Looking past the high rise buildings and abundance of bamboo scaffolding, Hong Kong is full of hidden gems. Turn left, turn right, head up the stairs of a building that on first glance looks abandoned and you’ve reached your destination. Because whether you’re chasing secret waterfalls or lounging around on a tucked away rooftop, we’ve learnt to expect the unexpected when it comes to living here – hardly scratching the surface of this concrete jungle. So if you’re looking for something off the beaten track, then our Hidden Hong Kong series is here to help!
This super-cute café not only delivers a guaranteed feline fix with over 10 cats to keep you company, but also serve up some seriously sweet (and very Instagram-able) coffee art too. Yup. Double shot with a dish of full fat cream for the furry mate at your ankles. Embrace this alternative dining scene and grab a quick tea-break with a tabby at this unique café for cat-lovers!
Cat Store Café, 3/F, Po Ming Building, Foo Ming Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Tel: 2710 9953, www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cat-Store-Cafe-Causeway-Bay-HK
As much as it pains us to admit, sometimes our teeny apartments are just a little too tiny to take care of a pet day to day (sob, sob) – but the solution could lie in this cool café concept in Ho Man Tin! Devoted dog-lovers can head to OnDogDog and be greeted by five energetics canines left to roam freely around the space. Lovable, adorable (albeit a tad smelly, but we can get past that…), this pack of three Huskies, one Akita and one Shiba are always on hand to mingle and play whilst grabbing a quick pupacino or bite to eat. Alternatively, bring your own pet and join the pup party, girls!
OnDogDog Café, 1/F, 3 Soares Avenue, Ho Man Tin, 9045 2766, www.facebook.com/On-Dog-Dog-Cafe
Comic book and Manga lovers prepare to seriously nerd-out at Ease Café! With over 5,000 comic books on display from floor to ceiling, grab one off the shelf, sit back, relax and lose yourself amongst a full breakfast, delicious desserts and seriously cool views of Mong Kok.
Ease Café, Unit 2508-09, 25/F Golden Era Plaza, 39 Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2780 3362, www.facebook.com/easecafe2012
J-Point Café have turned our favourite comfort foods into works of art that’ll have you rather, err… snap-happy. Think oodles of fried noodles for hair, a cute ham bow and sweet curry rice animals. These character-inspired bento boxes are almost too cute to eat… almost.
J-Point Café, Room 404, 4/F Prosper Commercial Building, 9 Yin Chong Street, Mong Kok, www.facebook.com/jpointcafe
If a game of Monopoly ends in upturned tables and thimbles sent flying across the room, then perhaps Jolly Thinkers isn’t for you. But for all those who enjoy a good board-game (take us back to the days of Operation and Battleship, we say) then head on over for a relaxing afternoon with friends. With hundreds of games to choose from – trust us, you won’t even make a dent in their stash – and light snacks on offer, it’ll be dark before you know it. Staying in is totally the new going out, after all…
Jolly Thinkers, 11/F Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, 2527 2882, www.facebook.com/jollythinkers
Okay, we admit it… we’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for all things Hello Kitty-themed. So when the first of their cafés launched in Honkers, we couldn’t help but bee line for this Secret Garden, fingers poised and ready on the camera trigger. Serving up a variety of Western cuisine, including burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and salads, this adorable eatery makes a fun alternative to your usual Sunday jaunt. Plus their kitty-themed coffees are sure to get more than a few Insta-likes (but who’s counting!)…
If you’re looking for more Hello Kitty inspired meals (I mean, who isn’t?), then why not check out the Hello Kitty Dim Sum in TST – yep, Hello Kitty char siu baos do exist. And dreams do come true.
Hello Kitty Secret Garden, 19 Ormsby Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, Tel: 2808 2868, www.facebook.com/Hello-Kitty-Secret-Garden