With air tickets so cheap nowadays, Hong Kong has become one of the top visited countries by Singaporeans. Though it is similar to Singapore in its economy, languages and culture, the rustic view of Hong Kong as well as its extremely fast-paced of life is one that you should experience for yourself. Not to forget, the crazy long check list of Hong Kong food and wide offering of shopping places just can't keep you still in the seat just staring at this guide. Moreover, the cafe scene in Hong Kong has been booming and you would be able to find high quality coffee joints in various clusters around Hong Kong.
In this guide, we share with you all the cafes that we have detected in our cafe-radar and our list of must-eats and must-shops in Hong Kong! Enjoy!
CAFE GUIDE TO HONG KONG!
18 Grams is a sleek cafe hidden in the basement of Gala Palace at Mongkok, a great place for you to rest your feet after a tiring day shopping at Ladies Market. The cafe serves premium coffee in a more classy setting, with comfortable cushioned seats and delectable variety of food. The latte here is fragrant and roasty, very strong-bodied and in my standards, considered delicious.
56 Dundas Street
Basement, Gala Palace
Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
KNOCKBOX COFFEE COMPANY
Tucked away at an obscure street called “Black Cloth Street” (Hak Po Street), Knockbox Coffee serves nothing less than a high quality cup of coffee for the coffee connoisseurs. They know their coffee very well, and they have an impressive range of coffee blends on the menu. From my observation, they would pour away a bad cup of coffee rather than serve an inconsistent cuppa which is lacking. Bask in the aroma of the coffee in this quiet hideout!
Ground Floor, 21 Hak Po Street
Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
HAZEL & HERSHEY
After a tiring walk around the confusing and messy streets of Central area, we finally found Hazel and Hershey sitting on the slope of Peel Street. This cafe with a cutesy exterior was a relief for our sore and wet feet from the rain, as we ducked into it for a good rest. The range of coffee apparatus on sale here is an eye opener and the coffee menu here is equally extensive. I tried the affogato which I would name second in the world (only because this is the second delicious affogato I ever had in my life), as it has a very balanced ratio of gelato and espresso which melted into a shot of liquid goodness. You.must.try.it.
Shop 3, 69 Peel Street
Central, Hong Kong
Going strong with 7 years of experience, Cafe Lavande attempts to offer a slice of France in the busy city of Hong Kong. The beans, ingredients and menus are imported and modelled after that of a typical European cafe, with elements that resemble pieces of France. Having a huge passion in coffee and cafe culture of France, the owner tries to offer a similar experience to the less-travelled coffee lovers of Hong Kong. The coffee here is Italy roasted, nothing too fancy, just a no-frill fragrant cuppa. The owner recommends the Avignon cake, which is chunky and rich, and very popular amongst the customers.
Shop 4A, Ground Floor
Prince’s Terrace, Mid-Levels
Central, Hong Kong
ROSIE JEAN’S CAFE
Rosie Jean’s Cafe sits in a lone building on the street of Caine Road, with a unique store front which is eye catching. Its cottage style interior and pleasing mix of vintage tiles, sky blue surfaces and warm lighting created a very homely feel to the cafe. Though I didn’t get to try this cafe, I would definitely love to come back again and sip a cup of coffee in this sweet looking environment!
Shop 3, Ground Floor
119 Caine Road, Kam Kin Mansion
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Rosie Jean’s Cafe Facebook
AGNES B. CAFE
For those looking for a more branded and luxurious experience, you can try Agnes B. at Central. It has a very posh appearance with European style interior. The offerings are on the more expensive side, with exquisite looking desserts, cakes and chocolates.
S8 Gough Street
Chung Shan House Ground Floor
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
OTHER CAFES IN SHEUNG WAN
Coco Espresso | Ground F, 197 Queens Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong | http://cocobarista.com/eng/
Barista Jam | Shop D, 126-128 Jervois St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong | http://www.baristajam.com.hk/
The Cupping Room | Shop L G/F, 299 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong | Cupping Room Facebook
Cafe Deadend | 72 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong | http://www.cafedeadend.com/
Cafe Loisl | 8 Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong | http://www.cafeloisl.com/
Freshness Coffee | 38 Caine Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong | Freshness Coffee Facebook
This tiny hole-in-the-wall cafe hiding in a narrow alley of Russell Street opposite Time Squares makes a quick hideout after a long day of shopping at the high end Causeway Bay. You would have walked past this street at least 5 times before being able to find the tiny sign hanging at the entrance of the building, before entering the narrow hallway leading to the cafe. Coffee here is very roasty and on the dry side, but nonetheless, interesting and strong-bodied.
OTHER CAFES IN CAUSEWAY BAY
18 Grams | Hoi Tao Court, 15-27 Cannon Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong | http://www.18grams.com/causewaybay/
The Coffee Academics | 38 Yiu Wah Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong | http://the-academics.com/
CAFES IN WANCHAI
Caffe Habitu | 77-79 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | http://www.caffehabitu.com/
Mansons Lot Coffee House | Mansons Lot, Ground Floor, 15 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | http://www.mansonslot.com/
Rabbithole Coffee & Roasters | 3 Landale Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | http://www.rabbitholecoffee.com/
Amical Coffee | 1/F, 1 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong | Amical Cafe Facebook
CAFES IN QUARRY BAY
HONG KONG CAFE MAP
And how can we throw you 26 Cafes without giving you a map?
