Cover Here’s where to go café-hopping in Hong Kong this May 2022 (Photo: @hkhungryfoodie/Instagram)

From coffee infused with Cantonese herbal tea, to a cafe that evokes the architecture of dreamy Santorini, here are the newly-opened cafes you need to visit this month

In Hong Kong, there’s no shortage of great cafés welcoming guests with delicious food and drinks. From Instagram hot spots to hidden gems frequented by coffee connoisseurs, the local café scene is flourishing and shows no signs of slowing down.

And if you’re craving a change of scenery, we’ve got you covered with our roundup of the best new cafes to visit this May 2022. Featuring expertly brewed cups of java, tantalising brunch eats, and beautiful interiors, these places are guaranteed to offer you the perfect escape from the hectic city life.

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1. From Seed To Wish

Following the success of their first haunt in Kowloon Bay, From Seed To Wish has now branched out to the busy area of Prince Edward, inviting café hoppers to take delight in quality coffee whilst enjoying the restaurant’s cosy vibes and filling their feeds with gorgeous snaps. Instagrammable décor aside, the café also serves up hearty dishes such as pasta and egg benedict, as well as homemade desserts.

From Seed To Wish, Shop 210, Tung Choi Street, Prince Edward, Hong Kong; instagram.com/fstw.hk

2. Coco Espresso

Inspired by the architecture of Santorini, Greece, Coco Espresso’s latest location in Tai Po is a stylish place to stop by for a relaxing afternoon break. The café is beautifully designed with a soothing white palette and characterful wooden furniture that will give you plenty of photogenic backdrops for your ‘gram. Of course, a decent selection of coffees, savoury bites and desserts are also on offer to liven up your experience.

Coco Espresso, Shop 587, Tai Po Mega Mall Zone, Tai Po, Hong Kong; instagram.com/cocoespresso

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3. Cafe Iki

Miss travelling to Japan? This new hidden gem on the island of Ma Wan can give you a little taste of escapism from the daily grind with its cosy interiors and great food offerings.

Café Iki’s toasts and quiches are not to be missed, but if you’re in the mood for something more filling, their signature vegan pasta set and pan-fried chicken steak are sure to satisfy. As for drinks, there’s an extensive array of black and white coffees to compliment your meal, alongside house specials such as black sesame latte and yuzu and butterfly pea soda.

Cafe Iki, G/F, 243 Ma Wan Main Street Village Central, Ma Wan, Hong Kong, +852 6111 4799; instagram.com/cafe_iki 

4. Arm Coffee

A welcome addition to Sai Kung’s dining scene, Arm Coffee offers an airy space for guests to take a pause and spend relaxing days with good food and comforts. In addition to serving coffee staples including espresso, Americano and mocha, the pet-friendly café also offers refreshing teas and smoothies that are perfect for the warmer weather. On the food side, their avocado toast and truffle pasta are must-tries.

Arm Coffee, G/F, 17 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 9121 0167; instagram.com/armcoffee.hk

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5. Fineprint

Known for its consistently good coffee and food offerings, Fineprint’s new outpost in Shek Tong Tsui is a blend of smooth concrete, wood and warm lighting that invites guests to enjoy a pleasing afternoon break in a stylish setting. As well as savoury bites including toasts and salads, the café also features freshly baked pastries and desserts to enjoy with their coffee.

Fine Print, 8-12 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong; instagram.com/fineprint.hk

6. South Herbal Lab

An innovative cafe-slash-Chinese herbal tea shop located in Lai Chi Kok, South Herbal Lab stands out from the pack with its specialty coffees and tempting Japanese food. Try one of their many unique Chinese herbal tea-inspired coffees from their extensive menu, such as hemp seed latte and coffee tonic with plumeria and elderflower. Their food offerings are also worth digging into, with egg sandwiches and croffles being the most substantial.

Decked out in wooden interiors, every corner of this cosy cafe is perfect for the ‘gram, too.

South Herbal Lab, Shop 1, G/F, 538 Fuk Wing Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong; instagram.com/southherballab

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7. By the O

Debuting as the sister restaurant of By the Tray, a beloved neighbourhood cafe in Tuen Mun, By the O is a small and serene bistro that’s full of delicious surprises waiting to be discovered. It offers a decent list of coffees crafted with fresh, premium beans that are best enjoyed with their satisfying mains such as all-day breakfasts, spaghetti with smoked salmon and cheese, and signature dessert, croffle with ice cream.

This place is also pet-friendly, meaning you can bring your furry friends along and spend some quality time together—what’s not to love? 

By the O, Shop 2, G/F, Ho Shun King Building, 3 Fung Yau Street South, Yuen Long, Hong Kong; instagram.com/bytheostudio

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8. Koko Coffee Labo

Located within The Mills, Koko Coffee Labo is a coffee lover’s nirvana where guests can enjoy delicious hand drip coffee and fun roasting workshops hosted by professional baristas. The space is decked out in a futuristic design featuring tiled walls and metallic accents, making it a picture-perfect spot to unwind and spend a good hour or two with friends. 

Koko Coffee Labo, The Mills G09, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong; instagram.com/kokocoffeelabo

9. Town 93 Café

Helmed by the award-winning duo—Lionel Bodros, former executive pastry chef of Joël Robuchon Hong Kong, and Frederic Despres, former executive pastry chef of Epicure at Hôtel le Bristol in Paris—you can trust that Town 93 knows a thing or two about delivering premium treats and drinks.

Order your drink before digging into their food menu, which includes standouts such as classic benedict, pasta, sandwiches, freshly baked pastries and canelés.  

Town 93 Café, 17-19 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9317 1023; instagram.com/town93cafe 

10. Pause It

If you’ve been to the popular Pause It, you would know that it’s one of the most popular hangout spots in Mong Kok. Now there’s good news for café hoppers, as the restaurant has recently moved to a new and larger location in the area with the same impressive food and drink offerings, along with even more stylishly designed spaces for guests to linger in.

Come for the well-brewed coffees and refreshing teas, but stay for the sumptuous pasta, fries, and friendly vibes.

Pause It, Shop G11, G/F, The Forest, 17 Nelson Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, +852 2348 2138; instagram.com/pause__it

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11. Indigo Coffee

Just when you thought Sheung Wan’s café scene couldn’t get more saturated, Indigo Coffee comes in—taking over a relaxing space formerly occupied by Green Ginkgo Tea—where guests can enjoy a fantastic cup of joe paired with great food and friendly hospitality.

On their menu, you’ll find a wide array of drink options ranging from hot and iced coffees, to non-caffeinated beverages, as well as house specials including iced earl grey tea jelly latte and Greek frappe—a traditional iced coffee drink originated in Greece. Food-wise, the main players are bagel sandwiches, which come loaded with customisable savoury fillings.

Indigo Coffee, Shop 1A, G/F, 1 Tai Ping Shan Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 9433 1749; instagram.com/indigocoffeehk 

12. Hap Coffee

Looking for a dose of good energy? Hap Coffee truly lives up to its name with its stylish interiors and excellent food to brighten up your mood. From fresh toasts to pastas and salads, their menu has a plethora of great treats to keep your belly happy. And for coffee lovers, there’s a great selection of classic blends and lattes to choose from. Be sure also to try out their signature croffles while you’re there.
 
Hap Coffee, Shop 9&16, G/F, Frankie Centre, 320 Junction Road, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, +852 9555 9301; instagram.com/hapcoffeehk 

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