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Best cafes and coffee shops to visit in Sheung Wan

Sip your way through the best brews in the neighbourhood

Jenny Leung
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Time Out Hong Kong
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Jenny Leung
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Sheung Wan is well known for being HK Island’s coffee hub thanks to its ever-increasing community of cafes and coffee shops. Whether you’re looking for excellent java, a casual meal, or just a photogenic background to add to your #foodpic collection (because why else would you go to a cafe anyway?), this part of town has got them all. Follow this guide to discover our favourite cafes and coffee shops in the neighbourhood.

RECOMMENDED: Get hopping to some of the most hidden upstairs cafes in town, or wind down with a cup of CBD-infused coffee for a relaxing afternoon.

Note: Please be aware that some venues may be temporarily closed in view of the latest social distancing regulations. Please contact the venue directly to check on any changes with their opening hours. 

Sheung Wan’s best cafés

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Taking over the former space of Why50, Brewed has a large food menu that features breakfast and lunch options, desserts and pastries, as well as light bites. We recommend trying the black truffle farfalle with portobello mushrooms, Wagyu beef cheeseburger, or the tiger prawn tagliatelle. 

On the coffee front, their house blend is a combination of beans from Papua New Guinea and Uganda. Its rich and nutty aroma makes it a match made in heaven with any milk coffee. Those who prefer hand-brewed coffee can chat to their baristas, who are more than happy to recommend an assortment of beans from different regions for you to try.

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Founded by siblings Bryan and Cynthia Lok, Clean offers great coffee options along with self-service washing machines, all the while ensuring that they stay eco-friendly and resource-efficient. Unlike most cafes, where plant-based milk is usually just an alternative option when ordering coffee, Clean uses Oatly oat milk drink as their default milk, with all of their drinks specially formulated to perfectly complement it (don’t worry, you can request dairy milk for an extra $2). 

Clean’s selection of single origin beans is specially curated each season, so coffee heads can always have something new to look forward to. And if it’s a ‘no coffee day’ for you, opt for other drinks such as the matcha latte and black sesame latte, or try cascara, a refreshing herbal tea made from the skin of coffee fruits ($30-$32).

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Located on Hillier Street, where Brew Bros Coffee once sat, Meanwhile offers two types of house blends – nutty or fruity flavour – in which the beans are roasted in Taiwan. In addition to serving up a variety of Italian coffee, the shop also makes specialty drinks such as infusion teas, hot or cold French chocolate and more. And if you're feeling peckish, Meanwhile also offers generous portions of dishes such as pasta and salads, sandwiches, all-day breakfast, and more.

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Amber Coffee Brewery brings something fresh to the already packed cafe lineup in Sheung Wan and Central. What puts Amber at the top is their award-winning barista, Dawn Chan, a two-time champion in the Hong Kong Barista Championship who has also placed fourth in the World Barista Championship. Brewing original coffee blends in a sleek setting, Amber also whips up some delightful pastries and baked goods.

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Elixir first opened its doors in Causeway Bay, before it moved to Sheung Wan in June 2019, but their idea to cure modern ailments through coffee therapy remains. Offering a minimalist space with granite tones and glass doors mixed with pale woods, Elixir is the Instagrammer's moody dream, with handsome coffees and signature brews from selected beans to try. 

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Hjem, pronounced yem, means 'home' in Norwegian and is a Nordic cafe in Sheung Wan near Man Mo Temple. The cafe offers everything from Nordic cuisine and healthy drinks to coffee and cocktails. The food is curated by Scandinavian chef, Jaakko Sorsa, and offers some Nordic favourites such as Smørrebrød, which are open-faced sandwiches, warm dishes including (step aside Ikea) meatballs, sweet dishes, cheese plates and smoked Nordic seafood. Hjem also plans to hold workshops and collaborations with local independent businesses in their modern space that seems to exude that hygge life.

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Barista Jam is one of Jervois Street's cafe veterans – so you know they've got their coffee game down. Donning a sleek, black and grey industrial design, the two-storey venue also has a mini-museum upstairs where a collection of coffee-brewing tools, such as Japanese siphon, French press, hand grinder, AeroPress, and Moka pots are on display. Settle down and pair your brew with the cafe's signature avocado chicken sandwich, we promise you won't regret it.

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This bright orange and white addition to Tai Ping Shan Street is hard to miss. A grab-and-go coffee joint with only a couple of seats inside the store, Espresso Remedy aims to provide, well, a remedy for anyone and everyone who drops by. Not only does the coffee shop offer single-origin coffee and cold brew teas, but there are also snacks available such as cookies, chicken wings, fries, and more. Customers also have the option to add in 20mg of liquid CBD for an extra $20.

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Found is Hong Kong's first CBD boutique and cafe managed by Altum International, a cannabinoid innovation platform that distributes various CBD products for the retail, food, and beverage industry. Located in Po Hing Fong neighbourhood in Sheung Wan, the cafe also features a retail concept store with a range of CBD products from brands. A small variety of CBD-infused drinks and nibbles are available at the cafe.

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Best known for serving its coffee in vintage porcelain cups – the takeaway paper cups also feature porcelain patterns – Halfway Coffee is a small joint tucked away near the antique shops along Upper Lascar Row. You can find all the classic coffee options here as well as a wide selection of teas. We recommend trying the Okinawa black sugar milk for something a little different. If not for the coffee, the Instagram ops should make this a worthy trip.

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Kaffeine sits on Jervois Street, an area where the coffee competition is possibly one of the most intense in the city. What helps Kaffeine stand out from the pack is not only its quality coffee, but also its excellent fresh food – the internet-famous Grandma Scones are sold here. Customers scramble for the seats by the window, which is a great spot for people-watching.

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A perfect mish-mash of minimalism and local Hong Kong culture, Lof 10 is a pretty laid back venue with a range of regular java and flavoured coffees like its rose latte. Though not the most affordable cafe in town, the cold drink selections are excellent and the ice cream cookie sandwich will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth. 

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Situated in the relatively tranquil neighbourhood of Po Hing Fong is this unassuming cafe. Minimalism is the trade here, in both coffee and decor – think concrete walls and clean wooden furnishings. You’ll find the usual suspects here, like your flat white and cappuccino, but also green tea lattes and shaken teas if you’re looking for something less intense. There are also daily cakes, doughnuts, and pastries to pick from to go with your coffee.   

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404 Plant is a vegan bagel cafe located on Jervois Street. This local plant-based bagel brand initially started selling their doughy treats on social media before opening their first shop in Sheung Wan. The shop also offers all kinds of plant-based food and beverages, including vegan cheese, ice cream, and milkshake.  

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Aside from being a multi-brand boutique with a focus on high quality Scandinavian fashion and lifestyle products, 15squarestreet is also home to Hong Kong’s only Swedish coffee shop – Kaffe. They serve classic pastries made by a Swedish baker along with unique coffee beans roasted weekly from Sweden. Be sure to try their Espresso Ronic and Yuzpresso Tonic, served with cinnamon rolls or a traditional Chokladbollar.

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