We even drew you the trail to cafehop from Central to Sheung Wan!
You are most welcome.
OTHER TRAVELLING TIPS
Cheap Shopping Places in Hong Kong
1. Argyle Centre | Mongkok Station Exit D2 | Sai Yeung Choi Street
A parallel to the Far East Plaza in Singapore, with low priced and medium-quality clothes packed in small shop space. Probably going to be the ladies’ favourite shopping centre.
Average: $8 – $15 buys
2. Ladies Market | Mongkok Station Exit B2 | Tung Choi Street
A pasar malam that dismantles and rebuilds every day, great for buying gifts and bags at bargained prices. Shops along the street are also worth taking a look at.
Average: $8 – $15 buys
3. Island Beverly | Causeway Bay Exit E | East Point Road
Slightly more elegant and pricey selection of clothes in a comfortable and less crowded mall.
Average: $15 – $50 buys
4. Jardine’s Cresent Street | Causeway Bay Exit F1 | Jardine’s Crescent
A short street with cheap stalls and stores selling clothes, bags and accessories. There is a huge Forever21 store adjacent to this street, you sure won’t want to miss this stop!
Average: $8 – $20 buys
Must Try Food in Hong Kong
1. Dim Dim Sum | Mongkok Station Exit B3 | 112 Tung Choi Street | Facebook
I am voting this place as the best dim sum you can find in Hong Kong. We basically went crazy at almost every dish and was the noisiest table for the night. You must try their shrimp spring roll, shrimp & crisp cheong fan, poluo bun with real pineapple and century egg porridge!
2. One Dim Sum | Prince Edward Station Exit A | 15 Playing Field Road | Link
This is another really good dim sum place. Their char siew bao was heavenly, so was their har gao (shrimp dumpling) and steamed pork ribs.
3. Australia Dairy Co. | Jordan Station Exit C2 | 47 Parkes Street | Link
A very popular cha can teng (teahouse) that serves food that can’t look anymore simple but taste super awesome! I still don’t understand how their scrambled eggs and toast can taste so good, and what did they do to their macaroni soup to make us drool like this?! Expect very bad service and be extremely ready for quick order, eat, pay and leave!
4. Lan Fong Yuen | Central Station Exit D2 + a distant walk | 2 Gage Street | Link
Another cha can teng that is extremely old school and makes you feel like you have stepped into the Hong Kong of 1980s. The staff speak with an amusing authentic Hong Kong accented English with a sarcastic sense of humour. The french toast and pork chop bun gives you a taste of the true blue Hong Kong breakfast!
5. Tai Cheong Bakery | Central Station Exit D2 + a distant walk | 35 Lyndhurst Terrace | Website
Probably the best egg tart in Hong Kong. Soft and crispy crust with delicious egg custard that does not make you feel sick even till the last bite. They have a few branches but if you happen to drop by Lan Fong Yuen, you could just walk to the adjacent street for some post-meal egg tarts!
6. Xin Dau Ji | Jordan Station Exit B2 | 18 Cheong Lok Street | Link
The place to have a comfortable meal at a posh looking canton restaurant. The must-try would be the suckling pig and fried fish with corn paste. Another mentionable dish would be the minced pork with egg plant.
7. Hui Liu Shan | Website
You would probably see this dessert store everywhere. You must try their mango dessert with ice cream, which is sweet and refreshing!
Useful Apps, Sites & Tips
3. Victoria Peak Live Webcam | Link
If you are planning to view the amazing Hong Kong skyline on Victoria Peak, be sure to go only on a clear day! You can view the live cam which is updated every 15 minutes to make sure you won’t make a disappointing trip. If you are greedy for both the day and night view of Hong Kong skyscrapers, aim to reach the peak at about 6pm for the sunset happens at 6.30 – 7.00pm depending on the period.
4. Data SIM for the navigation wizards and social media addicts | Detailed Guide
I tried the 5 day Tourist SIM card by PCCW which was affordable, convenient and reliable. For HK$69 (about $10 SGD), you get 1.5 GB data, $25 worth of international messages and calling as well as free PCCW Wifi access at 12,000 hotspots. The SIM card is duo-sized, compatible for both old and new phones. Just plug it in and wait for the data connection which will be established within the hour. For PCCW Wifi, just connect to PCCW, enter your mobile number and password given on the back of the package card. You can buy this at the 7-11 located at the airport arrival hall, be sure to mention “5 day tourist SIM card” or the staff would just hand you the other types of SIM cards.
5. Octopus Card for public transport
Just like Singapore, the public transport system in Hong Kong is pretty developed and they have something similar to the ezlink card we have. Simply purchase the Octopus card at HK$150 at their counter in the airport. There will be about HK$140 credited in the card, enough for you to travel 4 days without having to top up! For any remaining amount, you could get the refund before you depart from the airport!
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