The first % Arabica store originally opened in Discovery Bay in 2013. Despite being widely featured, the store eventually shuttered and the chain moved its operations to Kyoto, which led to global expansion with 29 branches across the world. The Kennedy Town branch is stylishly designed, serving the same excellent coffee and offering front-row seats to an incredible harbourside view. Aside from the signature espresso drinks, % Arabica also does a mean Spanish latte and matcha latte.
Forget the stereotypes, Hong Kong coffee culture is about more than just showing up to work 15 minutes late with a Starbucks’ latte. Despite the popularity of traditional Hongkie drinks like lai cha and yin yang, our city is home to an increasing number of coffee connoisseurs. More and more speciality cafés are popping up around town to cater to different taste buds, and not just to cater to demand for espresso and a flat white but nitro coffee and unusual brews, too.
This guide will lead you to all the best coffee shops in Hong Kong, all the way from Sheung Wan to hidden gems in Cheung Chau.