Hong Kong’s best game cafés
This brand-spanking new spot features a well-stocked games shelf and spacious tables for you and your pals to do battle on. For $50 an hour (including drinks and snacks coupons), you can take your pick of the place’s selection of games including German settlement craze Catan, Creationary (like Pictionary but with Lego) and Caram Board (an Indian version of pool). The space also hosts a weekly board games night on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 11pm in conjunction with a local Meet Up group. Make sure to get a seat at one of the tables which has a side covered in whiteboard paint – that way you can keep score with ease.
As one might expect, the highlight here is the cafe's numerous board games - with over 300 different types (including role playing, detective, war, strategy, and party) available, suitable for two to ten players. Staff will happily teach customers the rules to unfamiliar games. Consider it the more intelligent, and social, alternative to the computer. Meal for two: around $80.
Located just next to Yau Ma Tei’s Broadway Cinematheque, this games café is, like its name, a warm and friendly place to gather for a bite and a round. High ceilings, cute wall fixtures and attentive staff make for an inviting environment especially for first-time games café-goers. We’re pleasantly surprised with the food and drink offerings (the fried mac and cheese bites get the thumbs-up) but we’re disappointed that some of the classics like a chessboard aren’t available here. But with a minimuim spend of $40 for two hours of play, we aren’t complaining.
This tiny spot in Mong Kok fills up quickly and is made borderline claustrophobic with a collage-style wallpaper filled with games images and graphics. While it isn’t for the faint-of-heart, it truly is where more serious players go to get their game on. The owner tells us that the café is usually busy with high school students during term breaks and that storytelling adventure Dixit is hands-down the most popular game of choice. There’s no fee to play here – just buy a drink ($40-$50) and you’re in. It’s in the same building as Full Cup Café and the entrance is in the first alley on the south side of Dundas Street, just west of Nathan Road.
Just next to Causeway Bay’s famed Cat Café near Times Square is a small but comfortable gaming spot. We visit on a weekday afternoon and easily nab a large table to ourselves – but we imagine the place fills up quickly on evenings and weekends. Tables are set quite closely together so you might be squeezing past others to get around. The tea set, which includes snacks like fish fingers or noodles and a tea-based drink, is a decent deal at $50 and meets the minimum spend (which increases to $80 in the evening). Do note that English menus aren’t available but the staff are happy to help translate.