Sheung Wan is well-known for being Hong Kong Island’s coffee hub, thanks to its ever-increasing community of great cafés. Whether you’re looking for cold brews or Melbourne-style javas, this part of town has got ’em all. Follow this guide to discover five of the very best coffee shops in Sheung Wan and our recommendations on the best brews to order. By Ashlyn Chak
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Five of our favourite coffee shops in Sheung Wan
The newest addition to the Sheung Wan’s coffee house community, Why 50 welcomes patrons with cool graffiti artwork at the entrance and a great selection of coffee brews including their specialty espresso, which uses 50 beans to create a shot, hence the name. Aside from tea and coffee (featuring flavours like lavender), this rustic cosy cafe does quality dishes that are a spin on the classic breakfast food, such as the char siu and egg toast, and pulled pork and cheese sandwich.
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 near all the antique shops in Upper Lascar Row. They have all the classic coffee options and a wide selection of tea, 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.
This hole-in-the-wall coffee place offers Sheung Wan dwellers their specialty Melbourne-style coffee. Made from coffee beans delivered from Melbourne’s Market Lane Coffee, you can order anything from a cappuccino to their signature 21-hour cold brew, or from a great selection of tea including Prana Chai and Matcha with soy milk. Grab a fresh pastry if you’re a rush or sit down for a full breakfast but be prepared to wait, the small cafe only seats around 10-15 people.
Barista Jam’s signature drip coffee is a must-have when you arrive this compact coffeehouse. From Japanese siphon coffee and french press to hand grinders and Aeropress, not to mention Moka pots, you can find almost every method of brewing coffee imaginable at Barista Jam. Often viewed by local as home to some of the best coffee in the city, try their flat whites and small batch roast coffee for the perfect caffeine fix.
Don’t be fooled by the name, the food is what steals the show at Kaffeine. The latest addition to Sheung Wan’s already heaving coffee scene, Kaffeine sits on Jervois Street, in a neighbourhood already well served by Cupping Room, Why 50, Coffeeholic and 18 Gram’s Coffee Roastery Lab, all of which are within a minute’s walk.Despite the local competition, Kaffeine is heaving when we arrive. It’s a small location but the café makes the most of it, the front window opening to provide additional spots to perch and people watch. The interior is simple: white and grey tones together with the wooden tabletops and shelving create an almost cosy lounge effect. With attentive and friendly staff on hand, it’s all very welcoming. The coffee menu is standard for the most part, though more interesting options include an iced Baileys mocha ($58) and affogato with homemade tiramisu ($58). Serious javaheads might recoil at such adulteration but we order the former and an americano to see how Kaffeine handles its, well, caffeine. Both results are satisfactory; nothing to write home about but a cut above the syrupy brews offered up at chain coffee shops. Where Kaffeine really shines is its food. The lunch menu runs from midday to 2.30pm daily and offers a variety of dishes from a simple vegetarian risotto ($88) through to an Australian wagyu beef burger ($148), all of which include a small mixed salad or a soup of the day. We opt for the former, with salad, and are impressed by the healthy y