7 coffee shops to try in Yau Ma Tei and Jordan
13 Sep 2019
Yau Ma Tei and Jordan may be underrated hoods, nestled as they are between Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok, but there’s still plenty this little pocket has to offer. Filled with great restaurants and fascinating historical sites, it’s also home to some amazing coffee shops. Here are our favourites:
Colour Brown Coffee
Almost 15 years in business and there’s still no slowing down Colour Brown Coffee perking us up with their cups of freshly roasted java. The host of the 2013 Coffee Olympics, Colour Brown host regular events and competitions to promote speciality coffee culture in Hong Kong.
Why you’ll be back: On offer at Colour Brown is their signature single-origin selection, with beans from all over the globe like Ethiopia, Indonesia and Costa Rica, to name a few.
What to order: For a smooth cup of joe with a nutty finish, try their hand-drip washed Jamaica blue mountain no.1 ($108) or the hand-drip washed Ethiopia kochere co-op ($74) with notes of maple syrup, blackcurrant and cacao. They’re on the pricey side, but definitely worth it.
Colour Brown Coffee, G/F, 10 Kwun Chung Street, Jordan, +852 2791 7128; www.facebook.com/colourbrowncoffee
It may say so in the name but Alternative Cafe is anything but - not that that’s a bad thing, though. For your cup, you can choose between two types of espresso beans: fruity chocolate or nutty chocolate.
Why you’ll be back: Nestled inside the Breakthrough Book Gallery, there’s no better way to spend the day than getting lost in a book over a cup of joe.
What to order: You can’t go wrong with the classic hand pour-over single-origin ($50). For something a little stronger, opt for the espresso plus piccolo combo ($50).
Alternative Cafe, G/F, Breakthrough Book Gallery, 191 Woo Sung Street, Jordan, +852 6513 7994; www.facebook.com/AlternativeCoffeeHK
La Luz Coffee and Patisserie
Straight from the land down under, head on over to La Luz for a taste of Australian-style coffee. With a name meaning ‘the light’ in Spanish, this cosy, sunlit spot is sure to brighten up your day. Founded by Elyce Chau, who describes herself as a ‘coffee girl from Brisbane’, she’s harnessed her experience pulling shots in the Australian city to set up La Luz.
Why you’ll be back: An advocate for coffee communities from Australia, La Luz is the first and only coffee shop to serve Brisbane coffee, with beans imported that city’s famed Parallel Roasters.
What to order: Go classic with their V60 pour-over (from $60) or their 17-hour cold brew ($55) and pair it with their homemade cream cheese bagel ($55).
La Luz Coffee and Patisserie, Shop 28B, G/F, Man Yiu Building, Man Yuen Street, Jordan, +852 6482 3537; https://www.facebook.com/laluz.hk/
Keep your eyes peeled or you might easily miss Nanking Street’s cosy Café Août. Famous for their sweet and savoury crepes, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this gem is a neighbourhood go-to at any time of the day.
Why you’ll be back: What better way to pair your coffee than with some good ol’ crepes. Café Août offers both savoury ones like roast chicken and potato gratin ($68), meatballs tomato with fried egg ($72), and chocolate ganache and banana ($38). The cafe is small and cosy so be prepared to squeeze a bit, but we think it only adds to the charm.
What to order: For a unique pick-me-up that won’t break the bank, take a bite of their brown sugar and lemon juice crepe paired with a piccolo latte ($25).
Café Août, G/F, 16 Nanking Street, Jordan, +852 2698 9018; www.facebook.com/cafeaout/
On Your Mark
...set, go! While On Your Mark’s bubble tea game is on point, their coffee is also worth trying. And it may be tucked away inside a nondescript Yau Ma Tei building, but that’s not stopping the crowds. Besides coffee and milk tea, On Your Mark carries a wide array of drink options from health teas to smoothies, so all bases are covered.
Why you’ll be back: It’s all about the vibe here - the iconic mural right at the back of the cafe is not only a great hangout spot, but it’s also the perfect backdrop for the ‘gram.
What to order: Get dunking: have yourself an Americano ($25) and enjoy it with a doughnut (or two) from On Your Mark’s selection.
On Your Mark, Shop 3, 1/F, Kowloon Building, 555 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei; www.instagram.com/on.your.markk/
If someone ever asks you where the love is, please kindly point them towards Love Cafe in Yau Ma Tei. Staying true to their mantra, ‘eat well, laugh often and love much’, the team at Love Cafe aims to provide a relaxed and romantic dining experience with quality service and dishes.
Why you’ll be back: Although the coffee and tea selection at Love Cafe is not particularly extensive, the calming ambience and relaxing dining atmosphere makes it a great afternoon date spot.
What to order: Go for the classics here: spend some quality time with your loved one over a cup of freshly brewed coffee ($28), cappuccino ($32) or a latte ($32).
Love Cafe, 2/F, Lafayette, Jade Mansion, 40 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei, +852 3899 0062; www.facebook.com/LoveCafeHK/
A hipster favourite since opening its doors within Broadway Cinema in Yau Ma Tei in 2001, Kubrick, named for the luminary film director, is a treasure trove of books, videos, records and other pop cultural memorabilia, and serves a more than decent cup of coffee to boot.
Why you’ll be back: Other than the book-lined walls? In line with their creative spirit, Kubrick also hosts regular exhibitions for emerging local artists.
What to order: For something a little stronger than your usual latte or cappuccino, try Cafe Kubrick’s Irish coffee ($48) or Bailey’s coffee ($48).
Kubrick, Shop H2, Cinema Block, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, +852 2384 8929; www.facebook.com/hkkubrick2001/