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Unique themed cafes to try at least once in Hong Kong

by: Vanshika Grey
12 Dec 2018

From the light-hearted and fun to racy and just downright bizarre, the themed cafe trend hasn't festered away in Hong Kong just yet.  
9 ¾ Cafe
We start off the list with the cafe for all the potterheads! For those who haven’t heard already, the 9 ¾ Cafe is based on the Harry Potter book and movie franchise. The cafe is really dim-lit and cosy, a mixture of different parts of the HP universe compiled into one. The Hogwarts Great Hall (the paintings and candles), the Three Broomsticks (the dim lights, the Butterbeer), the platform (with a trolley and hedwig to complete the look) and Diagon Alley (the brick walls). The food isn’t particularly great, and doesn’t really reference to the franchise so much, but they do serve Butterbeer (too much soda and not enough butterscotch if you ask us). 9¾ Cafe, 4/F, Prosper Commercial Building, 9 Yin Chong Street, Mong Kok, (+852) 9432 6555; facebook.com/9-34-cafe
Cat Island
Cat cafes are pretty well known by now, but this one's the classic one that's been around for over a decade. It's a small cafe on the third floor of a pretty old building. You're met with an entrance full of feline-themed merchandise and goodies, and an admission fee. Filled with little friendly furry friends roaming around everywhere, some friendly, some aloof and some a little adorably grouchy. Their menu is no doubt as cute as their cafe with cat-themed dishes all over. From creme brulee with a cat face drawn on it to fresh crepes with homemade strawberry sauce and vanilla ice cream (also with cat faces on each part of the dish!). They also have a separate menu for cats, so you could call in advance and bring your own cat over to make some feline friends. Flat D-E, 3/F, Po Ming Building, Fu Ming Street, Causeway Bay; 2710 9953; facebook.com/cwbcatstore
On Dog Dog Cafe
If you’re not the biggest fan of cats you can still enjoy the excitement of dining with animals throughout the On Dog Dog Cafe. This cafe is filled with great food and dogs you can play with while you are at the cafe. They have so many furries you can play with. Opt for lunch options like the Smoked Salmon Salad, Spaghetti Bolognese, and Grilled Duck Breast.  1st Floor, 3 Sokosu Road, Ho Man Tin;  facebook.com/ondogdogcafe

Jolly Thinkers
Need a space to play board games with friends? Board game cafes are a pretty big deal in Hong Kong, and Jolly Thinkers is one of the more well-known ones. With more then 300 board games available, including a variety of expansions, this one's a great one for those who have a group of four or more. They have quite an extensive drinks menu as well including milkshakes, tea, coffee and a selection of healthy drinks. And if you're feeling peckish, they've also got a menu with dishes like Baked Beef Ribs with Five Spices and Baked Chicken Steak with Onions.  11/F, Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai; 2527 2882; jollythinkers.com
Dreamy home
Dreamy home is one of the few “maid cafes” left in Hong Kong. Yes, it does sound rather dubious, but it's apparently innocent in nature. A maid cafe is a trend started in Japan in which the servers are mostly women dressed in Japanese-style french maid costumes. Inspired by anime culture, they also address you as 'master', and may sing or dance to some bizarre cat-themed dances (in which they may ask you to participate). The food might not be the best but going here will give you the opportunity to experience a new kind of sub-culture even if it is a little… peculiar. Room 44, 8th Floor, Hang Lung Building, 44 Denshi Street, Mong Kok; 6890 8369; facebook.com/DreamyHomeCafe


Hello Kitty Secret Garden
Hello Kitty fan? You'll recognise the shop from a distance as it's decorated with everything Hello Kitty everywhere inside and out. The interior decor is much like a luscious spring garden filled with flowers greenery. The food there is surprisingly good as well: organic tea, coffee along with food items with some element of Hello Kittyness. G/F, 19 Ormsby Street, Tai Hang; 2808 2868; facebook.com/HelloKittySecretGarden
Crazy Car Cafe
The Crazy Car Cafe has a super big intense go-kart race track inside the actual restaurant. The menu is not in English, so if you're confused, opt for steak and fries, it's always been our regular choice. Shop 205-211A&214, 2/F, D2 Place Two, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok; 3428 5298; facebook.com/CrazyCarCafe

Vanshika Grey