Neighbourhood Guide: What To Eat, Drink And Do In Tsuen Wan
A visit to Tsuen Wan might raise some eyebrows. It's not the most touristy of neighbourhoods in the city. But this district has actually been creating some buzz over the last few years thanks to the number of shopping malls that call it home. It's also interesting to see the former collection of villages, thriving to become a modern destination for shoppers, art lovers and nature seekers.
Tsuen Wan is well worth a visit, boasting a plethora of dining options including some of the best and healthiest restaurants in town, as well as family-friendly eccentric shopping malls. What's more, Tsuen Wan is easily accessible, providing train, bus and ferry options—so there's no excuse not to check this place out.
Looking where to start? We break down what to eat, drink and do in this up-and-coming neighbourhood.
Where To Eat
Get a taste of the Swiss Alps right here in Hong Kong at Chalet. The name itself refers to a wooden dwelling with a low roof and wide eaves, commonly seen in many Alpine regions. A cosy wooden-themed restaurant offering a fair amount of Western delights, its signature dishes include the seared smoked duck breast with sweet potato and red wine sauce, the Hokkaido crab meat risotto and French duck leg confit with mango salsa. Adorned with wooden decoration throughout, you'll find yourself transported to Europe.
Chalet, Shop B, G/F, Kam Tsuen Mansion, 407–411 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
It's dumplings galore at Dumpling House, a restaurant specialising in traditional and trendy dumpling choices. Those who love cheese can dip into the dumplings with cheese flavour. Notably, the restaurant is well-loved for its giant dumplings. You'll be spoiled for choice with a wide selection of dumplings here.
Dumpling House, Shop 58, 1/F, Tsuen Cheong Centre, 202–216 Sai Lau Kok Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
If you're craving for some Japanese food, Magic Touch will deliver your favourite Japanese dish via a mini-replica of the bullet train. You can choose an array of dishes from sushi, sashimi, fried food to desserts. Now, you don't need to go all the way to Japan to enjoy a Japanese dining experience.
Magic Touch, Shop 1–03, 1/F, Tai Hung Fai Centre, 55 Chung On Street, Tsuen Wan
For a culinary festa, head over to El Cerdo and enjoy some top-notch Spanish delights. Helmed by head chef, Simon Lynch, El Cerdo serves authentic Spanish cuisine from high-quality Iberian cured meats, evergreen Spanish tortillas to the classic paella.
El Cerdo, G/F, Tai Yuen House, 77 Tai Pa Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
Burger lovers, rejoice. Kitchen Corner has plenty to offer, whether it's bacon, cheese or veggies. You can take a bite into their finger-licking juicy patty or if you want to try something new, they also have a vegan burger alongside an Impossible Beef version. The hot item to get here is the Aussie burger with its beetroot slices, grilled meat patty and egg. Pair it up with some of their sweet milkshakes, especially the peanut butter milkshake for a fulfilling meal.
Kitchen Corner, Shop 66, G/F, Cheong Ning Building, Tsuen Cheong Centre, 202–216 Sai Lau Kok Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
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Treat yourself to a meal at Secret Chefs and feast on their selection of pork chop cutlet and tender marbled beef choices. Signature dishes include the black truffle beef and stone beef—some of which are the most loved in town. The secret to their scrumptious beef? Perhaps, we'll never know.
Secret Chefs, G/F, 22 Heung Shung Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
The Green Common branch in Tsuen Wan is the latest addition to this eatery. A plant-based and grocery concept store, Green Common not just creates innovative food but also distributes vegetarian, vegan, organic and natural food. It's safe to say that they're experts when it comes to green products. Their menu is filled with nutritious food fuelled by plants, some signature dishes include chia power with sweet potato fries and OmniPork luncheon which is made of egg rice and black pepper teriyaki sauce. It sounds simple but it's healthy and delicious.
Green Common, Shop 101, 1/F, Nina Mall 2, 98 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, greencommon.com
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Offering artisanal brews and Western all-day dating, this homegrown cafe will appeal to those on the hunt for Instagrammable restaurants and food. Your camera will love their brunch favourites including eggs royale, eggs benedict and the deluxe English breakfast. Their creative breakfast delights will also fuel you up for the rest of the day. If you're more of a brunch person, their soft-shell crab black truffle spaghetti is a must-try.
Beans, G/F, 99 Hoi Pa Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
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Another Instagrammable find to add to your list is No Boundary. This restaurant and coffee shop offers burgers, all-day breakfast and other Western favourites. Treat yourself to their German pig hand to get a taste of that juicy meat or for something simpler, or try the delicious-looking thick toast that's bathed in egg and cheese.
