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5 New Cafes to Try this Spring

It goes without saying that Hong Kong is a foodie's city, but it's also increasingly becoming a cafe hotspot. In recent weeks, there have been a number of new additions to the local cafe scene. Without further ado, here are 5 new cafes you need to try in Hong Kong this spring. 

(1) elixir 

Elixir cafe Hong Kong

Step into the light and airy haven that is elixir, and you'll instantly feel at peace. Nestled in the more tranquil areas of Causeway Bay, this minimalist cafe offers Hong Kongers a place to enjoy good coffee and to escape from all the cosmopolitan hustle and bustle - an elixir for the stressed and ailed mind, if you will.  

elixir's swoon-worthy interior is a hushed palette of soothing whites, muted greys and natural wood, exuding an air of Scandinavian minimalism and calming Japanese zen. With ambient music playing in the background, I guarantee you will leave feel refreshed and rejuvenated. 

On the menu you'll find a simple selection of food and drink - black and white (milk) coffees, Japanese-themed smoothies, freshly baked pastries, bagels and sandwiches. Their cold brew is excellent on an oppressively hot and humid day. For the more adventurous, give their tonic americano a try. 

Cafe details 

  • Suitable for: light breakfast and lunch, work, reading, casual chats with friends. 
  • Tips: the cafe gets busy in the afternoon on weekends. Come earlier in the day to have the entire place to yourself. 
  • Location: G/F, 25 Haven Street, Causeway Bay
  • Opening hours (updated): 10am - 8pm daily, closed on Wednesdays. 
  • Wifi: yes 
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(2) Amber Coffee Brewery

The patterned tiling at the entrance makes for the perfect coffee photo backdrop. 

The patterned tiling at the entrance makes for the perfect coffee photo backdrop. 

As two-time Hong Kong barista champion Dawn Chan's first venture, Amber Coffee Brewery is quite unique by local standards - a cafe by day and wine bar by night. It hasn't been long since its opening, but the cafe has quickly become known across social media for its beautiful Chinese ink design cups. 

These cups were tailor-made by a Scandinavian brand for Amber Coffee Brewery.

These cups were tailor-made by a Scandinavian brand for Amber Coffee Brewery.

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Black coffees and white coffees range from HK$35 to HK$39, while filter coffee is HK$70. A small assortment of baked goods such as pastries and muffins are on offer too. 

The cafe is purposely small and intimate, for Dawn wanted to create a more lively and convivial atmosphere to encourage beverage drinkers to strike up conversations with each other. The baristas here are some of the friendliest I've met, so definitely stay and have a chat with them. Also, don't forget to snap a photo of your coffee with the beautiful tiling at the entrance! 

Cafe details 

    • Suitable for: light breakfasts or afternoon snacks, casual chats 
    • Tips: have a chat with the friendly baristas! The owner Dawn is one of the affable cafe owners I've met. Jacky and Noddy are the other two expert baristas behind the counter. I wouldn't recommend coming here to work or read as there is very limited seating. 
    • Location: G/F, 140-142 Des Voeux Road Central (opposite Nan Fung Place) 
    • Opening hours: Monday - Friday 8am-6pm. Sometimes they're open on weekends but hours change - check their social media before you go. 
    • Wifi: N/A
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    (3) NOC Coffee

    NOC Coffee isn't new to Hong Kong (its original branch is on Graham Street) but they've recently opened a new cafe located on Gough Street in Central. 

    NOC Coffee does a mean scrambled eggs on toast. Moist and well-seasoned, these get an A* in my book. 

    NOC Coffee does a mean scrambled eggs on toast. Moist and well-seasoned, these get an A* in my book. 

    Totoro latte art

     

     

    All kinds of coffees (black and white) and breakfast classics are on offer, from light pastries to more filling scrambled eggs, avocado toast and bagels.

    After their grand opening on May 1st, a wider range of foods will become available (think eggs Benedict, full-english breakfast and so on). 

    The baristas here seem to be into "character" coffee art - I got a totoro with my flat white (see right). Isn't it adorable? 

     

    NOC Coffee is one of the more spacious and airy cafes, boasting two floors of modern, industrial chic interior design. This cafe has already become my new go-to work cafe (it's got all the work essentials - natural sunlight, unlimited free wifi and clean toilets. Hallelujah.)  

    Cafe details 

      • Suitable for: breakfast, lunch, work, reading, casual chats with friends 
      • Tips: good for larger groups. Get the scrambled eggs. Baristas probably won't mind if you request for specific latte art. 
      • Location: 18 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
      • Opening hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am-5:30pm; weekends 10am-7pm 
      • Wifi: yes 
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      (4) halfway coffee 

      Halfway coffee

      halfway coffee is the newest gem to open up in Tai Ping Shan, which is already home to a host of other cafes (Teakha, Lof 10, Cafe Deadend and so on). This unassuming tiny hole-in-the-wall coffee shop has an interesting concept, where Western cafe culture meets Eastern tastes halfway. Beverages are served in charming traditional Chinese teacups, which you can choose yourself. 

      Thoughtful food presentation. Tasted as good as it looks. 

      Thoughtful food presentation. Tasted as good as it looks. 

      halfway coffee boasts a larger selection on their food menu than most cafes and the food presentation is on point (just look at those scrambled eggs!) I love the subtle Asian twist on their muesli too, to which they add fragrant osmanthus petals for an elegant floral finish.

      Cafe details 

        • Suitable for: breakfast, lunch, work (no wifi just yet - it's coming soon), reading, casual chats with friends
        • Tips: you can select your teacup! Limited seating, not suitable for large groups. 
        • Location: 12 Tung Street, Sheung Wan
        • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 8:30am - 5:00pm 
        • Wifi: coming soon
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        (5) Bread, espresso & 

        Bread, espresso & is a famous Japanese bakery cafe. They recently opened their first Hong Kong store in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. 

        In Japan, they are known for their paninis and decadent French toast. The French toast is only available after 3pm, and apparently they only make a limited quantity each day, a meagre 30 portions! Be sure to go early if you want to try this dish. 

        French toast.

        French toast.

        Cafe details 

          • Suitable for: breakfast, lunch, work, reading, casual chats with friends. 
          • Tips: their famed French toast is only available after 3pm.  
          • Location: G/F, Tak Sing Alliance Building, 115 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong 
          • Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 8am-8pm 
          • Wifi: N/A 
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