Fancy a strong espresso or a creamy latte? You can’t miss out on the best new cafes in Hong Kong opening in 2023.
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Best new cafes in Hong Kong 2023 – November edition
Airside Cafe and Patisserie
As part of the highly anticipated Airside development in Kai Tak, two new culinary hotspots are ready to make their grand entrance: Airside Cafe and Patisserie. Here, talented chefs work their magic in the 2,900-square-feet space, creating vibrant seafood dishes and farm-to-table creations. Think cold and raw seafood platters, cured hamachi, wagyu bavette – and that’s just the beginning. Just around the corner, the Airside Patisserie is a dream come true for anyone with a sweet tooth. Classic desserts like gâteau forêt noire and gâteau aux carottes are given a modern makeover, resulting in flavours that are both familiar and excitingly unique. Designed by the award-winning Nomura Design, both the cafe and patisserie blend Neo-Japanese and Modern Classic aesthetics seamlessly. As a result, the environment is as much a feast for the eyes as the food is for the palate.
Airside Cafe, Shop 322-323, Airside, 2 Concorde Road, Kai Tak, Hong Kong, p. 2117 1912
Airside Patisserie, Shop 320, Airside, 2 Concorde Road, Kai Tak, Hong Kong, p. 2117 1913
Here’s the scoop: Soft Thunder’s just-opened flagship bakery cafe is the hot new spot for your caffeine and carb fix. This hip hangout near Three Pacific Place brings West Coast chill to Hong Kong’s bustle. Snag a window seat to soak up the natural light filtering past volcanic stone and metal lava accents. Then, get ready to feast on their drool-worthy selection: pistachio-tinged unicorn puffs, extra crunchy custard tarts, and oh-so-creamy crème caramel danishes. Finish off with a swig of their bespoke, nutty, and chocolatey house blend coffees, locally roasted and perfect for pairing with those flaky, fresh-baked goodies. Already daydreaming about this urban sanctuary? Yeah, we thought so.
Soft Thunder, Shop B, 31 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Step into Cacaolab, Causeway Bay’s latest chocolate-centric oasis, and let the bittersweet aroma of cacao sweep you away. This three-story haven is not just Hong Kong’s first cacao museum, it’s also a playground for the senses, where chocolate is an experience in itself. Get up close with the baking action on the ground floor, where you can watch an array of pastries, drinks, and of course, chocolates, come to life. Then, make your way up to the first floor cafe, where every bite and sip is a tribute to chocolate’s versatility. Finally, head up one more floor to the museum, which will take you on a journey from bean to bar, unveiling the enchanting mysteries of cacao along the way. One taste of Cacaolab’s rich elixirs and you’ll quickly become a convert!
If you’re a chocolate lover, check out our article on the best chocolate shops in Hong Kong.
Cacaolab, 20 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2345 1990
Nana’s Green Tea
Matcha lovers, listen up – Nana’s Green Tea has just touched down in Hong Kong with their first outpost at Airside. This celebrity Japanese cafe slings only the freshest matcha, from photogenic lattes and parfaits overflowing with mochi, to the signature matcha azuki shiratama latte (yes, please!). Beyond the ‘gram, Nana’s brings tranquillity with its zen, minimalist interiors and hospitality, embracing the Japanese spirit of omotenashi. Craving an umami donburi rice bowl, cheesecake with a verdant matcha twist, or just a chill modern tea house vibe? Catch us at Nana’s Green Tea!
Want to satisfy your matcha craving even further? Here’s where to go for the best matcha drinks and desserts in town.
Nana’s Green Tea, Shop B128, B1/F, Airside, 2 Concorde Road, Kai Tak, Hong Kong, p. 21171309
Dor Dor Coffee
This apothecary-inspired spot steeps Chinese herbs like dried tangerine peel and ginseng into its bean brews for good vibes in every sip. Beyond those buzz-worthy lattes, Dor Dor Cafe also delights with photogenic cheese cubes stuffed with red bean paste or matcha. Complement your cubes with iced camellia tea, elegantly frosted into edible flower-shaped ice balls for an Instagram-worthy finish. From the reclaimed wood interior to the small-batch roasted veggie skewers, Dor Dor brings serious hygge and wellness vibes. We already know our next self-care Sunday will be spent lounging here in this urban oasis!
Dor Dor Coffee, Shop A, G/F, Cosmopolitan Estate, 13 Tai Tsun Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
Mercury Recalls by Lost Stars
Calling all music lovers and vinyl heads – get amped for Mercury Recalls by Lost Stars, Causeway Bay’s new retro mashup of cafe, bar, and live music vibes. The legendary Lost Stars crew has just dropped this analogue-themed playground, primed to dial up the feels with 3000 square feet of curated lo-fi aesthetics. With tunes curated by the city’s top DJs, everything’s turned up to 11. Consider us grooving to the musical feast for the senses they’re serving up daily. Of course, fuelling those vibes is a cafe menu of crafty caffeinated brews, wholesome breakfast plates, and cheeky brunch cocktails.
