A popular coffee chain known for its relatively cheap coffee in South Korea (it’s also available now in Singapore), we found an outlet near our hotel and it was just in time for some drinks after all the train travelling (2.5 hours) 🙂
Hubby got a Cafe Latte (₩2,500), which he thought was quite strong and bitter; perfect for a perk-me-up. It was my first time trying out a Marron Latte (₩3,000), and this was a sweet drink with a lovely hint of roasted chestnut taste.
We also shared a Creamy Choux (₩1,500), which tasted like a chilled cream puff, not bad at all.
- Location: Busan Busanjin Bujeondong 502-2
- Website: www.paikdabang.com (Facebook)
- Directions: Exit 7 of Seomyeon Station
- Hrs: 9am – 9pm
Foxhole Cafe at The Midtown (previously Hougang Plaza) was really a well-hidden place, for we got lost trying to look for it 😛
Once we went up to the lovely second storey with the whimsical unicorn mural and cosy environment, we did not feel like leaving anymore 😛
The drinks menu was quite interesting, and I got myself a refreshing Acai, Cranberry & Pomegranate Juice ($6.90). Hubby thought that his Iced Latte ($4.50) was just alright. We also shared a Blueberry Muffin ($4.90), which was moist and soft, but a little too sweet for us.
Overall, it was quite a lovely place to chill out 🙂
- Location: 1189 Upper Serangoon Road, The Midtown #01-18 S(534785)
- Website: www.facebook.com/foxholecafe
- Hrs: 11am – 9pm (Mon, Wed-Thu), 11am – 10pm (Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat-Sun, PH)
After our sumptuous brunch, we went to stroll off the calories and eventually ended up at Tiramisu Hero. It looked like it was going to rain soon, so that was the perfect excuse for us to enter the cafe 😛
This was a cosy little cafe with cutesy decorations, and Sir Antonio, the cafe’s mascot, was really cute too 🙂
Once we were comfortably seated, we got ourselves Belgian Waffles ($7), and the original MommaHero ($7.50) tiramisu.
It was really pleasant that they took note of our special request to put the honey by the side and to skip the icing. We loved the waffles that was crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside!
In fact, we preferred the waffles to the tiramisu, as the ladyfingers were a bit dry, and the overall taste was a tad too sweet for our liking. Hubby also had a Caffe Latte ($5.50), which he thought was pretty alright.
After an awesome congee breakfast, we were walking along Jervois Street back to our hotel to check-out, and sighted Barista Jam!
So obviously we must try the coffee here. But besides coffee, Barista Jam’s menu also includes breakfast, pastries, pastas, salads, and sandwiches, and serves them in a cozy, chic place with friendly baristas.
I tried a Skinny Latte (HK$36) and it was pretty good! A pity our stomach capacity was limited or we would try out some of the pastries! 🙂
- Location: Shop D, G/F, 126-128 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan 上環蘇杭街126-128號地下D舖 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Sheung Wan Station 港島綫上環站 (Take Exit A2 and walk 5 mins)
- Website: www.facebook.com/baristajamhk
- Hrs: 8am – 6pm (Tue-Fri), 10am – 6pm (Mon, Sat), 11am – 6pm (Sun)
After our hearty lunch, we strolled to 銅鑼灣 Causeway Bay, and found 義順牛奶公司 Yee Shun Milk Company… Perfect timing for a break 🙂
It was mandatory to order an item each, so we ended up with:
- 馳名雙皮燉奶 Double-layer Steamed Milk (HKD$32): It was such a hot day today, so we opted for the cold version. Smooth, rich and not overly sweet, it was a lovely dessert on a hot day!
- 雞蛋三文治 Egg Sandwich (HKD$20): This was pretty normal, with the egg not too dry, and strangely, there was a slight hint of peanut butter sauce…
We had wanted to try the polo bun with butter and milk tea here, but alas, by 6pm, the polo buns were already sold out. Since the minimum order was a drink per person, we decided on:
- 原裝凍奶茶 Iced Milk Tea (HK$20): This was served cold without ice, and it was smooth and strong and not overly sweet. Since there were no ice cubes, the tea remained flavourful throughout. A really lovely cup of milk tea!
- 熱檸啡 Hot Black Coffee with Lemon (HKD$20): Hubby did not add any sugar to his drink, so it was a very interesting blend that was aromatic, bitter and sour.
Being near to closing time, it was relatively quiet and we had a relaxing time chilling in the little bench seats with our drinks, in this little quaint place.
- Location: 灣仔春園街41號春園大廈地下 G/F, Spring Garden Mansion, 41 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Wan Chai Station 港島綫灣仔站 (Take Exit B2 and walk 4 mins)
- Hrs: 6am – 7pm
After our sinful but yet satisfying brunch at 一樂燒鵝 Yat Lok Restaurant, we decided to have coffee nearby before continuing our food trail.
This was Coco Espresso’s 4th branch in Hong Kong, opened in 2015. They started their first Coco in 2007 at Queen’s Road Central and expanded since in Hong Kong island with its cozy industrial-look interior and nice coffee.
It was quite packed, and we decided to just stand and share a skinny latte (HK$35) by the long counter table. Thankfully, a couple of stools became available while we waited for our drink.
It was a smooth and moderately strong cup of coffee with a slightly acidic undertone.
Note: Water and WiFi were available for free.
- Location: 中環士丹利街50號信誠廣場地下D舖 Shop D, G/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley street, Central (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Central Station 港島綫中環站 (Take Exit D2 and walk 5 mins)
- Website: cocobarista.com (Facebook)
- Hrs: 8am – 7pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 7pm (Sat-Sun)
Since we were in the nostalgic mood today with 蓮香樓 Lin Heung Tea House in the morning, we figured we should continue with the mood at 美都餐室 Mido Cafe.
A short but lovely ferry ride from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui, plus a short walk later, we arrived at 美都餐室 Mido Cafe!
We went up to the second floor, and as we walked, we were transported back in time, with the traditional tiles and old-school windows. The seating was very spacious, which was really quite rare in Hong Kong!
It was a quiet time at 4+pm, and we just chilled out with a 凍鴛鴦 Iced Yuanyang and 凍奶茶 Iced Milk Tea (HK$20 each). The drinks were nothing to shout about, and the minimum spending was HKD$20 per person. Food items seemed rather expensive (not sure if the portions were huge), but since we were planning to have dinner at 四季煲仔飯 Four Seasons Claypot Rice nearby, so we did not bother trying any.
- Location: 油麻地廟街63號地下 G/F, 63 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Tsuen Wan Line Yau Ma Tei Station 荃灣綫油麻地站 (Take Exit C and walk 4 mins)
- Hrs: 9am – 9pm (rest on Wed)
We are back in Hong Kong again! 😉
After dumping our luggage at the hotel, we walked towards the cluster of late night supper venues that we had read about. Our first stop was 永利清湯腩, and we had read a lot of good reviews about this place!
At 3.30am, there were still customers enjoying a bowl of soupy goodness. We decided to share a bowl of 清湯腩粉麵 Beef Brisket Noodles (HK$32), and the uncle was kind enough to provide us with an additional small bowl 🙂
The clear hot soup was light and refreshing! The meat was sweet and slightly tender, with just enough bite to it. The thin springy noodles were delicious without tasting overly alkaline. This was definitely a bowl of hearty goodness on a cold night like this!