Ever since I’ve spent my time studying in Italy I’ve developed this passion for two things: coffee and wine. Ok, there might be a few others on the list, but these 2 are following me all over the world. That’s why, as soon as we moved to Hong Kong I was excited to find a great market for really good coffee. And I have started discovering the best coffee in Hong Kong.
More than 6 months have passed since we moved here, and even with the ups and downs, I still have managed to develop an opinion. And of course, I have my favorite place I go to several times every week.
I know that coffee, like food or wine, is something personal and subjective. If I like something, that doesn’t mean you will like it too, and the other way around. However, these places are totally work trying!
The best coffee in Hong Kong
11 Cafe Leitz – inside the Leica store in Causeway Bay
Two of my passions collide! Great coffee and amazing photography in the same room.
The store not only displays some stunning photography cameras and accessories, but they have inspirational artworks on the walls. It is like a gallery where you can also enjoy a strong delicious coffee.
Coffee was a bit too strong for me, but it is delicious! A must try in Causeway Bay.
10 Levain Bakery – PMQ
The place is actually a bakery and they have all kinds of bread and other crazy stuff I try to stay away from. Everything looks so good it is hard to say no.
Nevertheless, we were there for the coffee, and that’s what we had. I particularly loved their small balcony terrace filled with small plants overlooking the city. It is a really cozy hidden spot and the coffee is good.
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People say this is one of the best coffee in Hong Kong, really high on their list. And don’t get me wrong, I like it, but it is not my ultimate favorite. But again, maybe I haven’t tried the right selection.
They have so many options to choose from, and I’m not sure what I’ve tried on different occasions I’ve drunk coffee from their different locations.
They are very easy to find because they have several shops both on the island and in Kowloon, many of which could easily make it on any list of the most Instagrammable cafes in Hong Kong.
8 18 Grams
Right in the heart of Hong Kong, this place is really small. But they sure know a thing or two about coffee, being considered one of the best 50 coffee shops in Asia.
We staid outside where they have 2 small tables, which can prove to be a bit challenging. That’s because the tables are basically on the sidewalk and all the cars pass you by as you try to enjoy your cup.
It can be a bit noisy and hectic, that’s why I suggest taking your coffee as a takeaway and enjoying it someplace more chill. The famous colorful Artlane is a 15-minute walk towards Kennedy Town from the coffee shop in Sheung Wan.
7 Fine Print
In one of the hippest areas of Hong Kong, we stayed right around the corner from this place and I’ve only been there in the last week. Moving forward, I’ve returned several times because they have great coffee and delicious food options. That’s if you are into the brunch type of food.
Fineprint is a popular spot where people come to work from during the week and to socialize during the weekend. The one in Tin Hau is rather small, but with a bit of luck, you can find a place. And if you don’t, you can always take it with you in Victoria Park.
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6 The Coffee Academics
All their coffee shops look super cool, and the menu is packed with options. You can expect to spend on a coffee anywhere from 50 HKD to over 200 HKD for the very special types.
This place is really a coffee lover’s dream and an Instagram perfect corner.
At the one in Quarry Bay, they also serve lunch and have a lot of great options. Thus, it makes for a great brunch/lunch destination.
They have 13 locations all around Hong Kong, both on the island and in Kowloon.
5 Winstons Coffee
Winstons Coffee always makes its way in the most Instagrammable places in Hong Kong, but it is also a place where you will find some of the best coffee in Hong Kong.
Set in Kennedy Town, one of the places preferred by expats, the place is not huge but it is friendly and cozy. I loved the fact that they serve small Italian cookies with your coffee.
As day turns into night, they turn on the music and replace coffee with cocktails.
4 Valor Cheung Chau
Ok, this is on another small island outside of the usual area of Hong Kong. The ferry to Cheung Chau leaves from Central and will get you there in roughly one hour.
I always love a trip and even more so when it involves coffee. Great coffee!
The coffee shop is small, yet friendly. And they have really good coffee. Not something I would have expected to find on this small island where most of the restaurants are very local.
It was a pleasant surprise and a great escape from the ordinary when you want something different.
This coffee place in Wan Chai was the first one I tested after arriving here. It was during the week and I’ve heard people saying it gets really crowded during the weekend, with lines outside.
I figured there’s a reason for that and I need to give it a try.
And I was right, the coffee selection is good, but they also have some marvelous pastry and great healthy food options.
I’ve ever since returned and tried some of their options and I can say I like them all.
2 Fuel espresso
With 6 locations in town, they surely have marvelous coffee. The location we’ve been to inside the IFC Mall is not particularly the greatest because it doesn’t offer a view or anything.
But it is worth spending some time here with a coffee and a carrot cake. Maybe after or before shopping.
5 coffee shops on Hong Kong Island and 1 in Kowloon in ICC
1 NOC Coffee co
My all-time favorite coffee in Hong Kong! This is the place I return at least once every week to get my dose of strong, flavored, delicious coffee.
The fact that we live literally 2 steps away from one of the coffee places might also help. But even so, I love the coffee here. And I’m not the only one judging by how many people come here daily.
I always go for the nutty-flavored flat white, but I guess I could try the fruity flavored one someday.
They also have food for breakfast and brunch, mostly on the healthy side, and tea. However, they couldn’t help us with an extra slice of bread even though we offered to pay for it.
Even so, this remains my favorite coffee in town so far!
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