Mercury Recalls by Lost Stars, Shop A, G/F, Fairview Mansion, 51 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2416 7503
Best new cafes in Hong Kong 2023 – October edition
Embrace the retro-cool vibes at Couch Club, the hippest cafe in town that brings together American nostalgia and Japanese flair. With comfy booths, cool tunes, and an outdoor patio, it’s a primo hangout spot for you and your furry BFF. The menu at Couch Club also offers a range of irresistible options. From sinful burgers and milkshakes to customisable Japanese bento sets and donburi bowls, there’s something to satisfy every craving. Don’t miss their signature Wagyu burger, made with a blend of brisket, topside, and rump. Whether you’re craving a hearty breakfast, a drool-worthy dessert, or just a cup of expertly brewed coffee, Couch Club has something delicious in store. So next time you’re roaming around Causeway Bay, pop into Couch Club to kick back with your crew, canine or human.
Couch Club, Shop 302, 3/F, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2111 1707
Kopi Coffee & Eatery
Breathing fresh life into Tai Po’s cafe scene, Kopi Coffee & Eatery is a delightful new addition that merges vibrant aesthetics with inventive dishes. The cafe, with its sunny yellow and white decor, has a pet-friendly policy, making it a superb hangout for all animal lovers. From the surprising pairing of sweet lychee and honey-glazed chicken in their lychee wings to the delightful creaminess of the HK-style carbonara, the menu here is a testament to culinary creativity. Affordable, welcoming, and brimming with charm, Kopi is the newest must-visit café for both humans and their furry friends in Tai Po.
If you’re always on the lookout for more pet-friendly spots, be sure to check out our article on dog-friendly cafes and restaurants in Hong Kong.
Kopi Coffee & Eatery, Shop 7, G/F, Beautiful Garden, 11 Chui Lok Street, Tai Po, Hong Kong
Sprouting up in the art-centred neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun, Root Down is a fresh cafe that’s fast becoming a hotspot in Hong Kong. Its design, merging minimalist elegance with a warm wood theme, creates a sanctuary amidst the urban jungle. As you push past the curtain-style door, you’ll find yourself in a space where nature thrives, with greenery adding a breath of fresh air. The clever faux skylight is a marvel, with a colour-changing lightbox that emulates the sky, adding a whimsical touch to the cafe’s earthy aesthetic. Named after a jazz tune, Root Down aspires to foster an easy-going vibe where you can enjoy light bites and a wide range of beverages, from a nutty blend of coffee to a selection of highballs.
Root Down, Shops 16-19, G/F, Two Artlane, 1 Chung Ching Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Imagine stepping into a Parisian cafe, but with a Hong Kong twist – that’s what Fleuria delivers. Situated in Pacific Place, this cafe marries the beauty of floristry with the comfort of a good brew. The interior is awash with elegant white and emerald green, filled with a diverse selection of flowers that add a unique fragrance to the coffee aroma. Alongside their house blend coffee, which boasts beans from Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Papua New Guinea, they also offer a tempting Espresso Martini – a nod to those who enjoy a little kick in their coffee. The floral theme extends to their desserts too, with cakes adorned with dried rose petals.
Fleuria, Shop 143, L1/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, p. 2721 8800
Escape to Jeju Island at Tamora, a new cafe tucked away in Tai Mei Tuk. While it might be a bit of a journey for some, every step towards this destination is rewarded with a unique experience. Tamora’s minimalist, concrete-themed interior, spread over three levels, each with its distinct layout, creates a sense of space that’s both refreshing and inviting. Floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides flood the cafe with natural light, enhancing the expansive feeling. The crowning glory is the spacious rooftop, offering panoramic views that make for perfect Instagram moments. Tamora doesn’t disappoint on the culinary front either, with drinks like their iced latte and Jeju yuzu ade. And then there’s the croffle – a fusion of a croissant and a waffle that’s irresistibly flaky, buttery, and the perfect companion to a cup of coffee.
Tamora, G/F – 2/F, 46B Tai Mei Tuk Tsuen, Tai Po, Hong Kong
Bringing a touch of monochrome magic to the cafe scene, Cozo’s sleek black-and-white interior perfectly complements its minimalist surroundings. But it’s not just about the aesthetics here; Cozo is a foodie’s delight. Its unique spin on bagels lets you mix and match flavours, with offerings like taro purée, pork floss and mochi, or honey mustard sauce with seared chicken, to name a few. To wash it all down, don’t miss their espresso tonic, a layered masterpiece of rich espresso and refreshing tonic water. It’s guaranteed to give you a much-needed zing.
Cozo, G/F, 24 Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 6656 7491
Best new cafes in Hong Kong 2023 – September edition
Bringing over a century of Moroccan coffee culture to Hong Kong, heritage brand Bacha Coffee recently unveiled its experiential new cafe and boutique at IFC. The thoughtfully designed 200-square-metre space allows guests to indulge in an extraordinary coffee experience. You can savour the freshest cup of coffee made from 100% Arabica beans, or get your fill of Bacha’s signature croissants and pastries. Going beyond quick bites, the boutique provides an opportunity to learn about traditional slow-roasted beans from Bacha’s global network of farms. Coffee masters expertly grind beans to order, ensuring the optimal flavour profile shines through for all brew methods.
Bacha Coffee, Shop 1063, Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2301 1910
Yuen Long is fast becoming a hotspot for cafe-hoppers, and new minimalist coffee joint Overlap is a refreshing addition. With patio chairs shaded by trees out front, it’s a pleasant spot to unwind over coffee when the weather permits. Its seasonal summer drink menu showcases enticing beverages like the Half Moon, which is made with cold brew, Earl Grey, and coconut water.
Overlap Coffee, Shop 2, G/F, Wai Fat Building, 1-5L Fung Cheung Road, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Classy Le Carré
The elegant French-style cafe Classy Le Carré is a chic new cafe in Hong Kong, offering Instagram-worthy croffles and waffles. With a romantic old-world ambiance, its beautifully decorated space transports guests back in time. Signature items like the golden French Croffles topped with avocado and mentaiko delight the palate. An extensive specialty drink menu features exotic chocolate elixirs and premium matcha. Between the delicious food, indulgent drinks, and classy decor, Classy Le Carré brings a taste of opulence and vintage Parisian charm to Hong Kong.
Classy Le Carré, G/F, Tung Fat Building, 1B-1C New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 6045 8229
Two and a Half Street
Tucked away on David Lane between 2nd and 3rd Street in Sai Ying Pun, the aptly named Two and a Half Street cafe stands out with its white and green exterior. Despite the petite space, it offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Dine on the excellent scrambled eggs on sourdough, with a crispy outer crust and fluffy interior; and pair it with abatch brew or cold brew, both using Brazilian, Guatemalan, Colombian and Indonesian beans. Besides quality drinks, Two and a Half Street’s charming location and lush greenery provide a relaxing urban oasis vibe.
Two and a Half Street, 1 David Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 6994 7904
Tucked away in Soho’s charming lanes, En Coffee seamlessly blends zen minimalism with vintage character. Original tiled floors anchor the space while bonsai trees, wooden chairs, a retro record player, and Chinese art create an eclectic yet cohesive ambiance. The cafe is dedicated to top-notch coffee sourced globally alongside cold brew tea offerings. En Coffee also warmly welcomes furry companions, cultivating an inclusive atmosphere for owners seeking a pet-friendly urban respite.
En Coffee, Shop B, LG/F, Wah Shin House, 6-10 Shin Hing Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
New Kowloon City coffee shop Lento exceeds expectations with cuisine rivalling upscale restaurants! Beyond the typical cafe fare, Lento offers juicy, tender roasted chicken legs with outstanding sides. If heavy pastas aren’t your thing, you’re in luck – Lento’s classic carbonara ditches the cream for an equally fulfilling take on the pasta dish. To satisfy your sweet tooth, go for Lento’s chocolatey cakes and pastries, and complement them with a flat white or iced coffee.
Lento, 428-430 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
Best new cafes in Hong Kong 2023 – August edition
NOC Coffee Co. opens at The Wai
If you want to go beyond just appreciating a good cup of coffee, head to NOC Coffee Co.’s new location at The Wai., where you’ll find an immersive coffee sensory experience infused into the design of the spacious cafe. Spot elements of the coffee brewing process across the shop, like in the vortex centrepiece meant to represent a coffee dripper. Be sure to try the store-exclusive Iced Pandan Cocoffee with a homemade pastry to cool down on a hot summer’s day while taking in the cafe’s refreshing and eco-friendly elements.
NOC Coffee Co. (The Wai), Unit 430, 4/F, The Wai, 18 Che Kung Miu Road, Tai Wai, Hong Kong, p. 2686 1380
Who can say no to cute corgis? A bakery born from the antics of the owner’s beloved pet, Stumpy Bakery brings baked goods and corgis together. You’ll find the fluffy inspiration in everything from cupcakes to the Corgi Butt Bread – modelled after the breed’s adorable behinds. In addition to baked goods, Stumpy Bakery uses fresh, healthy, and premium ingredients for made-to-order sandwiches, salads, and pastas. With its location at the entrance of the pet-friendly Cyberport mall, it’s the perfect place to cruise through with your four-legged pal, so feel free to swing by together and grab a Roast Beef Ciabatta or a Nutty Pesto Pasta. Bonus: while you enjoy your latte, your dog can enjoy their very own Stumpyccino!
Stumpy Bakery, Shop 105, L1, The Arcade at Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong, p. 5646 3727
Makuma by Ukiyo
Crowd-favourite Japanese café Ukiyo at K11 Musea now has a sister shop in Lai Chi Kok: Makuma by Ukiyo. The dark brown wood exterior complements the lighter tones inside, giving the place a warm, rustic vibe. Standouts on the menu include the 24-hour Japanese-style Roasted Pork with Udon, and the Slow-cooked Chicken Breast. You can even sit outside with your furry friend while you sip on a Matcha Latte and bask in the sunlight.
