Where to find the finest flat whites and sensational single origin brews at independent coffee bars around the city

Hong Kong's coffee scene has come a long way in the last few years, with plenty of independently owned cafés cropping up in every neighbourhood from the island to Kowloon, and from east to west. While the list below may not be exhaustive, these are several of our recent favourites and worthy of supporting. 

1. Artista Perfetto, Causeway Bay

We love this small coffee joint for its neighbourhood vibes, even if it's located just minutes away from one of Hong Kong's busiest wet markets. The espresso-based drinks are flawlessly made, and you can even pick up bottles of cold brew (you can bring your empty bottle back to the store for a refill) and locally made craft beers.

3a Sharp Street West, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

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2. Elixir Coffee, Central

Denizens of Haven Street in Causeway Bay lost this gem of a coffee shop when it moved in early June 2019, but we think the new venue is even better than before. Done up in soothing shades of granite and marble—design has always been a strong point for this coffee shop brand—the café also sits on Mee Lun Street, a charming 'ladder street' between Gough Street and Hollywood Road, with some outdoor seating and floor to ceiling folding glass doors. Try their signature osmanthus-infused tonic with cold brew, a genius combination of bittersweet flavours. 

9 Mee Lun Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

3. Halfway Coffee, Sheung Wan

This charming café is known for its iconic coffees served in delicate, vintage china cups and slightly bric-a-brac aesthetic—something that fits in well with its two locations, situated in the middle of the Upper Lascar Row bazaar and the other on the steps of Tung Street, across an old-timer store. Owner Tommy Chui wanted the cafés to be part of the local fabric, with the 80's inspired design and convivial atmosphere ensuring they fit right in. 

12 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
26 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
G/F, 6 Soy Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
G/F, 4 Soares Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

4. Neighbourhood Coffee, Aberdeen

Opened just this past July, Neighbourhood is the brainchild of the team behind Halfway Coffee and is focused on brewing excellent coffees and creating a community for Aberdeen's local residents. Books dedicated to Hong Kong history are available for perusing, while nostalgic treats such as hawthorn flakes in their iconic pink paper wrappers are placed in glass jars, free for the taking. 

Shop No.2, G/F Abba Center, 223-227 Aberdeen Main Road, Hong Kong

5. Tai Wo Tang, Kowloon City

Tai Wo Tang nearly broke Instagram when it opened earlier in 2018, with scores of people charmed by the idea of creamy flat whites being served in a rejuvenated 1930's Traditional Chinese medical clinic in Kowloon City. While it sounds like gentrification to the extreme, the venue and the people behind it have proven themselves to be champions for local heritage—and the café itself is testament to how we can preserve the past in ways that pay homage while giving it a new lease of life. And the coffee, of course, stellar—a proven balm for the weary modern soul. Visit their Instagram for vignettes of everyday life in Kowloon City and surrounding neighbourhoods.

No.24 Nga Tsin Long Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong

6. Rest Coffee Gin, West Kowloon

Rest. Coffee. Gin. Three very attractive words for the world-weary, and this West Kowloon newcomer knows it. While the venue is a small trek out from the nearest public transport stops, it's worth it for the calm oasis that greets you with Victoria Harbour as your reward. The café often hosts live music sessions too, from folksy jams to jazz tunes and blues. Try their espresso tonic (a recent combination was a single origin Kenyan coffee matched with Fevertree elderflower tonic), then move onto the handcrafted gin cocktails. 

Shop 04, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, West Kowloon, Hong Kong

7. Winstons Coffee, Kennedy Town

The original Winstons Coffee in Sai Ying Pun is a firm favourite, and their sophomore store on a quiet corner in Kennedy Town has been a welcome addition to the neighbourhood thanks to its dog-friendly policy and solidly executed coffees. Don't miss their banana bread, which can be served toasted so it's crisp on the outside, and buttery soft on the inside. 

Shop 8, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong

8. Tom Dixon x Nodi, Central

Despite the huge numbers of tourists that gravitate to the colourful murals on the section of Graham Street just below this elegant little café, the inside of Nodi is always a slice of calm. It's one of our regular spots for people watching while enjoying an iced coffee, usually brewed with interesting guest beans from roasters such as Tokyo's Onibus or Vancouver's 49th Parallel, served in chic Tom Dixon glassware.

Upper Ground Floor, 52 Hollywood Rod, Central, Hong Kong

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