Sheung Wan’s best cafés
Originally from Japan but now with branches in Europe, the US and Middle East, % Arabica take their coffee seriously. With three locations in Hong Kong, located in TST’s Star Ferry Terminal, Central’s IFC and Discovery Bay, there’s no better option for a coffee on the go.
With branches in Sheung Wan, Tsim Sha Tsui and Sha Tin, it’s hard to believe that 18 Grams first started out at this small espresso bar in Causeway Bay. Managed by a world-class barista judge, 18 Grams believes in fresh, locally-roasted coffee beans. Their espresso-based coffee has helped create and dominate the Hong Kong coffee scene. Pop along to Canon Street to see where it all began and sip a perfectly ratioed cup of coffee.
A recent addition to the already stacked and packed array of coffee shops in Sheung Wan, Amber brings to town eccentric coffee creations by award-winning barista Dawn Chan, a two-time champion at the Hong Kong Barista Championship. Serving everything from pineapple juice-infused cold brews to speciality house black served in hand-painted cups, Amber also turns into a wine bar in the evening if you’re looking for a nightcap or two.
The go-to spot for the hipster crowd, Artisan Garden Cafe boasts an outdoor patio area and a cosy indoor space with a wall completely decked out with Fire-King mugs. The charming Aussie-inspired gaff has a great menu featuring finely-brewed coffee and waffles – the buttermilk fried chicken is a must-try. Stop by and it’s sure to be a g’day, mate!
Sleek and chic, this is an artisanal coffee shop in Shek Tong Tsui that combines finely crafted drinks – whether it’s coffee, organic tea or juices – with a purpose-built social ambiance. The joes are masterful and the crowd is cool, however, for us, the food is king. Enjoy a sweet or savoury éclair or a delicate quiche as you take a seat on the outdoor terrace or at a communal table. Sit next to the adorable wall art as you sip your coffee and tuck into some of those tasty bites.
Barista Jam’s signature drip coffee is a must-have at 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 imaginable at Barista Jam. Try their flat white and small batch roast coffee for the perfect caffeine fix.
Though the coffee shop may be a small and narrow, their java and baristas are the real deal. Black Cherry has all the usual suspects: latte, cappuccino, americano, as well as dirty and affogato. Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted by their selection of muffins and homemade cakes. The highlight though? Black Cherry is the perfect spot to grab that early morning coffee before most of the other shops in Aberdeen open.
This hole-in-the-wall offers Sheung Wan residents Melbourne-style coffee. Made from coffee beans delivered direct from Melbourne’s Market Lane Coffee, you can order anything from a cappuccino to their signature 21-hour cold brew, plus a great selection of teas including prana chai and matcha with soy milk. Grab a fresh pastry to go if you’re in a rush or sit down for a full breakfast. Be prepared to wait, though, as the café only seats around 10 to 15 people.
Starting out as a simple tea shop in Tokyo in 1968, Brook’s Café is the go-to place for Japanese-inspired drinks and desserts. We’re talking deliciously rich Blue Mountain drip coffee and matcha floats and smoothies. Escape the busy streets of Wan Chai and pop along to this underground café for a delectable sweet treat or two.
Surround yourself with the fragrant aroma of fresh flowers in Sheung Wan’s secret garden café. Quaint and quiet in equal measure, Café Bauhinia doubles up as a flower and coffee shop. The walls and terrace are dripping in bloomers, creating an almost rural atmosphere while you munch on items from the tea-set-inspired menu that offers coffee alongside Hong Kong’s first ever s’more buffet.
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From Central to Cheung Chau, these are the best places to get your caffeine fix in Hong Kong.