Hong Kong has easily become a popular must-visit destination for many and in recently years as seen an increase in Muslim visitors. But did you know that, despite being a predominantly Chinese city, Islam has been practiced in Hong Kong for more than 175 years since the British Hong Kong era. Today, more than 300,000 Muslims live in this vibrant city, creating an environment and community that is friendly and accommodating to the religion.
Delicious halal cuisines are plentiful around the city especially near where the mosques are located in Wan Chai, Nathan Road in Kowloon) and Hong Kong halal food and restaurants guides by the Hong Kong Tourism Board are easily available online. But apart from that, Hong Kong also boast a sophisticated yumcha culture with tea-specialise and coffee spots found around in the every nook, cranny and corner of the city. Not only are they good but a lot of them are also beautiful designed, suitable for Instagram photos and best of all, Muslim-friendly.
So grab your pen and paper (or just bookmark this page). Here is a list of our favourite yumcha hotspots in Hong Kong.
1. Basao Tea (Causeway Bay)
As the name goes, this little space in the backstreets of Causeway Bay specialises in tea and is a must for the tea lovers. Enjoy its tea lattes, cold brew tea and cakes as its modern design in nude tones transport you to Japan. The matcha, houjicha and house blend comes highly recommended and are just as pretty to capture for the IG.
16 Pak Sha Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
8am - 8pm daily
You can't go wrong with ice cream! Hushush is Sai Kung's worst kept secret and an all time favourite amongst the locals. Hushush gets creative with their home brews offering fruity versions of it such as orange and apple brew. Of course, the usual home brew is just as good. But people mostly come here for their selection of ice creams, which range from passion fruit and orange ($50 per scoop) to Aomori apple and yoghurt ($52 per scoop). Get a drink, get a scoop, and chill out in these pleasant surroundings; but don't forget to 'gram the attractive storefront, over which hangs a very photogenic awning.
On Fu Building, G/F, 33 Ko, Fuk Man Rd, Sai Kung, Hong Kong
10:30am - 6:30pm, closes on Monday
3. Halfway Coffee
Get ready your cameras and phones for your coffee at this little cafe as it come in some of the prettiest cups in town. The front of the shop too offers plenty of photo opportunities along a very picturesque street with antiquities. The cafe itself boost a warm, homey setting with wooden chairs against a calming backdrop and the scent of freshly brewed coffee and cakes wafting through the air. We recommend dropping in as soon as it opens as it is known to be pack throughout the day which says something about their coffee.
12 Tung St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
11am - 6pm, daily
4. Artistry Brewing Company
Located in a back alley, this hidden coffee shop takes you away from North Point's main roads and immediately transports you into an oasis of zen and picture perfect surroundings. The wood furnishings, white walls, squiggly light fixtures go hand in hand with the greenery surround it. The outside area of the shop's entrance is pet-friendly and great for those chilly days in Hong Kong. Highly recommended for a sip is the single-origin hand pour-over coffees. Trust us, it won't feel like you're in the city at all.
Block D, Tung Fat Building, G/F, 43A Kam Ping St, North Point, Hong Kong
9am - 11pm, Mon - Thurs
9am - 12am, Fri - Sat
10am - 11pm, Sun
5. Infiniti C by October
Turn your blue days into treat yourself days at Hong Kong's bluest cafe. If blue is your colour, then you will love how elegantly the colour has been integrated into the interior of the cafe for that IG-worthy shot. The theme also shows in their gluten-free, keto and vegan menu. But if you think Infiniti C by October is all about the show and no tell, you could not be anymore wrong as they have the yummiest coffee in Sai Ying Pun.
Shop A, G/F, Kings Hill, 38 Western Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
8am - 9pm, daily
*Bonus Hidden Cafe*
We have given you tea cafes and coffee spots but did you know that Hong Kong is most famous for their Ying Yang – coffee mixed with tea, milk, and ice? And Teakha offers one of the best in the city. The place is hidden on a street in Sheung Wan and it’s very popular also for its delicious cakes and sweets. A must-try is the scone, but also their cheesecake if you manage to find a piece.
18B號 Tai Ping Shan St, Sheung Wan
9am - 6pm, Mon - Fri, closes on Tues
8:30am - 7pm, Sat - Sun
Muslim-friendly eateries and cafes can be found in abundance in Hong Kong but we understand the uncertainty of finding one easily. That is why having a travel agency like Sedunia Travel can help so much in elevating the stress of finding halal or Muslim-friendly places to eat at during your visit to Hong Kong. Sedunia Muslim offers Muslim-friendly travel itineraries that includes meals as well so that you can enjoy your holiday without worrying too much about finding a suitable place to eat.
On top of that, their travel agents are also able to provide assistance and advice should you opt to customise and change your itinerary as they are all experienced travellers themselves. So don't hesitant to get in touch with Sedunia Muslim to start planning out your holiday in Hong Kong!