Ready for a cup of Joe? Little Steps has brewed up a list of the best kid-friendly and adult-approved places to sip java in the city. From babyccinos and lattes on the beach to our Aussie favorite the flat white – we have you sorted! Here are our favorite coffee shops in Hong Kong that cater to families, kids, and mama-meet-ups. All of these coffee spots are parents approved by team Little Steps Asia!
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With a historical Italian theme of a jester and king in the early Renaissance period with the jester as the mascot and story in all the recipes, Exotica Gelatea is a one-stop destination for burgers, gelato and coffee. Alongside burgers, they will be serving up sandwiches, crepes and a yummy selection of gelato including durian, matcha, ube and coconut alongside old favorites like chocolate and hazelnut. Pair it with a dessert wine or a latte, it's up to you!
Exotica Gelatea, 49 Sharp Street East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; Shop 1048, Elements Mall, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; www.exotica-gelatea.com
Hong Kong's trendiest coffee shop not only serves up some of the best cups of Joe in town, it's also a fun place to gather with affordable prices to boot. Fineprint's flagship branch is on Soho's Peel Street, serving its own blend of coffee, tasty treats, and brunch staples such as avo toast, fresh salads, and toasties. The physical space inside the coffee shop is small so patrons often spill out onto the largely traffic-free street, and on the weekends the area is great for families to enjoy a low-key coffee while the kids explore. The street is car-free so kids can roam while parents relax.
Fineprint has since opened branches in the hip residential neighborhoods of Tai Hang and Sai Ying Pun. We love its laidback pet-friendly vibe, cheerful staff, and excellent value!
The gold standard of coffee connoisseurs, from humble beginnings in IFC Mall Fuel has quickly multiplied to seven different locations around Hong Kong. Some swear it's the best in the city, and Fuel has moms and dads driving in from all corners for their coffee fix.
The carrot cake smothered in cream cheese frosting gets a big thumbs up from the kids, as does the nearby Bookazine (at IFC location) where they can keep themselves entertained. Good coffee doesn't come cheap though, and most brews will set you back over HK$50 per cup.
Locally roasted coffee, Asian comfort food, house-baked pastries, and home of the best ice cream sandwiches in Hong Kong! Head on down for an hour of pure comfort and indulgence. Shop interiors are bright and airy, and branches with outdoor seating are pet-friendly.
For the kids? Try the MALT-Teaser which is made with Horlicks ice cream with Maltesers® mixed in, two mis-matched macaron cookies & finished with Cocoa powder, yum!
Elephant Grounds has also jumped on the CBD bandwagon and offers infused coffees and drinks. Sip, sit, chill.
If you're looking for a coffee shop with purpose, Hazel & Hershey is your go-to. This one-stop-shop provides coffee tools from beans and cups to hand grinders and water testing equipment and direct trade of beans from farmers and estates. They also offer in-shop roasting and run a retail boutique coffee shop in Hong Kong.
Aspiring baristas alert! Hazel & Hershey is also a part of the Specialty Coffee Association (SPA), a nonprofit organization that represents thousands of coffee professionals globally. You can sign up for various SCA courses through the Hazel & Hershey website including Barista Skills, Brewing, and Green Coffee amongst others.
No-frills, casual, and consistent, Holly Brown has been a Stanley Street staple for over a decade. This spacious hot spot offers strollers space and a changing facility for the babes, while older kiddos will enjoy HK's finest selection of handmade gelato served in fresh waffle cones. The brand has also opened a second location in Lai Chi Kok, which is a great place to meet with mums to enjoy a cup of Joe sans kiddos.
Holly Brown, G/F, 22 Stanley Street, Central, +852 2869 9008 // Shop G01, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, +852 2371 2826, email@example.com, www.hollybrowncoffee.com
Definitely one of the cooler java joints on the block, we love NOC's clean, bright, and minimalist aesthetic - here it's all about the coffee. When you order a coffee at NOC, you can sense how seriously they take each pour in terms of the precision of measurements, water quality, and of course, the beans. Food is seasonal, organic where possible, and nutritious, catering to vegans, pescatarians, and meat-lovers alike so no one has to compromise.
Founded in 2012 in the quaint Tokyo neighborhood of Omotesando, what was meant to be a one-year pop-up in Hong Kong has morphed into two permanent shops in Wan Chai's trendy Lee Tung Avenue and the ultra-luxe K11 Musea in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Omotesando Koffee is known for its espresso and distinctive cube-shaped baked custards (kashi), and minimalistic aesthetic. Every step of the coffee-making process from grinding the beans, steaming the milk, and the fancy finish is all approached with that Japanese precision, ensuring the perfect brew each and every time.
Omotesando Koffee, Shop 24-25, G/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, +852 2601 3323 // Shop B219, K11 Musea, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2854 2232, www.ooo-koffee.com
Retail therapy with the kids in tow! Spend the day perusing the shops at Horizon Plaza, and when hunger strikes, hit up Tree Café on the top floor.
Kids go free at Tree! Treat your little one to a free babycino, banana, and mini cupcake. Parents can enjoy simple eats while the kiddos hang out in the play area stocked with toys. There is also a changing station in the ladies' restroom, which is a nice touch. Afterward, take a tour around Tree and snag a couple of eco-chic furniture pieces.
Tree Café, 28/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St, Ap Lei Chau, +852 2870 1582, www.tree.com.hk/cafe
What started as a single coffee shop in 2012 has now expanded into one of Hong Kong's largest boutique coffee brands with over 15 different locations scattered around the city. Coffee Academic's Harbour City branch is also home to the Coffee Atelier, a dedicated retail shop with a capsule bar, equipment gallery, and coffee bean station offering custom-blending experiences.
While the java at Coffee Academics is award-winning, diners also turn up in droves its innovative menu offers signature brunch dishes such as Sunny Side Up French Toast, Nori Avocado Toast, Pasta Laska, and Espresso Butter on Fluffy Pancakes.
The Coffee Academics, multiple locations around Hong Kong, +852 2881 5533, www.facebook.com/thehuntcoffee
Fuel up after a weekend hike up the Morning Trail to the Peak. Pacific Coffee on the Peak offers indoor and outdoor seating with the best views in town. Or grab a cup at Starbucks at Peak Galleria and head upstairs to the outdoor playground.
Pacific Coffee, Shop 410-412, Peak Tower, 2 Old Peak Road, Peak, www.pacificcoffee.com
Starbucks, Shop 7, G/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, Peak, www.starbucks.com.hk
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