Whether you like it strong and black or creamy and white, these are the best new cafés in Hong Kong 2020 you need to hit up!
We’ve already found the need-to-know fitness trends for 2020, the hottest travel destinations of 2020 and the best new restaurants in Hong Kong opening this year, but what’s happening on the cafe scene? Here, we round up the best new cafes in Hong Kong 2020 for your latte and long black pleasure. It’s time to get caffeinated Hong Kong!
Best new cafés in Hong Kong 2020: December
Aberdeen 15 is not only one of the latest cafes in town, but also a bar, boutique and shisha bar. Aside from coffee-based cocktails and floral cakes, guests can enjoy a variety of hot food and drinks, ranging from Black Truffle Wagyu Beef Lunch Box to Rose Latte and Cheesy Bacon Portobello. Don’t forget to check out their beautiful teawares and accessories on your way out.
Aberdeen 15, 15 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 6607 3493
TIL – Today Is Long
An independent Aussie-style coffee shop in Sai Ying Pun, TIL provides a soothing environment for guests to enjoy unique Australian coffees. Inspired by the name “Today Is Long”, TIL provides two choices for guests: those who opt for “short day” will enjoy low caffeine drinks and those who choose “long day” will be given combo shots or cold brew. What’s cool is that guests can switch to plant-based milk without an additional cost. Make sure to try their signature Croffle, a made-to-order combination of the buttery croissant and the sumptuous waffle.
TIL, G/F, Kin Hing Building, 172 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Located in Tai Kwun, Between is a 3000-square-foot coffee bar with unique coffee cocktails in addition to coffees. Try their signature Turmeric Latte and Sesame Mountain where you can switch to plant milk like oat milk and almond milk. Coffee lovers have to check out their pour overs where an experienced barista will guide you through the entire brewing process. To complement the extensive beverage menu, a selection of Japanese-inspired food is available, such as Japanese Uni Tagliatelle, Hokkaido Yume Pirika Rice and Strawberry Cream Puffs.
Between, 2/F, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun Hong Kong, Central, Hong Kong
A dog-friendly French cafe and spa? Sounds way too good but that’s what Chillax is about. The ground floor is a cafe where guests can bring in their fur balls for a French meal. While you enjoy their amazing Slow Cooked Duck Breast with Ginger or Pan Seared Fillet with Lemon Butter Sauce, your doggies can dig into their homemade dog-only pies and salads. Wanna elevate your experience at Chillax? Book in for a massage which comes with complimentary coffee and scones for just $280.
Chillax, Shop D, 95-97 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2982 1328
Hands up if you love flowery cafes!? No one can walk past Séan Cafe without being attracted to their giant glass wall and flower decorations. Serving an array of delectable sweets like Chocolate Rose Mousse Cake, Cherry Blossom Pancakes and Strawberry Ice-cream Parfait, Sean Cafe also has Instagrammable cocktails like Séan de Rose and Osmanthus Garden. If you feel like spending your day at a dreamy cafe with comforting sweets, Séan Cafe is a great choice.
Séan Cafe, G/F, Tower 535, Jaffe Road 535, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 6676 9679
Cobber Coffees and Tonys Pastry
Famous for their made-to-order souffle pancakes, Cobber Coffees and Tonys Pastry is a hotspot for pancake lovers around the town. Dig into mouth-watering pancakes topped with green tea cream, chocolate sauce or mango. Other must-try items include Honeycomb & Fruit Ice-cream Waffle, Earl Grey Milk Chocolate Mousse as well as hot dishes like Croque-Madame and Cobber Noodle.
Cobber Coffees and Tonys Pastry, 1/F, World Interests Building, 8 Tsun Yip Lane, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, p. 3468 3509
Best new cafés in Hong Kong 2020: November
As the name suggests, Vego Coffee sells fine vegan food, beverages and groceries. Other than bottled cold brews from Sofe Coffee, Fig Edible Flower Cake and Cat-patterned Latte, you can also purchase Chile avocado, Hokkaido Melon and other vegan food here. We are in love with their beautiful cakes as well as the bright environment. What’s more, Vego Coffee welcomes all pups and cats.
