Friday, August 23, 2013

HKG: Family-Friendly Coffee Shops

As recommended from LittleStepsAsia.com
Everyone needs a good roast (especially mom and dad). Hanging out at coffee shops has officially become a family phenomenon. With coloring books, crayons, and babyccinos, the wee ones will stay entertained while you get your caffeine fix! Prepare to perk up with java joints, coffee clubs, and hidden roasting shops with the Little Steps guide to kid-friendly coffee hangouts in Hong Kong. Sip, slurp...smile!
CAFE LOISL
Venture to this charming cafe tucked away on a Sheung Wan backstreet and feel as if you’ve escaped to Vienna for an afternoon. Enjoy sitting outside on the quiet street, or grab a spot inside this beautifully decorated cafe. Go for the creamy cappuccino and spoil your little ones silly with the chocolate Linzer tart or apple strudel—make sure they save you a bite!
Cafe Loisl, Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 9179 0209

PO'S ATELIER
Famous for their delicious baked goods, Po’s has transformed the back of the bakery into a cafe serving simple sandwiches, salads and baked goods for lunch and weekend brunch. Grab a bite and a cup of strong coffee for a laid-back Sunday afternoon in this green part of Sheung Wan. While you're in the area, treat the kids to a play at nearby Caine Road Garden playground!
Po's Atelier, 70 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 6056 8005

PERCY'S
This popular catering company turned cafe now calls swanky Lane Crawford at One Island South its new home. Percy's offers tasty sandwiches, salads and freshly made soups, plus good coffee and sweet treats. Nab some seats at the communal table for you and junior to refuel after some shopping in the mall. Also check out the Library Cafe at Lane Crawford Harbour City!
Percy's, Lane Crawford, One Island South, 2 Hung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, +852 3427 9498
The Library Cafe, Lane Crawford, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2118 4530

THE CUPPING ROOM
Bring the whole crew over to The Cupping Room—Southside’s hottest coffee shop with a Chocolate Room to boot! Owner Derek Chui, runner up to the Hong Kong Barista Championship in 2011, offers top-notch coffee plus a laid-back vibe that’s perfect for Stanley’s seaside environment. Though the cafe can become overrun on weekends, head there on a weekday afternoon and the place is all yours!
The Cupping Room Stanley, 207 Stanley Plaza, Stanley, Hong Kong, +852 9316 1980
The Cupping Room Sheung Wan, 299 Queen's Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 9316 1980

CHAIWANESE
Unlike other cafes that don’t give enough romping room for your little rascals, Chaiwanese is housed in a huge industrial building in Chai Wan, which boasts stunning sea and mountain views. Beyond the cool interiors, it has excellent coffee and food options, and is nearby to Chai Wan Park. Don’t leave without trying their five-spiced pulled pork sandwich!
Chaiwanese, Unit 1307, Phase 1, Chai Wan Industrial City, 60 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3698 0935

BARISTA JAM
If your kids can sit still for the duration of a coffee then they’re in for a treat at Barista Jam! Sit along the bar to watch the baristas in action, or spread out at the cafe's communal tables. There’s delicious made-to-order breakfast plates and sandwiches, hot chocolates, and desserts that will keep your kids in their seats, while you enjoy a delicious espresso or shop for a brand new espresso maker.
Barista Jam, Shop D, G/F, 126-128 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2854 2211

KNOCKBOX
Knockbox left Sheung Wan and found a new home in Mong Kok, where they offer still bold espressos and creamy lattes. Everyone will love the delicious cakes and baked goodies from J’aime Bien Patisserie. Plus, kids will be wowed by the numerous contraptions, such as a bean roaster and the Marco Über Boiler that looks more like a Mad Scientist’s lab than a coffee maker!
Knockbox, G/F, 21 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

ESLITE BOOK STORE
One of Hong Kong's newest bookstores, Eslite takes up two entire floors of Hysan Place, including a large children's section. This Taiwanese bookstore chain understands not only the importance of a good book but also a strong cup of coffee. Leaf through the best literature and then stop by the cafe with your new books. Good reads, coffee, and snacks...perfect!

Eslite Book Store, 8/F- 10/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessey Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3419 6788

C.C. CAFE
There are a lot shops springing up in Sai Kung - what with the laid-back feel of the town away from the city, it’s no surprise. C.C. Cafe does it right with its cute little boutique vibe on happening See Cheung Street. You'll enjoy the beautiful free-hand foam art, and outdoor seating. If your little ones’ tummies are rumbling, there are also plenty of lunch options, too!
C.C. Cafe, G/F, 33 See Cheung Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 9810 4261, c.c.cafe@live.com

THE COFFEE ACADEMICS
The beautiful interiors are attention grabbing, and so too is the price for a cup of coffee here. If you’ve got a few hours to burn in Causeway Bay, this coffee shop and roaster is well worth a visit. They do a nice cup of filter coffee, and they also have lunch sets and coffee-tasting classes! Check out their new location in Wan Chai as well, with fab outdoor seating, snacks, and babyccinos!
The Coffee Academics CB, 38 Yui Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2156 0313
The Coffee Academics Wan Chai, 38-45 Johnston Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2154 1180
 
INITIAL CAFE
This hip Japanese-style clothing store cum cafe and restaurant is a popular hangout amongst the TST crowd. Browse through fashionable ensembles in the shop, and then take a seat in the cafe for a cuppa java and a slice of cake, or even a complete lunch set. If you and your mini fashionista are jonesing for a break and just happen to be in TST, this is a good pit stop!
Initial Cafe, Shop 2, G/F, 48 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2311 4223

OTHER COOL CAFES TO EXPLORE:
*  Accro, Shop 10, G/F, Fu Loy Garden, 7 Ma Wang Road, Yuen Long, Hong Kong, +852 3484 9448
*  % Arabica Coffee Roaster & Farm, Shop 08, DB North Plaza, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
*  Boulangerie Bistronomique, Shop 1, G/F, Grand Fortune Mansion, 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2872 0811.
*  Cafe Corridor, G/F, 26A, Russell Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2858 8153
*  Cafe Lavande, 4 Prince's Terrace, Midlevels, Hong Kong, +852 2537 7998
*  Capo's Espresso, G/F, 4 Gilman's Bazaar, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2545 9128
*  CoCo Espresso, G/F, 2 Anton Street, Wan Chai and 197 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2542 2228, 
*  ClassifiedLocations throughout Hong Kong
*  Colour Brown, G/F, 34  See Cheung Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2791 7128
*  Crema, Shop LG17, Hilton Tower, 96 Granville Road, TST East, Hong Kong, +852 2369 0338
*  Holly Brown, Multiple locations including 22 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2869 9008
*  Homei Cafe, G/F, 22-24A Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2857 9991
*  Saffron Bakery Cafe, 24 Square Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2806 2131, locations throughout Hong Kong.
*  Tree Cafe, 28/F Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, + 852 2870 1582

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