New Cafés and Afternoon Teas to Try in Hong Kong This October 2022
by: The Beat Asia
October 06, 2022
Spooky season is among us! But the only terrifying thing we’ll be seeing this month is the freakish amount of coffee shops and limited-offer afternoon teas popping up, with not enough time to visit them all. Now that would be a real scare.
For all the coffee addicts and tea connoisseurs – we’ve short-listed our favourite new opens and limited-time offers for the month so you can cut right to the chase. As small as Hong Kong is, boutique coffee shops and special tea deals run through the city on an almost weekly basis. Join The Beat Asia as we cover the latest and greatest spots to sit and sip.
Buff is the newly opened neighbourhood pet pit-stop located in Sham Shui Po – for when you and your furry friend need a minute to refresh. Heavily inspired by Thai décor and cuisine, the space is furnished with cane rattan stools, bleach wood panels, and tropical foliage. Co-owners Jeff and Natalie are incredibly intentional with the menu, delivering everything they love about Thailand with regional small bites and beverages.
Start with their spin on Thai tea (HK$54), Prawn & Cheese Toast with Prawn Crackers (HK$108), and other various cakes and pies. Their coffee is sourced from local roasters, Coffee Obsession, used for both filter and espresso-based coffees.
Contact details: +852 63107878
Location: Buff Café HK, Nam Fung Mansion, 5A Maple Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon Penninsula
Huffing and sweating on bicycle seats while you stay in place doesn’t exactly sound like the kind of coffee break you’d want to have, and thankfully it’s not. Peloton on Hoi Wong Road is another pet-friendly café named after the biking term meaning “a pack of riders.” In biking, riding in a pack dramatically reduces the total drag experienced by the rider, essentially being pulled forward by the front riders. In other words, the concept of Peloton Café is that it will take you where you need to be with very little effort on your end.
Check out their Mussels in Champagne Cream Sauce (HK$88), Prawn & Crabmeat Pasta (HK$98), and Dirty Coconut (HK$50), or Iced Hazelnut Chocolate (HK$42).
Contact details: [email protected]
Location: Peloton, Shop 14, Regency Bay, 23 Hoi Wong Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories
When you hear the name “The Floristry,” the first thing that comes to mind would be wild-inspired floral arrangements, not coffee. But hopefully, that will soon change with their recently opened two-storey space in Central. The ground floor space holds a café and a shop, where you can try out The Floristry’s house blend of coffee, starting at HK$28 for a simple black coffee and an affordable HK$35 for a flat white, latte, or cappuccino.
Once you’ve finished your cuppa, take a gander around at their newly launched homeware range, sniff at their candles and room spray, and ceramic kitchen plates. If you’ve got more time to spare, visit the upper floor where they’ve very thoughtfully set up an Instagrammable art installation titled: The Meadow Room.
Contact details: + 852 9016 2324 / [email protected]
Location: The Floristry, 18 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Hurry up! That’s how most of us get in the morning when we’re in desperate need of a hot brew in the morning to feel sane. “Ppalli Ppalli” is a common Korean phrase translated to mean “hurry,” or “faster” – which is an incredibly fitting name for a fast-paced city like ours.
With a glittery modern-industrial façade and a futuristic interior lined with LED displays, Ppalli Ppalli knows exactly how to show you a good time. The menu, designed by Marco Livoti, features unique Korean-inspired bites as well as the occasional Korean alcoholic beverage. Try the Korean Fried Seaweed roll with Kimchi Mayo (HK$58) or the Perilla Crackers (HK$48) for a small bite and wash it down with a Dirty (HK$40) or a Flat White (HK$45).
Contact details: +852 2982 8213
Location: Ppalli Ppalli, 230 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon Penninsula
The Upper House Afternoon Tea ‘Salisterra X Ān Soy’
The Upper House’s flagship dinery presents a one-of-a-kind afternoon tea featuring locally made soy delicacies. The humble soybean takes center stage thanks to the expertise of Salisterra’s executive chef Cary Docherty and artisanal soy-based brand, Ān, founded by chef Vicky Lau.
Named after Han dynasty prince Liu An, who is believed to have accidentally invented tofu all those years ago, this dinery lets guests enjoy a cool glass of soy milk or black sesame soy milk – accompanied by belly bao BLTs, 10-spice curried beef brisket buds, scones with Szechuan raspberry jam, and milk tea custard boombolinis, among other treats.
From Sept. 1 to Nov. 12 at 3 PM to 5 PM daily, HK$340 for one and HK$630 for two.
Contact details: +852 3968 1106 / [email protected]
Location: The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong Island
Le Méridien Afternoon Tea ‘The Fragrance Garden’
Le Meridien is joining hands with Italian brand ACCA KAPAA to present “The Fragrance Garden,” a white moss-inspired tea set featuring savoury and sweet treats. Le Méridien in Cyberport puts lemon, juniper, and lavender at the forefront of this afternoon tea set to design a calming experience for both your nose and your tastebuds.
In addition to a flavourful mid-day break, Le Méridien is also offering complementary ACCA KAPPA gift sets for guests who join this special offer. The gift set, which is valued at HK$200, includes an ACCA KAPPA gift voucher, white moss body lotion, shower gel, perfume, and calycanthus perfume.
From Sept. 1 to Oct. 16 at 3 PM to 5 PM daily, HK$625 for two.
Contact details: +852 2980 7417 / [email protected]
Location: Southside Bistro, Le Méridien, 100 Cyberport Road, Cyberport, Southern District
Cordis Afternoon Tea ‘Autumn Blossom’
Spotlighting sweets inspired by French beauty brand Melvita’s use of wild rose extract, Cordis Hotel presents the “Autumn Blossom” afternoon tea set. Taking place at the Cordis’s Alibi European restaurant bar, this aromatic tea-time draws inspiration from flowery and herbal ingredients, featuring rose strawberry sablé, rose lychee raspberry almond cake, sake steamed abalone tartare with shiso and hibiscus and beetroot macaron with yuzu. Two rose-inspired mocktails are also included made of honey, yuzu, and soda for a refreshing accompaniment.
Each guest will receive a complimentary Meltiva gift set valued at HK$212 and a redemption card for HK$50 off for all Melvita purchases.
From Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, HK$598 for two.
Contact details: +852 9717 4727
Location: Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon Penninsula
Hotel ICON Afternoon Tea ‘All About Durian’
You didn’t think we’d include this one, did you? The King of Fruits is making waves with The Market’s afternoon tea set, specially made for all the durian fans out there. Get your fill of this pungent fruit through bites of double-boiled coconut durian soup, durian pandan glutinous rice, and unlimited servings of Mukang Kind durian ice cream. Savoury treats like Thai fish cake with crabmeat and salmon roe, charcoal-grilled Malaysian otak-otak, and fried soft-shell prawn will also be served to compliment this overpowering show-stopper of a fruit.
On-going, HK$408 for one, HK$788 for two.
Contact details: +852 3400 1388
Location: 2/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon Penninsula
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