The Best Coffee Shop in Hong Kong
The city’s caffeine scene gets a new market leader where the flat whites flow.
“Have you been to Peel Street for a coffee and bagel?!”
In an Eastern culture traditionally driven by tea, and a city often equated with ridiculous pricing, Peel Street Espresso Bar’s flat whites (HK$25) are a welcome addition to Hong Kong’s coffee scene.
Open just three months, this narrow but sleek space packed with good things is fast gaining a loyal following for its consistently brilliant coffee and service that’s the perfect blend of efficiency and familiarity, under the on-site direction of expats Scotty and Jemima Callaghan.
It’s the first public venture by the Australian couple, who along with their partners in Redback Speciality Coffee, Keith Regan and Craig Jackson, have been wholesaling their beans to many of the city’s hospitality groups and individual operators for the past year.
On the food front, freshly baked delights from dense brownies to fat choc-chip cookies spiked with salted pretzels adorn the counter and make the perfect sweet something. Made by Sugar Sisters, they’re pure morning tea magic.
While those looking for a more substantial bite, will find a selection of bagels sitting ready for toasting and epic spreading. Sourced from local NYC style bakery, Schragels – they’re easily the best around.
Opening at 6am, it’s a much needed saviour for the early birds, who’ve long been left waiting for their morning fix in a city that struggles to stir – or open before 8am. And, on an island where the average price for your go-to sits at HK$50 ($10AUD), Peel Street is set to become the first of its kind, not just for accessible pricing, but super service.
Peel Street Espresso Bar | 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong KongWhen | 6am to 4pm | Monday to Saturday
Image credits Peel Street Espresso Bar.
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