Vego Coffee, 7B Shop, Garden Mansion, 154-156 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2833 2838
Powered by the same crew behind Jiegeng Cafe in Mong Kok, this new cafe presents a refreshing co-working space with plentiful natural sunlight. Take a seat at the comfy grey sofa as you work on your laptop. Then, sip on some pour-over coffees or Baileys Hot Chocolate to boost your brainpower. For some glucose fixes, order their heart-warming All Day Breakfast ($128), Caramelised Apple Earl Grey Waffle ($128) or Braised Beef Soup Pasta ($78) and you’re all set for work. Of course, you’re more than welcome to just stop by for a drink and chill with your BFF.
Lagom Kaffe, Shop 101, 1/F, International Trade Tower, 348 Kwun Tong Road, Ngau Tau Kok, Hong Kong, p. 2368 5228
Shhh Cafe & Studio
If you are a fan of colourful dried flowers, you have to check out Shhh Cafe & Studio. Combining a cosy cafe area with a handcraft studio, Shhh Cafe & Studio has stunning window seats that capture the entire Kowloon Park. Try the Shhh Signature Coffee for a blend of yuzu zest, espresso and fresh lemon juice. Craving for comfort food? Have a Coconut Mango Mousse Cake or the limited Beef Burger. Their handcrafted candles and coffee workshops are also great date ideas.
Shhh Cafe & Studio, 11/F Zhongda building, 38-40 Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 5566 3078
Starting Over Espresso
While some gimmicky coffees are not that up-to-standard, Starting Over Espresso provides both fine coffees and picture-perfect spots. Founded by Jeffie Cheung, winner of the 2014 and 2017 Hong Kong Region Toper Roaster Master Championship, Starting Over Espresso makes pour-over coffees at the table, teaching customers brewing knowledge as well as details of the coffee beans used. The blue telephone booth is where visitors can order grab-n-go coffees aside from taking Instagrammable photos. Other than aromatic Whittard teas and delectable banana bread, Starting Over Espresso provides a variety of workshops where you can learn latte art, barista skills and filter brewing.
Starting Over Espresso, G/F, 17 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 9242 5433
CR2 by Cupping Room
Another Cupping Room branch is here for coffee lovers! Although CR2 by Cupping Room is on our November New Restaurant Guide, we are re-mentioning it here for its amazing Coco Chanel (Uji Matcha Latte with Coconut Syrup) and Espresso Fizz. From Pork Belly Curry to Ice-cream Croissant, or Tamagoyaki Sakura Shrimp Toast to Cold Brew Black Sugar Latte, this neighbourhood cafe presents delectable bites that fuse well with their refreshing beverages.
CR2 by Cupping Room, 4-5 Kiosk, G/F, Grand Plaza, 625-639 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 9186 3988
Best new cafés in Hong Kong 2020: October
Nggy and Kitchen
Ever came across this rocky cafe in Sai Ying Pun with a Japanese vibe? Nggy and Kitchen is filled with plants, rocks and tree branches where you can sip on some Hojicha while meditating. What makes this two-storey cafe even more appealing is their mouth-watering food and beverages, ranging from the jiggly Mount Fuji Panna Cotta ($48), Tieguanyin Tea & Fig Short Cake ($68), Kiwi Mint Soda to the fluffy Chicken & Egg Don ($118). With the calming environment and creative menus, Nggy and Kitchen is absolutely worth your visit.
Nggy and Kitchen, 6-8 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
The delectable food and quirky interior design are already enough to make Mamaday a great place, but what makes them truly unique is their concept. Having three branches in Hong Kong, Mamaday embraces a chill life attitude, literally naming themselves “mediocre” in Cantonese. Pay close attention to their offbeat menu names such as Don’t-expect-too-much Eel Tamago Rice ($146), Nothing Special Chicken Wings ($68) and Black Truffle Mushroom Fettuccine Again, Really? ($106). Sounds absurd, but the quality is superb. When it comes to drinks like Not-too-sweet Matcha Frappe ($48) or Depends on My Mood Today ($98), heck yea… Sure you’ll book your next visit even before you make your order.
