• Altynai Tamerlanova

The Best Coffeeshops in Hong Kong to Enhance Your Creativity

Nowadays, Hong Kong's humble coffee shop scene is rarely just that. Plenty of design-led coffee shops have sprung up around the city, where you can find creative inspiration while drinking your cold brew. Find your caffeine fix in these unique spots:


This article is also available in Chinese (HK).



INTERVAL Cyberport


Situated in Cyberport, Interval Farmacy offers an all-day dining concept where diners can find “comfort in simplistic, honest dishes together”. Guests enjoy a wide selection of premium coffee from Coffee Collective, a popular micro-roasters that highlights premium coffee beans sourced from direct-trading farmers. Apart from quality coffee, INTERVAL serves handmade pasta, wood fire sourdough pizza, and much more. A hand-crafted pizza quickly baked in a custom-built wood fire oven from Naples is definitely worth trying.


The restaurant also collaborates with Farmacy HK, a farming tech company that designs smart mobile farms for cities, where seasonal micro greens, edible flowers, and vegetables flourish and are hand-picked by the chef for cooking at the restaurant.

Website: twins-kitchen.com | Phone: +852 6041 7670 | Instagram: @interval_interval | Facebook: @CafeLeitzbyINTERVAL | Visit: Shop unit 207, L2, Arcade Cyberport, No. 100, Cyberport Rd, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong


Between Tai Kwun


A marvellous art cafe venue that will support your creativity is Between which is located in the heart of a historic place – Tai Kwun. Indeed, the place is more than just to enjoy your cup of joe. It is a specialty coffee space that is rooted in the community. The venue positions itself as a "communal space establishing its own culture of passion, art, and design within its walls". This year Between even collaborated with artists such as LOUSY, and Karl Hab, hosted lectures on art, and has much more to come.


Between offers more than just coffee. Experienced baristas roast signature blends in-house and craft unique coffee cocktails. As a complement to the extensive drinks menu, a variety of Japanese-inspired dishes are available.

Website: between.coffee | Phone: +852 2877 8711 | Instagram: @_betweencoffee_ | Facebook: @betweencoffeehk | Visit: 2/F, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong



Clean


This is a favourite cafe and laundrette in Sheung Wan that offers self-service washing machines and a nice selection of coffee. The founders are Cynthia and Bryan Lok, a brother-sister duo whose mission is "to make sustainability fun and affordable. Because, why should good things cost more?"


The products and services Clean provides are both budget- and eco-friendly. The coffee shop uses Rainforest Alliance Certified and Direct Trade Coffee Beans. By default, guests get coffee with oat milk; however, you can always order dairy milk for an extra HK$2. Also, Clean has a "no sugar policy", yet their recipes are formulated to bring unique notes to their drinks. And you always can order their Vegan House Coco biscuits to complement your coffee. Not feeling traditional coffee today? Try the iced pandan latte or iced sesame latte.


Website: youareclean.com | Instagram: @youarecleanhk | Visit: 100 Queen's Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong



KEFI


KEFI is a stylish cafe that opened in 2021 promoting sustainable clean eating. Although people are becoming more health-conscious, it is still difficult to maintain a healthy diet, especially in a city. Therefore, KEFI's menu consists of balanced dishes made with natural ingredients. On its menu: Brownie Chaffle with almond flour, mozzarella cheese, and unsweetened cocoa; also, Pan Seared Salmon Fillet with creamy spinach and mint mango salsa. As for drinks, we recommend trying KEFI's signatures: Osmanthus Latte and Rose Latte. So, if you are hopping around Kennedy Town, do not forget to visit KEFI to enjoy its wellness-focused yet mouth-watering offerings.


Instagram: @kefi.hk | Visit: 165-175 Belcher's Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong



Fineprint


Fineprint is a small café that serves up a variety of Australian-inspired food and drinks at a great value. It’s located at the back of Lily Street and is a go-to spot for both night owls and early birds. The interior design of the place is also very industrial-chic – super photo-worthy. Its well-designed menus are also ideal for weekend pick-me-ups.


Website: fineprint.hk | Instagram: @fineprint.hk | Facebook: @fineprint.hk | Visit: different locations



Barcode


Founded by award-winning bartender Gagan Gurung, who is also co-founder of Tell Camellia from Asia's 50 best bars, Barcode offers all three: Bar, Coffee, and Dessert. Its day-to-night concept makes it an attractive pick for those working all morning and afternoon – to finish off with a boozy nightcap.


Barcode's interior and exterior design provides a great atmosphere as a place to work or hang with friends. It's dog-friendly and the floor-length windows in the milky white interior create relaxing vibes.


Instagram: @bar_coffee_dessert | Facebook: @barcoffeedessert | Visit: G/F, Glenealy Tower, 1 Glenealy, Central, Hong Kong



openground

openground is the first design-driven coffee shop in Hong Kong. It features a selection of products and services that are designed to help its customers connect with the world of good design. The space is also dedicated to hosting events and activities that promote the design industry in the city. Designers' ideas are incorporated in the furniture, display rack, and coffee glasses. Visit openground to savour your cup of coffee and nod in appreciation to its suave design.


Online shop: shop.openground.hk | Phone: +852 3974 5098 | Instagram: @openground_hk | Facebook: @opengroundhk | Visit: G/F, 198 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong


Photos: Altynai Tamerlanova