Many of us associate the word “Cafe” with “Brunch”, but when it comes to authentic cafes in Hongkong, expect nothing of the sort.
Hongkong cafes, or better known as Cha Chaan Teng 茶餐廳, are NOT places where you relax and chit chat over a good cup of coffee. They are more known for their teas, toast, instant noodles, baked rice, and more often than not, you have to finish your food quickly as there might be a long queue outside. Here are the TOP 5 cafes you have to visit when you are in Hongkong.
1. Mido Cafe
Familiar settings? Indeed, this is the cafe where popular Hong Kong drama series like Revolving Door of Vengeance (酒店风云) were shot at. Founded back in the 1950s, Mido Cafe at Temple Street is one of the oldest cafes in Hong Kong. The moment you step in, you’d be transported back in time.
If it’s your first time to Mido cafe, do NOT skip their signature French Toast (HKD22 ~ SGD3.80). This two-slice fluffy bread coated with egg, deep-fried to get that perfect crispy outer texture, drizzled with a generous amount of maple syrup is definitely worth a try.
Some other recommended food at Mido are the Spare Ribs Baked Rice, Fried Noodles with Pork and Ying-Yang and the HK-style milk tea.
Address: 63 Temple St, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 9am – 9.45pm daily (Closed Wed)
Nearest Station: Yau Ma Tei
2. Australia Dairy Company
Australia Dairy Company, is by consensus the most famous (and infamous) cha chaan teng in Hong Kong. They sell the best scrambled eggs but unfortunately with the most chaotic ambience ever. If you are a visitor from a western country, prepare yourself for a culture shock.
Tip: Know in advance what to order and how to order it. This way, you can avoid getting scolded in Cantonese!
Their main breakfast set includes the default item 双蛋 (shuāng dàn) (two sunny-side up eggs). Change them to 炒蛋 (chǎo dàn) (scrambled eggs), which is their signature dish. The soft texture, coupled with the perfect balance milk and butter, and perhaps some kind of salty seasoning – pure perfection. So much so that it could make up for the bad service you might experience!
Address: Australia Dairy Company 澳洲牛奶公司
G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 11:00pm (Closed Thurs)
Nearest Station: MTR Jordan Exit C2
3. Halfway Coffee
Sought after by many Instagrammers, this cafe is so aesthetic and would be a pity to miss. Tucked in between some antique shops, on a flight of steps, Halfway Coffee blends well into its surroundings.
They serve a variety of coffee served in vintage porcelain cups – perfect to add some splash of colours for your Instagram feed.
When in rush, you can still take good Instagram shots, because even the takeaway paper cups have these beautiful intricate porcelain designs. Albeit on the pricier side (price ranges from SGD 8 and above), Halfway Coffeee is still worth a visit for people who seem to be here for the coffee and cups.
Address: Halfway Coffee
12 Tung Street
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm daily
Nearest Station: Sheung Wan
4. Star Cafe
Locating this retro shop will be slightly tricky as it is located in an underground area. From an entrance besides Mira hotel, you have to walk down some stairs to the basement, pass by the Moon Spring Foot Massage shop. You will be doubting yourself if you are even at the right place. But once you find the retro looking place with vintage posters and furniture, congratulations, you have reached your destination.
Feast on their famous tomato noodles made to order right on the spot.
The tomato-broth base is one of a kind, definitely on a lighter palate without that extreme sour-tangy aftertaste. Simple ingredients, yet so mindblowing. This little shop is certainly worth the search if you’re looking for a unique Hongkong taste.
Address: Star Café 星座冰室
36 Basement Champagne Court Block A 16 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui Exit B2, next to Mira Hotel)
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 9:00pm (Closed Sun)
5. Tsui Wah Restaurant
Milk tea lovers, this may become your new fave!
Crafted with high-quality Ceylon tea leaves and Holland’s Black & White evaporated milk, Tsui Wah’s milk tea has a premium silky texture with a sweetness that is not too overpowering. Irresistible! And if you become addicted, they do sell pre-packed bottles for you to bring this piece of goodness back home!
Though milk tea is the main star, they say good things come in pair. So don’t forget to indulge yourself in their yummy Crispy Pork Chop Bun as well!
Address: Tsui Wah Restaurant 翠華餐廳
Various locations, including 15-19 Wellington Street, GF-2F, Central, Hong Kong Island (Central MTR)
77-81 Parkes Street, Jordon, Kowloon
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily for certain locations
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