Hong Kong is not overly-endowed with pleasant cafes – as I have railed against on the blog in the past. But now joining 18 Grams, the Corridor Cafe and on again/off again After School Cafe in Causeway Bay is one other ‘possibility’ Unlike the others, Coffee Academics is part of a chain, backed by the Habitu group, a slightly ritzy, overpriced string of coffee-and-cake joints across Hong Kong. Coffee Academics is one step up again, a ‘premium’ flagship complete with chandelier, (endangered)antelope head on the wall, hammocked terrace, and dapper, vaguely S&Mish aprons for the faggy waitstaff.
It has only just opened on the rather grimy Yiu Wa Street behind Times Square, but on the day I went there were no seats free. I had to get my coffee (25% more than a Starbucks coffee) to take away.