Kowloon is home to some of the most incredible local cafes, find out which ones are our favourites to brunch and drink coffee
While there’s no shortage of traditional cha chaan tengs in Hong Kong that offer the best Cantonese desserts and local street food, the vibrant city also offers an extravagant amount of new cafes and brunch spots for those who like a warm cup of coffee, pancakes and croissants. Whether you’re looking for a quick caffeine fix or a cosy spot to park in the afternoon, these cool cafes in Yau Ma Tei and Jordan are definitely worth seeking out.
Cool cafes in Yau ma Tei and Jordan
Kitchen Savvy at Hotel Stage
If you haven’t been to Kitchen Savvy, Honeys, well it’s time to pay a visit. This bright and light dining spot is located in Hotel Stage, an artsy boutique stay in the heart of Jordan. Its stylish interiors, super friendly staff and fantastic coffee are reason enough to visit this chic cafe, but if you’re feeling peckish, their selection of all-day dishes are perfect for any time of the week. Pop in for high tea so you can indulge in tiers of freshly baked scones, lobster avocado toast and foie gras mousse with caviar – doesn’t that sound like an afternoon well-spent?
Kitchen Savvy at Hotel Stage, 1 Chi Wo Street, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 3953 2222, 佐敦志和街1號登臺酒店
Cafe meets bookstore at Alternative in Jordan. This cool little cafe is all about the good coffee, but they also serve up some great breakfast food, like French toast and eggs Benedict. It’s a great place to hang when you have time to kill in Jordan.
Alternative, G/F, Breakthrough Centre, 191 Woosung Street, Jordan, Hong Kong, p. 6513 7994, 佐敦吳松街191號突破書廊地舖
Cafe REVOL brings the specialty coffee experience to Jordan. As one of your best bets for a smooth cup of java in the neighbourhood, this industrial cafe keeps things simple with great coffee and a handful of baked goods. This indie coffee joint is situated nearby the Jordan MTR, so it’s the perfect spot to pop in for your morning fix to fuel you up for the rest of the day.
Cafe REVOL, Shop No.5, G/F, Fortune Terrace, 4-16 Tak Shing Street, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 3702 0170, 佐敦德成街4-16號富裕臺地下5號鋪
Mido Cafe is a Hong Kong institution. This old-school cha chaan teng (local tea house) has been around since the 1950s, and once you step in you’ll feel like you’re transported back into time. Admire their lovely vintage mosaic tiles and then slip into one of their retro booths. First-timers must order their famous French Toast and HK Milk Tea. If it’s something savoury you’re after, try their signature baked spare rib with tomato sauce that comes with a crispy fried egg and buttered rice. It’s one of the most authentic Hong Kong-style cafes in Yau Ma Tei, and we love it.
Mido Cafe, 63 Temple Street Street, Yau Ma Tei Public Square, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2384 6402, 油麻地廟街63號地下
Artsy coffee shop meets bookstore at Kubrick, a quaint neighbourhood gem where you can easily spend hours browsing through the piles of literature scattered around the vicinity. This laidback cafe is the perfect spot for when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, all the while getting lost in a great book. Grab a stool, order a piping hot latte, and munch on one of their freshly baked cakes. When it comes to great cafes in Yau Ma Tei, you can’t beat Kubrick.
Kubrick, Shop H2, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, p. 2384 8929, 油麻地眾坊街3號駿發花園H2地舖
Studio Caffeine has an award-winning reputation for brewing some of the best coffee in Hong Kong and for good reason. This coffee shop does not fool around when it comes to their beans, stocking only the best single-origin from all around the globe. Studio Caffeine’s brewing methods are done meticulously, so whether you choose a latte or long black, these guys will do you good. If you’re as serious about your coffee as they are, their pourover is the perfect order for your daily fix.
Studio Caffeine, 284 Temple Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2793 3480, 九龍尖沙咀廟街284號
cafe aout is a little slice of French heaven tucked away on Nanking Street. The cafe does the best crepes we’ve had in town, and it doesn’t hurt that they know a thing or two about great coffee. Savoury crepes come in fine yet comforting flavours like warm goat cheese and honey; and bacon mushroom and blue cheese cream. For the sweet toothed, buttery crepes with dark chocolate and orange yuzu jam spread are there to satisfy your cravings, and you can never go wrong with the classic brown sugar and cinnamon.
cafe aout, 8-20 Nanking Street, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2698 9018, 佐敦南京街 16號地舖
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