Despite the fact that I don’t drink coffee myself, I still love the growing coffee culture in Hong Kong and the amount of effort that goes in to all the cute little coffee joints around town. One which we came across a couple of weeks ago is a tiny spot just next to Sai Ying Pun MTR station called Winstons Coffee.
If you’ve been along Queen’s Road West recently, you will definitely have noticed Winstons for its cinema-style façade. Next time you pass it, turn around and go inside – I promise you won’t regret it. There’s an instant welcoming feeling as you go inside and it’s refreshing to see that the guys behind the bar genuinely love what they do. Their relaxed, jovial demeanour is infectious and you’ll soon find yourself joking around with these guys as if you’re old friends.
Homemade cakes and other treats lovingly prepared by friends of Winstons are proudly displayed on the counter, making it very difficult to resist. Consciously trying to be as healthy as possible, we tried a ‘power bite’. Made with oats, flaxseed, maca, cacao nibs and peanut butter, sweetened with a touch of agave, this was absolutely delicious and pretty healthy too.
Obviously Winstons specialises in coffee, but the Chai tea latte that I tried should also be commended, as this is one of the best I’ve had.
We were recommended to try the avo grilled cheese and didn’t need any persuasion. There was nothing fancy about this – it was literally just mozzarella cheese, avocado and spinach sandwiched between two fluffy pieces of bread, toasted in a George Foreman. And yet it was spectacular. The gooeyness of the mozzarella, the buttery avocado and the crisp, perfect toast made this a seriously good cheese toasty.
Winstons is not just a coffee shop; it stays open until 11pm every day and serves some apparently pretty awesome cocktails (espresso martini is of course on the menu), which we are yet to try. Given its location a little bit away from the usual crowds, I did wonder if it would be busy in the evenings, yet having driven past it on a Saturday night, I can confirm that it is indeed buzzing.
Prices are pretty reasonable, with all coffees under $35. We were impressed by our first visit to Winstons and are already planning our next trip, perhaps for some cocktails next time. It’s clear that you don’t need to be a coffee lover to love Winstons Coffee.
Shop 4, 213 Queen’s Road West
Sai Ying Pun
Tel: +852 2559 5078