Hjem — meaning ‘home’ in Norwegian — emerged from Co-Founder Elin Fu’s reminiscence of her life in the small southeastern town of Hamar in Norway after being away for many years. Now based in Hong Kong, rather than longing to go back, Elin reconciles her frequent cravings of rye bread with herring and dill right in the heart of the city on Hollywood Road. The tranquility of Norway also made a significant impression on Co-Founder Nelson Htoo after his visit to Hamar. The abundance of nature was a rare but valuable sight for someone like Nelson who has mostly lived in large cities throughout his life.
As a space of respite and calm, Hjem aims to be the go-to for an authentic Nordic experience. Our menu embodies Norway’s healthy gastronomic identity boasting fresh produce that places attention on principles of slow and conscious living.
Through good, nutritious food and irresistible coffee, Elin intends to share with the world the culture and cuisine that she grew up with and knows as comfort, and hopes that wherever you’re from, you too will find a piece of home at Hjem.
Hjem boasts a diverse point of entry into the Nordic diet that is often lauded for its health benefits. We specialize in traditional open sandwiches — or smørrebrød — for which we use premium toppings such as Arctic prawns, herring, and trout directly sourced from the Northern waters to encapsulate an authentic Nordic experience.
With the same precision and focus on quality, our food menu comprises various Nordic classics that use simple yet timeless ingredients essential to the rejuvenating diet. Discover the unique flavors of Nordic cheese with us, or if it's something sweet you're craving, indulge in our signature Giant Cinnamon & Cardamom Bun!
We believe a quality cup of coffee is a catalyst for a true hygge moment. Coffee is largely embedded in Nordic culture, ranging from the Swedish concept of fika to the longstanding Norwegian brewing method kokekaffe. Naturally, our coffee at Hjem adheres to a certain regional caliber. Our beans are locally sourced from Holistic Coffee, from light roast Scandinavian blends to single origins, catering to everyone.
But not to worry if coffee isn’t for you — we focus on all our beverage offerings with the same mindful and considered approach. We have partnered with various independent businesses such as Plükt to bring you a selection of handpicked Nordic teas, local brewery On the Wagon for refreshing kombucha, La Cabane for a roster of natural wines, and finally, our cocktails specially crafted for Hjem by Chanel Adams are not to be missed.
Nordic Cheese Plate
At Hjem, we are constantly learning from the people and places that surround us. We are located across the road from the Man Mo Temple, the oldest temple in the city. Its enduring presence is a stark reminder to revert our attention to the things we take for granted. Nestled among the endless activity on Hollywood Road, our space is designed to welcome a break from it all. Stop by to lounge on our comfortable sofas or snatch a seat by the counter — either way, Hjem is here to inspire many more meaningful encounters.
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Since moving away from the quaint town of Hamar in Norway, Elin has always been compelled by the food scene in Hong Kong — new concepts were always on the horizon, but she found that they never could quite fill the void of comfort food from home. Having always wanted to be an entrepreneur, Elin took a deep dive into F&B and shortly after, Hjem was born. She envisions Hjem to be a home away from home and hopes to share the joy she finds in the familiarity of Nordic delights. Stop by for a coffee and a chat with Elin about life in Norway!
Gaining traction in the local F&B scene with his inaugural concept Club Rangoon — the first authentic Burmese restaurant in Hong Kong — Nelson continues his passionate foray into creating new concepts. With Club Rangoon, Nelson intended to introduce the underrepresented cuisine of his homeland to diners in Hong Kong. Grounded by a similar vision, Hjem offers a Nordic edge and flair to the local culinary scene. Bringing to Hjem his expertise as a restaurateur, Nelson aims to create an experience that guarantees the comfort and functionality of Nordic culture. Ask Nelson about his favorite haunts around town!
Lulu the Pomeranian enjoys long hikes with her parents, snacking on apples, and most of all, making new friends. Find Lulu at Hjem – either diligently welcoming guests or having a carefree nap by the entrance. She can’t wait to meet you and your furry friends!
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