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Hong Kong’s Best Coffee Shops for Serious Coffee Lovers

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I love coffee! I love the taste of it, the smell of it, I love everything about it.

And I love a great cup of latté, cappuccino and flat white.

I spend an insane amount of money on coffee. Even though I know it is one of the things I should cut out if I want to save more money. But everyone has one thing they love and cannot do without. And mine is coffee.

I love going to the coffee shop, tasting different coffees, etc. I love the whole experience of finding a new coffee shop to try.

Since being back from Australia, I’m definitely having coffee withdrawal. Hong Kong is more of a tea culture. But there are some excellent coffee shops in the city. I looked high and low and found some of the best coffee shops in Hong Kong. I hope all you coffee lovers out there will find this post helpful.

 

 

 

 

Where to find the best coffee shops in Hong Kong?

I’ve included a handy map to all the coffee shops listed in this blog

 

Below suggestions are all opinions of my own and did not receive any compensation for any of the reviews. I only want to share what I love. 

 

 

 

 

Best coffee shops in Hong Kong

There are so many excellent coffee shops on Hong Kong Island as there is probably more demand for good coffee. There are several good brands and few independent coffee shops scattered around Central, Sheung Wan, Sai Ying Pun, Wan Chai and Kennedy Town.

 

Coco Espresso

Address: 19 Jervois St | MTR: Sheung Wan exit E2

I love a good flat white! And Coco Espresso makes one of the best flat whites in Hong Kong. I love to sip coffee at the Jervois Street location. The cafe has a few outdoor seating where you can people watch.

And I even got Coco Espresso coffee beans to make coffee at home. Their single-origin coffee bean is not the cheapest, but the coffee quality is pretty close to the one you get at their shop.

There are several locations, but the one on Jervois Street is my favourite and is the flagship store. There are other locations that I included on the map. And they have a roastery location, which is only for special events.

 

 

 

Omotesando Koffee

Address: 200, 24-25 Queen’s Road East | MTR: Wan Chai exit A3

Initially, I was attracted to the minimalistic aesthetics of the interiors of the coffee shop. I knew I had to pop in and see what Omotesando Koffee was about.

As per usual, I order a large flat white, and it did not disappoint. In fact, it was pretty satisfying. I always think my day is better with an amazing cup of coffee, and I was surprised by how good the flat white taste!

And they serve food too! Everyone was getting the egg sandwich. And of course, I had to try one as well. The Japanese-style sandwich has fluffy white bread and a thick piece of egg in between. The sandwich is cut into thirds and placed neatly in a box. Simply delicious!

There are several locations in Hong Kong (which are pinned on the map) and others all over the globe.

 

 

 

Winstons Coffee

Address: Shop 8, 11 Davis St | MTR: Kennedy Town exit C

Winstons Coffee was one of the first coffee shops I found in Hong Kong. I like the laidback vibes and genuinely good coffee. Their lattés are top-notch! Can’t say anything bad about it.

The location at Kennedy Town (pictured above) has bar seatings facing Davis Street. It is an excellent spot for coffee and people watching. And you can bring your laptop and do some work as well.

There is another location in Sai Ying Pun. I like that location too. I switch between the two locations.

But I didn’t realize that Winstons Coffee is also a cocktail bar! Guess who will be going to Winstons more often?

 

 

 

NOC Coffee Co.

Address: 321 Des Voeux Rd W | MTR: Sai Ying Pun exit B3

I knew I was going to have a great cup of coffee as soon as I entered NOC coffee shop in Sai Ying Pun. The space is light and airy. People were happily enjoying their cup of joe. I quickly ordered a flat white (yes, that is my go-to coffee drink) and waited patiently. And I was right – the flat white was strong and bold, which is precisely how I like it.

The Sai Ying Pun location is a cafe and a roaster. They roast their coffee beans with the best equipment and software. I’m not familiar with the roasting process, but I am impressed with the space and all the machinery.

There aren’t a lot of coffee shops for people to have coffee and work at the same time in Hong Kong. But this location fits the bill. There are many long communal tables where you can either enjoy a meal or work for a few hours. I’m definitely going back with my laptop next time.

I didn’t realize there are so many NOC coffee shops all over Hong Kong. They popped up pretty quickly in the last few years. See all the pinned locations on the map.

 

 

Try the black sesame latté at Café Life Patisserie & Cafe

Café Life Patisserie & Cafe

Address: Shop B&C, 251 Queen’s Rd Central | MTR: Sheung Wan exit A2

Café Life Patisserie & Cafe is a little local coffee shop that serves good breakfast and coffee. They also have really pretty looking cakes that are just perfect for Instagram.

But the main reason why I wanted to include it on the list because they serve a specialty coffee that you cannot find anywhere else. If you like black sesame soup (a Chinese dessert) and cafe latté, order the black sesame latté. It latté is smooth and silky but taste like black sesame. It might sound weird to some of you but I grew up with Chinese dessert and black sesame soup was one of my favourites.

