All The New Cafes And Brunch Spots To Visit This May 2021
- Cruising CoffeeCruising Coffee
- No NationalityNo Nationality
- Uncle Ben CoffeeUncle Ben Coffee
- Beyond CakesBeyond Cakes
- Milk BarMilk Bar
- Small GoodSmall Good
- Bluebird CoffeeBluebird Coffee
- Coast CoffeeCoast Coffee
- E For EggE For Egg
Almost every district in the city can claim a new hotspot for coffee and brunch food opening up in the past month. Here are the ones worth a visit
Far from running out of fuel, Hong Kong's cafe boom has only picked up steam in April, which (to our knowledge) saw one new cafe open up every two days. From a Japanese-themed one-man bar, to a Korean-inspired waffle specialist, here are the most Instagrammable cafes to tick off your list this coming month.
Located in a quiet corner of Yuen Long, the name of this cosy but airy cafe hints at the owner's background—a veteran of the aviation industry who became a barista during the pandemic. Dominated by an eye-catching 'Cruising' lighting fixture overhead, the cafe serves espresso tonics and matcha lattes, alongside scones, a smoked salmon bagel, and Basque burnt cheesecake.
Cruising Coffee, Shop 4, Yuccie Square, 38 On Ning Road, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
Another addition to Sai Kung's burgeoning cafe scene, No Nationality is a two-storey cafe serving locally roasted beans by Panama-based producer Ninety Plus Coffee, alongside a substantial menu of pasta and brunch dishes. Consider pairing the SOE Gesha tonic with the sausage and 'nduja orecchiette, or alternatively, the flat white made using washed caturra beans with the avo-crab bruschetta.
No Nationality, G/F, 47 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Uncle Ben Coffee
If you couldn't already tell from the name and the charming illustrated logo, this cafe is the proud creation of the long-haired, indigo-loving Ben Lui (better known as Uncle Ben) and his deputy store manager, Dor Dor the Italian greyhound. A seasoned latte art coach, Lui pulls off some seriously impressive specimens at his humble six-seat coffee bar, his signature being the Pegasus. Don't miss out on the Ethiopia Guji Wush Wush which Lui roasts in-house, and make sure to return when he perfects his latte art of Dor Dor's likeness.
Uncle Ben Coffee, G102, Solo Avenue, 6-10 Sun Wui Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Previously located in Sheung Wan, coffee and cake specialist Beyond Cakes has moved to larger home bordering Lee Tung Avenue in Wan Chai. The minimalist space serves as a canvas for enjoyment of the rotating selection of cakes, which at the moment includes the matcha opera pear tart and the yuzu tofu cheesecake. Wash it all down with a latte made using beans from local roastery, Craft Coffee Roaster.
Beyond Cakes, Shop B, 2/F, Hundred City Centre, 7-17 Amoy Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Another newcomer to Yuen Long is Proton, a dog-friendly cafe with an industrial-chic aesthetic. On the menu are hearty options like an Angus beef burger, tom yum gung pasta, and the signature savoury pancake appetiser featuring foie gras, smoked salmon and smashed avocado. Coffee mocktails are a particular highlight—think fruit-infused cold brew coffee served up, and a shaken jasmine and espresso drink.
Proton Cafe, Yuen Tat Building, 81-85 Kau Yuk Road, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
After eight years as a neighbourhood staple in Kennedy Town, Catch has expanded to its second location in Quarry Bay, bringing its all-day Australian cuisine to the business district. Opening up to the street, the well-designed space offers a relaxed environment to enjoy tantalising dishes like fried jumbo prawn with risotto peas and prawn bisque, baked eggplant with salsa verde furikake, and whole flounder with miso butter mushroom. Wine options are also plenty, as are recommendations on food pairings.
Catch, 21 Hoi Wan Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2568 3299
Taking after the slick cafes of Seoul, this Sham Shui Po coffee shop features calming interiors decorated with mid-century classic furniture—a pleasing break from the city's fixation on industrial interiors. The drinks are eminently Instagrammable, taking on shades of millennial pink or purple, or in the case of the Blue Latte, variegated bands of coffee, milk and blue-coloured fruit syrup that swish like the motion of the ocean. The croffle takes centre stage amongst the food offerings: a combination of the croissant and waffle, this trendy Korean snack can be had in flavours from Nutella to sweet potato.
Milk Bar, 79 Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Opening up in Kennedy Town is Small Good, an honestly named cafe that serves a concise menu of coffee and pastries baked in-house. Canelés are a staple here, as are macarons—the latter comes in the flavours of buttered popcorn, chai and white chocolate, and Earl Grey tea. For coffee, guests can choose from different brewing methods like batch brew and pour-over, utilising beans such as Ethiopia's Suke Quto Honey and Brazil's Sítio Baixadão Natural, for which tasting notes are helpfully provided.
