Whether it's your daily caffeine fix or a midday dessert craving, treat yourself to one of these stunning cafes

No longer just a place to get coffee, cafes have evolved, offering unique experiences that provide an escape from the bustle of the city. This month’s new cafes have flooded Hong Kong’s ever-changing cafe scene with a new wave of innovative creations—whether that be a museum coffee shop or a cafe that doubles as a tattoo studio. Read on to find out more about the eccentric creations that seem to be taking over every street and corner of Hong Kong.

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1. Hikari

Nestled in Tsuen Wan, this ivory white cafe gives off a cosy vibe which makes it the ideal location for an afternoon break. With furniture mostly made of canes, the cafe is unique thanks to its wooden character. For coffee, choose between fruity and nutty roasts—what’s worth mentioning is their latte art, featuring a complex pegasus or seahorse pattern making for a handsome cup of coffee perfect for Instagram. Apart from a la carte and light snacks, the cafe also serves afternoon and dinner sets. From a customised toast to a plate of homemade spaghetti with steak, the variety of dishes available will not let you down. 

Hikari, G/F, 21 Tai Pa Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong

2. Yukkuri

Both a shop and a cafe, Yukkuri is the place to go for Hongkongers who are missing Japan. Upon entering the minimalistic store, customers are greeted with a spacious shop which features vintage wooden furniture and delicate Japanese antiques. Choose from a wide range of unique tableware, cups, and decorations, all of which feature intricate detailing and gorgeous design. Behind the charming shopfront is a Yukkuri’s stylish cafe, a dimly lit, intimate area that is adorned with dainty decorations. The cafe serves drinks and light desserts such as the white peach and fig soda, the cream sandwich bread, and an elegant dessert set that consists of a rose lychee cake, yuzu miso tart and tofu puff.

Yukkuri, 424 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

3. Curator Creative Cafe

Carving out a space for visitors to relax and enjoy the art around them, Curator Creative Cafe is a beautiful cafe located in West Kowloon Cultural District’s brand-new M+ Museum. The cafe is located in the museum shop where cheery colours bring warmth to the building’s majestic design. Inside, a wide array of imaginative products are showcased on vibrant displays. From books to clothes to designer items, the selection of products was carefully curated to spark creativity and inspire visitors. Flowers and handicrafts are also sold at the end of the shop in a store founded by a mother-son duo. The cafe itself features elevated Hong Kong-style street food, fusion creations that are both playful and creative. Also offered is the cafe’s renowned art-print coffees, with eye-catching designs made using vibrant colours. With a lively ambience and delicious food, the cafe is the perfect place to enjoy surrounding artworks or just grab a bite after wandering through the museum.

Curator Creative Cafe, B1/F, M+ Museum Building, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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4. Zizizi

There are few combinations as eccentric as tattoos and desserts, yet Zizizi cafe has managed to put the two together for a remarkable (and unexpected) cafe experience. The first half of the cafe is the tattoo studio, where customers can book appointments with the cafe’s professional tattoo artists. The second half of the cafe is the coffee corner: a chic, Korean-style space with minimalistic decor and a cosy ambience. Here, customers can enjoy the cafe’s array of playful drinks and alluring desserts while listening to the calming “zizizi” of tattoo machines in the background. The cafe serves signature drinks such as the lotus biscoff latte and salted caramel latte, along with cafe classics such as matcha latte or mocha. Indulge yourself in their decadent selection of sweet treats, which includes the matcha canele, oolong chiffon cake, matcha roll cake and lotus biscoff cheesecake. 

Zizizi, 1/F, 22 Kimberly Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

5. F1rst Crack Coffee

Perched on the side of the sloped Graham Street, F1rst Crack Coffee’s white and minimalistic exterior is a refreshing contrast to the bold colours nearby. The relatively small cafe has a relaxing ambience, making it the perfect getaway from the bustle of Central. Inside, the cafe’s walls are painted sage green and bold red, an unlikely combination that works well with the cafe’s simplistic decor. As its name suggests, F1rst Crack Coffee specialises in coffee—specifically espresso-based, filter coffee that is roasted in-store for remarkable depth and flavour. Signature drinks include the yuzu espresso tonic and the sugarcane juice with cold brew, both refreshing creations perfect for Hong Kong’s sweltering summer. Accompanying the drinks are stunning vegan tarts, coming in exotic flavours such as ​​passion fruit pink pepper and black sesame blackberry.

