natural Feature, Park
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© Wing1990hk/WikiCommons | © Wing1990hk/WikiCommons
The West Kowloon Cultural District is a major arts and culture site located on the harborfront of West Kowloon, right next to Tsim Sha Tsui. Although parts of the district are still under construction, there’s a significant amount of lawn and park space that’s already open to the public.

Eslite (Cityplaza)

Bookstore, Store
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This 49,000 sq ft branch of the Taiwanese bookstore Eslite has a special section where customers can sit and read — which is a rarity for Hong Kong, where bookstores tend not to have any seating. Eslite’s Causeway Bay store has a reading area too, but we think this one is just a tad bigger and nicer.