Infuse by Ideaology
The founder of Ideaology Chester Tam is a panel judge of the World Barista Championship. Not only does this cafe sell speciality coffee, but also displays coffewares, coffee bean grinders and other related utensils. Expect a variety of fine beverages, such as Central American Hand Drip Coffee ($60), Iced Coffee Tonic ($42), Beetroot Chocolate Soya Latte ($40) and Three Ginger Organic Tea ($30). Want some pastries to accompany your drink? Try the gooey Dark Chocolate Chip Muffin ($20) or Avocado Chicken Wrap ($42).
Infuse by Ideaology, G/F, K11 Atelier, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, p. 3619 1150
Not a cafe where you can sit down and chill, but The Porter in Central serves amazing coffee and sweets for to-go. The hosts at the concierge will certainly customise the perfect coffee for you. What’s more, their service includes dinner recommendations, phone charging, and even umbrella rental. Rose Petal Infused Cold Brew ($50)? Chai Latte ($45)? Cookies from Cookie Department? Carrot Cakes? They got everything to make your day.
The Porter, 11 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
Koffee Mameya has finally jumped out of Japan and landed on K11 Musea! Led by the crew behind Omotesando Coffee, Koffee Mameya offers one-to-one consultation where professional Japanese Baristas will pick the right coffee bean and recipe that suit your taste buds. From Geisha to Microlot Coffee, you can sample fine, exclusive coffee beans from all around the world before you take them home. Also, this new overseas branch is the first Koffee Mameya store that provides seatings. Customers can slowly enjoy the coffee fragrance while being surrounded by the soft and minimalistic setting.
Koffee Mameya, Shop B217, Floor B2, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Best new cafés in Hong Kong 2020: September
Opening its second Hong Kong store in K11, Café Crêpe makes fresh crepes, both sweet and savoury, right in front of you. Try their signature selections like Butterscotch Apple Crisp, Lobster Newberg, Matcha and Berry Parfait, or even build your own crepe with ingredients such as salami and avocado. Café Crêpe offers gluten-free crepes in addition to smoothies and coffees. What’s also cool is that there are three flavours only offered at the K11 store. Make sure to go check out!
Café Crêpe, Shop G29, G/F, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 尖沙咀河內道18號K11購物藝術館地下G29號舖
Cafe wander (浮生)
If you love Japanese culture, you have to check out Cafe Wander. Savoury bites like onigiri and oden or sweets like hojicha cheesecake and yuzu cheesecake are all available here. Some of their drinks come in a fancy traditional teaware, making you feel as if you are in Kyoto Japan. We love that they display poems about life, hoping that guests can reflect on the meaning of life during their visit.
Cafe Wander, 8 Anchor Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 大角咀晏架街8號活託邦地鋪
With a huge floral wall, White Hse is a pinky cafe that garnishes each plate with flowers. Our fave item on the menu is the Velvet Goldmine which is naturally dyed by purple cabbage and comes with shrimps, mussels and gold foil on the top. We also recommend the Cookie Cup, which you can drink milk from a cup-shaped cookie with chocolate coated on the inside. Bonus: you can take pretty photos here with your pets.
White Hse, Room 1501, 15/F, United Success Commercial Centre, 508 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 3956 2183, 銅鑼灣謝斐道508號聯成商業中心15樓1501室
No, the waffle colour is not photoshopped. Having a black-and-white theme, Contrast serves various foods that you wouldn’t expect to be black in colour. On top of the black waffle, they also have Charcoal Toast with Scrambled Egg, Squid Ink Linguini, and more black foods. Of course, they do have items that aren’t black but are equally delicious. Their House Blend Affogato Pudding is super jiggly and perfect for your Instagram Boomerang.
Contrast, G/F, Easey Building, 512-518 Fuk Wing Street, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2337 7220, 長沙灣福榮街512-518號依時大廈地舖
This boutique coffee shop gives a cool vibe with the light grey cement on the walls. They don’t only serve drinks like nitro cold brew, cortado and matcha latte, but they also have different all-day breakfasts, pastas and cheesecakes. Furthermore, they change the entire menu every two months, so you can try new items from time to time.
