Hong Kong's café culture has been percolating in recent years, with a dizzying number of new players on the scene. And while there is a bunny café in the metropolis, where rabbits replace cats in the petting zoo, the city's leading exponents are focused on coffee not carrots. Here are our picks for the buzziest new cafes in Honkers.
Rents are so prohibitive in Hong Kong that cafes need to be creative about their menus. This Shek Tong Tsui newcomer is known for its unusual sweet and savoury eclairs, including rum pineapple and garlic basil flavours. As for the drinks, the cold brew is particularly popular, not least because it's prepared in a steampunk coffee maker that resembles a cathedral. Your cup of joe comes with thoughtful tasting notes here.
South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, Western District, facebook.com/artisanroomhk
This cafe's exterior resembles a marquee cinema, and coffee is the star attraction. Aussie expats rate their flat whites, while others prefer their cold brews and the caffeinated cocktails served in the evening. Certainly, slow grind negronis are a welcomed alternative to ubiquitous espresso martinis. There are also quirky edibles, such as matcha-infused egg tarts. Conveniently located alongside the Sai Yin Pun MTR.
Shop 4, 213 Queen's Road West, Sai Ying Pun, winstonscoffee.com
This artisan roaster, with several locations in Hong Kong, is equally serious about coffee and food. Stop by for salmon eggs benedict at breakfast, honey lime fried chicken for lunch and an ice-cream sandwich any time of day. Pair your treats with their signature coffee blends. Their newest locale in Causeway Bay has charming outdoor seating.
Shop C, G/F, 42-28 Paterson Street Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, elephantgrounds.com
Wan Chai has been called Hong Kong's coffee central, and this Japanese import might be the precinct's cult favourite - and it opened only a few months ago. Renowned for their faultless espresso drinks, cube-shaped custard cakes and Wallpaper-magazine fitout, Omotesando is meticulous, minimalistic and modish. Their signature iced cappuccino comes with a decadent dusting of cocoa powder.
Shop no 24-25 Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai, ooo-koffee.com/hongkong.html
The legendary beachfront club from Bali recently established a sprawling satellite in Hong Kong. There's a retail store, Indonesian restaurant and a coffee destination called I Love You So Coffee. It's a colourful hodgepodge of a space, with hanging plants and vibrant artwork, and beans from Vancouver's 49th Parallel Roasters. The choice of a Canadian coffee brand confirms that Potato Head is nothing if not international.
Shop 3, True Light Building, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, iloveyousocoffee.com