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Whether you're looking to enjoy a good cup of joe or in search of a new restaurant for brunch, these are the best new cafes and coffee shops to visit in Hong Kong right now

Hongkongers’ love of high-quality coffee and flavourful brunch eats shows no signs of abating, as evidenced by the city’s buzzing dining scene—with plenty of new cafes popping up in different neighbourhoods seemingly by the day.

But where to find the best, trendiest places for the perfect caffeine fix and brunch experience? We’ve done the legwork and rounded up all the new hotspots you absolutely have to try out this season. From Instagrammable spots to the latest hyped-up joints, this curated list will make sure you don’t go hungry during the winter months. 

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1. Tadaima

Stop by Tadaima for scrumptious brunch fare and stay for the impressive photogenic setting and welcoming ambience. Brimming with Japanese-style minimalism from its clean palette and refined culinary craftsmanship, this Yuen Long newcomer is definitely worth a quick day trip for a memorable café experience.

Aside from skillfully serving up flavours for all coffee palates, Tadaima also pairs its brews with seriously tasty nibbles including toasts and all-day breakfast. When night falls, a collection of sakes and wines will be served for your drinking pleasure.

Tadaima, Shop 12, G/F, Yick Lee Mansion, 26 Kin Tak Street, Yuen Long, Hong Kong; instagram.com/tadaimahk

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2. Unplug Bottlewander

Love coffee and a glass of wine? Unplug Bottlewander may just be your new favourite spot to slow things down and spend lazy afternoons at. Designed to be the perfect refuge from the city’s frenetic pace, this small yet polished coffee bar boasts a premium selection of beverages to cater to discerning palates—including nutty house blends, hand drip coffees and cold brews. While you’re there, don’t forget to try pastries and fresh baked goods supplied by Alive Artisan Fermented Food—the sourdough croissants and bagels are must-tries!

Unplug Bottlewander, 67 Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong; instagram.com/bw_unplug

3. Preface

Education-tech company Preface’s new flagship store in Causeway Bay is a unique F&B lifestyle concept that brings together coffee, wine, food and technology all under one roof for a memorable café experience.

Spanning 5,500 square feet across four floors, this place is brimming with minimalist interiors and airy vibes that offers the perfect setting for an afternoon break and casual catch-up with friends. The décor here is worth the visit alone, but let’s not overlook their food and drinks offerings. Here, guests can enjoy great coffees featuring premium and rare beans sourced from local roastery, with biodynamic fine wines on offer in the evenings.

Food-wise, Preface’s menu is carefully curated with the concept of sustainable cooking. Some of the must-order dishes include roasted chicken baguette sandwich, multi-vegetable salad, and crab brioche toast.

Preface, G/F & 1/F, 11 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; instagram.com/prefacecoffeeandwine

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4. Le Galet

Nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of Sheung Wan, Le Galet is a lovely mish-mash of restaurant and antique shop where delicious western cuisine can be savoured over freshly brewed cups of coffee and relaxing conversation.

Upon stepping into the café, diners will be transported back in time to the days of yore—think wooden furniture and pendant lamps, all the aesthetics of old Europe that make for the perfect ‘gram. On the dining side, it’s worth digging into their three-course lunch menu which includes a tempting array of dishes to choose from such as parsnip soup with lemon zest, pumpkin risotto, homemade pasta and pan seared fish fillet. And if you’re popping in for dinner, they also offer an exquisite set menu.

Le Galet, G/F, Hua Qin International Building, 25 Lok Ku Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2666 6570; instagram.com/legalet_hk

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5. 2045

Tai Kok Tsui may not be the first neighbourhood that comes to mind when thinking about best restaurants in town, but there’s a new café that will make the trek worthwhile, delighting the palate with luscious drinks and Insta-worthy eats.

Named as 2045 with an aim to highlight the singularity of its offerings, their breakfast and brunch are especially spectacular with menu items such as gravlax salmon sourdough, bagels and fresh pastas. Their coffees don’t disappoint with all the classic options on offer, alongside the house special chocolate-infused latte. Another reason to visit? This place is decked in cool black and grey hues, and completes with industrial-chic interiors that will give you plenty of backdrops for a perfect #cafehopper shot.

2045, 34-46 Hoi King Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong; instagram.com/2045coffee.hk 

6. B’hood

Helmed by an award-winning mixologist and dedicated Q-Arabica grader, you can trust that B’hood knows a thing or two about crafting premium beverages. From espressos to hand-drips and syphon coffees, everything is crafted with quality beans and meticulous brewing techniques that will satisfy all caffeine cravings. Night owls will be pleased to hear that the establishment also has an equally impressive highball cocktail menu in the evening.

