While the bustle of life occurs at a sprightly pace in this metropolis, cozy coffee shops scatter around the streets too. Spend a lazy afternoon in one of Hong Kong
‘s finest, or just drop in for your morning hit of caffiene. Here is our guide to enjoying the style, culture and class of these 10 fantastic joints.
The Cupping Room
Cafe, Chinese, $$$
The Cupping Room
Tucked between hardware stores and building material shops, The Cupping Room is an oasis amidst the bustling town of Wan Chai. Featuring sophisticated coffee made with cultivated coffee beans, the founder Kapo is an award winning barista, securing places in the Hong Kong Brewers Cup Championship for three consecutive years running. The coffee quality is guaranteed by his outstanding profile and the use of Geisha coffee beans. Come for a taste of the impressive award-winning cappuccino and espresso.
Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2799 3398
The passion of the owners here is reflected in the refined coffee list, ranging from latte macchiato to flat whites. Stepping into Heato is like entering a chilled-out, whimsical world with potted plants and seemingly random interior pieces, like oil paintings, collectibles and handicrafts. The airy and breezy space surrounded by cozy and intimate furnishings, allows visitors to unwind after a long day. All drinks and delights are written down on the blackboard hanging on the wall.
Founded by the first qualified Q-grader for coffee in Hong Kong, Knockbox is a must for coffee enthusiasts. The house blend, Bolivia Buena Vista Organic Cascara, which is dried coffee cherries from high-grown organic fields, processed at the Buena Vista mill in Caranavi, steals the limelight with its tart acidity and gentle texture. Exclusive brewing methods are also a pull. Guests can opt for Coffee ‘Grand Slam’, or a ‘Duo Coffee’, highlighting the contrast between roasted and basic coffee beans.
Literally translated into ‘strong black coffee’, this roof top café in Lan Kwai Fong aims to ‘deliver fresh coffee straight from the roaster, once rested to the lips of coffee lovers in less than 72 hours’. Locally sourced organic ingredients reflect their determination to deliver the best to drinkers. Mocha and chocolate are made of Belgium imported shavings, while coffee beans are meticulously imported from different countries, including Columbia, Rwanda, Indonesia and India.
The unassuming corner of Po Hing Fong belies a quiet corner. Surrounding by trees and fragrant flowers, the tiny white house is an ideal spot for a peaceful hideaway. Guests can choose to have a seat in the outdoor setting under idyllic sunshine and summer breeze or the chic interior decorated in shades of white. A wide selection of brunch items and coffee are up for grabs. The professional baristas swirl a stunning pattern on the coffee to make the experience an unique one.
Arabica transports guests to Japan with its funky design dominated by exposed wood and steel. The philosophy of ‘seeing the world through coffee’ motivates the owner to improve the quality of beans and service constantly. Aside from delivering professional training to baristas, Arabica actually has its own coffee farm in Kona, Hawaii and even developed the coffee machine Slayer Espresso. Visitors wanting to learn how to make fine brews can take the ‘Barista experience’ course and try their hand at the craft.
Cafe, Chinese, $$$
Nestled next to the cinema centre, the café is named after the movie genius Stanley Kubrick. The combination of book store and café facilitates dialogue and thoughts between patrons. Getting a book from the shelves and meditating on it with a cup of coffee in hand is the best way to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. Other interesting drink options include cinnamon apple tea topped with whipped cream and mathca frappe with coffee. With electric sockets provided, the café is a fabulous workplace for expats, too.
Kubrick, Shop H2, Properous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2384 8929
With a black-and-white colour scheme and an exquisite mural painting, this café is known for its delicate brunches. Classic European delights with a contemporary touch prepared with the freshest seasonal ingredients such as home-made granola and spicy crab cakes are available on menu. The café is also where travellers can find some of the best coffee in town, classic coffee like espresso, long black and iced are the perfect morning fix.
A passion for quality coffee lights up this Australian-themed café. A glimpse at the extensive drinks menu featuring a long coffee list satisfies the caffeine craving of patrons. What’s more, coffee beans specially roasted by Di Gabriel from Sydney are used to enliven each brew. Espresso, ristretto and long black are all available here, along with white brews ranging from mocha to macchiato.
The barista and coffee roaster Tsuyoshi Mok, winner of a number of championships and judge of world class events, along with siphonist Pinky Leung, winner of World Siphonist Championship 2013 are the backbone of this renowned brew house. House specialities include single origin beans and other sophisticated selections from Indoneisa, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Guatemala. After enjoying the exceptional coffee visitors can purchase coffee beans or even sign up for coffee classes to learn to make their own at home.