Hong Kong never fails to impress us with its diverse café scene and this city keeps surprising us with its hidden gems. Here are some of our favorite hangouts where you can either buy books and order a latte at the same time or take a book from their shelves and read while having cup of joe and a slice of cake.
Here are the best places to catch up on some reading after a busy day at work.
Just Café - Joint Publishing is one of the most recognizable names in the local bookstore business in Hong Kong. Out of its 12 locations, this is the only one with a café found within the bookstore itself. Come check it out!
Books & Co. - Located in Mid-Levels, this location is a great find for readers who love to sit down and surround themselves with an overflowing variety of books while having a nice cup of caffeine.
Mount Zero - Tucked away in a little corner on Tai Ping Shan Street, this quaint spot offers a wonderful selection of local and Taiwanese books, with a growing selection of English titles. It also has a specialty menu that changes every now and then and this location hosts a variety of events to keep the neighborhood running.
Kowloon may be known for its diverse culture, but is also applauded for its unique café scene.
Alternative Cafe - A local café with a unique setting located in the busy corner of Jordan, this gallery hosts a number of coffee workshops and special events. It supports The Breakthrough Book Gallery which is found within the café itself, with a delicious menu to add.
Kubrick - This ultra-hip spot offers a huge selection of books and stationery. The café itself pays a special homage to film, music, design, the arts, and culture scene both local and international. It is a great place to spend an afternoon in between reading chapters, a popular location amongst students while sipping on some of their delicious iced latte.
Openground - Another addition to the funky Sham Shui Po scene - this two-storey café is a bookstore and atelier all in one. Visitors can enjoy a smooth cup of coffee while getting acquainted with local artists who are making waves in the art scene.
Scoool Café - Popular among locals, this hidden gem can be found inside an industrial building in Kwun Tong, is one of the most unique spots in Hong Kong. Each corner is filled with objects that can be found inside an old school classroom, allowing parents to reminisce their days in school due to its retro set-up, every corner has something fun for children to play with, and there are shelves full of manga comics. Local celebrities are often seen dining in this venue. Its menu also has an amazing selection of Taiwanese-inspired dishes and drinks.
If you are venturing out further outside of the city be sure to visit these amazing locations!
Bei Bei Bookhouse - Located in the northwestern side of Yuen Long in a village called Tai Kong Po, is a beautiful spot for nature, coffee and book lovers. This café is a beautiful oasis for people looking for a quick change of scenery outside of the city. Visitors are able to sit, snack on an organic meal or join a workshop organized by the community and have a lovely chat with the owners. The bookshop has an interesting leave-a-book/take-a-meal policy, in which customers can feel free to give a book to the bookstore in exchange for a meal cooked by the owners. Kids will surely love coming to this space. Bei Bei is only open on Friday and Saturday, so make sure to plan accordingly before visiting them!
Kaffee House - Situated in Tai Po, this minimalist-inspired café has a lovely book corner where you can sit and read on a beautiful ceiling swing. Do call and make a reservation beforehand as it only accepts a limited number of customers, but worth the trek over to enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds the café. Perfect after a hike or a bike ride with the family.
Café Solo - This café is built alongside the traditional stilt houses on beautiful Tai O. You'll be able to sit along the rails of houses on stilts, enjoy its surroundings, while reading a book and sipping a nice cup of coffee. The café also offers a delicious dessert menu your little ones will surely enjoy. A great place to visit while sight seeing.
The Alchemist Café - Situated at TKO's famous sports complex Hong Kong Velodrome, hungry athletes and families alike love coming to The Alchemist Café. This spot is inspired by the theme of travel and culture. Tourism books and periodicals are set up on the shelf for reading. There is a “future postal service,” corner which allows you to send your future self or loved ones a letter.
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