5 Hipster Cafés In Hong Kong You Should Not Miss22 May, 2016
With the proliferation of social media such as Instagram today, cafes have shot to immense popularity amongst both food and photography enthusiasts. Cafes with wonderful ambience, strong aromas of fresh (and preferably home brewed) coffee and quality food are particularly sought after. Well, Hong Kong happens to be home to some of the most hipster cafes around. So if you are armed with a camera and planning to visit Hong Kong anytime soon, here are the top 5 cafes you can capture the perfect #instaworthy shot!
1. Café Deadend
Cafe Deadend is known for its minimalistic interior design and tasteful decorations. With a breezy al fresco dining area, there is always the option of enjoying your cuppa out in the open. You simply have to grab a bite of their signature open sandwiches and apple tarts as you spend the lazy afternoon people-watching. If you’re looking to capture your photogenic desserts with a clean, white background, this is definitely the place for you!
Address: Café Deadend, Ground Floor, 72 Po Hing Fong, Hong Kong
Phone: (852) 6716 7005
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 9AM – 6PM (last order at 5.30PM)
Notes: Walk-in and cash only
2. The Cupping Room
Home to the Hong Kong Barista Champion in 2013, Kapo Chiu, be prepared for a dose of authentic, hand-brewed lattes that coffee lovers are bound to fall in love with. The Cupping Room clearly takes their food seriously – their mouth-watering pastries and tea snacks are just about as tasty as their coffees. This is without a doubt the place for both foodies and photo enthusiasts; you can be assured of champion-clinching photograph opportunities here.
Address: Shop LG, The Central Mark, 287-299 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong (Entrance on Cleverly Street)
Phone: (852) 2799 3398
Opening Hours: Weekdays 8AM – 5PM; Weekends 9AM – 6PM
3. Via Tokyo
Famous for their matcha ice cream and lattes, Via Tokyo has 2 outlets in Hong Kong and is a heaven for matcha lovers (let’s face it, who isn’t one)? Scrolling through your Instagram feed, you’ve probably encountered shots of the delicious desserts whipped up by Via Tokyo. Well, it’s now your turn! Do take note that every Wednesday is known as “Reverse Tokyo” day, when products of every flavour except Matcha are available. This is an initiation by the owner who aims to celebrate every culinary creation they have to offer. Fans patronise this cafe nonetheless – we hear that the Royal Milk Tea flavour is a hot favourite amongst loyal customers!
*Note that the item in the photo above is available only at the Tsim Sha Tsui outlet.
Address (Outlet 1): 1A-1B, Ground Floor, Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Phone: (852) 2895 1116
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 9:30AM – 10:30PM; Fri – Sat 9:30AM – 11:00PM
Notes: Cash only
Address (Outlet 2): Ground Floor, 29A Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Phone: (852) 2385 6388
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 12PM – 11PM; Fri – Sat 12PM – 11.30PM
Notes: Cash only
4. Little Bao
A new kid on the block, Little Bao has drawn crowds of foodies looking for some authentic Asian flavour with a refreshing twist. The small eatery is almost always full, especially with bao lovers desperate to get their hands on some of the matcha goodness featured in the image above: Matcha ice-cream with condensed milk sandwiched between two deep-fried buns in golden-brown perfection. It seems obvious why it has become one of the most popular items on their menu – and no doubt one of the most instagram-ed!
Before you mistake this as an exclusively matcha flavoured cafe, Little Bao has also gained quite a reputation from its Pork Belly Bao, a delicious rendition of the Kong Bak Pao we are so familiar with, and Sze Chuan Fried Chicken Bao. The Drunken Clams and Truffle Fries also make a perfect addition to the table when dining with friends.
Address: Ground Floor, 66 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: (852) 2914 0202
Opening Hours: Weekdays 6PM – 11PM; Sat 12PM – 4PM & 6PM – 11PM; Sun 12PM – 4PM & 6PM – 10PM
Notes: Walk-in only
5. 18 Grams Mong Kok Langham
18Grams is known for specialty lattes with beautiful latte art. 18 Grams Mong Kok Langham is the place to be for quality coffee hand-crafted by experienced baristas. This cafe also draws crowds with its signature open sandwiches and salads, all of which are definitely #instaworthy.
With a delicious cup of coffee and a whole menu of #foodporn for you to choose from, this has to be one of the best ways to start off your weekend morning and will be a great addition to your Instagram feed.
Address: Shop 01A Level 12, Langham Place Shopping Mall, 8 Argyle St, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Phone: (852) 6828 8567
Opening Hours: Everyday 10.30AM – 10.30PM
These hipster cafes are sure to leave your camera filled with fantastic shots. If what you’re looking for is a cafe off the beaten tracks that would provide you with ample photography opportunities and delicious food, these are the 5 places you cannot miss!
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