I’m always on a hunt for new coffee spots to work in, despite not being a coffee drinker. So far, my favourite is Hit the Road, but it irks me that it closes at 5:30PM to prepare for a dinner round as it’s not really a coffee shop per se. I was mindlessly scrolling through Instagram one day when I stumbled across a new café in Sheung Wan called Sancho Coffee. I messaged the owners and asked if they were open on Sundays and if they had wifi – they answered yes to both questions – so the very next day, I went to check it out.
Most eateries in Sheung Wan close on weekends. If you’re lucky, they might open on Saturdays. They can simply get by just serving food on weekdays because of the large number of working spaces in the area. I was really happy Sancho Coffee was open on Sundays – and public holidays, too – but it might change when they gain more prominence (please don’t!). For now, though, the café hasn’t joined the dead Sheung Wan Sunday streets yet.
What I love about the exterior of Sancho Coffee is the cute outdoor seating area lined with fruit cushions and crates for tables. You can assess the environment right from the streets thanks to the café’s large, almost floor-to-ceiling windows. And yes, they’re just windows despite looking like doors, so you never have to worry about people going in and out and trampling all over you. If you visit anytime soon, the weather right now is actually perfect for working outside, so take advantage if you like a bit of sunshine!
Sancho Coffee is accessed from Hua Qin International Building and split into two floors. It’s a clever design so if you’re staying longer to work or to catch up with friends, you don’t get disturbed by the constant influx of customers just coming for takeaway. On the menu is a wide variety of coffees, all of which I know nothing about so I can’t comment on, teas and small snacks to give you fuel throughout your stay.
The upper floor is the sitting area for customers. Even on a Sunday afternoon, there were many available seats, which made it excellent for working. No noise! It also ticks the coffee shop must-have feature of a fast wifi. I felt a bit cold thanks to the air conditioning, but everyone else seemed fine.
The layout is simple and minimal. Two larger tables for six and for four, one smaller table for two, and a bar seating area that overlooks the lower floor. I originally sat at the bar table so I could people watch, but unfortunately that’s where the aircon blasts from so I had to move. Sad times.
Sancho Coffee was great for an afternoon of working. I have a new haunt to go to now if I’m around the area. I’m going to selfishly hope it doesn’t get too popular, which is rather ironic because I’m sharing it with all of you. Really, though, two thumbs up for the two-level concept. And the storefront is cute, which is always a bonus. 😉
Shop G2, Hua Qin International Building, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
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