Sheung Wan’s best cafés
Not to be confused with the Michelin-starred restaurant, Amber Coffee Brewery manages to bring something fresh to the already packed café lineup in Sheung Wan and Central. What puts Amber at the top is its 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 turns into a wine bar in the evening if you’re looking for something stronger or a nightcap or two.
Now in new digs (albeit still on Jervois Street) with fresher, sleek furnishings, Barista Jam’s signature drip coffee is a must-have when you arrive here. From siphons and French presses to hand grinders and Aeropresses, not to mention Moka pots, you can find almost every method of brewing coffee imaginable at Barista Jam. Often considered to be home to some of the best coffee in the city, try a flat white or small batch roast coffee for the perfect caffeine fix.
This hole-in-the-wall coffee spot offers patrons its special Melbourne-style coffee. Made from coffee beans delivered from Melbourne’s Market Lane Coffee, you can order anything from a cappuccino to Brew Bros’ signature 21-hour cold brew. If for some reason you’re not feeling the need for coffee, grab something from its great selection of teas, which includes Prana Chai and Matcha with soy milk. Get 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 small café only seats around 10 to 15 people.
Surround yourself with the fragrant aroma of fresh flowers in Sheung Wan’s secret garden. Café Bauhinia is a flower and coffee shop, quaint and quiet in equal measure. The walls and terrace are teaming with flowers, creating an almost rural atmosphere while you munch on items from the tea-set-inspired menu and classic coffees brews – add $3 for a shot of caramel, hazelnut or gingerbread syrup – alongside Hong Kong’s first-ever s’mores buffet.
Tucked away inside Hong Kong’s trendy PMQ compound, Café Life is continuously busy with customers looking for a great cup of joe or some of its decadent homemade baked goods. Perfecting its coffee one cup at a time, each batch of beans is made to order and roasted with a compact in-house roasting machine in the corner of the shop. The beans are picked from the best terroirs around the world – from countries like Tanzania, Costa Rica and Colombia – providing customers a wide array of premium choices.
The new flagship store for this small, independent chain of coffee shops sits on Jervois Street. Coco is a master when it comes to espresso-based coffees – so no surprises there. Another speciality is its nitro cold brew, which is some incredibly smooth java. If you’re looking to stay away from dairy, you’ll be happy to know that Coco offers oat milk alternatives. Pair your cup with an avo toast or bagel for the perfect combo.
With mason jars, turquoise mugs and adorable floral cups, this chic open-air café looks like a kitchen straight out of Pinterest. The comfy couches, mismatched wooden tables and chairs offer a homey feel, making you feel like you’re sitting in a friend’s kitchen catching up. Coffee wise, Corner Kitchen’s got a decent selection offering everything from an espresso macchiato to a piccolo latte.
The Sheung Wan branch of one of Hong Kong’s leading purveyors of java, The Cupping Room is still one of your best bets for a reliable pick-me-up. The perfect place to chill and enjoy brunch on a weekend, customers keep returning for its smooth coffee and excellent eggs benedict.
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 Okinawan black sugar milk for something a little different. If not for the coffee, the Instagram ops should make this a worthy trip.
Kaffeine sits on Jervois Street, an area where the coffee competition is possibly most intense in the city – several other indie cafés on this list are within walking distance. What helps Kaffeine stand out from the pack is not only its quality, if straightforward, coffee, but its excellent fresh food. Customers scramble for the seats by the window, which is a great spot for people-watching.
A perfect mish-mash of minimalism and local Hong Kong culture, Lof 10 is a pretty laid back venue treating diners to a range of regular java and flavoured coffees like its rose latte. Though not the most affordable café in town, the cold drink selections are great for summer – try the iced pomelo matcha tea – and ice cream cookie sandwich to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Situated in the relatively tranquil neighbourhood of Po Hing Fong is this unassuming café. Minimalism is the trade here, in both coffee and décor – 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’s also tons of daily cakes, doughnuts and pastries to pick from to go with your coffee.
This artisan café serves smooth coffee with cute latte art and pies from Tai Tai Pie Pies. The coffee beans at Steam are a mix of a particular South American blend and imports from Asia, and dairy-free options are available for all coffees – coconut latte, anyone? The relaxing atmosphere makes it a perfect spot to get away from the stress of city life and the friendly staff will put a smile on your face. Steam also recently introduced latte art and hand-brewing classes, so those are further reasons to visit.
This Hillier Street joint welcomes patrons with cool graffiti artwork by the entrance and a great selection of coffee brews including its speciality espresso, which uses 50 beans to create a shot, hence the name. Aside from tea and coffee (featuring flavours like lavender), this rustic café serves quality dishes that are spins on classic breakfast foods, such as a char siu and egg toast option and a pulled pork and cheese sandwich.