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Here are four new coffee shops serving a decent espresso for the hipste–sorry, Hong Kongers:
The coffee here is an off shoot of the one found in Discovery Bay North Plaza and in Kyoto; Arabica. Serving what is our favourite roast in Hong Kong (a blend of three Ethiopian coffees roasted in Discovery Bay), the baristas are expert and take latte art to a new level. The décor is feminine, and the lighting needs a little adjusting as the fluroscent light from the kitchen clashes with the interior sitting area, but the donuts are fresh and made daily, as are the cupcakes and assorted other bakery treats.
The menu comprises baked goods, confectionery, sandwiches, salads, as well as hot meals. Open from 10:30am to 9pm, and serving food throughout the day, coffee and sandwiches are the highlight, and are made with artisan loaves baked in-house. Favourite fillings include brie and turkey, but the salad bar is equally as preferable for those strong-willed enough to resist the temptation of freshly baked bread wafting through the cafe.
Not a new concept but under new management and name, Zenon is a little haven for those who are waiting hours for their entourage to get their hair did. Located under the Tony & Guy salon on Wellington Rd, and previously encompassed under the umbrella of Pacific Coffee, the rebranding and funky new interior is set to bring with it happy coffee times. We have not yet actually tried the coffee so the quality is yet to be validated, but what we do know is they have a panel of staff who are rather experienced in coffee making matters. And it is rather inviting as you walk past. Great coffee to go!
These guys care a lot about their coffee. Their fourth outlet (another in Central, one in Wan Chai and one in Kowloon West), they have an unreal design and very high quality coffee. They have a menacing magical three-headed Black Eagle coffee maker in use, and obvious used to magnificent ends given the latte art they are skilfully executing. Drip coffee is also available and if all this wasn’t enough, they have only been open since the 19th of Feb. Which means, if you get there in the next nine days, you will still be a patron within the first month of opening, which makes you eligible for at least 13 hipster points.