By now, the holiday season is done and dusted, and for most of us, January means getting back into the nitty-gritty of our jobs or heading back to school for long hours of cramming in study notes in an attempt to bag those A grades. If you're looking for a peaceful escape where you can stay and study until much past dawn, we've rounded up the best espresso-infused workspaces where students and hustlers of all stripes can have a seat and get things done.
The best late-night study spots in Hong Kong
The rustic, modern décor at Elephant Grounds is the epitome of hipster, making it a popular stomping ground for freelancers and people looking for a spot to study accompanied by some of the finest java in town. While there are several branches that offer the same vibe, the Sun Street branch in Wan Chai, Causeway Bay branch and new K11 Musea branch are perfect for cozying up in and don't close until 10pm or 10.30pm most nights.
If you need a relatively more quiet space in order to concentrate but can't afford the hefty price tag that comes with a co-working space, Desk One gives you the best of both worlds. There are three different, yet accessible venues to pick from – Causeway Bay, Mong Kok and Tsuen Wan. Each location is furnished with comfy sofas, desks by floor-to-ceiling windows, reading nooks, individual cubicles, high-speed internet, power sockets at every table and it doesn't close up shop until 10.30pm every night.
Starbucks everywhere has long been a popular spot for students to study in. You can sit there for hours after you've finished your cuppa (granted, the coffee here may not be the best) and nobody will ask you to leave, enjoy free Wi-Fi, and power sockets if you ever need to charge your laptop. There are plenty of Starbucks around Hong Kong that are great for studying in, but for those who want to burn the midnight oil, head over to the branch in Mira Place One, Tsim Sha Tsui, which doesn't close its doors until midnight on Monday to Saturdays, and 11pm on Sundays.
While McDonald's isn't exactly the most comfortable to go, if you need to burn the midnight oil but can’t seem to get any work done at home, a 24-hour McDonald's near you is your best bet. Free Wi-Fi, cheap (albeit rather unhealthy) meals, and just like, Starbucks, nobody is going to kick you out even after you've finished your drink or meal.
Easily spotted a mile away by its black facade and retro cinema sign, this trendy coffee joint boasts some well-brewed classic coffee, innovative snacks such as acai bowls, flaxseed power bites, matcha tarts and focaccia, and even encourages day drinking by serving smooth-as-silk espresso martinis from 11am onwards. Best of all, both the Sai Ying Pun branch and the Kennedy Town is open from 7am to 11pm or 12am on most days. So if you're not afraid of some noise and wouldn't mind a drink or two come nightfall, this cosy, jolly neighbourhood institution may just be right up your alley.
When it comes to local coffee shop brands, few are as successful or impressive as The Coffee Academics. Their Causeway Bay flagship store is a spacious venue that fills up with people working on their laptops and scribbling notes in journals, or catching up with friends over cold brews, handcrafted espresso-based drinks, as well as teas, alcoholic drinks and food. The café stays open until 11pm on Fridays, weekends and public holidays, making it the perfect place to set up your laptop, settle down and get some work done.
With great WiFi, plenty of power sockets, and the invigorating aroma of freshly roasted beans and opening hours from 8am to flipping 3am, this rustic cosy cafe has all the ingredients you need to sit down and type away for hours on your laptop. Aside from tea and a great selection of joe (including its specialty espresso, which uses 50 beans to create a shot), Why50 also does quality dishes that are a spin on the classic breakfast food, such as the char siu and egg toast, and pulled pork and cheese sandwich.