So, last year, I went to Hong Kong for my birthday and took you on a juice tour. For 2018, I was in the same city to celebrate but this time I’m sharing with you the coffee shops we caught shelter and comfort in during the bizarre week of weather we experienced. It got down to 8 degrees (during the day!) so our outdoor walks, umbrella in hand for the most part, were punctuated with lots of stops for warm drinks and a cosy rest.
8 Wing Fung St
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Coffee and chill is what you do here. I believe that was the WIFI password, too. Boasting 5 locations, what started out as a small bar counter nestled at the backend balcony area of the WAOW store (Gough Street) has now turned into a hip joint with many tags on Instagram. Don’t forget to check out the food menu and ask about the ice-cream sandwich flavors; there’s reason to stay longer in their casual yet well-designed spaces.
The Coffee Academics
Bigfoot Centre, G/F, Zing!, 38 Yiu Wa St
My parents got me on to TCA. Another one with many locations (8 right now), they’ve been listed under The Telegraph’s ‘World’s Best Coffee Shops’. This trip, I discovered Kali’s premium drinking chocolate and ordered hot cocoa on both occasions. 100% natural, gluten-free and dairy-free. Accompanied by almond milk, of course. Oh, they made me so happy handing over my drink each time! Coming back in the summer for an iced-version.
14 Tai Wong St E
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Having only been opened for 2 weeks, I’m thanking my lucky stars that we got to experience this café early on in Wan Chai. I know this is supposed to be about coffee, so let me just be very clear: pair your caffeine pick with a croissant! Ex-Four Seasons pastry chef Gregoire Michaud opened his own pastry shop serving breads, sandwiches, soups, coffees, juices and teas. I suspect Bake House is going to be a place we return to every time.
IFC Mall, Shop 3023
Central, Hong Kong
When I’m in Landmark or IFC, this is usually my ‘shopping fuel’ stop or a place to rest my feet. I’m normally around on a weekday, so I find myself around business executives or just generally a well-heeled crowd. There’s not much food here, although I have gotten a slice of banana and carrot cake before. I love their tiffany-colored cups and saucers, makes for pretty pictures if you’re into that.