Hong Kong's Coffee Scene

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s coffee scene finally followed the metropolis’ fast pace. Third-wave cafes have sprouted in droves, filling the streets with the smell of freshly roasted beans. Pop into one of the city’s best java joints and get yourself a cup (or maybe two!). Whether you choose to cozy up with a warm mug or have it to go, you’re guaranteed to be satisfied!

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18 Grams (Causeway Bay)

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Hong Kong, China • Recommendation • 

18 Grams is one of the very first establishments in Hong Kong to offer espresso-based beverages. It started out as a humble coffee bar in Causeway Bay. Now, with a total of eight branches, it has turned into a full-fledged empire deeply favored by the caffeine-obsessed! Visit its original location on Cannon Street for a Flat White or Piccolo Latte, and see where it all began for 18 Grams!

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The Cupping Room (Sheung Wan)

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Hong Kong, China • Recommendation • 

Treat yourself to an excellent cuppa from a three-time World Barista champ! Founded by Kapo Chiu in 2011, The Cupping Room takes pride in using imported single-origin beans for its high-quality brews. Pair your filtered coffee with any of the cafe’s tasty brunch offerings, like their Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Avocado on Toast with Poached Egg! Drop by early to snag a seat at the wooden communal tables inside as it gets pretty hectic here during lunchtime!

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Amber Coffee Brewery

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Dawn Chan, two-time Hong Kong Barista champion, is well-known for making straight-up java concoctions at Amber Coffee Brewery. Savor the robust flavors brought by his best-selling blends, which are all served in hand-painted cups for a unique touch. Watch Dawn as he expertly crafts latte art on your cappuccino. Stay long enough in the evening and you’ll see how the place transforms into a wine bar—perfect to cap the night off!

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Hazel & Hershey

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A coffee shop and a retail boutique in one, Hazel & Hershey is a haven for aspiring baristas! Peruse the shelves to find an extensive collection of brewing tools and equipment, as well as top-notch beans from different regions. Don’t miss out on the drip coffee and Matcha Latte—these come highly recommended for a quick pick-me-up!

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Cafe+ Kubrick

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Hong Kong, China • Recommendation • 

Named after legendary film director Stanley Kubrick, Cafe+ Kubrick attracts coffee lovers and culture vultures from all over! Browse through various books and reading paraphernalia, with topics ranging from history and folklore to music and film. Vibrant artworks also hang neatly on the walls, just waiting to be deciphered. Inspiration is everywhere, so take advantage! Try out Cafe+ Kubrick’s Iced Café au Lait with Mint, and prepare to engage in stimulating conversations with passionate creatives!

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Barista Jam

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Hong Kong, China • Recommendation • 

Barista Jam uses all sorts of brewing methods and techniques to create the perfect cup of joe. They have everything: machine grinders, AeroPress, french press, and Japanese siphon coffee makers, just to name a few. Order their signature latte, which is made with the coffee shop’s rich house blend. They also have all-day breakfast options and Western-style fare, in case you get hungry in between sips!

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Omotesando Koffee

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Omotesando Koffee is famous for its wide range of premium java selections, best paired with freshly-baked kashi (custard cubes). The branch in bustling Wan Chai is actually Omotesando’s first overseas location after closing its original storefront in Tokyo. Their Ice Cappuccino and Banana Coffee remain are crowd favorites, delighting the city’s biggest caffeine fiends!

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