Makuma by Ukiyo, Shop G03, G/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong
Next time you stop by the historic Blue House in Wan Chai, make sure you visit Wanaka, a vegan sister cafe of Years. Using a variety of local products, this new cafe in Hong Kong offers a small menu of plant-based delights such as the Acai Berries Porridge Bowl, the Avocado Salmon Salad, and the Blueberry Sour Bagel Breakfast. If you’re not in the mood for an oat milk latte, try one of the fruit shakes for a healthy boost.
Wanaka, G/F, 8 King Sing Street, Blue House, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 6080 8251
JOMO opens in Wan Chai
Who gets FOMO when there’s JOMO? Standing for “joy of missing out,” JOMO has expanded from its kitchen and health hub to open a cafe in Wan Chai. Pair slices of the signature homemade cakes with an espresso or try a vegan pastry for something different. In addition to delectable items like the Pulled Pork Tomato Chilli Pasta and All-Day Breakfast, there’s also a plant-based menu available for a lighter meal. The space is sleek, simple, and clad in white – making it a nice backdrop for any Insta snaps.
JOMO (Wan Chai), 23 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Best new cafes in Hong Kong 2023 – July edition
Are you a fan of all things Korean? Then don’t miss out on Cafe Joo, a new cafe and restaurant in Sha Tin! Having the aesthetic of a modern Korean cafe, this casual eatery offers innovative Korean cuisine crafted by Chef Ken Lau, who has extensive experience in Western cuisine. You’ll find reinterpretations of traditional Korean snacks and street food served with homemade sauces, such as deep-fried kimbap and Korean fried chicken. Also on the menu are fusion dishes inspired by Korean and Italian cuisines, including Jeju stir-fried octopus with squid ink sauce; and roasted tiger prawn with kimchi cream sauce. Our favourite item, however, has got to the Nutella and Banana Baked Croffle with Milk Ice Cream – nothing can go wrong with this combo!
Cafe Joo, Shop 165, Level 1, Phase 1, New Town Plaza, 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, p. 2882 8323
Plantation Tea Bar
Recently opened in Sai Ying Pun is Plantation Tea Bar, founded by Nana Chan of teakha. The wabi-sabi-inspired space features a tatami seating area and a 12-seat stone counter, where you can sample seasonal tea tasting menus. Additionally, the tea house and bar has evolved to now offer tea cocktails created by esteemed mixologist, Antonio Lai. Together, Nana and Antonio have created an all-new menu of six tea cocktails, all made with Plantation’s premium teas. Available to order from 6pm, the drinks include the light Jasmine Sake; Da Hong Pao Whisky; and our favourite Tangerine Puerh Rum, made with puerh slow-cooked rum, tangerine peel syrup, and hawthorn cordial. Refined and elegant, Plantation Tea Bar is our latest go-to for teas and cocktails in the city.
Plantation Tea Bar, 18 Po Tuck Street, Sai Wan, Hong Kong, p. 5596 6254
The Vibe Room
Looking for a new cafe in Hong Kong to enjoy your afternoon coffee? The Vibe Room will pass the vibe check! Designed with elegant archways matched with retro hues of creams and browns, this spacious cafe is perfect for some quiet time alone, a hangout with friends, or even a cheeky first date. Dig into the generous All Day Breakfast, which comes in a platter with sausage, eggs benedict, hash browns, and more. Pair it with a matcha or pistachio latte, and you’ve got yourself sorted for a relaxing break in Causeway Bay.
The Vibe Room, Shop A, G/F, Soundwill Plaza 2 – Midtown, 1-29 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Ohayo by Ocio
The view of the Victoria Harbour from Ohayo by Ocio may be hard to beat, but have you seen the popular Ohayo Honey Melon Snow Mountain Hot Fragrance Cake? Served adorably in a half melon, only a limited quantity is available for this offering. You can also take your pick between the selection of pastries, waffles, or All Day Breakfast here, and complement them with a gourmet cup of coffee.
Ohayo by Ocio, Shop OT G19, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2800 0395
Love to head out with your doggos? Cafe Pawsitive will be your new go-to spot for you and your four-legged friends. This pet-friendly cafe has a convenient outdoor area for guests (hoomans and pets alike) to relax and sip on some coffee. Delight in the Bacon Laksa Spaghetti and desserts on the menu, some of which you could even share with your doggo. Let your pets join you on your next cafe-hopping adventure with this new cafe in Hong Kong being at the top of your list!
Cafe Pawsitive, G/F, Kat Cheung Building, 41-42 Sai Kung Tai Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, p. 5286 5995
Best new cafes in Hong Kong 2023 – June edition
Ever felt nostalgic for the old schooldays? You might not want to go back to class, but you’d definitely wanna check out Hibi, a Japanese-style cafe with quirky vintage decor. This spacious, canteen-style cafe is embellished with various objects from old Japanese schools – from chairs to old gymnasium equipment – that give it a lot of character. The food here is equally playful, with generously portioned sashimi, udon, and other bites.
Hibi, G/F, Lucky Factory, 63-65 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Bagel lovers rejoice! Allez Coffee has a menu full of bagels, from the Double Matcha Souffle Bagel to a bagel sandwich with scrambled eggs. In addition to the bread, you may want to sample the popular Basque Burnt Cheesecake and, of course, the coffee. Sip on an Americano or Rose Latte, made with a blend of Indonesian and Rwandan beans, while you take in the charming decor. Expect to find various tools hanging on the walls alongside old vinyls and a retro television set. See if you can spot the pair of headphones somewhere in the cafe to listen to vinyls when you’re there.
