PICKS

Countryside and island cafés you never knew existed in Hong Kong

by: Rachelle Ma
01 Sep 2020

Staycations and day trips to the gorgeous and sprawling outlying islands of Hong Kong have never been more in this summer. Whether you’re on a mission to uncover the best ‘hidden gem’ spots to grab food (one the MTR doesn’t take you to) or you’re looking for a rewarding refuel station after a long hike, check out these cafés you might not have heard of and get ready to check them off your list of places to visit!

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Tai O - Solo Cafe 

Quaint fishing village Tai O has a lot of local delicacies to offer seafood, street food and...sponge cake? While seemingly a little odd to venture all the way to Lantau Island for cakes, the friendly cafe isn’t one to miss with its accompanying view of fishing villages and boats. Solo’s cakes may be the star but for those craving a bit of the local fare of Tai O, they also have a menu of Chinese food. 

Solo Cafe, G/F, 86 Kat Hing St, Tai O, Lantau; 9153 7453 

Sai Kung - Little Cove Espresso 

We aren’t sure this could be counted as a hidden gem, but it is tucked away behind the more presiding seafood and dim sum restaurants of Sai Kung. When it comes to a full presentation of Australian brunch, there’s no other place to go than Little Cove Espresso. The queues tend to form and not disperse until way after brunch hours so get there early and treat yourself to a smoothie bowl or coffee. Little Cove Espresso also does lunch and breakfast menus as well as raw desserts if you’re on a paleo or gluten-free diet. 

Little Cove Espresso, Shop 1 and 2, G/F, Siu Yat Building, Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung; 9572 8560

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Sai Kung - hushhush 

Tucked away in a narrow alley between cha chaan tengs and small stores, hushhush is a hidden gem. The gem of it is that they do ice cream and coffee, perfect if you begin or end your hiking excursions in Sai Kung town. For the most delectable combination of both, you’ll have to go with their affogato which promises you’ll never look back.

Hushhush, Shop 33, Ko Fu Building, 58-72 Fuk Man Road, Sai Kung

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Tai Po - Mr Cardigan 

When was the last time you’ve seen a place in Hong Kong sprawling with botany (also known as, beautiful plant things)? In Tai Po, Mr Cardigan is just that. A refurbished shipping container transformed into this amazing cafe for plant lovers, the catch is this is opened once a week only! Get there early and discover a whole other side of the city. 

Mr Cardigan; Shan Liu Rd, Ting Kok Tai Po 

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West Kowloon - Hooman by the Sea

Hotdogs and real dogs...is there anything else better? This outdoors cafe in West Kowloon is pet-friendly and because of that, it’s even more human friendly if we should say so. Bonus, you get an incredible view to watch as your little four-legged friend makes some new ones along the harbour. Talk about an amazing day sorted. 

Hooman By The Sea; GF-07, G/F, 22 Museum Drive, West Kowloon

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The Cats Tea Room 

But if you’re more of a cat lover yourself, head over to the New Territories, where small coffee shops have been cropping up all over. Not only is this the largest cat cafe in Hong Kong, but most of them are strays to whom this is their first home. Spend a day with these furry pals and grab a coffee while you’re at it! 

The Cats Tea Room; 1/F, 45 Tai Ho Rd, Tsuen Wan; 2149 6261

Solo Cafe

Address   G/F, 86 Kat Hing St, Tai O, Lantau