Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Happy Valley
1/7 Happy Valley Race Course
A trip to the Valley isn’t complete without checking out this landmark, which was built in 1845. While its horse racing season doesn’t start until September, visitors can still watch intramural sports held inside the venue’s leisure facilities, which feature a running track, football and hockey fields and an outdoor gymnasium.
The second floor of the racesource is home to the ultra-exclusive Hong Kong Jockey Club, which counts Eleanor Kwok and Matthew Lam amongst its members. Come race season, friends of the club’s Priority Black and Gold members should dine at the Hong Kong Kitchen, which provides panoramic views of the tracks.
Happy Valley Race Course, Wong Nai Chung Rd, Happy Valley, Hong Kong; hkjc.com
Overlooking the racecourse, this French restaurant has retained its rustic Gallic decor since opening in 1976. It has been a go-to spot for special occasions—and for good reason. Hospitality knows no bounds bounds at Amigo, as the highly attentive staff take polaroids of birthday celebrants, and women leave meals with red roses. The food is just as excellent. We highly recommend the beef tenderloin with goose liver dipped in truffle sauce and the stewed ox-tail with noodles.
Amigo, Amigo Mansion, 79A Wong Nai Chung Rd, Happy Valley +852 2577 2202; amigo.com.hk
3/7 Pang's Kitchen
It’s best to make reservations at this cosy Cantonese eatery, which can get packed on any given evening since it earned a Michelin Star in 2013. Service is solid and dishes are efficiently prepared. Favourites include the sweet and sour pork with strawberries and the crispy garlic chicken.
Pang's Kitchen, 25 Yik Yam Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong +852 2838 5462
You can easily spot Proof thanks to its neon-lit signs. The Australian-owned bakery prides itself on its eco-friendly dishes, which feature no preservatives or additives. Daily offerings are inscribed on a chalkboard in front of the eatery, and its cinnamon rolls and sourdough are the menu’s crowd pleasers.
Proof, 14 Tsun Yuen Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong +852 6542 9788; proofhk.com
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5/7 F11 Foto Museum
In 2014, a three-storey Art Deco row house was transformed into the city’s first private photo gallery. The first two floors are dedicated to exhibitions, and past shows have featured works by renowned photographers Bob Willoughby, Jacques Henri Lartigue and Sergey Ponomarev. Meanwhile the third level contains vintage cameras and over 1,500 photo books. F11 Owner Douglas So occasionally hosts film screenings on the rooftop.
F11 Foto Museum, 11 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong +852 6516 1122; f11.com
6/7 Locanda Dell'Angelo
Located on a nondescript street, this hidden gem offers some of the city’s best Italian cuisine, earning its title as one of T. Dining’s Best Restaurants. Locanda Dell'Angelo's burrata with tomatoes, uni risotto and tiramisu are some of Chef Angelo Agliano’s best offerings. If you want to try the famed Boston lobster linguini, make sure to order in advance as supply is limited.
Locanda Dell'Angelo, G/F, 12 Yuen Yuen Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong +852 3709 2788
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7/7 M Patisserie
Opened in 2018, M Patisserie’s compact cafe packs a wide range of customisable cakes that look like works of art. Pastry chefs can even tailor-make your dream confection from scratch, just make sure to reserve it three weeks in advance. But if you’re just looking to sample some of its a la carte desserts, try the Hakuna Matata, a perfectly moist earl grey tea cake made with cream cheese milk foam and dried fruits.
M Patisserie, 65 Sing Woo Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong +852 5720 0813; mpatisseriehk.com
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