Don’t mock it until you try it! Let me know in the comments below how you like it!

 

 

 

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Best coffee shops in Kowloon

Unlike Hong Kong Island, Kowloon has a rustic and old-world feel to it. The vibe is definitely different from Hong Kong Island, as there are fewer tourists and foreigners. Buildings and streets are quite old. There is definitely a nostalgic feeling whenever I walk through neighbourhoods in Kowloon.

Since the majority of tourist attractions are concentrated on the island, there aren’t as many coffee shops in Kowloon. But of the ones I found in Kowloon, I am pleasantly surprised by how good they are.

 

 

 

Tai Wo Tang Cafe (大和堂)

Address: 24 Nga Tsin Long Rd | MTR: Lok Fu + 15-minute walk

Located in Kowloon City, Tai Wo Tang Cafe used to be a Chinese medicinal shop. The cafe kept the old medicine cabinets and revamped the space to make it look like a modern Chinese herbal shop but serving good lattés.

They also have their in-house specialty like Tai Wo Tang Latte, which is a mix of earl grey tea and cafe latte together. And they have a unique cheesecake made with red date and hawthorn. These are some Chinese ingredients (reminds me of childhood snacks and soup I had at my grandmother’s house). But the combination of ingredients tastes delicious, and it is not too sweet.

I especially love the interiors of the cafe! They kept the old medicine cabinets, wooden chairs and iron gates as part of the decor. Visit Tai Wo Tang and see how they transform the space from an old medicinal herbal shop to a modern cafe.

 

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% Arabica Hong Kong

Address: Shop KP-41, 1/F Star Ferry Pier | MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui East exit L6

I had coffee at % Arabica in Kyoto, Japan a couple of years ago and couldn’t stop thinking about it. They have two locations (that I know of): one in Arashiyama and the other near Kyomezudera Temple.

And I can count my lucky stars because there are several locations in Hong Kong (see map). % Arabica is quite popular and I have never seen the coffee shop without a long lineup. But their single-origin cafe latté is worth the wait!

% Arabica uses the best coffee beans from their coffee farm in Hawaii. You can tell the quality of the coffee is one of the best. It is no wonder there are so many % Arabica coffee shops all over the world. Are you close to a % Arabica coffee shop?

 

 

 

Specialty coffee + nostalgic atmosphere = Coffee Matters

Specialty coffee + nostalgic atmosphere = Coffee Matters

Coffee Matters

Address: 170 Ki Lung St | MTR: Sham Shui Po exit D1

If you are in Sham Shui Po and need a coffee fix, this is the place! Coffee Matters is a great coffee shop on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.

The coffee shop itself is hidden in the streets of Sham Shui Po. The area is not known as a tourist area, but if you are looking for fabric, electrical knick-knacks and local food, you might find yourself wandering on the streets of Sham Shui Po.

The coffee shop has an eclectic mix of old interiors and modern furniture. I especially love the green and white floor tiles; it reminds me of my grandfather’s old house. The entire coffee shop has a nostalgic feeling.

 

 

 

You can pick specific coffee beans to make your specialty coffee at Cafe Revol

You can pick specific coffee beans to make your specialty coffee at Cafe Revol

Cafe Revol

Address: 4-16 Tak Shing St | MTR: Jordan exit E

I believe Cafe Revol has been around for a while, but I had no idea until recently. Actually, I’ve always walked by the coffee shop while going home but never popped in.

Cafe Revol is also an excellent cafe for people who want to do some work. Some people like to work here (especially during weekdays). Weekends are busy as the brunch crowd takes up all the seating room.

But if you like a strong flat white, then you have to stop by Cafe Revol.

 

N1 Coffee & Co. serves one of the best flat whites in Tsim Sha Tsui

N1 Coffee & Co. serves one of the best flat whites in Tsim Sha Tsui

N1 Coffee & Co.

Address: 34 Mody Rd | MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui East exit P3

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try N1 Coffee at first because the cafe itself is quite small, narrow and was already pretty busy by the time I got there. But I wanted coffee! Ha!

And I was really surprised by how good the flat white tasted! For the longest time, I couldn’t find a decent coffee shop in Tsim Sha Tsui area. But this might be my go-to coffee shop from now on.

 

 

 

Hope you like this post and come back regularly to see what other coffee shops I find in Hong Kong.

 

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About Author

Hi, my name is Queenie, and I've been a solo traveller for 16+ years and currently based in Hong Kong. Follow me on my adventures through Instagram and my blog!

2 Comments

  • Alli
    May 24, 2019 at 7:59 am

    You should also check out The Coffee Academics – they have a few shops in HK and their coffee is AMAZING. 🙂

    Reply
    • queenie mak
      May 26, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      Oh you are so right! I actually went to it recently and I have to add it to this list! Thanks for reminding me 🙂

      Reply

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