Small Good, G/F, 175 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Shek Tong Tsui cafe-cum-lifestyle store Ethos has inaugurated its second location in the sleepy pocket of Sau Wa Fong in Wan Chai. Following the same grey-dominant design scheme of the original, this new coffee shop is a small but welcome addition to the neighbourhood, serving drinks made using beans sourced from Australia's Melba Coffee. Of particular note is the Sparkle Coffee, which is made by freezing and compressing coffee, passionfruit and apple juice, then carbonated and served in a champagne flute—due to the long production process, only six servings of the drink are available everyday.
Ethos, 24 Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Also celebrating its first expansion is Bluebird Coffee, which has opened a branch in Sheung Wan, just a few blocks from its original Sai Ying Pun location. Though the refined brand colour of dark blue remains, the new cafe is spread over two floors and dramatically more spacious than the original, clocking in at 4,000 square feet. Stocking seven types of beans, Bluebird offers espresso, hand-pour and siphon coffee drinks, alongside lattes that feature flavours like marshmallow, peanut butter and Nutella. A full menu of small bites, mains and pastries is also available. The outdoor seating area is dog-friendly, and what's more, dog owners can ask the barista to serve their canine friend a free Puppychino (fresh cream without sugar) to reward any good boys.
Bluebird Coffee, G/F & M/F, Yue Thai Commercial Building, 128 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Spacious and flooded with natural light, this new opening in Ho Man Tin is sure to draw the weekend crowds in their numbers. Guests can pick from fruity and nutty blends for their coffee, with single origin options to pick from as well. The scones, baked in-house, are often the first to sell out, and come in flavours such as Earl Grey and bacon and cheese. The burnt cheesecake is also a crowd favourite, available in original and matcha versions. From early evening onwards, the cafe transforms into a bar to bring a semblance of nightlife to this largely residential neighbourhood in the form of shisha and beer pong.
Eon, 116 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Ostensibly designed with the Instagram crowd in mind, this Tin Hau cafe features a large framed quote by the doorway reading 'Life's a coast to coast journey' that is hard to miss from the street. Inside, guests will find flavoured lattes and coffee options with the requisite choice of a fruity or nutty base, as well as a substantial food menu serving dishes such as slow-cooked steak with salad, pistachio tart with seasonal fruits, tom yum risotto and osmanthus pork neck toast. Don't miss out on the house-made pastries such as canelés and fruit-laden cheesecakes either.
Coast Coffee, 17 Tin Hau Temple Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong
Just a hop, skip and jump away in Tai Hang is Oma, serving single-origin espresso and siphon coffee, along with house-made sourdough and desserts. Coffee nerds will appreciate the oversharing of information, from the results of daily coffee tests as displayed on a blackboard, to the printouts affixed to the label of takeaway cups. Highlights from the menu include Columbian Finca El Paraiso siphon coffee, caramel egg pudding, and fried Cajun chicken drumstick, the latter of which has already become a favourite among locals in the neighbourhood.
Oma, 9 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
Channeling the more derelict end of the industrial look, Dozy in Sham Shui Po offers a moody background for Instagram photoshoots, balanced out by plenty of indoor foliage. In addition to your usual roundup of espresso drinks, the cafe also features coffee and matcha-flavoured roll cakes from Little Surprise, as well as meat dishes designed by Instant Butcher. Dogs don't have to go lonely thanks to the pet-friendly patio, while the entire cafe transforms into a bar and shisha lounge at night.
Dozy, 199 Ki Lung Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
K11 Art Mall is the new location of this former Kwun Tong cafe, marking a shift from gritty industrial surroundings to an upscale mall. The move has seen the multi-faceted venue shed its furniture displays and hair salon, in turn dedicating its new space entirely to the dining experience. Look out for dependable dishes like the M4 pork steak, spaghetti with mentaiko cream and bacon, and a range of burgers to chow down on.
How, 3/F, K11 Art Mall, Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
E For Egg
No surprises as to what this Tai Wai cafe serves: having recently moved to a larger location, E For Egg has revamped its menu with imaginative dishes and drinks like the signature milk cap coffee, which recreates a sunny-side-up egg in the milk foam; a decadent egg pudding toast box; and various thick-cut toasts topped with fluffy scrambled egg. A feast for the eyes and stomachs of egg-lovers, a visit to this cafe is sure to get you that protein hit that you've been waiting for.
E For Egg, Shop E, Shing Ho Building, 19-25 Shing Ho Road, Tai Wai, Hong Kong