Allez Coffee, G/F, Fook Tin Building, 38 Wai Chi Street, Shek Kip Mei, Hong Kong, p. 2481 1134
Get a blast from the past when you enter the vintage-inspired Badgers Cafe. Marked by large windows with green accents at the entrance, you’ll feel as if you’re walking into an old movie set. The best part? You can ask to bring your furry friend to enjoy a latte and all-day breakfast together. While cosy and beautifully embellished with plants, the space is rather intimate, so make sure to come ahead to get the prime spot right by the windows for the perfect picture.
Badgers Cafe, Shop B, G/F, Baker Residences, 8 Baker Court, Hung Hom, Hong Kong
The clouds hanging from the ceiling at Lab Zero, along with the grey and white cement theme of this dessert cafe, will make you feel like you’re walking into a dream. This new IG hotspot has Japanese-style ice cream that’s an absolute must-try. The Black Sesame Ice Cream pairs well with an Iced Latte – one of the many great dessert and coffee options available. If you’re not in the mood for something sweet, the Sourdough is a popular option as well.
Lab Zero, Shop B, G/F, 68 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 9069 2309
Uncle Ben Coffee reopens in Fortress Hill
Moving on from its previous Causeway Bay location, Uncle Ben Coffee is making its comeback in Fortress Hill. The place is bright and cosy, with Uncle Ben himself making coffee behind the counter. In addition to the UBC House Blend, there are premium coffee beans imported from Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and many other regions. The coffee here is the main attraction, with everything from lattes (with incredible latte art) to expertly made pour-overs. Bonus: the lucky ones amongst you might spot the adorable shop manager when you’re there – an Italian Greyhound!
Uncle Ben Coffee, Shop 7, G/F, Fu Lee Loy Mansion, 9-27 King Wah Road, Fortress Hill, Hong Kong, p. 9869 5573
Alchemy Origin opens in Quarry Bay
The new branch of Espresso Alchemy has landed in Quarry Bay as Alchemy Origin. The decor complements the coffee, with a rammed earth style that looks sleek and majestic at the same time. This cafe focuses on the origins of the coffee you’re drinking. You can get coffee beans from Colombia, Ethiopia, or Indonesia and brew a mean cup of expertly sourced coffee. The drinks and food are the same delicious fare you can expect from a branch of Espresso Alchemy, with keto-friendly options available.
Alchemy Origin (Quarry Bay), Shop A, G/F, Two Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2886 9683
Best new cafes in Hong Kong 2023 – May edition
Cups N Paws (Whiskers N Paws x Cupping Room)
Calling all pet lovers and owners! Whiskers N Paws is joining hands with Cupping Room Coffee Roasters to open the brand new Cups N Paws at The Lohas. With a spaceship-inspired grooming salon and planet-themed interiors, this Instagrammable pet grooming cafe offers high-quality pet grooming services, pet products, as well as coffee and food crafted by the experienced team from Cupping Room. While you enjoy Australian-style bites such as Avo Chicken Sourdough Toast and Impossible Meat burgers, your four-legged companions won’t get left out either, thanks to Cups N Paws’ two “happy meals” for pets! Your furry friends will love these healthy and delicious sets, which feature freshly grilled chicken drumsticks, pet-friendly chocolate cookies (made with
animal liver), and 100% vegan coconut ice cream. Before you go, be sure to shop at the retail section, which is stocked with pet snacks, dog food, pet toys, health supplements, and more.
Whiskers N Paws x Cupping Room, Shop 358, 3/F, The Lohas, 1 Lohas Park Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, p. 2552 6200
Your favourite bespoke cake shop, Vive, has now expanded into an Insta-worthy cafe hotspot. Alongside flavourful coffees whipped up by professional baristas, there’s an enticing food menu, with both “small” and “big” items for when you just want a quick nosh or really dig in on a meal. The Uni Mentaiko is a umami-rich pasta that is presented artfully on the plate. There’s even the classic Fish and Chips for those who fancy a little pub influence on your teatime. The Taiwanese tea menu is similarly full of must-try items, including the Uji Matcha Genmaicha. Bonus: the cafe is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your four-legged pals with you!
Vive, G/F, 12 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 9602 2869
Jello and Mellow
Here’s a new cafe in Hong Kong for the little ones! Jello and Mellow is an immersive playhouse cafe, perfect for families looking for something new and exciting. The kid’s menu is made for pumping the children up for some fun in the adjacent adventure playground. With everything from pastas to milk shakes, the whole family will be happily fed. Ideal for a kid’s party,private event, or just a day out, the space is inviting and lively. Additionally, regular cake decorating classes will also be hosted soon at Jello and Mellow, so watch this space!