The Coffeeology, G/F No.12 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2898 8805, 銅鑼灣耀華街12號地舖
Having a minimalistic wooden interior, Coffee Analog offers a cosy atmosphere for you to sip on some coffee while reading a book. At night, however, this place transforms into a whisky bar with Jazz music playing in the background. Although they only offer cakes and beverages at the moment, the comfy environment makes us want to sit all day.
Coffee Analog, 169 Sai Yeung Choi Street North, Prince Edward, Hong Kong, 太子西洋菜北街169號
Best new cafés in Hong Kong 2020: June
Hooman by the Sea
This self-proclaimed American-style hotdog shop should definitely be on your list of Hong Kong cafes to visit, especially if you’re a pet owner. Head over to enjoy a selection of drinks, including frappes, coffee, and homemade lemonade, and don’t miss the delightful dawgs and sweet treats too. With epic views of the harbour, this is IG paradise waiting to happen.
Hooman by the Sea, G07, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
The Roastery X
This cool little roastery and coffee shop in Tai Kok Tsui is a must-visit thanks to its perfect brews. The all-day breakfasts come packed full of eggs, mushrooms, and avocado, and there’s a full menu of other tasty treats just begging to be tried.
The Roastery X, G707, GF, Square Mile II, 18 Ka Shin Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Coffee of the Day
A trendy new coffee nook in SSP, Coffee of the Day does minimal vibes up right. Pop in for a takeaway, or go early to nab one of the few seats and watch the world go by. We love the inspirational quotes that come with every drink.
Coffee of the Day, Shop B, GF, 172-174 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Situated in one of our fave spots in the whole of Hong Kong, namely Tai Hang, Sonne CAD is a cool space to enjoy some caffeine. Head up to the second floor and settle in, or pick up some of their delicious cold brew to go.
Sonne CAD, 26 Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
Best new cafés in Hong Kong 2020: May
Cookie Department pop-up at The Upper House
Everyone’s fave local cookie brand is popping up at The Upper House until the end of August, and they’re bringing coffee! That’s right, you can get your cookie fix on level 6 and they even have a limited edition Earl “Gray” Cookie made especially for The Upper House. Devour them with coffee in hand on the lawn and soak in the sunshine. Or, throughout June and July, sample the afternoon tea set that includes a selection of cookies as well as delicate pastries from Café Gray Deluxe such as Beef and Black Garlic Choux, Yuzu-Coconut Gateaux, and Peach Verrine.
Cookie Department pop-up at The Upper House, Level 6, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
With stores across Hong Kong, this chain has become just as popular for its signature soft serves and sandwiches as it has for its coffee. Serving a roast from the volcanic highlands of Panama, expect a strong drop here that is sure to perk you up. Don’t miss their unique frappes too.
George Coffee, Shop G7, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong
This cool little cafe in Tuen Mun offers a selection of great brews, including hand drip and syphon coffee for those looking for something different than espresso. They have both oat milk and soy milk as dairy-free alternatives and also serve a selection of cakes and pastries.
Kaleido Coffee, Shop 21, G/F, Rainbow Garden, 351 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, p. 9888 1422
Okay, so technically not new, but we’ve never mentioned Hushush before on the site and feel like we need to. This Sai Kung gem is all about homemade ice cream with flavours such as Salted Caramel and Banana & Toasted Walnut, but we are big fans of the Affogato that’s made with delightful ice cream, coffee, and topped with a homemade pizzelle.
Hushush, 58/72 Fu Man Rd, 33 Ko Fu Building, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Best new cafés in Hong Kong 2020: April
Without a doubt, Owls is the trendiest coffee shop in Lai Chi Kok (and possibly the whole of Hong Kong). Here, you can expect expertly created coffee and a selection of artisan drinks such as Smokey Hot Chocolate. They also have a menu with dishes like Mentaiko Cloudy Egg Toast and Blueberry Toast with Greek Yoghurt and Honey.
Owls Coffee, Shop 1, G/F., Billion Plaza 2, 10B Cheung Yue Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 9738 1922
Meaning ‘Joy of Missing Out’, JOMO has two branches across town that focus on perfectly brewed coffee and delightful homemade cakes. We’ve recently discovered the Sai Ying Pun branch and have fallen in love with their vegan cakes (especially the Lemon Tart). Plus you can order their cakes in full to take home.
