Who doesn’t love a good coffee shop? When you find the right one, you may never want to leave. In fact, that was Starbucks’ original business concept: not your home, not your office, a “third space, ” where you can relax on your own, or meet a friend, or work on your startup (or even Facebook stalk your ex), all the while enjoying one of life’s great pleasures: coffee. These days, Starbucks ranks as a big, faceless corporate and millenials have ushered in the era of the indie coffee shop. Flat white, Americano, drip, iced…No matter your preference, our fair city has a myriad of great barista-led joints, including the brand new outposts we roundup below!
NOC Coffee & Roaster
NOC Coffee & Roaster, or Not Only Coffee, sources and serves beans of the highest quality, for use in their pour-over coffee, cold brew and espresso based drinks. They are not just a coffee shop, they also roast their own coffees, in fact their shop features an in-house small roaster. NOC if full of charming touches, such as the hand-drawn art by master barista Kyle that adorns their coffee bags, and we love their selection of delicious cakes and healthful salads.
Graham St 34, Central. +852 2606 6188. Monday to Friday 9AM – 6PM and Saturday to Sunday 10AM – 6PM.
Walk by Winstons Coffee with its cooler-than-thou crew staring at Macbooks and clutching adorable puppies, and it will come as no surprise that the recently opened coffe bar is already a hipster favourite. to know that Winstons Coffee has made it on the Hong Kong coffee scene. On the menu are Australian-style flat-whites as well as cold brews and hot favs, as well as a selection of sweet and savory eats like organic Teapigs matcha egg and healthster-friendly ‘Power Bites’ made from oats, flax, maca, chia seeds, cacao nibs and agave. Also awesome: they open properly early, close late and offer up cocktails in the evening. Espresso martini anyone?
Shop 4, G/F, 213 Queens Road West, Sai Ying Pun. +852 2559 5078. Open daily 7:30AM – 11PM.
Beanery is a coffee shop with a rotating selection of high quality beans from the world’s best coffee regions- they take their beans’ sourcing very seriously. Beanery’s drinks menu is an exercise in hipsterism: we had not heard of most of them before, which is quite probably the point. Most everything is served in incredibly elegant glassware, which matches the clean white interior and minimalist aesthetic. They also have tasty treats from local bakery Craft Cakes and Confections and Crossfit fave Caffeine & Kilos protein coffee bars.
Shop G08, G/F, Nan Fung Tower, 88 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan. Contact via Facebook Message. Open Tuesday to Thursday 8:30AM – 5:30PM.
Nutsy Coffee Bar
An Australian-inspired coffee shop founded by two Aussies (check out the OZ flag behind the counter), Nutsy Coffee Bar serves up a selection of some of the world’s best single-origin coffees such as Yergacheffe and El Caucha, via lattes, espressos and hand drip drinks. Looking for something a little different for your afternoon coffee break? Be sure to try their coffee flight, a selection of brews sure to pep anyone up. On the nibbles front, they have an assortment of sweet and savoury items that reflect the current occasion (think hot cross buns for Easter and Vegemite Toast for Australia Day). They also stock a range of Mr Green Juice organic cold-pressed juices and smoothies.
Shop 6B, G/F, Hoi Kwong Court, 13-15 Hoi Kwong Street, Quarry Bay. Monday to Friday 7:30AM – 6PM and Saturday to Sunday 11AM – 5PM.
Pop quiz: how many beans does it take to make an espresso? Answer: 50, hence the name of this new Sheung Wan coffee shop. Why 50 offers loads of homespun urban charm with its white walls, graffiti, local art, and homemade cafe menu with a fantastic range of tartines. They offer a large selection of coffee drinks including a unique cold brew and some strong espresso! They also cater to the health crew with organic rawnola, almond milk and fruit bowls.
27 Hillier St, Sheung Wan. +852 6532 4161. Open daily 7:30AM – 7:30PM.
Brew Bros Coffee
Many coffee shops claim they are Melbourne influenced, but Brew Bros actually brings in their beans in from the beloved coffee mecca where the co-owner and famed barista Hikaru Ono honed his craft. This little gem is great for people watching on trendy Hillier street, be sure to snag the seats next to the window while you enjoy your avo toast and sip your single-origin latte or their famous Prana Chai tea.
33 Hillier St, Sheung Wan. +852 2572 0238. Open Monday to Friday 8AM – 5:30PM and Sunday to Saturday 8AM – 6PM.
The Hideout Coffee House HK
Recently opened, The Hideout is a cozy coffee shop nestled on the hill between First and Second on Center Street in uber-cool Sai Ying Pun. This is a traditional coffee shop, in that you can happily spend an afternoon in their “attic” working on your novel and enjoying the free Wi-Fi. The serve a selection of handcrafted coffees and teas as well as pasta, croissants, salads made with local veggies and a selection of cakes and desserts.
Shop B, 63 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun. +852 2858 1012. Monday to Friday 10:30AM – 7PM and Saturday to Sunday 10:00AM – 7PM.
Images courtesy of Winstons Coffee, NOC Coffee & Roaster (lead photo), Beanery, Nutsy Coffee Bar, Why 50, Brew Bros Coffee and The Hideout Coffee House HK.