Head to Mong Kok or Prince Edward in Kowloon to get your next caffeine fix at one of these cafes that serve coffee, desserts, smoothies and more
Some call it the darkside, but Kowloon is much more than a postcard of neon lights, street food and busy streets. It’s here where Hong Kong’s cafe scene extends far beyond Hong Kong Island. Whether it’s taking a break from shopping the market circuit, or finding somewhere quiet to recharge, we round up our favourite cafes and coffee shops to get your caffeine fix in Prince Edward and Mong Kok, Kowloon.
Feed Your Nerves
Conveniently located nearby Prince Edward Station, this small cafe is a popular choice in Mong Kok, but don’t expect an early caffeine fix here, as these guys only get going after noon. However, when they do, the emphasis is on great drinks, coffee art and an artisanal feel.
While the cafe lacks an English food menu, the drinks list is easy to manage, with specialty teas, summer-inspired fruit mocktails, and plenty of coffee options. The cafe’s decor is homey, and the staff are friendly – it’s totally worth the trip.
Feed Your Nerves, 434 Portland Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2673 4722, 旺角砵蘭街434號地舖
Nestled in the chaos of Mong Kok’s Flower Market, Cafe Hayfever is both a coffee and flower lovers paradise. The menu is simple, and its slow-drip comes highly recommended, plus there’s a selection of desserts to choose from and decent pie options for those with a bigger appetite. The second floor is self-service only but offers more space to stretch out than the flower-filled lower level, and the only really downside is the lack of WiFi.
This family-owned business, has grown from floristry success, to cafe franchise with a second branch in Hysan Place just opened.
Cafe Hayfever, G/F, 62-64 Flower Market Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2397 0638, 太子花墟道62-64號地下
Bound by Hillywood
“We’re a bar, with really good coffee,” says Bound founder Nathan Mintz. Now in it’s eighth month, this bar stroke cafe is one truly trendy place. And it means serious business when it comes to coffee. The team puts thought and care into every roast, and you can literally smell the passion for coffee in the air.
Bound is a creative oasis, its interiors are something out of psychedelic dream with neon colours, art-filled walls and a killer soundtrack playing low. It’s somewhere you go to relax, grab a coffee (or a beer) and hangout with friends or mingle with the friendly staff.
Bound by Hillywood, G/F, 32 Boundary Street, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2396 6488, 太子界限街32號地舖
Portions at Cafe Paradise are big and prices are low, with a massive selection of hot and cold drinks – think smoothies and coffee with a selection of flavours. Its daily cake is so popular you’ll be hard pressed getting some late in the day.
This one not only makes the list for its coffee, generous portions, great location and charm, but it also offers something a lot of the others don’t: a full food menu serving pasta, steak, and all kinds of generous meals.
Cafe Paradise, Shop C, G/F, 23 Boundary Street, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 3489 2212, 港鐵太子站 D出口
Tucked away on the 20th floor of Dundas Square and away from the Mong Kok madness, you’ll find the entrance jammed between Paisanos and CaliMex. The building itself is teeming with options for food, coffee and fun, but Rimi Cafe has it all.
Rimi Cafe has an extensive food menu, including a baked camembert – yes please! It also has a huge drinks menu that looks more like a dessert list than anything. The coffee is what you’d expect and with free WiFi and use of board games, it’s a great place to retreat, hang out in or get some work done.
Rimi Cafe, 20/F, Dundas Square, 43H Dundas Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2771 2781, 登打士街43H號登打士廣場 20樓
Are you looking for more great dining recommendations in Hong Kong? Why not try these delectable desserts, make a visit to one of these French restaurants or go all out at the fine dining restaurants in Central.
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