As comfortable as working from home can be, sometimes a change of scenery is in order. But although Hong Kong offers countless cafés and casual hangouts to choose from, it can be difficult to know which will support all your working needs. That’s why Little Steps has rounded up the most work-friendly cafés in the city.
Opendoor Café + Courtyard is spacious and often quiet thanks to its unassuming spot beside an overpass. A strong Wifi signal and USB and power sockets at every table make it an excellent place to work. Refresh your spirit by taking in the art on the walls or nipping out into the outdoor courtyard for a breath of fresh air. Its menu features coffees, smoothies, and other beverages such as its signature homemade dark chocolate.
Open Mondays to Saturdays, 8am - 6pm.
Co-founded by the 2011 Hong Kong Barista Champion Chan Chak Sum, NOC Coffee Co rose to popularity both for its expertly brewed Arabica coffee and contemporary all-white interiors. Its third and largest location in Sai Ying Pun features plenty of table space and free Wifi. Expect students and freelancers alike getting work done or having meetings. And if you need to refuel the tank, NOC serves baked goods, cereal bowls and breakfast plates.
Open daily, 8am - 6pm.
Located in the historic Mei Ho House, a former public housing estate, Mei Ho Café is a bit of a trek from the nearest MTR station, but that means seats are always plentiful. The café is quirkily designed with vintage touches to match the historic space, with art and murals by local artists on the walls. Food and beverages are cheap and cheerful, and night owls will definitely benefit from the late opening hours.
Mei Ho Café, G/F, Mei Ho House, Block 41, Shek Kip Mei Estate, 70 Berwick Street, Shek Kip Mei, Hong Kong, +852 3728 3454, Facebook Page
Open daily, 7am - 11pm
Instantly recognizable for its rustic wooden decor courtesy of architect JJ Acuna at Bespoke Architecture, Elephant Grounds is a hipster paradise serving up independently roasted and single origin coffees as well as delicious handcrafted ice cream sandwiches if you’re in the mood for a work break. Its Star Street location boasts more space, good Wifi, and abundant power sockets for your laptop.
Open Mondays to Fridays, 8am - 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 9am to 9pm.
Sitting midway between café and typical co-working space is Desk One. Lacking the expensive price tag and restrictive memberships of most co-working spaces, Desk One is a more accessible and flexible option as it only charges by the hour or day. A pass grants you access to a desk with high-speed Wifi and power socket. You can also book a private room at no extra charge. Coffee and snacks are available, too.
Open daily, 11am - 11:30pm
One of Hong Kong’s best-known homegrown coffee shop franchises, The Coffee Academics has plenty of locations about town, all serving artisanal coffee brewed a variety of ways along with teas, cocktails, and all-day dining options amidst industrial-chic surrounds. This Central location is more spacious, quiet, and out of the way. There’s free Wifi, too, of course.
The Coffee Academics, 2/F, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.the-coffeeacademics.com
Open Mondays to Fridays, 8am - 6pm
Combining a design and lifestyle store, hair salon, and café into one unique space, HOW is a hidden gem within a factory building in industrial Kwun Tong. Grab a seat at one of the many wooden tables, order a coffee, soda or iced tea, and get to work. There are Japanese-inspired Western mains and snacks if you’re peckish. Of particular note are the spacious tables on the outdoor terrace.
Open Mondays to Saturdays, 12pm - 10pm, Sundays, 12pm - 6:30pm.
A true hub for coffee geeks, sensory ZERO runs frequent Specialty Coffee Association-lead workshops, but this branch — one of four across the city — is also a good spot for those wishing to grab a cup of Joe and catch up on e-mails. There’s plenty of seating amidst trendy, industrial decor. Besides espresso drinks, there are also teas from across the globe and dishes such as rice bowls, salads, and all-day breakfast plates.
Open daily, 8am to 10pm
A favorite for its gelato and coffee alike — which is created from beans sourced across the globe and roasted in-house with the latest in espresso machines - Holly Brown’s Central location is always a convenient option. Aside from coffee, teas, soft drinks, milkshakes, juice, and comfort food like burgers and pizza are on offer, too. Wifi and power sockets are available for your laptop.
Open daily, 9:30am to 10pm
Another co-working space option is theDesk, which has grown to encompass five sleek, minimalist locations across Hong Kong Island since opening in 2016. Its One Hysan Avenue branch offers hot desks or private offices along with facilities and amenities such as printers, meeting rooms and event spaces, private lockers, and complimentary beverages, of course. Enjoy the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows while you work.
Open Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 6pm.
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