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10 quiet Hong Kong cafés with free wifi to do work in

These work-friendly cafés are here to change up your working day

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Got a case of cabin fever? In need of finding a quiet spot to fit in some quality time to work? Yes, there’s always Starbucks or Pacific Coffee Company, but there are actually plenty of other great cafés that can provide a haven for you and your trusty laptop, complete with free internet and excellent coffee brews. Here are some of our favourite coffee shops that are ideal for you to up your productivity game. 

RECOMMENDED: If you’re on the lookout to set up a more permanent workstation or a space to call your own, take a look at our recommendation on the best co-working spaces in Hong Kong

The best Hong Kong cafés with free wifi

Coffee Academics

Restaurants Cafés Repulse Bay

There’s no dearth of trendy artisanal coffee shops springing up these days, but when it comes to local brands, there's few that have found the same success as The Coffee Academics. Head to its Repulse Bay location – it’s a spacious venue with a slew of cold brews, handcrafted, espresso-based drinks, as well as teas, alcoholic drinks, and food. There’s great wifi connection with full-day access, so set up your laptop on one of their marble tables or the semi-outdoor area to get some work done.

Classified

Restaurants Coffeeshops Sheung Wan

Classified is pretty much a Hong Kong institution. With a raft of branches across town, it’s famous for serving up European-style bites, baking homemade artisanal eats and offering a neighbourhood vibe at each of its eateries. There are semi-outdoor seating areas at most of its branches where you can chill and work at your own pace (while fitting in some people watching). But for some serious web surfing, the connection is probably best indoors. 

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Brunch Club

Restaurants Cafés Central

As well as being a dining destination, Brunch Club is also known as a freelancing heaven. Every “fun-employed” writer, photographer, filmmaker, and day trader has paid their dues at this casual shabby-chic cafe. They’ve got an all-day breakfast menu, as well as a varied line-up that includes croque-monsieurs, salads, and steaks. The wifi signal here is top-notch with a half a dozen of power plugs dotted around the joint – ideal for setting up your station. 

Desk One Causeway Bay
Au Yeung Yat Hou

Desk One

Things to do Causeway Bay

Okay, it’s not exactly a coffee house but Desk One definitely deserves a mention. Rolling a co-working space and a café into one, customers can enjoy a good cuppa without competing for space or suffering through the noise come lunch hours. There are currently four locations across town, each furnished with comfy sofas, desks by floor-to-ceiling windows, reading nooks, and individual cubicles. With high-speed internet and power sockets at every table, this is the place to be for a spot of quiet studying and working without the expensive price tags of co-working spaces. 

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Elephant Grounds Star Street Exterior
Photograph: Courtesy Elephant Grounds

Elephant Grounds (Star Street)

Restaurants Cafés Wan Chai

The rustic, modern décor at Elephant Grounds is the epitome of hipsters, making it a popular stomping ground for freelancers and people looking for a spot to study, accompanied by some of the finest java in town. While there are several branches that offer the same vibe, the Star Street branch is ideal for quiet time. Free wifi is a given here though plugs are not. Set up camp at one of the window-side tables and order up a specialty coffee to keep you alert.

NOC Coffee Co (Sai Ying Pun)

Restaurants Coffeeshops Sai Ying Pun

NOC, which stands for ‘not only coffee’, is successful in its own right based on its top-notch brews. But its large, airy space filled with natural light invites laptop loners to set up workstations on the pristine white surfaces. Like others in the list, NOC has various branches in Hong Kong but we suggest going for the Sai Ying Pun one, being the largest shop and all. The café boasts unlimited wifi and a solid menu featuring healthy salads, all-day breakfasts, and fruit bowls. It would be remiss if you don’t order a coffee to keep your efficiency levels up. 

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Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard
Photograph: Courtesy Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard

Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard

Restaurants Cafés Sai Ying Pun

Located on the unsuspecting street of Connaught Road West, Opendoor is a laid-back and modern cafe that quickly became a neighbourhood favourite among locals since opening its doors. Opendoor is ideal for laptop dwellers as there are power plugs and USB outlets on every table plus strong internet connection throughout the coffee shop. Keep yourself refreshed with its fantastic selections of smoothies and coffee, and venture out to the hidden courtyard for some fresh air.

Peace

Restaurants Cafés Tin Hau

As the name suggests, Peace is a quiet, tranquil corner cafe situated in Tin Hau. Here, you’ll find comfortable white sofas surrouneded by pastel green walls to either lounge all day, or work in a cosy nook complete with great wifi connection and several power sockets. Keep your brain and body going with sustenance such as salads, pasta, burgers, a fantastic range of sandwiches, as well as a variety of java including tiramisu coffee and Vienna-style coffee. 

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Winstons Coffee

Bars and pubs Sai Ying Pun

This Instagram-favourite cafe has been winning loyal customers with its quality brews and photogenic retro cinema marquee signs. Winstons also welcomes customers to bring in their laptops and take up a spot on its bar tables. While free wifi is in abundance, there’s a shortage of tables. So if you’re planning a short one to two hour work session, or if you’ve got a strong back, Winstons’ high tables and stools are just for you. Grab an espresso martini for a pick-me-up after a gruelling day. 

% Arabica
@SaiWan
Photograph: Ann Chiu

% Arabica
(Kennedy Town)

Restaurants Kennedy Town

If you're anything of a coffee fiend, you should be no stranger to % Arabica. The Kennedy Town cafe is stylishly designed, serving up excellent coffee along with front-row seats to an incredible harbourside view. Aside from the signature espresso drinks, % Arabica also does a mean Spanish latte and matcha latte. 

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