Jello and Mellow, 9/F, 1001 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Twist and Buckle opens in North Point
Hong Kong’s first ever churrería has now opened a new location in North Point. Twist and Buckle caters to those with a sweet tooth, with classic churros decked out in the most scrumptious ways. The Filled Churros ooze a creamy Dulce de Leche or Egg Custard, giving you an explosion of flavour with each bite. If you want the full experience, go for the Build Your Own Sundae that allows you to customise your own sweet treat to your wildest imagination. Twist and Buckle takes churros to the next level and will surprise you with its creations.
Twist and Buckle (North Point), G/F, AT Tower, 180 Electric Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Winstons Coffee opens in Tai Hang
The ultimate pet-friendly cafe, Winstons Coffee, has opened its doors in Tai Hang. Expect flavourful coffee and maybe even a few cheeky cocktails when you swing by. The Coffee Negroni will perk you up while you munch on an Egg & Bacon Bap to soak up the alcohol. Enjoy the same great menu and atmosphere here within the distinctly cosy and friendly setting at Winstons’.
Winstons Coffee (Tai Hang), 4 King Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, p. 6178 1622
Nodi Coffee Works opens in Kennedy Town
Fans of Nodi Coffee just got a new neighbourhood hangout with the opening of Nodi Coffee Works in K Town. The same amazing coffee will be available for morning pick-me-ups or afternoon fuel. Single Origin Coffee is plentiful here, with knowledgeable baristas onsite to tell you more about your drink. Nodi believes that human interaction is as important as a perfect cup of java and aims to connect people through coffee. So, when you stop by Nodi Coffee Works, try striking up a convo over some espresso!
Nodi Coffee Works, Shop 7, G/F, The Hudson, 11-29 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, p. 2802 7218
Kefi reopens in Sheung Wan
If you’ve been missing Kefi at Kennedy Town, good news for ya, because they are now back in Sheung Wan! This small cafe serves healthier food and offers low-carb choices – “low-carb” being both low in carbohydrates as well as carbon footprint. The Homemade Kimchi Cauliflower Rice with Shrimps is a low-carb, high-protein item that’ll keep you energised throughout your day. Grab a meal or coffee at Kefi to take care of your body and the Earth.
Kefi, Shop A, G/F, 6 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2312 2180
Best new cafes in Hong Kong 2023 – April edition
Here’s a place that’s truly going to the dogs! To say Moojoo is pet-friendly would be an understatement. From the pictures of pets on the walls to the many block sculptures of dogs, this lifestyle cafe is the perfect place to bring your four-legged friends. Order an egg waffle or burger and sneak some bites to your furry pal while you mingle with the other pets that will undoubtedly be there as well. This is your chance to grab a coffee with some of the fuzziest cafe patrons in Hong Kong!
Moojoo, Shop 1, 2 & 22, G/F, Two Artlane, 1 Chung Ching Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 3619 5779
Next time you’re trekking around Mid-Levels, visit Double Black for a cuppa or some nibbles. The sleek black exterior with concrete and wood accents is just begging to be Instagram-ed, especially with your pets in frame. There are flashy items adorned all around the cafe, from a surfboard to a bicycle that’ll make great talking points if you happen to bring a date. Be sure to grab a Flat White to go with the Tiramisu or even the Arancini that will make the trip around the hills of Mid-Levels worth it.
Double Black, G/F, Kin Hing House, 26-28 Mosque Street, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong
Picture this: you’re walking through the tranquil streets of Paris, and you decide to stop into a cute little French cafe for a pick-me-up. Well, you don’t have to go all the way to Paris to have this cafe experience when you have Le Goûter. French pastries with fresh coffee is what the team here are passionate about. Try a Chocolate Tart or a Cheesecake to go with the generous cups of coffee. Take in the French-inspired decor that’ll make you feel like you’ve been dropped right on the streets of Paris. You can even bring along your pets to experience a day in France together at Le Goûter.
Le Goûter, 98 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Need a place to work on that novel you’ve been planning on writing? At Niksen Koffie, you can enjoy free wifi all day Monday through Friday to get productive. Fuel your creativity with the All-Day Breakfast at Niksen Koffie that you can enjoy with a furry friend in tow. Shisha anyone? You can lounge around and puff up a cloud as the sun sets. With everything from coffee to beer available, who says a place can’t have it all from noon till night?
Niksen Koffie, Shop G8E, G/F, Deli Place, The Whampoa, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, p. 2297 2037
Butter pops up at The Upper House
Calling all sweet tooths! The little bakery that could, Butter, is popping up at The Upper House to provide cookies to the masses. The luxury hotel is housing the roadside diner-inspired Butter pop-up that churns out cookies like Ginger Molasses, M&M, and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin. Of course, no cookie would be complete without milk and The Upper House is providing a new milk bar for your dunking delights. You can grab a glass of Vanilla Infused Milk, Chocolate Oat Milk, or Cinnamon Almond Milk. With Butter’s partnership with The Upper House, you can get an All-American experience of milk and cookies for the ages.
