Wake up and smell the coffee.
Hong Kong’s enthusiasm for coffee shows absolutely no signs of slowing down and has resulted in more coffee shops and café concepts to pop up around the city. As an individual whose brain will only start working with coffee, I made it a point to visit the newest and check out what they pouring. So, here it is, a curated list of five of Hong Kong’s new cafés worth visiting to get your caffeine fix.
Cookie DPT Pop-up at The Upper House
Located inside the luxury hotel, Cookie DPT has set up shop — a pop-up one that is — on the sixth floor. The space, which utilises the lobby area and grassy lawn is an excellent spot to indulge in one of their insta-famous cookies (I recommend the classic chocolate chip or the brownie-filled cookie), or other treats, along with an iced latte. The lawn is great if you want to bring along your pup(s) too and enjoy the sunshine.
Open: 1 May to 30 August from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
The Upper House, Level 6, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Blue Bottle Coffee
Californian coffee brand Blue Bottle officially launched in Hong Kong last month in Central. In order to practice safe social distancing practices, the café currently only opens for takeout orders, but that didn’t stop the long queues. Since then, the lines for Blue Bottle Coffee have finally died down so now is the time to grab one of their pour-overs or “New Orleans-style” iced coffee.
Open: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Blue Bottle Coffee, G/F and 1/F, 38-42 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
DeTour (Sheung Wan)
The neighbourhood favourite DeTour in Sai Ying Pun opened its second venue in Sheung Wan last month. Here, the café remains a petite space which offers breakfast and coffee in a bright, relaxing atmosphere, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. Another sliding take-away window allows for quick pick-ups too, if you plan to swing by.
Open: Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm; Saturday 8:15 am to 5:00 pm; Sunday 8:15 am to 4:00 pm
DeTour, G/F, 379 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Knockbox Coffee Company (Central)
The original Knockbox Coffee Company café in Mong Kok may be a little hidden but it still managed to garner an impressive following thanks to their incredible beans freshly roasted in-house. Now with their second location in Central, bean heads can now visit and sip on one of their espresso-based or specialty coffees, or even pick up some single-origin grounds, on the Island.
Open: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 6:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm
Knockbox Coffee Company, Shop B, G/F, World Trust Tower, Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
Doubleshot by Cupping Room
This new all-day drinking (yes, all day) and dining concept by Cupping Room Coffee Roasters is perched on the corner overlooking Hollywood Road. Light and airy, the space is a great place to relax in the afternoon over a brew or recline with a cocktail in the evening. The coffee itself uses beans that are traceable to a farm, estate, processing mill, or growing region and change frequently, depending on the region’s peak seasonality.
Open: Monday to Wednesday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; Thursday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Doubleshot by Cupping Room, 1F, Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong