Halfway Coffee @ Sheung Wan

The Place In what has become a standout in an area with a really established coffee culture, Halfway Coffee is perhaps one of my favourite spots for coffee.  There’s something really interesting about the little joint sandwiched between two laneways in Sheung Wan.  You know you’re in for a bit of a different experience when…

Amber Coffee Brewery @ Central

The Place I had to travel a little further than my Wanchai base to find Amber; thankfully, this hot new coffee joint is right on the Ding Ding line.  Located on super busy Des Voeux  road mid point between Central and Sheung Wan, Amber Coffee Brewery could just about be the best coffee spot in Hong…

N1 Coffee & Co

The Place The Easy way to get to N1 Coffee & Co is from exit (unsurprisingly) the N1 of the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, but my rout is normally a bit more circuitous.  This place is my regular coffee spot when I head over to TST to visit Din Tai Fung for lunch (food…

{sfs} it’s so hard to find

The Place It wasn’t a good start when we went to look for {sfs}, or otherwise known as Saint Francis Street in Wanchai.  The place was next to impossible to find, also not helped by the little coffee joint not opening on time; so we walked by a number of times before finally finding the…

Lof 10: minimalism in Sheung Wan

The Place Get ready to walk up steps and plenty of them.  Visiting Lof 10 in Sheung Wan is a study in determination and exercise.  Once you’ve ascended to the funky coffee joint that has a very minimalist look and feel, you’ll need a cup of ice cold water; which thankfully we were given once…

Open Door Cafe at Sai Yin Pun

The Place It took us ages to find Open Door Cafe, which was much further along Connaught Road that we were really prepared for.  The busy road is not really the ideal place for a cafe but when we finally walked through its front door, the heavy traffic noise disappeared quite quickly. Open Door Cafe…

NOC Coffee & Roaster in Central

The Place Graham Street in Central is home to one of Hong Kong’s famous wet markets, seemingly a dying breed of space in burgeoning Hong Kong.  While there’s a sad loss of such iconic areas, Graham Street is also home to NOC Coffee and Roaster.  While the place is called NOC, or Not Only Coffee,…

Little Break Coffee & Kitchen

The Place I keep finding great little coffee joints within a few blocks of each other at Sheung Wan, which has to be one of the hottest little areas in Hong Kong.  Whereas the other coffee haunts I’ve checked out in Sheung Wan had a traditional coffee shop feel about them, Little Break Coffee &…

Brew Brothers at Sheung Wan

The Place Described as a Melbourne coffee house in Hong Kong, Brew Brothers is a specialty coffee house in the heart of Sheung Wan.  I’m not really sure why the reference is made to Melbourne coffee houses, but Japanese head barista Hikaru Ono spent some time there.  At the time of my visit, the Brew…

Why50HK at Sheung Wan

The Place There is a concentration of great coffee joints in a little section of Sheung Wan and it’s easy to overlook one or two.  Why50HK was one of those spots that just didn’t register, largely due to the highly unusual name and the brand advertising on it’s front wall.  But once you notice the…

R&R Bagels with Allpress

The Place Hidden in plain sight is the best way to describe R&R Bagels.  Located in busy 28 Li Yuen Street West, the specialty bagel joint is hidden behind one of the myriad of stalls that dominate the busy little street.  If you weren’t looking for it specifically, it would be easy to walk by….

Filters Lane in SoHo

The Place Right on the fringes of Expat Central, Filters Lane is a boutique coffee joint located on busy Caine Road.  The first thing you notice about this place is the huge roasting machine taking pride of place in the front window.  Filters Lane regularly runs coffee appreciation and tasting sessions, as well as demonstrations…