Butter (The Upper House), L6, The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Best new cafes in Hong Kong 2023 – March edition
The Half & Half boutique chocolate cafe has returned with a new name! Named after the previous store’s mascot, Goose’ Chocolate brings bold flavours to the neighbourhood. With an eclectic, green-accented interior, try and count how many geese knickknacks you can spot throughout the shop. One of the few places in Hong Kong that makes its own bean-to-drink single origin chocolate, Goose’ Chocolate focuses on craft chocolate beverages. Try a Cacao Tea and order a Goose Breakfast to cut the richness of the chocolate. This is definitely a place for those with a sweet tooth, but also for those who want to explore the layered flavours of quality chocolate.
Goose’ Chocolate, G/F, 16 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Sol Mate Club
Here’s a new pairing for ya: coffee and tacos at Sol Mate Club! As per its location next to a basketball court, hints of the sport can be seen across the cafe. The half-deflated basketballs adorning one of the walls and splashes of orange give the space a hip, sporty vibe. With creative tacos like the Thai Coconut Drumstick Taco served alongside specialty coffee, Sol Mate Club will have your lunch and tea break well taken care of.
Sol Mate Club, Shop C1, G/F, Block C, Merlin Centre, 55 Po On Road, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong, p. 9856 6742
A new haven for baked goods has opened up on the South side. At Parabolica Caffe, you can dig into croissants, fruit tarts, and Hokkaido milk bread with freshly brewed coffee on the side. Take your treats to go and find yourself a nook with great views of Repulse Bay to enjoy your time in the area.
Parabolica Caffe, Shop 102 & 103, The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong
Any Mirror fans in the house? Jer, a member of the Hong Kong superstar group, has opened a brand new cafe. The wood-themed space is aptly named Root Cafe and boasts a decorative tree at its centre. Grab a latte or cappuccino to go, alongside some delicious food like the Bolognese or Signature Grilled Chicken for a midday pick-me-up. Root Cafe is certainly in tune with the palates of its customers and will have you coming back for more than just a hopeful glimpse of its famous founder.
Root Cafe, Shop 4, G/F, Parkside At The Henley, 7 Muk Tai Street, Kowloon City, Hong Kong, p. 6255 3428
Creo by Brentwood opens in Happy Valley
Want a feast for your eyes as well as your stomach? Pet-friendly Creo by Brentwood has opened its third branch, this time in Happy Valley. Similar to its other locations, the murals decorating the shop are created by a local artist. Bo Law’s colourful work wonderfully complements the theme of the cafe – fire – which is seen through the red and brown decor. The freshly brewed coffee is as flavourful as ever, and delicious when paired with food like the branch-exclusive Spicy Pork Belly Roll. You and your pooch will definitely have an Insta-worthy time here!
Creo by Brentwood (Happy Valley), 6 Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
South Lane opens in Mid-Levels
Beloved Hong Kong cafe South Lane has opened up its second location in Mid-Levels. The spot continues its promotion of green eating with an 80% vegetarian food menu filled with high-quality ingredients. In this vein, the drinks menu is also eco-conscious with a completely dairy-free selection. Here, you can continue to enjoy the quality of South Lane while feeling satisfied that you’re doing a little something to help the Earth.
South Lane (Mid-Levels), Shop B1-B2, G/F, Peace Tower, 30-32 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, p. 2723 8808
Best new cafes in Hong Kong 2023 – February edition
Butter pops up in Pacific Place
Butter is parking at Pacific Place – literally! The illustrious American bake shop now has a Butter Cookies truck parked at the popular mall. From the early days of strictly selling 10 items online to a brick-and-mortar shop on Staunton Street, Butter has come a long way. Now with the launch of Butter Cookies, Butter is ready to keep taking over Hong Kong. Classic, all-American cookies are on the menu like Chocolate Chunk, Peanut Butter, and Lemon Crinkle. The cookies are exclusive to Pacific Place and will soon expand to include more flavours. If you’re having a party, gathering, or just want to satisfy that cookie craving, Butter is at the ready.
Butter (Pacific Place), LG1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Draft & Craft
If the name hasn’t tipped you off already, a new coffee and beer joint has taken Hong Kong by storm! Located at Central Pier, Draft & Craft is the perfect place for you to take a break in between ferry rides. With a dark, minimalist aesthetic, the place draws you in with early morning hand-drip coffees and late night cocktails. Next time you find yourself in the area, stop by Draft & Craft for a cuppa or a tipple.
Draft & Craft, Lower Deck, No. 7 Central Pier, Central, Hong Kong
Love a fluffy souffle pancake in Hong Kong? The Hut is more than ready to fill your need. The souffle pancakes are the spotlight here, with flavours like Tiramisu, Mango and Cream, and Strawberry Cream. You can park it in The Hut’s cosy space to dig in and sip on some lattes. In the mood for something sweeter? The signature Oreo smoothie is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and is Instagrammable to boot.
The Hut, Shop 11, G/F, Ko Fu Building, 58-72 Fuk Man Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, p. 9315 2335
2 Soon Cafe
Yet another coffee and cocktails cafe in Hong Kong, 2 Soon Cafe is entering the game at full throttle. The coffees are top-notch, as well as the non-coffee drinks like Matcha Tonic and Tanzania 75% Single Origin Chocolate. Pair your drink with the 2 Soon Shakshuka or Truffle Cream Orecchiette, and you’ve got yourself a full meal. If you fancy some booze, come 6pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Those who want to keep the coffee vibe going can try the Coffee Whisky Highball. Ready to surrender to the night? Grab a signature cocktail like Voyage at the Aegean Sea.
