Living in such a fast-paced city like Hong Kong, things can get overwhelming. Especially when there's a deadly virus going around. Sure, you can pay a visit to our city's many holistic and wellness centres, or head for the hills on a hike, but sometimes, all you want is just to put your mind at ease, relax, and dig into some food. Well, these beautiful minimalistic cafes can help you do just that. From a beautiful tea house to shipping container-turned-cafe, pay a visit to these relaxing cafes in Hong Kong the next time you're in need of a quick escape.
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Beautiful minimalistic cafes in Hong Kong
For something truly unique, a visit to Mr Cardigan is a must. Perched on the intersection of Shan Liu Road and Ting Kok road in Tai Po, Mr Cardigan Plant House is a refurbished white shipping container complete with floor to ceiling windows and plenty of botanicals both inside and out. Put in an order for one of their fruit teas, dig into a piece of cake or toast, and sit back as you surround yourself with nature. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and catch up with a few friends. The cafe opens on Sunday only so if you wish to visit, remember to plan ahead and get there early!
Bare concrete walls, wooden tatami, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Floom Floom’s minimalistic fixtures and seemingly casual atmosphere may not be the most exciting, but their menu, however, is quite the opposite. Serving up Japanese curries made to look like Mount Fuji, pasta with an upside-down ice cream cone, and drinks that magically change colour, the cafe is anything but ordinary. Apart from these insanely Instagrammable dishes, the shop also has a range of healthy options that use fresh ingredients of the day, as well as monthly limited-edition items themed around the cafe’s superfood of the month.
Located in the heart of Tai Wai village, Uchi Coffee is a four-story cafe that offers more than just a good cuppa. Its soft white walls, wooden fixtures, bare concrete, and floor-to-ceiling windows combine to give the space a casual and welcoming atmosphere. Settle down on the first two floors for decadent udon offerings as well as unique desserts and drinks. Alternatively, head up to the third floor where the cafe turns into a nail salon, or join in on a creative workshop at the venue space on the fourth floor.
Nestled in an old industrial building in Cheung Sha Wan, this unassuming café provides an excellent hideout for those who are in desperate need of a little me time. Come perch yourself on a swinging chair, snuggle up to a hot cuppa in the lounge area surrounded by pillows, or better yet, treat yourself to the cafe’s dreamy range of crepe cakes that taste just as heavenly as it looks. And if you’re still not satisfied, Healing, Go Yard also boasts a small, but beautiful selection of clothes and accessories to shop from. With everything you need under one roof, there’s no better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Not only is Pimary a lifestyle store that sells 'farm-to-skin' skincare products, artisanal tableware, and homeware, but it is also a cafe that offers simple – but nonetheless delicious – western dishes such as pasta, salad, and risotto. This quiet little spot is located near the Plover Cove Reservoir too so you can drop by after a hike or bike ride!
More than just purveyors of great espressos, Sensory Zero is the go-to place for up-and-coming coffee professionals and bean geeks alike. Led by certified Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) trainers Dixon Ip and Alvin Hui, the café leads workshops every week, offering everything from the basics – introduction to espresso workshop, latte art and cupping – to deep dives into the origins of coffee.