7 cafés in Hong Kong that are anything but mainstream

A latte at Omotesando Koffee

A latte at Omotesando Koffee

Desserts galore at Teakha
Desserts galore at Teakha

Teakha

You won’t find coffee here — instead, as its name suggests, Teakha specializes in an array of tea-based drinks, from floral brews to herbal concoctions. Head here during the winter months and order a comforting mug of Sea Salt Yin Yang tea (which goes perfectly with the seasonal Pumpkin Cheese Tart). The green tea cheesecake here is also one of the best in town.

18 Tai Ping Shan St, Sheung Wan; +852 2858 9185; teakha.com

Preparing an espresso at Brew Bros Coffee
Preparing an espresso at Brew Bros Coffee

Brew Bros Coffee

You can now enjoy a cup of joe from Melbourne’s famed Market Lane Coffee in the heart of Hong Kong. If you’re up for a bite, Brew Bros Coffee also offers a wide selection of brunch fare, such as the quintessential Aussie favourite poached egg and avocado toast.

33 Hillier St, Sheung Wan; +852 2572 0238; facebook.com/brewbroscoffee

Knockbox Coffee Company

Blink and you might just miss it: tucked away along a nondescript side street, this little café serves up some of the best java in the city. The mocha here isn’t your average cup of chocolate-flavored coffee — instead, what you’ll get is a home-made chocolate truffle served alongside a latte. Take a bite of the truffle and chase it down with a mouthful of coffee — it’ll make for a mocha-drinking experience like no other.

21 Hak Po St, Mong Kok; +852 2781 0363; knockboxcoffee.hk

A floral brew at Jrink
A floral brew at Jrink

Jrink

Like Teakha, Jrink pays homage to coffee’s caffeinated cousin. This specialty teahouse stocks over 120 premium, home-made loose-leaf teas and infusions, in flavors like White Peony, Pink Lemonade and Pure Vanilla. Its weapon of choice is the Alpha Domiche Steampunk 4.1, a state-of-the-art brewing machine that brings out the teas’ complex aromas beautifully.

21 Ormsby St, Tai Hang; jrink.com.hk

Sinmei Tea

This one’s for the matcha lovers. Sinmei Tea specializes in all things green tea, with offerings like its bestselling Sizzling Matcha Brownie with ice cream and matcha sauce, and even a Matcha Mojito (a combination of matcha, lime and soda). Do also try the café’s take on Hong Kong’s classic yuanyang (coffee mixed with tea) beverage — green tea is used in place of the usual black tea.

5/F, CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok St, Sheung Wan; +852 3690 8238

Literary-inspired decor at One Little Room
Literary-inspired decor at One Little Room

One Little Room

Bibliophiles will adore this quaint, book-themed café, where the walls are festooned with pages from old books, and the shelves stacked with a variety of titles. Tuck into omelettes, waffles and other sweet treats while getting stuck into a good read.

Shop 10, LG, Full Wing Building, 436 Chatham Rd North, Hung Hom; +852 5616 4515; facebook.com/onelittleroomcafe

Omotesando Koffee
Omotesando Koffee

Omotesando Koffee

This cult Tokyo café, famed for its fine coffees and mouthwatering kashi (baked custard cubes), recently set up shop in Wan Chai. This leaves us with little doubt that Wan Chai is fast becoming the coffee capital of the city, what with popular establishments like The Cupping Room and Coco Espresso also in the vicinity. Omotesando Koffee may be the newest kid on the block, but it looks like it’s here to stay.

Shop G24-25, Lee Tung Ave, 200 Queen’s Rd East, Wan Chai; facebook.com/Omotesando-Koffee-Hong-Kong

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Written by

Mikka Wee

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