Cafe hopping in Hong Kong has been on my to-do list for quite a while now. In this city, where concrete slaps against concrete and the crowds get so dense there is barely any wiggle room, quiet cafes hidden in corners and quaint spaces for some chillax time aren’t exactly what one would expect to find.
Whether you are looking for a peace of mind or a nice kick of caffeine, or both, Sheung Wan has the answer(s) for you in the form of tiny, hipster coffee shops. These kind of cafes have been popping up all over Hong Kong in recent years, countering the city’s hustle and bustle and proving that, yes, you can actually relax and do nothing in Hong Kong!
What is it about Sheung Wan that attracts so many cafe openings? Its many streets snaking upwards, embedded with nooks and crannies? The melange of old school Hong Kong and chic, modern architecture? The cross between Eastern and Western cultures? Or its climbing reputation as the city’s favorite hipster neighborhood?
What’s wonderful about this neighborhood is that all these coffee shops are within 5 minutes walking distance from each other. On the way to each cafe, you can also stop by independent clothing stores, galleries, floral shops and other miscellaneous cool places to take a break (or enjoy some air conditioning…)
STOP #1: The Cupping Room
We gotta start the morning with some hearty breakfast – without indulging ourselves. We split an Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon ($108 HKD) and a cappuccino with skim milk ($40 HKD). Eggs benedict is my absolute favorite brunch food because what’s not to love about bread soaked with runny yolks covered in creamy hollandaise sauce??? What I had was slightly different from the ones in the U.S.: thick cut sourdough was used instead of English muffins, and the hollandaise sauce was airy and piled high. The cappuccino was spot on as well – the milkiness balanced out the acidity without removing the bitter aromas. Only several minutes walk from Sheung Wan MTR stop, The Cupping Room is a convenient spot to hit up for a quick coffee or brunch.
Address: Shop LG, The Centre Mark, 287-299 Queen’s Road Central (Entrance on Cleverly Street), Sheung Wan
Phone: 2799 3798
Hours: Mon-Fri: 08:00-17:00 Sat-Sun: 09:00-18:00
STOP #2: Cafe Deadend
Literally pocketed at the deadend of Po Hing Fong street, Cafe Deadend is a place out of this city. Simple, white decor in a tiny space that sits no more than 20 people, this is where you can come in with a laptop, plug in your earphones and get your own little mental space. The Spiced Apple Tart ($85 HKD), offered only after 12:30 PM, was a show stopper – just look at the dazzling execution! The tart was flaky, the apple slices warm and perfectly cinnamon-ed. Along with the garnishes, everything came together as pure bliss in my mouth. The Iced Chocolate (HKD $55) was very rich and satisfying as well. The boutique bakery next door, Po’s Atelier, is the counterpart of Cafe Deadend, baking and serving fresh bread and pastries everyday.
Address: G/F, 72 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan
Phone: 6716 7005
Hours: Tue-Sun: 09:30-18:00, Closed on Monday
STOP #3: teakha 茶。家
By this point we weren’t sure if we could fit in anything solid… so we turned to something iced and refreshing! We stopped by teakha for an Iced Genmaicha ($42 HKD) – nothing too complicated, but the tea aroma was unbeatable and the ice cooled off the brutal Hong Kong summer heat. Teakha is known for their selection of fresh brewed teas and lattes. This was my second visit, and I absolutely loved what I got the first time I came here. I definitely recommend their Green Tea Cheesecake, Thai Iced Tea, Masala Chai Latte, savory breakfast items, and any of the scones that comes with a drink for $10 HKD. So… basically everything on the menu. The cafe is very beautiful but tiny, and is sectioned off into three separate seating areas.
Address: Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Road, Sheung Wan
Phone: 2858 9185
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11:00-19:00 Sat-Sun: 09:00-20:00
STOP #4: LOF10
Last stop! I was shooting for five cafes… but our legs could support no more and our bellies have reached their limits. Yet we still managed to wolf down some Cherry Tomatoes Wrapped in Bacon ($38 HKD) and a Hazelnut Latte ($68 HKD). I wasn’t exactly wowed by the cherry tomatoes, and the latte lacked a pronounced hazelnut taste. Nonetheless, this was a comfortable last stop to rest our feets and get lost in our phones. #guilty Out of all the cafes, LOF10 has the most tranquil location, its rustic, gray entrance masking a perfectly unassuming space to do some work, relax or catch up with a friend.
Address: Flat B, 1 U Lam Terrace, Sheung Wan
Phone: 2540 2210
Hours: Mon-Sun: 10:00-19:00
A map of my cafe hop: