Most people think of Sheung Wan for hipster coffee shops in Hong Kong but truthfully, Wan Chai has a few notable spots to get your caffeine fix as well!
This little coffee shop is tucked away in the back of a quiet street in Wan Chai. They are most well known for their flat white (shown below) and artisan coffee, or their brunch menu if you need a a quick bite. There isn't too much space to sit but I went early and enjoyed my flat white to a Michael Buble playlist!
15 Swatow Street
Yes, Cupping Room is in Central but there's one in Wan Chai too so you don't have to trek all the way there just for coffee. I came here for brunch one Sunday and ordered a flat white and eggs (over easy) on bread. The food and everything was okay but in terms of coffee shop, it's definitely not my favourite place. It's a really tiny shop so there's not much space to stay for a longer chat or journal (might just be me/preference thing but I feel like that's what coffee shops should be like?). Starbucks isn't far from here and they have plenty of space for a long talk or just to chill (if you're not looking for any fancy coffee).
32 Swatow Street
If you're wondering what Japanese hipster looks like - heck, even if just want a place for coffee- you must check this place out. This is probably one of the most aesthetically pleasing coffee shops that basically yells out its Japanese roots (they are legit from Japan, even the barista is Japanese lol). They don't have much on their menu but I tried their cold brew, it has a lighter and sweeter taste? Their food menu doesn't start until the afternoon so you won't be able to get brunch here but I love the space and ambiance and their coffee is decent. Did I mention I love this place? (But be prepared to pay a bit more.. the cold brew was $60HKD or $10CAD..)
Shop No. 24-25, G/F, Lee Tung Avenue
200 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai
Ok, Starbucks at the Hopewell Centre makes this list because I love the space (and I admit, I get this nice home feeling every time I step inside a Starbucks). The one at Hopewell Centre is just absolutely huge and in Hong Kong, space is more or less everything. You can probably spend a day in there and no one will give you a look- at the price of your favourite Starbucks drink.
3 F/L, Hopewell Centre
183 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai