26 March, 2020
Eat & Drink, Lifestyle

Our Favourite Cafes With Wifi: Hong Kong Island Edition

26 March, 2020

Looking for the best place to work remotely in Hong Kong? These cafes with free wifi have you covered.

In an age where internet connection is considered part and parcel of the coffee shop experience, it should come as no surprise to learn that most, if not all, cafes in Hong Kong offer wifi as a given. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re great places to work. From experience, it’s actually pretty difficult to find somewhere that offers the perfect balance of great signal, optimum noise level and an all-important power socket. Not to mention great coffee! Luckily for you, every pick on this list has all that and more. Keep reading to discover our favourite cafes with wifi on Hong Kong Island.

Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.

Read more: Your Ultimate Guide To Co-Working Spaces In Hong Kong

Cafes With Wifi In Hong Kong

Cafes With Wifi In Hong Kong: Elephant Grounds

Elephant Grounds

A locally-grown micro coffee roaster best known for its independently-roasted brews and delectable range of handcrafted ice creams, Elephant Grounds started off small as a tiny counter at the back of WOAW lifestyle store on Gough Street. But now it’s grown into a network of seven cafes across the city (with a further two international branches). We rate its Mid-Levels, Star Street and Causeway Bay locations for working in!

Wifi signal: Good.
Power: Power sockets are available at the Star Street, Causeway Bay and Mid-Levels branches.
Coffee, bites and more: You’ll find some form of breakfast/brunch, lunch and/or a la carte menu in the aforementioned locations, featuring a range of healthy bites, sandwiches, sharing plates, desserts and more. Drinks-wise, expect an impressive variation of coffee drinks, alongside teas by Teakha, alcohol and juice.
Must-order: The Thai Iced Tea ($55) is an Elephant Grounds classic. For a mid-afternoon treat, opt for the insta-famous Ice Cream Sandwich. The flavours change on a regular basis, with special limited editions such as Cereal Milk and Hojicha. Check the Elephant Grounds Instagram beforehand to see what it has on offer.
Noise level: Usually quiet enough on weekdays.
Other: Outdoor seating is available in Causeway Bay and Star Street. It’s also worth noting that the Mid-Levels and Star Street locations are very popular with the remote working crowd, so get down early to secure a spot.

Elephant Grounds (Causeway Bay), Shop C, 42 – 48 Paterson Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2562 8688

Elephant Grounds (Mid-Levels), 61 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong, 2535 7155

Elephant Grounds (Star Street), 8 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2778 2700, [email protected], www.elephantgrounds.com

For a full list of locations, head here

Cafes With Wifi In Hong Kong: Why50

Why50

A short walk away from Sheung Wan MTR Exit A2, Why50 is a relaxing little spot to hide away and get down to business. Plug sockets are plentiful and the staff are great at being attentive, while still giving you space to work. Though small in size, the abundance of singular bar seating mean there’s nearly always somewhere for you to squeeze in.

Wifi signal: Excellent!
Power: Power sockets are accessible from most seats.
Coffee, bites and more: Why50’s food offering features gourmet twists on brunch classics (think egg dishes, toasts, veggie bowls and the like). As for drinks, there’s the usual caffeine culprits, alongside a selection of teas, juices and alternative coffee creations including the Lavender Latte ($45) and Matcha Magic ($45).
Must-order: Our go-to order rotates between the Hey “Char Siu” ($94), a local take on scrambled eggs and toast, or the Mr. Cubano ($93), a moreish pulled pork, ham and cheese sandwich.
Noise level: Usually quiet.
Other: After 5pm, Why50 transforms into Night Owl, staying open until 3am. Perfect for those wanting to burn the midnight oil!

Why50, Shop E, G/F, Fu Fai Commercial Centre, 27 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, [email protected], www.facebook.com/Why50hk

Cafes With Wifi In Hong Kong: Winstons

WINSTONS COFFEE

Bustling coffee shop by day and buzzy cocktail bar at night, WINSTONS COFFEE is a bona-fide neighbourhood institution. Immediately recognisable thanks to its signature cinema marquee sign, this Instagram favourite has locations in both Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town. We recommend its more spacious K-Town outfit for a productive day of work.

Wifi signal: Excellent!
Power: There are only a few power sockets available – we suggest coming fully charged.
Coffee, bites and more: Coffee is the main attraction here, though WINSTONS also serves a selection of teas (including chai and matcha) and cocktails (if you’re having one of those days!). The food menu is great for snacking. Take your pick from toasties, bagels and pastries.
Must-order: The Impossible™ sausage roll ($55)!
Noise level: During the day it’s quite chill and there is always a good playlist on. It can get busy though, so expect an undercurrent of background noise. WINSTONS is a popular morning coffee spot for those on their way to work, so we’d make sure to pop in after rush hour.
Other: WINSTONS offers Oatly! Simply add $5 to switch.

WINSTONS COFFEE (Kennedy Town), Shop 8, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.winstonscoffee.com

For all locations, head here

Cafes With Wifi In Hong Kong: Brunch Club

Brunch Club

Brunch Club has two locations – one on Peel Street and another on Leighton Road in Causeway Bay. Both have a relaxed, welcoming vibe, with books and magazines scattered around and a killer breakfast offering to boot.

Wifi signal: Excellent at the Leighton Road location, but flaky in the Peel Street branch.
Power: Sockets are available at both locations.
Coffee, bites and more: Per the name, this pick boasts an excellent brunch menu, featuring continental classics. There’s also a great value set lunch served on weekdays between 12pm and 2:30pm, alongside set dinner options too. Drinks include coffee, teas and alcoholic beverages, though it’s the hot chocolate selection which really sets this joint apart from the crowd.
Must-order: Marshmallows, Cinnamon and Cream Hot Chocolate ($45) – melted Belgian chocolate frothed in milk and served with lashings of whipped cream. Need we say more?
Noise level: Weekdays are typically quiet, though Saturdays and Sundays can get loud with the busy weekend brunch crowd.
Other: The open-air pebbled patio at Brunch Club’s Peel Street location is ideal for breezy alfresco afternoons in the sun.

Brunch Club (Peel Street), G/F, 70 Peel Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2526 8861

Brunch Club & Supper (Causeway Bay), 1/F, 13 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2890 2125, [email protected], www.brunch-club.org

Cafes With Wifi In Hong Kong: R&R Bagels

R&R Bagels

Come for the bagels, stay for the generous desk space and unlimited wifi. R&R Bagels’ Central location is a fantastic hidden gem of a remote office. While its small size means R&R can get full quickly, the majority of diners move on swiftly after finishing their meal, so it’s always worth hanging around for a space.

Wifi signal: Good.
Power: Limited power sockets available. Come fully charged!
Coffee, bites and more: All things bagels are the order of the day, alongside a selection of freshly-baked sweet treats, soups and salads. The drinks menu includes a range of coffees (made from Air Roasted Allpress Espresso), tea by the Brew Tea Co. and fresh juices.
Must-order: R&R’s signature Bacon Jam BLT Bagel ($85) is what bagel dreams are made of, coming complete with bacon jam, torched cheddar, cream cheese and smoky bacon.
Noise level: Usually pretty quiet, even when full.
Other: Reward yourself after a hard day’s work with an R&R cocktail, available from 3pm. Favourites include the Lemon Meringue Martini and The Muddled Earl, both priced at $55.

R&R Bagels, 28 Li Yuen Street West, Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, 2178 5168, [email protected], www.randrbagels.com

For info on its Quarry Bay location, head here

Cafes With Wifi In Hong Kong: Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard

Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard

Tucked behind the overpass heading from Eastern Street to Sun Yat Sen Park is the adorable Opendoor Cafe. An art gallery, workspace and coffee shop all rolled into one, this unassuming pick has long been a favourite with those in the know. Get there early to nab a spot in the small outdoor courtyard. And if you’re stuck for inspiration, have a browse through the book-sharing shelf towards the back of the cafe.

Wifi signal: Excellent.
Power: USB charging ports and power sockets are available at every table.
Coffee, bites and more: The drinks menu covers tea and coffee favourites, as well as a range of nutritious smoothies. There’s also a food menu, encompassing breakfast, salads, sandwiches and burgers, pastas and even cauliflower rice.
Must-order: Any one of the Super Smoothies (priced between $83 to $88), which are packed full of fruit and immune-boosting nutrients.
Noise level: Opendoor Cafe is never fully occupied because of its off-the-beaten-track location, ensuring it remains nice and quiet all day long.
Other: Don’t forget to look around you – the exhibited art changes frequently and is available for sale if you like the look of it!

Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 3460 3880, [email protected], www.opendoorcafe.hk

NOC COFFEE CO.

Coffee meets design at NOC, with the brand’s sleek minimalist aesthetic and rich quality coffee making for a match made in productivity heaven. We love its Sai Ying Pun flagship for a remote work sesh – compared to the other locations, this branch is the best for spacious seating. Plus, who can argue with those dreamy floor-to-ceiling windows and that industrial loft aesthetic?

Wifi signal: Excellent.
Power: Power sockets are available but get snapped up quickly. Come fully charged to be on the safe side.
Coffee, bites and more: Coffee and non-coffee items are available, alongside an all-day healthy brunch menu (with vegan options!).
Must-order: Any of the coffee selections – all coffee is roasted on-site using only the best-quality beans. We’re also partial to the vegan Acai Bowl ($102) for a nutritious yet filling breakfast.
Noise level: Generally quiet. Most other patrons are also there to work so will keep the noise down.
Other: Access to wifi is unlimited – perfect for long stays!

NOC COFFEE CO., The Roastery, Shop 4, G/F, Bohemian House, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 3611 5300[email protected], noccoffeeco.com

For all locations, head here

Cafes With Wifi In Hong Kong: Common Ground

Common Ground

Looking for a quiet spot in which to blast through your to-do list? Head to Mid-Levels favourite Common Ground. Charmingly peaceful, it’s hard to believe that this slow-paced neighbourhood cafe is just a stone’s throw away from busy Soho. Grab a cushion and settle in on the stairs outside for the ideal alfresco office situation.

Wifi signal: Good.
Power: Power sockets are available but there are only a few!
Coffee, bites and more: The concise menu features a mix of breakfast and cafe classics, including Avocado Toast ($85) and the CG Burger ($125). For drinks, we love that there’s a good balance of coffee and non-coffee items, including Salted Chocolate (from $48), Tumeric Latte ($48) and a Hibiscus Lemonade ($48).
Must-Order: V60 Hand Drip Coffee ($65), accompanied by a slice of the Housemade Lemon Tart ($42).
Noise level: Quiet on weekdays. We’d avoid the weekends though as Common Ground has a tendency to get crowded.
Other: In addition to coffee, Common Ground also sells a curated selection of indie lifestyle design pieces. After all that work, you deserve a treat!

Common Ground, G/F, 19 Shing Wong Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2818 8318, [email protected], www.twins-kitchen.com/common-ground

Cafes With Wifi In Hong Kong: DOUBLESHOT by CUPPING ROOM

DOUBLESHOT by CUPPING ROOM

Occupying a prime location overlooking Hollywood Road, aesthetics and style are everything at DOUBLESHOT. But don’t let that deter you from setting up office here. Friendly staff, freshly-roasted coffee and Japanese-fusion inspired eats are just a few reasons why DOUBLESHOT is worth checking out for an afternoon of work.

Wifi signal: Good.
Power: There are a few power sockets scattered around the window seats.
Coffee, bites and more: As an all-day drinking and dining concept, the menu covers a la carte dishes in addition to an impressive range of coffee, tea and cocktails. The dishes are a bit more substantial than your typical cafe fare (think Grilled Turbot, Karage and Galician Octopus), so we recommend coming hungry!
Must-order: The Mille Feuille Potatoes “Bravas” ($88), made of layers of thin sheets of potato and served with aioli, is the ultimate elevated chip.
Noise level: Expect background noise, accompanied by a playlist of jazz classics.
Other: As DOUBLESHOT is newly-opened (with lots of hype), this pick is generally a lot busier than the rest on this list. For this reason, we’d avoid lunchtimes and weekends, opting to come early morning or mid-afternoon on a weekday instead.

DOUBLESHOT by CUPPING ROOM, 1/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 9225 6639, www.facebook.com/doubleshot.hk

Cafes With Wifi In Hong Kong: Hazel & Hershey Coffee Roasters

Hazel & Hershey Coffee Roasters

Perched on the slopes of Peel Street, Hazel & Hershey never fails to bring a smile to our faces thanks to its whimsical interior setting and, of course, top notch coffee.

Wifi signal: Good.
Power: There are plenty of power sockets available.
Coffee, bites and more: A very extensive selection of coffee is matched with a simple food menu of cakes, toast, sandwiches and ice cream. Other non-coffee drinks, including tea, juice and milk-based beverages, are also available.
Must-order: The nutty and flavourful Japanese drip coffee (from $50) comes highly recommended, as does the Matcha Latte (from $45).
Noise level: Quiet.
Other: Take the escalator to the top of Caine Road before getting to Peel Street via Elgin if you want to save your legs the workout.

Hazel & Hershey Coffee Roasters, Shop 3, 69 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3106 0760, [email protected], www.hazelnhershey.com

 

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 22, April 2014 and was most recently updated on 26, March 2020.

Featured image courtesy of filadendron via Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Elephant Grounds via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of Why50 via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of WINSTONS COFFEE via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of Brunch Club via Facebook, image 5 courtesy of R&R Bagels via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard, image 7 courtesy of NOC COFFEE CO. via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Common Ground via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of DOUBLESHOT by CUPPING ROOM, image 10 courtesy of Hazel & Hershey Coffee Roasters via Facebook.

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