Jomo has branches in both Sai Ying Pun and Tseung Kwan O
DeTour Sheung Wan
This Sai Ying Pun neighbourhood fave has opened its second location in nearby Sheung Wan. Still small, and still serving coffee made with love, this outpost even has a takeaway window to make life a little easier for us all.
DeTour, 379 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Serving up a range of unique drinks, smoothie bowls, cakes and light meal options, Evershine is a great choice when you’re looking for a bite in Central. Go for the coffee and stay for the friendly service.
Evershine, 13 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 9150 5697
Best new cafés in Hong Kong 2020: March
If you love the original Knockbox in Mong Kok then you’ll be pleased to know that a brand new branch of this HK fave has just opened up in Central. Head to Stanley Street and enjoy a selection of perfectly brewed espresso-based beverages or pick up some beans that are roasted fresh every week in Hong Kong.
Knockbox Central, G/F, 50B Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2781 1255
Not new-new, but definitely worth a mention, Whitewood Coffee in Sha Tin is a family-owned coffee shop that delivers tasty coffee every time. Committed to sustainability, expect expertly sourced coffee that is roasted weekly and served up next to a range of handmade breads, pasta, pancakes and desserts.
Whitewood Coffee, Shop 207, 2/F, Kings Wing Plaza 1, 3 On Kwan Street, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, p. 5487 5004
Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel
This little bakery does serve coffee and tea, but the real reason you’re going to want to visit is for the cakes. The brainchild of Dominique Ansel, named the world’s best pastry chef in 2017, indulge in a capsule collection of treats that pay homage to Hong Kong. Try a soup dumpling that’s really mango vanilla mousse cake or red bean ice cream mochi masked as fishballs, whatever you choose will be a feast for both your tastebuds and Instagram.
Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel, Shop OT G63A, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2613 8618
Not technically a cafe, but offering delicious milkshakes in a range of tasty flavours, American milkshake bar Shake Up! Has just opened its second store. Located in Mong Kok, the new spot serves a new selection of drinks with low-sugar ice cream bases made fresh in-store every day. And we love that you can add a selection of extra toppings like chocolate, cookies, marshmallows and fresh fruit to make these drinks even more appealing.
Shake Up!, Langham Place, 638 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Best new cafés in Hong Kong 2020: February
Gwee Coffee and More
This cute little coffee space nestled in with Khromis in Sheung Wan is a great place to while away some time. Besides regular coffee drinks, they always have some interesting seasonal specials to tease your tastebuds. They even craft a selection of tasty cakes and sweet treats, some of which are gluten free to complete your coffee date.
Gwee Coffee and More, 1 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 6612 1852
The latest opening from the ever-growing NOC Coffee Company family, NOC Whampoa is a large space that stays true to the brand’s ethos of great coffee and minimal design. Enjoy a solid brew every time at this space and be sure to sample something from their healthy menu (we love the avo toast) before taking a stroll along the Hung Hom Promenade.
NOC Whampoa, G42, Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, p 2122 9751
Doubleshot by Cupping Room
This fancy new space overlooking Hollywood Road is another great opening from the team behind Cupping Room. We love, love, love the minimal interior design and good vibes they bring to Central and, as per usual, the coffee is on point. We’re excited to go back and try their espresso martinis at a more acceptable drinking hour – #NoJudgement.
Doubleshot by Cupping Room, 1F Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 9225 6639
Hana Coffee Bread
This little coffee and bakery shop in Ma On Shan is fast winning loyal fans. Alongside delicious coffee, they craft their own pasta by hand and turn it into really good pasta meals. You can taste the love in the food and drink here, and we’re all about that.
Hana Coffee and Bakery, 29-30 On Shing Street, Ma On Shan, Hong Kong, p. 5686 7806
Colour Brown x PHVLO Hatch
On a mission to promote sustainability within the coffee industry in Hong Kong, Colour Brown X PHVLO Hatch has opened its doors in Sham Shui Po. Here, the coffees come perfectly brewed while the pastries are perfectly sweet.
Colour Brown x PHVLO Hatch, 13 Wong Chuk Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, p. 2791 7128