The best cafés and coffeeshops in Kowloon

Where to find a decent cup of joe, Kowloon side
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Move over nai cha! Coffee culture in Hong Kong is bigger than ever as more and more cafés join our list of the best coffee shops in the city. More importantly, quality brews are no longer exclusive to select enclaves like Sheung Wan anymore. Some of best brews in town can be found on the other side of the harbour, whether you want single origin beans and hand-drip coffee or quirky themed venues piled with ersatz antiques.

Keen to explore outside of Hong Kong? There are also many fantastic coffee shops in Macao for you to try too.

Kowloon’s best cafés

Restaurants, Coffeeshops

% Arabica

icon-location-pin Tsim Sha Tsui

Originally from Japan but now with branches in Europe, the US and Middle East, % Arabica take their coffee seriously. This second Hong Kong branch, in the Star Ferry Terminal, finally brings them nearer the masses following the brand’s original opening in Hong Kong in Discovery Bay. For a coffee on the go between TST and Central, there’s no better option.

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Black Sugar Coffee

icon-location-pin Mong Kok

The major appeal of this minimalist coffee house is its adorable shiba inu mascot. Though the cute doggy is not always around to greet customers, you’ll find glimpses of the pup everywhere from framed photos on the wall to coffee-table books on shibas. Pairing white tiles with sleek, minimalist furniture, Black Sugar is the perfect place to go with your laptop to complete an afternoon’s worth of work, accompanied by a cup of coffee and some killer eggs benedict and avo toast.

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Café Hay Fever

icon-location-pin Prince Edward

It’s worth getting hay fever just for a trip to this quirky botanical café. With curated farmhouse decor, potted plants and giant bouquets, your senses will feel as if they’ve taken a well-deserved break from all the air-pollution in our sometimes hazy city. The café is spacious with plenty of seating and a florist downstairs. The specialty ice drip coffee is made with freshly roasted beans – perfect with a slice of lemon cheesecake.

Restaurants, Cafés

Cafe Golden

icon-location-pin Shek Kip Mei

Hidden away inside JCCAC in Shek Kip Mei, Café Golden is a hipster heaven with vintage décor and furnishings. Enjoy a cuppa surrounded by an eclectic collection of silk cheongsam from the 50s, a seat recovered from an old cinema, vintage sewing machines and television stands. The coffee selection is none too shabby either, offering customers everything from hand drip and siphon brews to espresso of all kinds.

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Café Sausalito

icon-location-pin Sham Shui Po

Although Sham Shui Po isn’t exactly known for its coffee as much as its electronics stalls or cheap eats, Sausalito exists as a coffee mecca for javaholics in the district. You’ll find all the usual suspects like lattes and cappuccinos, but Sausalito also serves single origin pour over coffee and a cucumberano – a cucumber flavoured coffee and soda water concoction. Stop by during the weekend for some awesome live music.

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Common Room & Co

icon-location-pin Sham Shui Po

A lifestyle concept venue that’s an art gallery, independent bookstore, makerspace and coffee shop all rolled into one. Enjoy single-origin beans and learn about different brewing methods and ice drip preparation, all while browsing through a curious collection of books and artisanal products. Common Room is the perfect oasis to escape the hectic pace of Sham Shui Po. 

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Kubrick Bookshop Café

icon-location-pin Yau Ma Tei

A Stanley Kubrick-inspired café neighbouring local arthouse cinema Broadway Cinemathèque, here is where you can find a multilingual selection of books and magazines with topics ranging from the history of cinema to Russian folk tales. A popular meeting spot for students and entrepreneurs alike, the menu features options for those who are lactose intolerant with organic soymilk coffee and vegan ice cream available.

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Parc Antique & Lifestyle

icon-location-pin Kwun Tong

This place isn’t just a coffee shop, it doubles up as an antique store and a coworking space, where they sell pretty much anything: teacups, typewriters, bags, you name it. Its food and beverages are served on fancy china and they serve hand drip coffee from staples like Ethiopia, Kenya and Colombia. As well as ice drip coffee, you can order up an ice drip ‘sparkling’ coffee, which comes in a special lavender flavour.

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Pause It

icon-location-pin Mong Kok

As the name suggests, the concept behind this Mong Kok café is to provide a space for people to take a pause while sipping a quality coffee. Pause It sources coffee beans from Ethiopia and Columbia, so the java tends to have a stronger citrus aroma. Aside from great flavours, the baristas here use natural colourings to spice up your coffee orders including the charcoal latte – which has been a huge hit on Instagram already – purple taro latte and red velvet latte. 

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Return Coffee Roastery by Barista HK

icon-location-pin Kwun Tong

The folks at Barista HK are true java heads. From the moment the beans start sprouting on the tree to when the time comes to perfect each and every brew in-store, the team here are experts and keen to share their knowledge with other avid coffee fiends. The staff physically sift through raw coffee beans by hand before roasting them on-site, so every bean is as perfect as can be. For those interested in learning the basic steps towards creating a great cup of coffee, there are also workshops on how to best discern your morning brew.

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