Seeking out the perfect spot for great coffee? In Hong Kong’s happening neighbourhood of Kennedy Town, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to independent cafes and guys who know their beans.

If, like us, you’re tired of Starbucks and Pacific Coffee and in search of good quality, independent cafes to head to in the mornings, then look no further than Hong Kong’s Kennedy town. Once a quiet district sitting at the west end of Hong Kong island, the area has transformed into one of the city’s hippest districts with an excellent selection of coffee shops, bars and restaurants. Just a stone’s throw from its handy MTR station and the Hive Kennedy Town’s 4 floors of coworking space, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to cosy hangouts serving up excellent, artisanal coffee. Here are our top 5.

Hive Life's Best Coffee Shops in Kennedy Town

% Arabica 

A much-loved specialty coffee brand originated in Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, in February 2013, with outposts now spread across continents, conquering cities such as Kyoto, Kuwait, and Dubai, % Arabica make their coffee with beans sourced from their own farm in Kona, Hawaii, and roasted at their Discovery Bay outlet. With its clean lines, natural vibe and breezy atmosphere, stop by here for a relaxed start to your day.

Insider Tip: Their global head barista Junichi Yamaguchi is a world latte art champion so make sure to sample his craft

Address: Grand Fortune Mansion, Shop 4, Ground Floor, No. 1 Davis St, Kennedy Town
Opens at: 9 am
Price range: Under HKD 50

Hive Life's Best Coffee Shops in Kennedy Town

Winstons

Sitting right opposite Kennedy Town’s iconic stone wall trees, this Aussie-style, open sided cafe is your go-to destination for a laid-back pitstop or simply an Oat Flat White paired with a mini bap to start your day. By day, the place is abuzz with early risers. By night, it transforms into a lively spot for after-work drinks, with revellers gathering for craft beer and cocktails.

Insider Tip: Don’t miss out on their home-baked Australian classic Lamington cake

Address: 11 Davis St Shop 8, The Hudson, Kennedy Town
Opens at: 7 am
Price range: HKD 50 – 100

Hive Life's Best Coffee Shops in Kennedy Town

Joint 

A minimalist coffee shop marked by nothing but a green storefront, Joint is the spot for those seeking a solid, no-fuss morning brew. Founded by a coffee enthusiast who studied in Melbourne and worked at Café Life in PMQ, this small shop is all about the taste. Don’t expect something fancy, expect something good.

Insider Tip: Want free coffee? Join their loyalty program and your 10th coffee is free.

Address: 19 Hau Wo St, Kennedy Town
Opens at: 8 am (Weekdays); 9 am (Weekend and public holiday)
Price range: Under HKD 50

Hive Life's Best Coffee Shops in Kennedy Town

The Cofftea Shop

A tiny, hole-in-a-wall takeaway coffee shop tucked away on a corner of Catchick street, Cofftea may not look much from the outside, but the cups of joe it serves up are far from ordinary. Offering a selection of premium Italian coffee as well as delicious homemade pastries, this humble spot always attracts a long line of coffee geeks eager for their morning pick up.

Insider Tip: The best combo, according to owner and barista Hubert Lau, is a chocolate muffin and a hot cup of Americano.

Address: Yue On Building, 78-86 Catchick St, Sai Wan
Phone:  9104 2404
Opens at: 8 am
Price range: HKD 50 – 100  

Hive Life's Best Coffee Shops in Kennedy Town

Maison Eric Kayser 

Hailing from France, with over 80 locations around the world, this Parisian gourmet cafe specialises in classic, French baked goods. From buttery croissants to fine pastries and freshly-baked, rustic bread (they’re famous for their sourdough), head here to pick up your morning coffee with a side of something delicious.

Insider Tip: Best in show are their giant chocolate chip cookies.

Address: 11 Davis St, Kennedy Town
Opens at: 7 am (Weekdays); 7:30 am (Weekend)
Price range: HKD 50 – 100

the Hive Studios

If you’re looking for Instagram-able lattes, you won’t want to miss out on this café. With a friendly vibe and plenty of pastries to choose from, the Hive Kennedy Town’s airy, 8th floor hangout is the place our members head for casual meetings, catchups and great coffee. Open to anyone who wants to pop by, don’t forget to try their specialty matcha lattes, hot chocolate and Oatly options.

Insider Tip: If you’re a late-night coffee drinker, the Hive Studios stays open until 8pm, so pop by after work to get your final coffee fix.

Address: 8/F, Cheung Hing Building, 12P Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town
Opens at: 8 am (Mon-Fri)
Price range: Under HKD 50