2 Soon Cafe, 324 Sai Yeung Choi Street North, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 9426 8682
Sensu opens in Times Square
Following the Japanese philosophy of “perfect imperfection,” Sensu’s fifth branch at Times Square is simple and relaxing. With earthy tones and natural materials, the space has a calm and cosy ambience. The new branch has tonnes of exclusive items, like the curated selection of tea imported from Japan and Taiwan. Need a caffeine boost? Go for the syphon coffee. If you’re there a bit later, be sure to try the “Create Your Own Menu” initiative. You can customise your own menu with offerings that include vegetarian and keto-friendly options. In addition, the Shrimp & Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing and Tempura Rock Shrimp with Spicy Aioli are both popular items at Sensu. Pro tip: breakfast comes complimentary when you purchase a drink here before 11am!
Sensu (Times Square), Shop B224A, B2/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2166 1189
Halfway Coffee opens another branch in Sheung Wan
Adding to the flagship on Upper Lascar Row and its fleet of cafes across Hong Kong, Halfway Coffee is opening its fifth location on Connaught Road West in Sheung Wan. Grab a seat in the cosy space and sip on some cappuccinos from funky cups. Halfway Coffee aims to build a community across Hong Kong through coffee and art, growing bigger with each expansion. Furthermore, pet parents will be happy to note that Halfway Coffee branches are friendly to doggies!
Halfway Coffee (Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan), G/F, 17 Connaught Road West. Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2606 1160
Best new cafes in Hong Kong 2023 – January edition
Clean Coffee opens in Tsim Sha Tsui
Think you’ve tried just about every way to get coffee? Think again, with Clean Coffee’s second branch opening in Tsim Sha Tsui. Inspired by Hong Kongers’ fast-paced lifestyle, Clean Coffee is all about getting you your coffee within seconds. With an automated set-up and Octopus Card payment, barista-grade drinks can be ready in 10 seconds. Hot and cold coffees are provided on tap for maximum convenience, as well as an automated vending machine for paper cups. Clean Coffee’s big draw is its oat milk latte, which it boasts as one of the best in Hong Kong – certainly not to be missed!
Clean Coffee (Tsim Sha Tsui), Shop 12, B/F, Heath, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
t.w.i.g. is looking to bring some minimalism into your life, one cup at a time. If you’re looking for your daily java fix, t.w.i.g. has got your usual favourites, as well as a few special drinks like the Salted Lotus Latte. The waffle sandwiches are a perfect accompaniment to your drink, with the Caprese and the Western Pulled Pork all served with fries or a salad. For those with a sweet tooth, the cakes here are as delicious as they are Instagrammable, with the option to pre-order a whole Basque Cheesecake or Shortcake.
t.w.i.g., Shop A2, G/F, 4 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Highlight by Fineprint
One of our favourite cafes in Hong Kong, Fineprint has now opened a new coffee venture. Highlight by Fineprint is aimed to be an alternative to the usual grab-and-go coffee establishments. The fresh coffees here will provide you with necessary fuel alongside the ciabatta pockets and doughnuts. In the mood for something stronger? Also on the menu are boozy drinks like the Espresso Martini Slushy and Orion Beer. Since Highlight by Fineprint is right next to the Hong Kong Observation Wheel, just grab a cup and enjoy the view!
Highlight by Fineprint, Booth 1, Hong Kong Observation Wheel, 33 Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 5597 5663
Tucked away in Kennedy Town is a new cafe in Hong Kong whose very name aims to provide you with a cosy place to sit with a cup of coffee. House-blend coffees, hot meals, and freshly baked desserts are the name of the game at Cose, with an extensive menu waiting to be picked over. This spot may take a little longer for you to find but rest assured, it will be worth it.
Coze, Shop B, Po Lung House, 28-30 Li Po Lung Path, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
This Korean-style cafe may very well become your new favourite joint. At Goodin’ Out, fresh coffee is served alongside small bites like Avocado Prawn Toast. The rugged, minimalist decor is perfect for pictures and for lounging the day away with a nice cup of joe. So, next time you’re in the neighbourhood, stop by for a latte and the Fresh Grapefruit Toast with Honey for a refreshing snack.
Goodin’ Out, G/F, 25 Ka Shin Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 9136 6851
Lady M opens in Causeway Bay
What goes better with coffee than a nice slice of cake? One of the most popular cakes shops and cafes in Hong Kong, Lady M, is bringing a new branch to World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay to serve decadent pastries to a new crowd. To celebrate the opening, you can sample the Strawberry Mille Feuille Latte, which is inspired by one of Lady M’s finest cakes and is available until 28 February. With a menu full of delicious patisserie, we doubt you can hold yourself back from the cakes and coffee next time you’re in the neighbourhood!
Lady M (Causeway Bay), Shops L2-08 & L2-19, L2, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2861 1866