No Boundary, 9 Tai Pa Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
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Years of Friends
On the lookout for more healthy options? Add Years of Friends to your list. This plant-based eatery provides high-quality food that's also very nutritious. The quaint eatery has plenty on offer but all are vegetarian friendly. Their burgers are made using OmniPork or Impossible Meat while there's also a selection of spaghetti, risotto and homemade sweets. For drinks, they have coffee, tea, oat milk, seasonal specials, sodas and even caffeine-free options.
Years of Friends, 20 Sam Pei Square, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, +852 5296 9864, yearshk.com
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Feather & Bone
Calling all meat lovers—Feather & Bone will be your meat heaven. This all-in-one butchers, deli and grocery store's speciality is meat—so expect steak, lamb chop and burger. But they also have all-day breakfast and "lighter touch" options such as salads and smashed avocado. The interior design pays homage to traditional 20th-century neighbourhood butchers and grocers with plenty of greens and warm wood. There are also quirky elements displayed throughout for that extra personal touch.
Feather & Bone, Shop G09, G/F, OP Mall, 100 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan, +852 2618 8160, featherandbone.com.hk
Where To Drink
TAP The Ale Project
Considered a mainstay in the local craft beer scene in Hong Kong, it's no surprise that TAP The Ale Project is a must-visit when you're in Tsuen Wan. Its branch here at The Mills will continue the tradition of its sister location in Mong Kok with the same uncompromising attitude to beer selection—diverse and exciting. But if you're not up for alcoholic, they have coffee, tea and soda on offer in addition to pasta, rice, pastry and cake.
The Ale Project, Unit 302, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2331 2621, thealeproject.com
Song is a great place to chill and unwind with a drink at hand if you're in the area. Wine lovers will be delighted thanks to its sparkling wine free flow every Wednesday. A number of classic cocktails are also readily available from Bloody Mary, dry martini to pina colada.
Song, G/F, 8 Shiu Wo Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
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For good drinks and good food, head over to Lucky U. Here, you can choose from their array of American offerings from pizza, burger to pasta. As for the drinks, anything from classic cocktails, whisky, spirits, beer and shooters and even mocktails. You'll never run out of options to choose from—so lucky you.
Lucky U, Shop 5–7, G/F, Fortune Mansion, 105–129 Sha Tsui Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
What To Do
Home Baking Day
In the mood to bake? At Home Baking Day, everything will be prepared for you. Simply choose what dessert or baked recipe you want upon arrival and all the tools and ingredients you need are yours together with a tablet complete with a recipe to create whatever you're craving for regardless of your skill level. Choose from cakes, doughnuts to cookies—get creative and whip up a new recipe.
Home Baking Day, Shop G27, G/F, Citywalk 2, 18 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2726 3108, homebakingday.com
The Mills is an addition to the city's thriving art and culture scene. A revitalisation project from Nan Fung Group, The Mills was completed in 2018 and has become a place for business, retail and cultural activities. With some much history under its belt being the former factory of Nan Fung Textiles during its heyday, it's only fitting that The Mills is now a design hub filled with creative aesthetics and atmosphere. With dining and shopping options to boot, this place definitely deserves a visit.
The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen wan, Hong Kong, +852 3979 2300, themills.com.hk
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D-Park or Discovery Park is the latest go-to destination for a fun family day out. Spanning over 630,000 square feet, this family-friendly mall has everything you and your kids will love, nursery rooms, indoor playground and even a cinema, especially for kids. With three-stories to explore, the mall is home to 140 shops and flagship stores. With a visit to D-Park, you and your kids will never get bored.
D-Park, 398 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2940 2822, dpark.com.hk
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Tsuen Wan Park
Looking for a tranquil adventure that's still close to the city? Consider Tsuen Wan Park. A bit under the radar compared to other city parks, this four hectares green space in the heart of Tsuen Wan is located along the coastline, guaranteeing you scenic views of surroundings. There are also recreational activities to enjoy from a basketball court, tennis court, cycling track and even an amphitheatre. If you're looking for some closer to nature, there are also fountains, gardens and artificial lakes to enjoy.
Tsuen Wan Park, 59 Wing Shun Street, Tsuen Wan, +852 2408 9592
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Citywalk is where nature and shopping coincide—it's Hong Kong's first green shopping mall. Heavily incorporating natural elements into its design, the 40,000 square feet shopping mall has a vertical garden that helps increase the green space of its external areas by 30 per cent. A collection of retail brands provide you with an outstanding shopping experience, all while giving you your daily dose of nature. As an extra treat, the mall has occasional installations during the festive season.
Citywalk, Vision City Tower 6, Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, citywalk.com.hk
This waterfront shopping mall in Tsuen Wan is a great alternative to the more popular and often crowded ones. Home to a fine amount of internationally renowned brands as well, residents flock to here for a one-stop shopping experience. OP Mall is especially a great option for those on the hunt for the best lifestyle essentials.
OP Mall, 100 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
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