I visit Hong Kong at least once a year because of my family. I have a love-hate relationship for Hong Kong. It’s such a cosmopolitan and lively city, which I often described it as the “New York of Asia”. However, the population is so dense, and with many tourists, I feel suffocate and intense whenever I stay more than 3 days. Nonetheless, I spent a week in Hong Kong with my brother this summer, and got to explore few cafés. Let’s take a look…
Knockbox Coffee Company
Ground Floor, 21 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong (MTR Mong Kok Exit E)
Knockbox Coffee was the first independent cafe that I visited in Hong Kong. Their coffee shares 5 characteristics: artisanal, true specialty, single origin, direct trade, and freshly roasted. I tend to be more bias when I found out that the cafe roasts their own beans, because I think that by roasting your own beans, the cafe is able to establish its own unique flavor and fragrant for the coffee. The beans are also the fundamental of making a good cup of coffee. Their flat white was smooth, creamy, yet I could still taste the nutty flavor of the coffee.
18 Grams Specialty Coffee
Unit C, G/F, 15 Cannon St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (MTR Causeway Bay Exit D1) [Various locations]
18 Grams started off as an Australian style café, which, obviously, I had flat white. One of their coffee philosophies is “the right temperature”. The milk is perfectly frothed to create micro foam, and the ratio of espresso, milk, and foam is on the spot. They also offer a wide range of breakfast menu. Moreover, besides espresso, they also use other brewing methods, such as vacuum coffee, Chemex, Hario V60, and AeroPress.
G/F, 26A Russel Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (MTR Causeway Bay Exit A)
Café Corridor is such a nice hidden gem in the heart of Times Square. It’s tucked away at the end of a long corridor, which can be easily missed and neglected in such a busy area. However, it was packed in there when I went in the afternoon on a rainy day! As soon as I walked in, this cozy spot has a distinctly down-to-earth vibe. The great use of mirrors made it seems more spacious than it actually is. They also offer all-day breakfast, sandwiches, and sweets. The coffee was alright, but the french toast I had was soft and spongy.
N1 Coffee & Co.
Shop G, no.34 , Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong (MTR Tsim Sha Tsui East Exit N1)
Listed as one of the 10 best coffee spots in Hong Kong by Lifestyle Asia, it did not disappoint. It’s a really small spot, and with tiffany blue decors (my favorite color!). I really liked their flat white. However, I would recommend their americano if you like black coffee. It was smooth, and with subtle acidity that even my dad found it acceptable (he hates sour coffee). It wasn’t bitter too, hence no sugar is needed. Besides coffee, they also have all-day breakfast. I don’t think this is a spot to spend your entire afternoon, but definitely a spot to grab a quick coffee!
There are definitely more cafes that I would like to visit in Hong Kong, such as Espresso Alchemy, Common Ground, Elephant Grounds, Rabbithole, Lof10… the list goes on.
Comment below if you have any favorite cafes or recommendations for my next visit! :)