Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Tai Hang
1/10 Dough Kitchen
Dishes at this cosy eatery are well-balanced, offering plenty of richness without being sickeningly so.
Their speciality is undoubtedly the handmade pasta—in particular the show-stopping sea urchin pasta topped with a dollop of caviar—but don’t forget to check out the daily specials board, which features seasonal dishes, often showcasing fresh seafood flown in from Japan.
Dough Kitchen, 10B Sun Chun St, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2688 7008
2/10 Niku Niku
Specialising in yakiniku (grilled meat), Niku Niku claims to have some of the best wagyu beef in Hong Kong.
The simple but cheerful ambiance is perfect for getting a group of friends together for a night of grilling and good banter. Order the 'Chef’s Recommendation’, which includes an indulgent selection of the finest cuts of deluxe sirloin, deluxe tendon, Chateaubriand and deluxe tenderloin.
Niku Niku, 18-20 Shepherd Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2970 0488
Elementary, a chic little eatery, is ideal for brunch or for date nights and intimate dinners off Hong Kong’s many beaten paths.
The menu is designed to share, taking inspiration from Asian, European and Middle Eastern cuisine. Dishes include elevated brunch favourites to more creative constructions like a duck heart kebab or "fancy poutine" topped with an oxtail gravy, blue cheese and a runny egg.
Elementary, 15-16 School Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2362 2812; elementary.hk
4/10 Second Draft
High ceilings, quaint and quirky interiors invoking vintage Hong Kong, Second Draft is a joint concept between Young Masters Brewery and award-winning chef May Chow.
Its first-rate fusion menu features dishes such as mapo burrata, inked croquettes filled with dried oysters and perhaps its most iconic dish, the flower crab pasta, all of which go down beautifully with the plethora of draft beers on offer.
Second Draft, G/F, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2656 0232
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5/10 Sushi Shin
For the last 10 years, Sushi Shin has maintained its reputaiton as one of Hong Kong's best sushi restaurants.
Opened by three Kenjo alumni, it is the quintessential sushi experience; a minimal, warmly lit space anchored by a sushi bar manned by chefs who have dedicated heart and soul to the craft. Not to mention, the quality of the produce is superb.
Sushi Shin, Wing Hing Court, 110-114 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tin Hau, +852 2398 8000
6/10 I M Teppanyaki
We know what you're thinking—"teppanyaki? really?" But rest assured that I M Teppanyaki is no Benihana.
This cosy one Michelin star restaurant is owned and run by chef Lawrence Mok, who takes his craft very seriously. Only the best ingredients are used, and they're prepared perfectly with utmost respect. The menu features lush dishes like abadai fish with sea urchin sauce and A-5 Japanese beef. Can't choose? Opt for one of the set menus or leave it in Mok's hands and go for the omakase.
I M Teppanyaki, 134 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2570 7088; imteppanyaki.com
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The smell of roasted Italian coffee beans is intoxicating as soon as you enter this narrow, brightly lit cafe. The menu is simple and straightforward, including all of the classics as well as flavoured variations like banana, creme brulee and cucumber.
Unar is, quite simply, a quiet spot in a noisy city where one can enjoy a good coffee—and sometimes, that's really all you need.
Unar Coffee Co., 15 Sun Chun St, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2838 5231
Opened by professional pastry chefs Camille and Dominique, this unassuming little bakery is the epitome of a neighbourhood hidden gem, bursting with sweet artisanal treats.
Irresistably flaky and buttery croissants are their speciality, and they come in an array of creative flavours including almond, mango and coconut to name a few. You'll also find pastries like cinnamon rolls, vanilla millefeuille and madeleines. Plumcot's homemade gelato are the perfect snack for strolling Tai Hang on a warm afternoon, and flavours change with the seasons.
Plumcot, 10A Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2573 6293; plumcot.co
9/10 Little Tai Hang
Be a tourist in your own city and make exploring Tai Hang a weekend-long affair by booking a night or two's stay at Little Tai Hang, a chic boutique hotel that boasts a refreshing take on design with decor that's tastefully modern and modest.
Little Tai Hang's spacious rooms are bathed in natural light, opening up to panoramic views of the harbour and Victoria Park on one side, and the architecturally distinctive Lai Tak Tsuen public housing estate (prominently featured in 2017’s Ghost in the Shell) on the landward side—all thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and a lack of neighbouring buildings.
Don't forget to pack your walking shoes.
Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3899 8888; littletaihang.com
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10/10 The Minimal
Looking to give your home a bit of vintage flair?
The Minimal is a treasure trove of nostalgic nick-nacks and quirky home decor—but whether you're looking to buy something or not, it's hard to browse this quirky little store without chancing upon something that'll slap a smile on your face.
The Minimal, G/F, 38 Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2369 2328
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