Hong Kong’s artisanal coffee scene is continuing to expand, with plenty of tastefully designed spaces emerging that boast creative interiors and nibbles alongside their top-quality java. We’ve rounded up five of our favourite cafes – including new openings as well as tried-and-true staples – for you to explore this summer, whether you are looking for a morning energy boost, an afternoon pick-me-up, or simply somewhere to relax with a good book or some good company.
Mr S Y Punti
The new kid on the block of hopelessly cool neighbourhood Sai Ying Pun is Mr S Y Punti, opened in March this year. Tucked away on David Lane, the café's menu as well as its interiors are inspired by the traditional cha chaan teng; get whisked away to the Hong Kong of the past thanks to the charm of the 1950s design and coffee locally-roasted by some of the city's oldest roasters.
The modern, open-plan dining at Cafe Deadend epitomises the cafe culture of trendy Tai Ping Shan Street. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac next to sister bread shop Po’s Atelier, the cafe offers light, understated chic with a large alfresco dining area and more in the way of food than your average coffee shop. Cafe Deadend is the perfect place to visit if you're looking for more than a pastry with your cup of java.
The Cupping Room
A firm favourite among coffee connoisseurs, The Cupping Room's dedication to artisanal coffees helped instigate the rise of third- wave coffee outlets throughout the city. And this cafe is clearly all about the coffee; its spacious neutral decor doesn't distract from a pure caffeine experience. Opened by Kapo Chiu, a two-time Hong Kong barista champion, it's a must visit for Hong Kongers and visitors alike.
Experiencing unprecedented popularity as a pop up in the Omotesando area of Tokyo, this café quickly proved itself a hit among coffee lovers. Hongkongers enjoy Omotesando Koffee's minimalist-chic aesthetic and famous cube-shaped kashi custard snack to the the F&B hub of Lee Tung Avenue. Pay a visit if you like your espresso served with a side of understated Japanese cool.
Following in the footsteps of its trendy neighbour Sai Ying Pun, Shek Tong Tsui has seen a rise in hip hangouts recently and Artisan Room is no exception. With communal tables and plenty of art adorning the walls, the coffeehouse exudes an unmistakably creative charm. Offering delicious pastries alongside high-quality coffee, its centrepiece is a beautiful Dutch-Korean cold-drip coffeemaker called Gothicism – the only one in Hong Kong. Everything from the beans to the ceramics has been carefully curated by the owner Adrian Cheng, founder of the K11 Art Foundation.
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Lead images courtesy of Omotesando Koffee and Mr S Y Punti