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Escape the crowds at 9 hidden cafes in Hong Kong

Localiiz
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Escape the crowds at 9 hidden cafes in Hong Kong

Are you wondering where to go in this bustling city for a slice of peace and quiet (and to keep some social distance)? Check out a few of our favourite cafes and coffee shops to go to that are located further out from the city, and thus less frequented. The trip there will also give you a unique opportunity to expand your experience of Hong Kong!

Pimary & Co.

Designed to bring a bit of Western woodlands to Hong Kong, Pimary & Co. has evolved from a bric-a-brac treasure trove to its current life as a lifestyle concept shop and cafe in Tai Po. This hidden gem is tucked away in a two-storey village house with a patio and a rooftop. Aside from stocking sustainable homeware and farm-to-face wellness products, Pimary also hosts resident creators and artists who showcase their work. Tuck into a coffee or their range of herbal tea, browse their selection of books, and feel the stress of city life slip away in this tiny green oasis.

CoHee

This local speciality coffee roaster and coffee equipment store has its permanent home in Yuen Long’s Kam Tin village, done up in a minimalistic style of soft greys and light wood with monochrome furnishings. Grab a nibble to go with your drinks; we highly recommend Hokkaido scallop, salmon roe, scrambled egg & onion on toast and duck breast, avocado, and yuzu sauce on toast. Coffee lovers will go nuts for their wide range of single-origin coffee beans. CoHee also conducts workshops for hand-drip coffee brewing, espresso and latte art, coffee cupping and more.

Feed Your Nerves

Feed Your Nerves

The name of this cafe in a quiet area of Prince Edward is so apt — everyone’s nerves get a bit frazzled around large crowds, so some spiritual feeding and soothing is always welcome and appreciated. Feed Your Nerves Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info is decorated with lots of wood and dried flower accents; the overall effect is somewhat similar to stepping into a sepia-toned photo, quiet and calm. They serve a rotating menu of food and drinks, and we’d recommend tucking yourself away upstairs for an added level of quiet.

Cafe Golden

Cafe Golden

Shek Kip Mei is one of those rare neighbourhoods in Hong Kong where you still won’t find massive shopping malls or chain retailers. This small pocket has somehow evaded the clutches of capitalism for now and it only makes sense that the area attracts a hip arty crowd. The revitalised Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre contains art studios, galleries, a black box theatre — and Cafe Golden Get me there {{title}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info . Distinct with a grassroots vibe, their beans are house-roasted and their Fujisan oat milk comes in layers of light blues within a conical glass to resemble the eponymous Mount Fuji — very Instagram-worthy!

Mr Cardigan

First-time visitors often stumble across Mr Cardigan when cycling along the Tai Mei Tuk trail. They call themselves a plant house with good reason: the entrance is chock-full of vegetation and cacti — succulent lovers will be unable to resist taking pictures. The coffee shop is housed in the shell of a converted container and a recently-added roof extension allows for a patio area with seating, creating the perfect place to while away a nice afternoon. Mr Cardigan also hosts classes on organic farming for those looking to live a greener life. Do note the place only operates on weekends.

Tai Wo Tang

This chic and beautiful cafe was established to preserve the memories of eclectic Kowloon City and pretty much looks like a snapshot of the past. Tai Wo Tang was actually a historic family business dispensing traditional Chinese medicine, and has been converted into a nostalgic coffee shop. Nestle yourself between a medicinal cabinet that is almost a century old, retro metal shutters, wooden benches, gold-painted store signage, and treat your sweet tooth to a homemade red date hawthorne cheesecake. A visit to Tai Wo Tang gives you an opportunity to glimpse into everyday life back in historic Hong Kong.

Rest Coffee Gin

Boasting panoramic views of Hong Kong Island, Rest Coffee Gin is a place to chill with coffee by day and with gin by night. There is no drinks menu; customers sniff at a range of beans and make their selection, along with their preferred serving method, ranging from milky lattes to espresso tonics. Everything on sale is curated and customisable; they even have three types of matcha powder from Kyoto to choose from for matcha-based drinks! Come nightfall, nearly a hundred types of gins can be paired with roughly eight kinds of tonic for the perfect G&T. Take your drink to go and stroll along the waterfront promenade and creative spaces of West Kowloon’s Art Park, where you can catch arts exhibitions at M+ Pavilion and live contemporary performances at Freespace.

Congteakafe

Tucked into an unassuming side alley just off of Third Street in Sai Ying Pun, Congteakafe is best known for their all-day breakfasts, served either Western- or Hong Kong-style. This cosy joint also has lunch sets averaging $58 — an absolute bargain for the location — as well as afternoon tea sets. Grab a stool outside and soak up the sun with a cup of freshly-brewed joe or try a glass of iced Ovaltine, a nostalgic childhood drink for many Hongkongers. Congteakafe also operates a Sheung Wan location, where they dabble in next-level pineapple bun burgers, and creating sandwiches with fillings like chicken and cheese fish fillet!

Winstons Coffee

Winstons Coffee

There is no passing by Winstons Coffee in Sai Ying Pun without snapping a picture of their eye-catching, old-school cinema signage bearing the cafe’s name. But did you know that this beloved institution has a second, much quieter location in Kennedy Town with the same iconic photo opportunity? On the corner of Davis and Forbes streets, the Aussie-style cafe serves some of the very best flat whites in town, as well as delicious espresso martinis if you’re after a tipple. Perch yourself on their al fresco stools and sip away at your drink of choice while basking in the peace and quiet of the neighbourhood.

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