St. Francis Street {SFS}

One of the great things about Hong Kong is that there are always alleys to explore and hidden gems to be found. This little secluded café is one such gem, hidden in an obscure alleyway in the heart of Wanchai. With an abbreviated name that sounds more like a logistics company than a café, SFS mainly serves neighbourhood locals and adventurous enthusiasts, hoping to bring a taste of UK to this part of HK.

SFS hidden entrance
SFS hidden entrance

The narrow doorway to SFS is located in the alleyway of St. Francis St. the only indication of its presence is a small sign on the street and a marking painted onto the wall. Once you manage to squeeze through the tiny door and tread down the stairs, a lush city garden filled with potted greenery awaits.

Coffee Bean Selection
Coffee Bean Selection
Hand-Drip Coffee
Hand-Drip Coffee

A selection of award winning independent coffee roasts are available at SFS. If you are like me and cannot decide what to have, the owner and barista can offer some recommendations. Today I went with their single origin hand-drip coffee, choosing a Maragogype coffee bean from Cuba. Taste was soft and mellow with balanced acidity and bitterness, and a lingering tart finish. A good low-caffeine choice for coffee noobs like me.

In a city dominated by chain stores and large companies, small local spots such as these are like an oasis, offering something refreshing and different.


SFS

G/F, 14 St Francis Street, Wan Chai

Tel: 2527 7898

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 08:00-20:00, Sat, Sun & PH: 10:00-19:00

Website: http://www.stfrancis.com.hk/


 

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