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Best cafés and coffeeshops in Sai Ying Pun

You’re going to love these places a latté

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Olivia Lai
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Move over Sheung Wan. The neighbouring district of Sai Ying Pun is slowly climbing its way to the top as the next big coffee hub on Hong Kong island. Known for its many steep slopes and its New York-like grid design, this Western district is also home to an increasing number of boutique cafés and coffee shops. Whether you’re looking for popular chain cafés like NOC Coffee Co and Winstons Coffee or indie venues like Coffee by Zion and Jomo Coffee and Cakes, Sai Ying Pun has got it all. Here’s the best of the bunch. 

RECOMMENDED: Prefer to do away with caffeine and go straight for the alcohol? These Hong Kong bars should do the trick. 

Sai Ying Pun’s best coffeeshops

Bluebird Coffee
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  • Sheung Wan

This hole in the wall coffee joint may be small, but its coffee menu is strong enough to more than stand on its own. Brewing up locally roasted and handcrafted specialty coffee, Bluebird Coffee offers everything from hand-drip and syphon coffee to cold brew and nitro coffee – which is, of course, nitrogen-filled, giving it an even smoother texture. There are also flavoured options for those with a sweet tooth: marshmallow, peanut butter and Nutella lattés. But the highlights are the original coffees created by Bluebird’s own barista, including the Hurricano, a Yakult-infused coffee, and Tropican, a pineapple-flavoured Americano.

Coffeelin
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  • Coffeeshops
  • Sai Ying Pun

Though it’s situated on a steep hill on Western Street, Coffeelin is well worth the climb. The shop is super photogenic, with teal-green as its main colour theme, from the storefront to the takeaway cups to the neon light logo. The coffee menu is rather small but it's all done well. Try the speciality coffee, like hand drip and cold brew. And don’t miss the excellent gelato selection. If you like both coffee and gelato, try the affogato. 

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Coffee by Zion
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  • Sai Ying Pun

Strategically located right by the MTR exit, this cosy neighbourhood café is furnished with Scandi-style décor, complete with wall plants. There’s even a bike with flowers in the basket for your obligatory IG photo. Outdoor seating is available too if you’ve got a pup with you. The coffee selection here is top-notch; you can’t go wrong with the classics like the cold brew and hand drip coffee, but have a try at the specials, including the black sesame latte with oat or soy milk and the lavender white chocolate.     

Jomo Coffee & Cakes
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  • Cafés
  • Sai Ying Pun

Tucked in an unassuming alleyway, Jomo Coffee & Cakes is, you guessed it, all about coffee and cakes. Once you’re done salivating over the cake selection – salted caramel apple crumble pie, Earl Grey chiffon cake, hojicha cheesecake and so much more – pair your sweet treat with one of Jomo’s quality coffees or teas. We recommend the Masala chai tea latte and the hand drip coffee.  

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NOC Coffee Co
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  • Coffeeshops
  • Sai Ying Pun

The third and largest branch of NOC Coffee – co-founded by 2011 Hong Kong Barista Champion Chan Chak Sum – is a popular stomping grounds for coffee lovers. Filled with natural light, this coffee roastery expertly brews up your favourite cups of joe, while the robust food menu is packed with healthy salads, all-day breakfasts and fruit bowls. This is an ideal chill-out spot for a quick lunch or weekend hang-out session.

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  • Sai Ying Pun

Located where you'd least expect it, on Connaught Road West, is this laid-back modern café that quickly became a neighbourhood favourite after opening its doors. Aside from the usual coffee selection — try the bulletproof, consisting of virgin coconut oil and butter — Opendoor has a fantastic smoothie menu, featuring everything from fruity selections to protein powder-based options. Coconut milk, unsweetened almond milk and organic soy milk are also available. Venture out to the hidden courtyard for some fresh air. It's pet-friendly, too!     

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  • Sai Ying Pun

Polygon's owner, Yuri, is a New Yorker who really knows his beans. Stocking the much-lauded Intelligentsia coffee and custom tea blends, Polygon carefully brews at precise temperatures, depending on the different teas, to ensure that customers get the best possible cup. Featuring both indoor and outdoor seating and a beautiful private garden terrace, this is great place to unwind with a quality brew.

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  • Sai Ying Pun

Located right next to co-working space Garage Collective, this spacious and pet-friendly coffeeshop is the epitome of a millienial hangout. From long communal tables to seat cushions placed on wide steps to wooden benches on the pavement, you can have your pick of where to set up camp to work or chill over a cuppa or two. The menu is creatively displayed on clipboards on a wall, offering standard brews and other flavours like honey and hojicha latte. 

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  • Sai Ying Pun

You can easily spot Winstons Coffee on Queen’s Road West by its black facade and retro cinema sign. This trendy coffee joint boasts some well-brewed classic coffee, has some innovative snacks – acai bowls, biltong, flaxseed power bites, matcha tarts and focaccia – and encourages day drinking by serving cocktails from 11am onwards. Espresso martini, anyone?

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