Getting Hipster in Kowloon: Finding the best coffee in Hong Kong.

It’s the Kowloon Edition of my ultimate hipster coffee discovery. Since deciding to research all the hipster cafés, I never realised exactly how many cafés that exist, even in the remote areas of Hong Kong.

Here is an opinionated Todo list of the cafés that I’d like to visit/recommend.

There was this great chain of Cafés I used to treat myself before becoming a developer, which was the Caffé Vengnano 1882 and to my dismay, there is not a single branch open in Hong Kong. *sigh…

Kowloon Edition



G/F, 21 Hak Po St, Mongkok, Kowloon.

Opening Hours:
Daily from 11am-10pm
Contact: +852
2781 0363

Comments:
Knockbox isn’t exactly famed for it’s lavish food, however, if you’re stuck for something Western to eat on Kowloon side, I’d recommend the Eggs Benedict. Have that with a nice coffee: Their lattes aren’t bad, I’d recommend having a small meal with a nice latte during the afternoon. Oh I almost forgot… they do make a mean Fish and Chips, which is rare, especially in the Kowloon side.



3–7/F, Hanwai Commercial Centre, 36 Dundas Street, Mong Kok
Opening Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 3pm–2am
Friday: 3pm–4am
Saturday & Public Holiday: 1pm–4am
Sunday: 1pm–2am
Contact
: +852 2771 7775

There’s live music? — I have to check this place out.


Olympic

Craft Coffee Roaster

http://www.openrice.com/english/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=151197

G/F, 29 Tai Kok Tsui Road, Tai Kok Tsui

Opening Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8am–7pm
Friday: 8am–8pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9am–7pm
Contact:
+852 2781 0363

From the OpenRice listing, this café only has 12 seats, so I’m not sure if this a perfect spot for being able to sit for hours. Though since it is on the KL side, I would suspect it more as an emergency caffeine pit spot than a shindig. *Oh there’s outdoor seating as well, might be a good place when the weather is cooler.



Shop G, no.34 , Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Opening Hours:
Daily from 8am-10pm
Contact: +852
3568 4726

As someone who basically worked next door to this place, I’m surprised I never noticed N1 Coffee when I commuted to work!
*Oh, they opened in 2014 — that’s why I never noticed it!*
I think I might go here during the weekend, seems quaint~


Tsim Sha Tsui

Tamper Coffee Company

G3, 3 Granville Circuit, Off Granville Road,Tsim Sha Tsui
Opening Hours:
Daily 11am-11pm

Was mentioned in hk-magazine.com, small venue according to Openrice, but the owner seems pretty cool from the hk-magazine reference.

Can’t find a decent photo of their shop front, many good photos of their desserts though.


Tai Kok Tsui

Black & White

Unit B&D, 88–102 Ivy Street, Tai Kok Tsui
Opening Hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 3pm–11pm
Friday-Saturday: 4pm–midnight
Contact: +852
2789 1330

Apparently some pretty good desserts, though I don’t know about their coffee quality, seems like a nice place for a evening date on the KL side.

Can’t find a decent photo of their shop front, many good photos of their desserts though.



Shop H2, Properous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei
Opening Hours:
Daily 1130am-10pm
Contact: +852
2384 8929

I’m really surprised that I forgot about this place.

It’s located next door to the Broadway Cinematheque, which is one of the few cinema theatres that regularly hosts niche films. Since the cinema is located in the middle of nowhere (from a MTR perspective) it’s often very quiet during the weekends… and if you find yourself bored one day during the weekday, it’s one of the very few movie theatres in Hong Kong that might find yourself being the only patron for a popular movie.
Having ample elbow room is always a plus.

Now back to the café.

It’s been a while since I’ve last went here, and the store itself has a very interesting atmosphere. It feels more intellectual library, than popular café. One of the interesting perks of Kubrick is the interesting selection of books you’ll be able to find, ranging from art, cinema, fashion, graphic design through to politics, you’ll be able to find something that might spark your curiosity.


Shep Kip Mei

Café Golden

Room 05, 1/F, Jockey Creative Arts Centre, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei Opening Hours:
Daily 11am-8pm
Contact:
+852 2408 8255

I don’t know how to feel about this place yet, from the outset, it appears to that on beanhunter, that there has been a couple of reviews that have praised this highly. I think I’d leave this here for the adventurous readers out there.

Looking at their Facebook page, which hasn’t been updated in a while, it does seem pretty legit. I’d probably call them before making the trip to their establishment.

Again, I can’t seem to find a decent photograph of their store front.


Yuen Long

Accro Coffee

http://sprudge.com/5-hong-kong-excellent-cafes.html
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Shop 8, G/F, Fook Cheong Building, 21–27 Ma Wang Road, Yuen Long
(Railway
Long Ping Station B1 exit).
Opening Hours:
Daily from 12pm-midnight.
Contact: +852
3484 9448

This has some very interesting reviews, especially since it is out in the very nether regions of the New Territories… I think this would make a great adventure, or at the very least, a very good story if I ever make the time to go here.


Sai Kung

18 Grams Alley

http://sprudge.com/5-hong-kong-excellent-cafes.html
http://sprudge.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/image1.jpeg

16 Sai Kung Building, 42–56 Fuk Man Rd, Sai Kung.
Opening Hours:
Daily from 9am-6pm.
Contact: +852
2791 9418

I feel a little biased since I often go to the 18 Grams over in Sheung Wan. As this is in the middle of Sai Kung, Hong Kong’s surfer/second-hipster district, I think that you’ll find a decent coffee here. I’ll comment when I’ve learned how to surf and make a stop here in the future.


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