We’re almost halfway through the year (can you believe it?) and if you’re like us, you’ll be wondering how the months have flown by in the blink of an eye. Before the year escapes us altogether, take some time this summer to sit back, grab a cup of coffee with a friend, read a good book, and perhaps set some goals for the upcoming months. For a cosy place to relax, reflect and get your caffeine fix, we’ve put together a list of new cafés that are worth popping into this summer.
Blink and you’ll miss this minimalist coffee shop perched at the end of Second Street in Sai Ying Pun. Opened by Russian-American Yuri Ezhkov, this humble passion project is focused on connecting to and providing for the surrounding community, thus the lack of overt signage or any opening announcement, for that matter.
Nonetheless, news has spread by word-of-mouth amongst Hong Kong’s coffee-obsessed community, and Polygon is being touted as one of the best new coffee shops in the city. The café is the first to serve Intelligentsia coffee sourced from Chicago, Illinois, known as some of the finest brews in North America. In addition, tea is a particular passion of the owner’s, and the café has partnered with local tea company TeaCha to stock a range of premium teas as well as custom blends exclusive to the shop. Yuri plans to open more four more locations around the city, including one later this year, but for now you’ll have to travel west to enjoy a latte at this hot new spot.
Polygon, G/F, 14 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2915 8878
NOC Coffee CO.
The second branch of NOC Coffee CO. is now open on Gough Street, boasting the same clean, industrial-chic design as its predecessor just a short walk away on Graham. Short for “Not Only Coffee”, NOC serves up a mouthwatering spread of breakfast items, granola bowls, pastries and desserts — but their coffee is certainly not besides the point. Whether it’s the rich and smooth espresso blend or an artsy latte, NOC will satisfy your java cravings in a hurry, with premium sourced coffee beans and strict brewing methods. Taking cue from Japan, the baristas here are focused, expert artisans of their craft, and the result comes through in every sip. Grab a steaming mug and a flaky fresh-baked croissant for an instant cure to mid-week blues.
NOC Coffee CO., 18 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2870 3031
Roastery Lab – The Coffee Academics
Pioneers of craft quality coffee, The Coffee Academics are bringing their first Roastery Lab concept to Hong Kong this month, sprawled out over two storeys on Central’s Peel Street. Focusing on giving guests a personalised blending experience and the opportunity to observe the daily roasting operations of the trade, Roastery Lab will boast a unique and extensive menu that allows guests to fully experience The Coffee Academics’ excellent roasts.
Sip on the Classic Coffee, a house blend encompassing flavours from Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Tanzania, or the Roaster’s Choice if you prefer hand-dripped coffee. Standard drinks from espresso shots to frothy cappuccinos and flat whites are also available, showcasing the roaster’s masterful technique and premium beans — the latter rotates every two weeks to show off different origins.
Roastery Lab – The Coffee Academics, Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3104 0075
Amber Coffee Brewery
A café by day and wine bar by night, Amber Coffee Brewery is a chameleon-like space that’s been scoring rounds on social media for its coffee served in beautiful Chinese porcelain cups. The newcomer is founded by two-time Hong Kong barista champion Dawn Chan, and most days you’ll find her there behind the counter ensuring your cup of coffee — whether hot or iced, black or white — is perfectly poured. Stop in for a coffee and a breakfast sandwich before work or grab a bottle of wine when the sun goes down. Whatever the occasion, Amber Coffee Brewery’s small and cosy space is a welcome respite from the city buzz.
Amber Coffee Brewery, 140–142 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3106 0872
If may be takeaway only, but Vicky Lau’s new patisserie shop is a Michelin-worthy stop for a pick-me-up in the form of a sweet treat or cup of joe. The shop is situated on the ground floor of the recently relocated Tate Dining Room and Bar, and serves delicate and beautiful pastries from the award-winning chef.
Expect the theme of the menu to change bi-annually, with a complete overhaul in design and concept based on Vicky’s thoughts, ideas and poetic expressions — this is one of the city’s best culinary story-tellers, after all. The first chapter in the book is “Capture Hong Kong”, with bite-sized treats nodding to the local nostalgic flavours of the city, from tarts to macarons and even a quaint selection of dim sum-inspired items. The refined pastries are served against a neon-lit pink and purple backdrop — another reference to old Hong Kong signage — and can be accompanied by the restaurant’s house bottled still or sparkling mineral water, cold brew tea and coffee, as well as seasonal mocktails.
Poem Patisserie, G/F, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2555 2550
Just down the street from other Tai Ping Shan gems such as Teakha and Café Deadend, Halfway Coffee is the latest boutique coffee shop to open in the area, an East-meets-West spot where drinks are served in colourful Chinese teacups (they even have a selection of Chinese-style paper cups for takeaway). Take a seat at a stool along the wall or on the wooden bench in the tiny patio outfront and sip on excellently made coffee accompanied by homey dishes such as scrambled egg and bacon on toast, smoked salmon with avocado and muesli dotted with fresh fruit and flower petals.
Halfway Coffee, 12 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 9511 7197
Tom Dixon Café
Tom Dixon’s flagship Southeast Asia store landed on Hollywood Road earlier this month to much anticipation, boasting the exquisite furniture and lighting collections from the revered British designer. The two-storey showroom is a stylish destination for an afternoon of elegant shopping, and the ground floor goes one step further to encompass an interactive space for architects and the design-minded to explore Tom Dixon’s cabinet of curiosities, experiment with the designers tool box to mix-and-match finishes, and enjoy a selection of artisanal coffee and snacks from the in-house café. Operated by Nodi, the stylish coffee brand goes hand-in-hand with Tom Dixon’s brand ethos, celebrating style, artisanal craftsmanship, and quality. Grab a shot of espresso or a hot cup of Jasmine tea as you ponder the British-inspired architecture and design.
Tom Dixon Café, G/F, 52 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2882 2068
Elephant Grounds Mid-Levels
Bright and cheery, Elephant Grounds gets another facelift at its latest Mid-Levels location, catering to the slew of office workers and residents holed up on the upper hills of Central. The newest outlet from this well-established micro roaster boasts sunny orange benches for alfresco seating, an alley garden with a living green wall, and an eclectic loft space stocked with co-owner Kevin Poon’s favourite collectibles, from books and magazines to antiques and a vintage Altec Lansing speaker system (the latter makes EGML ideal for private events and parties).
Downstairs, guests can enjoy the full range of delicious food and drink options available at the other outlets: avo toast and kale quinoa bowls for breakfast; miso black cod and paccheri alla vodka for lunch; and a selection of pastries and breads baked fresh daily at the Wong Chuk Hang headquarters. The sophisticated brew bar, meanwhile, is outfitted with the latest in coffee-making technology, including a Siphon brewer, a pour-over station with a Chemex brewer and a Marco Über Boiler — sure to spark the interests of dedicated caffeine nerds.
Elephant Grounds Mid-Levels, 61 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2535 7155