City of Lattes, Part 2


Chatteris' own Caroline Lengyel blesses us with her latest and greatest coffee shop finds.

“I’m back on the hunt for the best indie coffee shops in HK!” was how I almost started this post. But let’s be real, the hunt never stopped. New favorites include:

BARISTA JAM (Sheung Wan)

Coffee: 10/10
Aesthetic: 5/10
Overall experience: 7/10

I heard this coffee was special and it did not disappoint. My latte had a distinct flavor — like burned marshmallows, but silky?


Above: Beans in Barista Jam.

KUBRICK CAFE (Yau Ma Tei)

Coffee: 8/10
Aesthetic: 9/10
Overall experience: 8/10

An awe-inspiring bookstore cafe. I found this:




And maybe abused their late-night coffee bar (ordered 2 lattes just before closing time). Sorry Kubrick!



KNOCKBOX CAFE (Mong Kok)

Coffee: 8/10
Aesthetic: 7/10
Overall experience: 7/10

If someone told me a month ago that there existed a quiet, uncrowded cafe in Mong Kok, Hong Kong, I would have assumed their definition of quiet / uncrowded was quite different from mine. Then I found Matchbox Cafe.

This place gets points for the great coffee, chilled vibe, and very attractive barista! Thumbs up.

A coffee in Matchbox Cafe (ignore the dirty backpack).

BAGELS ALLEY (Central)


Coffee: 6/10
Aesthetic: 7/10
Overall experience: 8/10

A frantic google search for “bagels in HK” led me here. You can get a bagel sandwich and latte for less than a hundred HKD. This place gets points for playing “Closer” from Rihanna’s revolutionary 2016 album Anti (loses points for playing T Swift directly after). Also, the staff are nice!

Above: Bagels Alley provided the goods.


THE ALCHEMIST (Prince Edward)


Coffee: 6/10
Aesthetic: 7/10
Overall experience: 7/10

I have a lot of favorite coffee shops in Hong Kong, but my favorite after a long day is the Alchemist. I’m sure y’all know the Alchemist but I’m going to hype it anyway. The Alchemist isn’t the most minimal or glass-paneled establishment; it’s the opposite, proudly. It has travel books. It has both Western and Asian cuisine. It’s the only place I know where you can order coffee with spicy ramen — for a good price!

 ELEPHANT GROUNDS (Sheung Wan)

Coffee: 10/10
Aesthetic: 9/10
Overall experience: 9/10

If there’s a hipster heart of Hong Kong, it’s probably Gough Street in Sheung Wan — a green-leafed, graffitied strip of coffee shops and clothing boutiques and “lifestyle brands,” where American rap rolls out of open doors with blasts of AC. Cha chaan tengs (traditional tea restaurants) of various quality peek out between luxury hotels. Steep side roads cut to Hollywood road. It’s Brooklyn if Brooklyn hadn’t sold out wholly to capitalism, with better fashion (don’t tell Brooklyn).

No surprise that Gough Street is the site of my favorite Elephant Grounds location. Enormous lattes are served over a tiny, tucked-away steel countertop and there’s a patio.

Above: The patio :)

Above: Including this pic of my friend Yuki and me near Gough Street because she’s back in Tokyo and I miss her.


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