Cover Photo courtesy of The Coffee Academics

Take your cafe hopping day to the next level with these gracefully-designed cafes and add-on experiences

There is more than just getting your caffeine fix in cafes these days. Read on to find out all the other novel experiences that come with coffee-drinking, be it a reviving massage session or a handicraft workshop all about mindfulness.

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Yau Cafe

Yau Cafe helps you to wind down completely by being the first to incorporate a head and shoulder massage into your ordinary coffee drinking experience. Operated by the Hong Kong Blind Union, this social enterprise hires trained individuals with visual impairments as baristas and massage therapists. Situated at Artisan House in Sai Ying Pun's Art Lane—where plenty of vibrant street art can be found—Yau is just a few steps away from the cafe. Meanwhile, the design of the cafe is inspired by Japanese-style tea houses, and serves a range of light refreshments and drinks.

Yau Cafe, Shop 1, G/F, Artisan House, 1 Sai Yuen Lane, Sai Wan, Hong Kong

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Beyond Coffee & Bar

Thanks to its forest green facade and golden accents, Beyond Coffee & Bar reminds us of a cosy style cafe in London. The logo at the shop front reads “Du”, which is the Chinese name of the cafe, representing the owner’s emphasis on attitude and magnanimity when brewing coffee and serving his customers. 

Specialty drinks include the Mandarin Coffee and Matcha Latte—the former is made with orange juice, green tea and espresso, while the hue of the matcha drink matches the cafe's facade. With sweet and creamy coconut milk added to the matcha base, this well-balanced drink could very well become your go-to drink.

Beyond Coffee & Bar, Shop 8, G/F, Working View Commercial Building, 21 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong 

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The Coffee Academics, Robinson Road

Renowned coffee shop chain The Coffee Academics has opened its 19th branch at Robinson Road just a stone's throw away from the Mid-Levels Escalator. The design skillfully upcycles the original architectural features within the space, while a large outdoor terrace is both airy and pet-friendly.

Designed first and foremost to serve the surrounding community, the coffee house features the chain's full range of creative coffee drinks, alongside a full-service food menu that includes dishes like blue crab and avocado salad, lemon butter prawns with zucchini noodles, and espresso butter pancakes.

The Coffee Academics, 30-32 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong  

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Everyday Coffee

Nestled in Sheung Wan, Everyday Coffee is a modern coffee shop with a yellow and black colour theme that's hard to miss. The house blend is sourced from Craft Coffee Roaster and comprises honey processed Honduras with natural Ethiopia. The barista's recommendation is to order the 1+1, which comprises a piccolo, a latte, and an extra glass of soda water to clear your palate between each sip. 

Everyday Coffee, Shop 2, G/F, 308 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

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Nichijou

The biggest draw of this zen cafe is certainly its aesthetically pleasing Japanese home-cooked meals, which can be enjoyed in the comfort of a tatami seat by the window. Nichijou means “everyday” in Japanese, which serves as a reminder for us to embrace the simple delights in our everyday lives. With the food menu updated weekly, you need not worry about repeating any dishes. Make sure to order the fluffy and soft cake roll to give your meal a perfect finishing touch. 

Nichijou, Shop H, G/F, Block 2, Hoi Sing Building, 128 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong 

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Duet Cups

Get your hair done and caffeine cravings sorted at Duet Cups, a new hair salon and cafe that allows visitors to enjoy a variety of coffee drinks while a team of hairdressers attend to your 'do. Situated in Whampoa, the dark and sleek interior of Duet Cups imparts a textural and stylish touch. The coffee shop offers fruity or nutty choices for single origin espresso sourced from Studio Caffeine, both of which will surprise you with their unique aftertastes. 

Duet Cups, Shop 28, Pebbles World Whampoa, Hung Hom, Hong Kong

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Be With Years

Known for their dishes made with Impossible plant-based meat, Years has softly launched their Whampoa branch, Be With Years, earlier this summer with a more spacious interior as a primary attraction. Make sure to order a vegan mango sorbet sticky rice cracker that is sold exclusively here, in which glutinous rice is replaced with crackers make the dish a little bit lighter. Those looking to absolve their sins of overeating should order the Buddhist bento meal, which comes in an Instagrammable nine-compartment box.

Be With Years, Shop G27, G/F, Pebbles World (Site 3), Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa, Hung Hom, Hong Kong 

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Pastime Cafe

Pastime Cafe will transport you to Santorini, Greece with its white and blue architectural design. Situated near Austin MTR station, it's is the ideal launchpad to explore a neighbourhood that is off the beaten path. Portions of the dishes are quite generous as well, offering a variety of choices from honey caramel toast to lobster spaghetti. Your furry friends are also more than welcome at this pet-friendly cafe.

Pastime Cafe, 9-31 Battery Street, Jordan, Hong Kong 

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So 330

Run by the New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, So 330 aims to carve out a space in the city to cater to your mental well-being. Therefore, you might see stacks of inspiring self-help books, as well as workshops to encourage a focus on mindfulness. With its high ceiling and curtain partitions, the cafe is a boon for solo visitors looking to achieve some inner peace. There is a sizeable selection of drinks, including house blended coffees and signatures like the purple potato soy latte and sesame latte.

So 330, Shop A-C, G/F, Tai Yuen Court, 38 Tai Yuen Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong 

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Dear Coffee & Bakery

Handmade bagels from Dear Coffee & Bakery are a constant Instagram darling thanks to their moreish bite and wide variety of flavours, ranging from earl grey and peach bagel to matcha bagel with salted egg and taro filling. Indulge in these baked goods at the new Dear Coffee & Bakery location at Tai Wai, which features a larger and brighter dining space. In terms of coffee, choose between the house blend or Ethiopia Guji natural coffee beans provided by local roastery Mad Coffee. The Dear Fizz is also worth considering, with its addition of lychee raw honey to give it a floral scent that's perfect for summer. 

Dear Coffee & Bakery, Shop 7, G/F, Carado Garden Shopping Arcade, 20 Tin San Street, Tai Wai, Hong Kong

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Bestow

This cafe and lifestyle store recently opened in Mong Kok, and makes for a one-stop shop for those looking to refuel on caffeine while picking up some thoughtfully curated artisanal products and homewares by The Tabibito. The delicate creations at Bestow suit a wide range of occasions, whether you're in the mood for a fruity blood orange coconut mousse cake or a crispy molten chocolate canelé. Indulge in a cup of matcha latte made with high quality matcha from Bikouen—a historic brand in Kyoto—or a piece of single-origin chocolate from Peru or Ecuador that is sure to leave a persistent taste of cacao that lingers in your mouth. 

Bestow,  5/F, Dundas Square, 43H Dundas Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

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Lazzy Project

This newly-opened physical cafe space by local roastery Collab Coffee stands out from the surrounding auto repair shops with its carefully brewed vacuum coffee and signature banana bread. The barista has plenty of experience under her belt, having served as a judge for global coffee competitions, so you can be sure you'll get more than a decent cup of coffee here. With its simplistic white interior and homely accents, the cafe encourages us to take a moment for ourselves and enjoy the art of slow living. 

Lazzy Project, Shop 3, G/F, 2 Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong

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Buff

A palette of steel, raw wood and cement marks Buff as a Japanese-inspired cafe, although its menu curiously leans into Thai culinary influences with specialties like boat noodles and shrimp toast with prawn crackers. The coffee is also more than competitive, with a range of filter and espresso-based coffees on offer from Coffee Obsession. The Thai tea mix is also a particular specialty not found at other cafes in the area.

Buff, G/F, 5A Maple Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

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Ppalli Ppalli

While Buff highlights Thai characteristics, neighbouring Ppalli Ppalli is a Korean-style cafe and bar that serves both coffee drinks and popular Korean delicacies, such as kimbap and savoury pancakes. We recommend ordering their non-caffeinated fusion drink, Insam tonic, which is made using Korean ginseng, jujube and chrysanthemum for a thirst-quenching beverage—perfect with a side of Korean fried chicken. Making good use of cement and metal as major elements of the interior, Ppalli Ppalli should be on every cafe-hopper's bucket list this month.

Ppalli Ppalli, 230 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong