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7 of the most Instagrammable cafes for relaxing in Hong Kong

These cafes will get you some serious love on the 'gram

By Sam Evans
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Hong Kong is one of the most photogenic cities on the planet, whether it be in terms of its glistening skyline, its charming neighbourhoods, or even its beautiful nature spots. Considering the rich coffee culture that exists in our city, it should really come as no surprise that Hong Kong is replete with coffee shops that don't just serve up top-quality brews, but are also great places to snap away should you want some love on the 'gram. Ours is a city of constant hustle and bustle, and some of these photogenic cafes are especially good for escaping life for a short while and recharging and energizing. From sleek hipster hangouts to quirky cafes bursting with character, here are some of the most Instagrammable cafes for relaxing in Hong Kong.

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Most Instagrammable cafes in Hong Kong

Artistry Brewing Company

Restaurants Cafés North Point
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This chic coffee shop is hidden from North Point's main thoroughfares down a back alley, and it provides the perfect escape from the bustle of this part of town in very Instagrammable surroundings. The interior boasts light wood furnishings, white walls, and squiggly luminescent light fixtures that add some welcome quirkiness to the atmosphere. There are various varieties of plants strewn around the cafe, and these also appear outside the shop's entrance, where there is a cool hangout spot for those with dogs, or those who just want to enjoy the sunshine. Order from one of the single-origin hand pour-over coffees ($63-$128), sit back, and gram away.

Full Cup Cafe

Music Mong Kok
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You have to be in the know to find this hidden gem on Dundas Street in Mong Kok. Take the lift to the fourth floor of an unassuming building and open the door into a bohemian world of hodge-podge decorations and twinkly lights that feels a million miles away from the city streets below. We particularly recommend heading out onto the sheltered patio, where the lights are at their brightest, and the tables are made with a mosaic of coloured tiles. Although there are many drinks and bites on offer here, we particularly recommend trying the peanut smoothie, which is delicious, refreshing, and filling, all in one! 

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Basao Tea (Causeway Bay)

Restaurants Cafés Causeway Bay
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This beautifully decked out, modern space on the backstreets of Causeway Bay specialises in all things tea, offering everything from tea lattes, to hot and cold brew teas, and even tea smoothies. A drink in this relaxing cafe will see you surrounded by shades of light wood, as well as the odd plant – which gives it a decidedly Japanese feel. The spot closes at 8pm – later than many on this list – and this means that it can make for a relaxing, and very Instagrammable spot to unwind amid the aroma of freshly brewed tea after a long day's work. We particularly recommend the tea lattes, which come in beautiful matcha, houjicha, rock oolong and house blend (all $50), for something to make your followers jealous.

Little Cove Espresso

Restaurants Coffeeshops Sai Kung
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Located down a lane next to the picturesque Sai Kung harbourside, this cafe represents a peaceful getaway from all of life's worries. The decor is predominantly white and minimal, and the cafe itself is spacious so you can unwind and destress here while keeping yourself to yourself. As well as the cafe's renowned cafe latte ($38) – for which adequate latte art is created – they also do ridiculously 'grammable food offerings like the French toast ($92) and lunch bowls (around $100).

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Hushush

Restaurants Cafés Sha Tin
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This cute cafe is a true neighbourhood favourite in Sai Kung. The cafe does excellent orange ($50), apple ($60), and honest ($65) home brews. The shop is also known for its selection of ice creams, which range from passion fruit and orange ($50 per scoop) to Aomori apple and yoghurt ($52 per scoop). Get a drink, get a scoop, and chill out in these pleasant surroundings; but don't forget to 'gram the attractive storefront, over which hangs a very photogenic awning.

Halfway Coffee

Restaurants Cafés Sheung Wan
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Best known for serving their coffee in vintage Hong Kong porcelain cups – their takeaway paper cups also features the porcelain patterns – Halfway Coffee is a small coffee joint appropriately tucked away on Upper Lascar Row. Blink and you'll miss the opening in between the various antique shops. Enjoy this ultimate chill spot with one of their classic coffee options or a cup from the wide selection of tea, and we also recommend trying the Okinawan black sugar milk for something a little different. If not for the coffee, the Instagram shot is well-worth the trip. 

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Openground

Restaurants Cafés Sham Shui Po
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Just one of the many under-the-radar creative ventures currently operating in Sham Shui Po is concept venue Openground, a cafe, bookstore and workshop space all rolled into one. The space aims to be a platform where you can enjoy good art with your afternoon cup of joe. This is the perfect place to escape the rat race and chill out in the cafe's minimalist surroundings, whilst checking out the artists who are making big waves in the local art scene.

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