F1rst Crack Coffee, G/F, 55 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong

6. Nan Kok

Travel back in time as soon as you come across the metal gates resting at the front of the cafe situated in Kowloon City. With old Hong Kong characteristics integrated into the interior, Nan Kok strives to preserve history and memories in another form of existence. The Chinese calligraphy banner, ancient telephone and rusty ceiling might look familiar to those growing up in Hong Kong. Some highlights from the cafe are the coconut affogato and ice pandan coffee, which is full of Southeast Asian aroma and is extremely soothing for the hot summer. 

Nan Kok, 3 Nam Kok Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

7. Tuned Coffee

Comforting dishes and refreshing drinks come together in Tuned Coffee, a friendly neighbourhood cafe that offers the ultimate relaxation experience. Situated on Sai Yee Street, the cafe’s brown tiled exterior can easily be spotted by passers-by. Inside, the cafe is minimalistic but cosy, with tones of white, light brown and ash. The signature drinks are the passionfruit sparkling ade and the fruticano, a house blend espresso topped with pineapple shaved ice. Accompanying these are a variety of dishes, ranging from hearty staple foods like the egg carbonara and smoked salmon on sourdough to more creative dishes like the cream cheese and garlic bun. Dainty desserts such as the earl grey egg pudding are also served.

Tuned Coffee, Shop B, Hung Tak Building, 163-163A Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

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8. Tgif

This pastel-coloured cafe stands out from the age-old buildings in Shek Tong Tsui. When you walk inside Tgif, you will notice how spacious the environment is, along with big windows that allow sufficient natural light to seep into the cafe. Thanks to the abundant indoor foliage, the feeling you get upon settling down is that of being in a lush indoor garden. As a vegan-oriented cafe, only oat milk is served in their drinks. An additional bonus is that pets are also welcomed in the relaxing interior. 

Tgif, Shop 4-6, G/F, Wo Fat Building, 539 Queen‘s Road West, Hong Kong

9. Rhythm Coffee

With a wide range of espresso-based and filtered coffee, get your caffeine fix at this tiny coffee shop newly opened in Sheung Wan. Since the area was previously an art exhibition featuring works from artist Ling Ng, some paintings are still left inside, creating an artsy ambiance in the space. 

Rhythm sells their own brand of coffee beans: a blend of Ethiopia and Brazil beans which carries a nutty flavour profile. 

Rhythm Coffee, 148 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

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10. Soul

Creative coffee is served in this semi-open cafe at The L.Place. Among the barista’s recommendations are the passionfruit washed Colombia siphon coffee, with its light and aromatic lychee scent. Another signature is the crispy mocha, which lives up to the mission of producing sustainable coffee and zero waste. Mocha is poured into an edible, low-fat cone made with multiple grains, taking the drink to the next level while keeping it healthy.

Soul, UG/F, The L.Place, 139 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong 

11. Artzbrew

Artzbrew will leave you wondering whether you are in an art gallery or a cafe. This 2,000 sq. ft, two-storey space located in Sai Ying Pun provides indoor and outdoor spaces for art appreciation, coffee and cocktails in an intimate setting. Currently, Shanghai-based artist Vinn Feng is having her work “Transient” exhibited on the first floor. Get absorbed in the works of art with a cup of steaming cup of coffee this weekend. 

Artzbrew, 118 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

12. Kremaro

Kremaro will not only surprise you with its shopfront inspired by a coffee-truck style kiosk, but also its LED board that will display your name when your drink is ready. Apart from coffee, Kremaro also serves a series of hand-crafted sodas, not to mention their homemade cookies that are extra large and chunky. If you are in the mood for cocoa, give the ultra rich hot chocolate a go. Most importantly, it is gluten-free, palm oil-free, and low in sugar. Alternatively, cool yourself down with the passionfruit elderflower soda at this takeaway coffee shop to escape from the heat. 

Kremaro, 2 King Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong  

13. Vida

Vida’s third branch is located in Admiralty, making it the perfect place for after work relaxation, a mid-day coffee break, or just your daily caffeine fix. Featuring white walls with blue highlights, Vida is simplistic yet luxurious. The cafe’s elegant design is complete with bright lighting and plush chairs, creating a relaxing ambience in the midst of the city. Guests can enjoy freshly brewed coffee, along with a selection of delicate sweet treats such as the pistachio chiffon cake, banoffee pie, earl grey chiffon cake and more. 

Vida, Shop 2C, 1/F, Lippo Centre, 89 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

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