And if the drinks aren’t enough to grab your attention, their solid food offerings surely will. Think crab meat omelette frittata, sauteed wild mushroom linguine in tomato sauce, roasted sirloin, black truffle fries... the list goes on.

B’hood, Shop 32-35, G/F, South Seas Centre, 75 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2380 2168; instagram.com/bhood.hk 

7. Fragile

Tucked away in an unassuming corner in Sheung Wan, Fragile is a peaceful nook to burrow in and enjoy some much-needed respite from city life. The owner is a former flight attendant and coffee enthusiast wishing to showcase all of her accumulated expertise in sourcing premium beans from around the world.

Guests are welcome to browse and shop from a spectrum of beans, while enjoying the signature coffees featuring rare beans from Barcelona, The Netherlands, Costa Rica and Brazil. There’s also a rotation of delicious pastries and fresh baked goods supplied by online bakery atma to accompany your drink.

Fragile, Shop 7A, 68 Lok Ku Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; instagram.com/fragilecoffeebeans 

8. Coffeelin Espresso

Featuring a unique palette of dark green and orange hues, it’s hard to miss this new cafe in Wan Chai—the latest venture of the beloved coffee joint, Coffeelin. Sleek and photogenic interiors aside, it’s their grab-and-go drinks and snacks that steal the limelight.

Try the espresso tonic or non-coffee drinks such as chocolate and matcha latte, and order the signature Italian sandwiches and toasts with scrumptious fillings for a truly indulgent meal.

Coffeelin Espresso, G/F, 104 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 6012 6486; instagram.com/coffeelin_espresso 

9. The Lob

Set in the hipster enclave of Central, The Lob makes a welcome addition to your usual café haunts with excellent coffees and deliciously healthy treats. The airy space is outfitted with soothing white interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows, creating the perfect backdrop to sip on a great cuppa with friends.

Don’t leave without trying the homemade keto baked goods and desserts, including the keto chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake, brownie cheesecake and white bread—all made from scratch in the in-house bakery, and looking as good as they taste!

The Lob, G/F, 14 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong; instagram.com/thelob.hk

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10. Cher Cher

Lush greenery, whimsical shades of pink and white with a subtle floral theme—this brightly lit café is an Instagrammer’s dream. Hidden away in a residential area in Tai Kok Tsui, Cher Cher is not only pretty to look at, but it also gives plenty of room for lingering and enjoying their hearty food and drink offerings.

Choose from their extensive menu for a great cup of classic flat white, hot lemon and ginger tea, or peach and orange soda, and order the moreish toasts, pastas and eggs dishes to complement the brew. Feeling peckish and looking for something sweet to round off your meal? Their homemade pancakes and truffle cream brulée with seasonal fruits are not to be missed.

Cher Cher, Shop 109-110, 1/F, Tower 2, Park Summit, 88 Beech Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3751 7297; instagram.com/chercher.hk

11. Lumière

A hidden gem waiting to be discovered in Cheung Sha Wan, Lumière is a love letter to great coffee and aesthetics-driven café culture as seen in the form of minimalist, calming coffee spaces popping up all over Japan. Imbued with clean lines and simple wooden interiors, the spacious café is thoughtfully designed into two areas—one is for dining, and another is for reading and relaxing.

In addition to expertly brewed cups of coffee and refreshing mocktails, the café also draws crowds back to its comforting pasta and rice dishes—with the most substantial being the grilled chicken spaghetti with coriander pesto, and braised tiger prawn and seafood wild in tom yum sauce.

Lumière, Shop 110, G/F, Lei Cheng Uk Shopping Centre, 10 Fat Tseung Street, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2381 0988; instagram.com/lumierehkg

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12. Slow Walker JD

The concept of Slow Walker JD is clear in its name: a tranquil sanctuary offering visitors an opportunity to relax, slow down and enjoy some quality time with loved ones. Awash in shades of white and tangerine, the space inside is small but gives the feel of a cosy home, where you can expect nothing but excellent brews and delicious brunch fare.

The all-day breakfast and pasta dishes are a winner—along with a satisfying sip of the classic coffees or house special drinks such as espresso tonic, lime soda and hot rose longan tea. There’s also a tempting selection of desserts including cookies, warm scones, apple pie and molten chocolate cakes to satisfy your sugar cravings. 

Slow Walker JD, Shop F2, G/F, Wan Chi Mansion, 286-298 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, +852 9520 9817; instagram.com/slowwalkerjd


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