Hipster hangouts pop up in the most unexpected places, and it’s always a pleasure to find these almost-secret cafés offering great homey food, coffee, drinks and more. These cool places are ideal for the “perfect chill” and, of course, Instagram-worthy.
True locals, including long-time expat residents, like to keep their choice spots to themselves, but here’s a peek into the 5 top best-kept hipster secrets.
The Coffee Academics
Paradise for real coffee geeks, located in the heart of Causeway Bay. Ultra-chic with all the warmth of someone’s home, you can spend your days and nights talking with coffee experts about their favorite brews!
38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, nearest station: Causeway Bay
(+852) 2156 0313
Elephant Grounds @ WOAW
Don’t blink when you’re looking for this café, cause it sits very discreetly within the WOAW Concept Store. You can choose to sit by the coffee bar or unwind at the outdoor benches al fresco. For the sweet tooth, do not miss their signature ice cream sandwiches which are only available on Friday to Sunday at a limited quantity with a new flavor every weekend (Check out their #newflavoralert on their FB page).
11 Gough Street, nearest stations: Sheung Wan/Hong Kong
(+852) 2253 1313
Teakha Tea Café
This unpretentious alley-café will knock you off your socks with its impressive range of teas and top-class little cakes. With only two tables inside and more seating outside, this cosy gem of a place promotes a “simple, happy, sustainable lifestyle.” Try the signature Matcha cheesecake!
18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
(+852) 2858 9185
NOC Coffee & Roaster
You’ll often see people sipping their drinks and chilling outside this coffee spot on Graham Street near the Central offices. This quaint little spot, housed on a slope, offers “Not Only Coffee” but also serves up great salad, pastries and organic juice for a non-coffee drinkers. Their specialty is the pour-over coffee paired with their most popular earl grey and fig cake!
34 Graham Street, Central
(+852) 2606 6188
A good cup of coffee doesn’t come by easily and Artisan Room is the only café in Hong Kong that serve drinks brewed with centuries-old Costadoro coffee with a 3.5 feet Gothicism Cold Brewer. Enjoy a cup of cultured coffee and pair it with their wide range of savory and sweet éclair or cakes.
8-12 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, nearest station: HKU