10 New Cafes in Hong Kong To Check Out When You Next Visit

Hong Kong is replete with cha chaan tengs, dim sum parlours and traditional eateries doling out scrumptious local bites and silky milk tea. But those craving Western cafe-style dishes, baked goods and specialty coffee also have their pick of options. Here are some notable recently opened cafes in Hong Kong to patronise on your travels, from a spacious pastel-hued venue that has an impressive children’s play zone to a three-storey Jeju-inspired cafe surrounded by picturesque natural scenery.

1. Rootdown

Located in a minimalist yet welcoming space in Sai Ying Pun, Rootdown is a trendy cafe that specialises in delectable sandwiches and top-notch coffee. Sandwich options include grilled cheese, egg, salami and pepperoni and mushroom, and there’s also the milk bread toast with maple brown butter if you have a hankering for something sweet. Meanwhile, light bites range from nori chips to loaded potato skins crowned with sour cream and pancetta and juicy chicken wings seasoned with lemon and pepper.

Rootdown is at 1 Chung Ching Street, Shop 16-19 G/F, Sai Ying Pun. Visit its website for more information.

2. Kopi Coffee & Eatery

Have a full day of exploring the city ahead of you? Visit this pet-friendly establishment located in Tai Po to fuel up with coffee and breakfast favourites before your adventures. Besides the standard espresso-based beverages and a selection of fruity sodas, it serves dishes like the avocado and smoked salmon croffle, açaí bowl, honey walnut bagel and all-day breakfast plate. The latter comes with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, mushrooms, bacon, baked beans and a garden salad dressed with zesty grape vinegar.

Kopi Coffee & Eatery is at 11 Chui Lok Street, Shop 7 G/F, Tai Po, tel: +852 9555 7979. Visit its Instagram page for more information.

3. Jello & Mellow

This sprawling family-friendly establishment keeps the kids in mind with an indoor playground featuring a slide and ball pit, which will keep the little ones busy as you enjoy your meal. What’s more, there’s even a convenient private room for moms to do a diaper change or breastfeeding session. Adults can feast on Neapolitan-style pizzas in flavours including Margherita, truffle mushroom and octopus okonomiyaki, while the children’s menu has adorably plated meals that pack plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables.

Jello & Mellow is at 1001 King’s Road, Shop 9/F, Quarry Bay, tel: +852 5111 4895. Visit its website for more information. 

4. Lento

If you find yourself in Kowloon City, hit up Lento for a delicious meal in an inviting atmosphere (if you’re lucky, you can snag the coveted comfy sofa seat). Coffee lovers can kick things off here with a piccolo or flat white, while those who are partial to tea can order the fragrant Earl Grey latte or bittersweet matcha latte. Then, move on to sampling dishes like French toast, carbonara, shrimp risotto, tuna avocado poke bowl or halloumi fries.

Lento is at 428 Prince Edward Road West, Shop G/F, Kowloon City, tel: +852 5247 6077. Visit its Instagram page for more information.

5. Soft Thunder

It’s hard for anyone to resist the allure – and aroma – of freshly baked morsels. At Soft Thunder’s recently opened flagship outlet in the hip Wan Chai neighbourhood, you’ll be treated to a mouth-watering array of pretty pastries. Kids will be delighted with the cone-shaped Unicorn Puffs, which are available in the likes of strawberry, matcha and chocolate. Other things worth trying are the ham and cheese croissant that features creamy brie, as well as the egg tarts and gorgeous fruit tarts.

Soft Thunder is at 31 Queen’s Road East, Shop B, Wan Chai. Visit its Instagram page for more information.

6. Tamora

Need a break from Hong Kong’s hustle and bustle? This remote establishment may take some time to journey to from the city centre, but it’s well worth the trip to sample its Jeju-inspired menu and bask in the verdant and tranquil surroundings. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide unblocked, sunlit views of lush greenery, which are best enjoyed while sipping on an oat latte, Jeju volcanic oolong tea or tangy Jeju yuzu drink. They also have a moreish selection of sweet and savoury croffles. 

Tamora is at 46B Tai Mei Tuk Tsuen, Tai Mei Tuk. Visit its Instagram page for more information.

7. Badgers Cafe

Make a beeline for this cosy and brightly lit cafe in Hung Hom, where you can nosh on a range of hearty dishes in a vintage-style setting – complete with old-school furniture and plenty of retro trinkets decorating the space. On the menu, you’ll discover a mix of familiar and creative Western dishes to suit various palates: think a vibrant avocado salad, crab roe pasta and assorted sandwiches, plus refreshing beverages like a caramel latte, iced lychee tea and fizzy espresso tonic.

Badgers Cafe is at 8 Baker Court, Shop B, Hung Hom, tel: +852 9276 1467. Visit its Instagram page for more information.

8. Overlap Coffee

Taking a day trip to Yuen Long? Overlap Coffee is a solid option for resting your legs and grabbing a quick bite between exploring the area’s many sights. Besides classic drinks like espressos, lattes and cold brews, the venue also makes special seasonal coffee beverages that are certainly worth a try. As far as the food, take your pick from Western café-style eats like all-day breakfast plates, salads and pastas. For dessert, we recommend the cinnamon roll or Basque burnt cheesecake.

Overlap Coffee is at 1-5L Fung Cheung Road, Shop 2 G/F, Yuen Long, tel: +852 6073 2801. Visit its Instagram page for more information.

9. Patisserie Millefeuille

Sure, you may be in Hong Kong where egg tarts and bolo buns reign supreme as far as baked goods go. But there’s no reason not to take the opportunity to sample the French confections at Pâtisserie Millefeuille, conveniently situated in the Central area. Treat your taste buds to an eye-catching assemblage of treats that are almost too pretty to eat, from their signature mille feuille to madeleines, financiers, caneles and tarts like the milk chocolate peanut tart and lemon tart.

Pâtisserie Millefeuille is at 16A Staunton Street, Central, tel: +852 9317 1023. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Visit its website for more information.

10. Wanaka

Those on the lookout for plant-based items can check out Wanaka in Wan Chai, which specialises in colourful and delicious vegetarian dishes made using local produce. If you’re visiting for breakfast, you can select from options like the blueberry sourdough bagel with strawberry jam, an avocado sandwich with sun-dried tomato pesto and a coconut chia pudding with wild blueberries, dragon fruit, raw nuts and seeds, chia seeds and goji berries. They also throw in a free Japanese barley tea for good measure.

Wanaka is at 8 King Sing Street, G/F, Wan Chai, tel: +852 6080 8251. Visit its Instagram page for more information.