Five Cafes for Hong Kong Coffee Snobs

Hong Kong’s third wave coffee scene has really grown in the past few years with many new cafes and concepts offering a great brew and a nice oasis in the middle of the bustle of the city. Whether you are a local or visiting coffee snob, here are five of the many fantastic cafes that are worth checking out.

1.  The Cupping Room

Cupping room was one of the early pioneers in Hong Kong’s fledgling coffee scene. The founders include a couple and a world champ barista that travel the world in search of great beans. They take a lot of care in finding the best roasts, with a rotating menu of beans sourced both locally and internationally, and have taken an extra step in putting minerals into the water they use to improve the taste. The house blend has a strong chocolate note, and works well in a café latte or a cappuccino. They also offer simple but hearty dishes for the brunch and lunch crowd.

Sheung Wan Store

  • Shop LG, The Centre Mark, 287-299 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan (enter via Cleverly Street)
  • Mon – Fri:           8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat – Sun:            9:00am – 6:00pm

Central Store

  • G/F, 18 Cochrane Street, Central
  • Mon – Fri:           8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat – Sun:            9:00am – 6:00pm

Wanchai Store

  • G/F, 32 Swatow Street, Wanchai
  • Mon – Fri:           8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat – Sun:            9:00am – 6:00pm

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2.  Brew Bros Coffee

One street down from Cupping Room is the bustling Brew Bros, a small cafe that serves beans from Melbourne’s Market Lane Coffee as well as a rotating selection of single origin roasts. Market Lane is often touted as the best roaster in Australia, a competitive market which helped popularise espresso-based drinks as well as inventing the flat white.  The beans are aromatic and nutty, and many downtown office workers make a detour to pick up their daily caffeine hit here. For non-coffee drinkers, the chai tea is a popular alternative.

  • Shop F2, LG/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan
  • Mon – Fri:           8:00am – 5:30pm
  • Sat – Sun:            8:00am – 6:00pm

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3.  Elephant Grounds

Elephant Grounds began as a hidden coffee stand in the trendy Gough Street but has now has a number of outlets throughout Hong Kong Island. They were one of the first to serve bulletproof coffee and this is still a popular option for cafe latte drinkers that want something a bit different. Also trending on social media were their ice cream sandwiches with saw a new flavour every weekly. Each store has its own menu and feel, with the Sheung Wan store best for a caffeine hit and the spacious Wong Chuk Hang store great for those looking for a place to work during weekdays and a bite to eat.

Sheung Wan Store

  • 11 Gough Street, Sheung Wan (at the back of WOAW store)
  • Mon – Sat:          11:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sun:                       12:00pm – 7:00pm

Admiralty Store

  • 8 Wing Fung St, Wanchai
  • Mon – Thu:         8:00am – 9:00pm
  • Fri – Sat:               8:00am – 10:00pm
  • Sun:                       9:00am – 9:00pm

Causeway Bay Store

  • Shop C, G/F, 42-28 Paterson Street Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay
  • Mon – Fri:           11:00am – late
  • Sat – Sun:            10:00am – late

Wong Chuk Hang Store

  • 1/F, The Factory, No 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang
  • Mon – Fri:           9:00am – 6:00pm

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4.  Winston’s Coffee

Winston’s Coffee is a little art deco gem right next to the Sai Ying Pun MTR station, ground zero for Hong Kong’s local artisanal goods and casual dining scene. The cafe is popular with neighbourhood regulars throughout the day and late into the night almost every day of the week (it is open to 11pm). For those needing something a little stronger, they also have a small collection of beers and coffee-based cocktails. The beans they use are roasted by New Zealand’s Allpress Espresso, which is a crowd pleaser with its lower acidity. There is also a small al fresco area for those that want to get a little sunshine.

  • Shop 4, G/F, 213 Queens Road West, Sai Ying Pun
  • Mon – Sun:         7:00am – 11:00pm

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5.  Fuel Espresso

Another cafe with New Zealand roots is Fuel Cafe. Their three cafes are all located in luxury shopping malls, catering to Tai Tais taking a break from their shopping splurge as well as the coffee connoisseur crowd amongst the bankers and lawyers that work in the offices above. The pricing reflects the pricey retail spaces they occupy, but their cafe lattes are very on point, using fresh Australian milk and packing a smooth aftertaste with the right amount of bitterness. The seating areas can get quite crowded during the mid-morning and post-lunch hours, when the well-heeled need are satisfying their caffeine craving.

IFC Mall Store

  • Shop 4, G/F, IFC Mall, 213 Queens Road West, Central
  • Mon – Fri:           7:30am – 7:00pm
  • Sat – Sun:            10:00am – 7:00pm

Landmark Mall Store

  • Shop B47A, B/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central
  • Mon – Fri:           7:30am – 7:00pm
  • Sat – Sun:            10:00am – 7:00pm

Pacific Place Mall Store

  • 2F, Shop 206, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
  • Mon – Fri:           7:30am – 6:00pm
  • Sat – Sun:            10:00am – 6:00pm

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