Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Wan Chai
Where to eat
If the queues are anything to go by, Swiss native Gregoire Michaud’s Bakehouse is one of the most popular bakery-cafes in the neighbourhood—if not all of Hong Kong. With a stellar repertoire in the bakery and pastry world, including eight years experience as the executive pastry chef of Four Seasons Hong Kong, Gregoire is best known for his artisanal croissants and sourdough egg tarts, which are available for takeaway or dine-in. There's also a hearty brunch menu that features Bakehouse's best-selling toasted sourdough in most items.
Bakehouse, 14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; bakehouse.hk
Located next to the historic Blue House, Samsen has a reputation for serving the best Thai boat noodles in town, evident in the queue that regularly stretches down the block before it opens at noon for lunch and at 6:30pm for dinner.
Emulating an authentic Thai street-stall vibe and flavours, the walk-in eatery is worth the wait if tasty stir-fries and indulgent crab fried rice are right up your alley. Don’t forget to save space for their pandanas coconut dumplings and young coconut ice cream, which tastes exactly like the ones from a Thai night market.
Samsen, 68 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2234 0001; instagram.com/samsenhk
Artemis & Apollo
Say “Opa!” to Artemis & Apollo, a family-styled Greek taverna that celebrates an unfussy, communal Greek dining culture where friends and family come together to enjoy small plates of mezzes in a relaxed setting.
Taking a 50-seat space on Moon Street, Artemis & Apollo joins a neighbourhood of fantastic dining options and offers a menu inspired by Greek classics of hot and cold mezzes (like taramasalata and saganaki cheese to name a few) alongside mains that feature a selection of spit-roasted meats and grilled seafood, complete with an exclusively Greek wine list.
Artemis & Apollo, G/F, 9-11 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 6991 6231; artemisandapollo.com
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The neighbourhood has no lack of restaurants delivering exotic flavours, but if Middle Eastern is what you’re after, Francis is an excellent pick all around—from food to service.
Drawing inspiration from Israeli Chef Asher Goldstein’s childhood memories, the unassuming eatery serves up a tightly curated selection of hearty mezzes—the hummus, baked halloumi and grilled octopus are solid crowd-pleasers. Pair them with a Lebanese wine from the diverse wine list of 50 labels.
Francis, G/F, 4&6, St Francis Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3101 9521; francis.com
Located within the same precinct as Artemis & Apollo and Francis, Roots is a French-Cantonese bistro opened by French cuisine-trained chef Stephanie Wong.
The menu at Roots reflects Wong’s dedication to preserving flavours of classic Cantonese dishes, executed with French cooking techniques to create a new breed of reinvented classics. Make sure to order the rib-eye steak with salted egg yolk crumbles—the prime rib eye yields a succulent texture and the melting crumble of salted egg yolks is a surprisingly perfect match.
Roots, G/F, 7 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2623 9983; rootseatery.com
Where to drink
Blend & Grind
The Mid-Levels specialty coffee-smoothie bar has recently ventured into Wan Chai with a new venue on the corner of Sun Street, bringing in fresh brews by Redback Coffee and healthy brunch options to the neighbourhood, from acai bowl smoothie bowls to a sumptuous B&G breaky board that comes with a wholesome avocado and egg toast, wild muesli with coconut Greek yogurt and orange juice.
The Sun Street branch also turns into a bar at night with great happy hour deals from 4pm to 8pm—their signature espresso martinis are a must-try.
Blend & Grind, 1 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; instagram.com/blendgrindhk
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BASAO Tea is a more than just a neighbourhood tea room to get hydrated—the homegrown tea purveyor is an intimate haven where you can zen out and enjoy a serious cup of tea brewed by an experienced tea master.
With a detailed menu of premium teas to choose from—including an exclusive selection of black tea, green tea, and oolong—BASAO’s tea collection also has an eclectic selection of iced chajito specialties that are sweeter and fruitier. Don't forget to pair your tea with one of BASAO's signature homemade tea cake rolls, tea ice cream or tea crystal.
BASAO Tea, G/F, 17 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2952 3313; basaotea.com
Ever heard of coffee tailoring? Offering a customised coffee experience, APT. Coffee is all about crafting that perfect cup of coffee based on your preferences so you can rest assured that your coffee will taste exactly how you like it every time.
Using Australian-roasted coffee beans by Seven Seeds, customers can choose between nutty and fruity flavours, water volume, milk volume and milk foam volume to create a bespoke coffee. The minimalist cafe is also big on toasts, offering an array of wholesome ingredients on the menu for customers to create their own dish that is both personal and satisfying.
APT. Coffee, 2-12 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3619 4393; apt-coffee.com
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Tucked away at the end of Moon Street, Ted’s Lookout is a convivial hangout frequented by Wan Chai’s office crowd to mingle over post-work preprandials.
The cosy neighbourhood bar has an extensive cocktail list to suit every taste, but we can’t recommend Jablonec’s Garden enough for a refreshing mix of fresh blackberries, violet liqueur and Prosecco to kick off the evening.
Ted’s Lookout, 17A Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2520 0076; facebook.com/tedslookout
Hidden in an unassuming alley, Spanish restaurant Ham & Sherry's speakeasy, Back Bar, is indicated by a neon street sign hanging from the top corner of the blue and white mosaic-tiled exterior.
The bar boasts an impressive array of themed cocktails, which are created by a talented team of mixologists and changes every few months. The “Ship Street Heroes” cocktail menu is currently on offer, featuring inventive creations that are inspired by superheroes.
Back Bar, 1-7 Ship Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong, +852 2555 0628; hamandsherry.hk
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Tai Lung Fung
In a quieter pocket of Wan Chai—just behind the famous Blue House with other historic buildings and temples just a stone’s throw away—Tai Lung Fung is a playful ode to old Hong Kong, boasting plenty of personality without pretence.
Come here for the laid-back atmosphere with an interior that's reminiscent of Hong Kong in the '60s. Stay for the casual drinks and delicious light bites.
Tai Lung Fung, 5 Hing Wan Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2572 0055; facebook.com/tailungfung
Where to shop
One of the first zero waste stores in Hong Kong offering unpackaged bulk goods and eco-friendly products, Edgar stocks a diverse range of organic and fair trade items—ranging from cereals, pasta, dried food, nuts and seeds to tea leaves, herbs and spices—all available for purchase in bulk.
Bring your own container or choose from the store’s large selection reusable storage solutions to kick start a habit of conscious consumption—after all, every small step counts!
Edgar, 5 Moon Street, Star Street Precinct, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3484 2088; edgar.hk
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A New York-based men’s lifestyle brand designed for easy modern living, O.N.S. injects a dose of luxury street style to the Sun Street neighbourhood with a multi-brand shop that offers a carefully curated selection of men’s everyday, all-occasion clothing, accessories, and lifestyle products from New York and all over the globe.
You can also find natural scented candles from Vancouver, hair products from Hong Kong and fragrances from boutique perfumer A.N OTHER.
O.N.S. 3 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; ka-pok.com
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Founded by Frenchman Arnault Castel in 2006 with a mission to bring “future classics” to Asia, Kapok is a lifestyle shop that brings in internationally renowned labels in fashion, accessories and lifestyle, with a focus on quality and creativity.
With six concept stores in Hong Kong and one in Singapore—each presenting a different theme and product selection—the brand’s new flagship on Sun Street in particular has a spot-on selection of products, from home decor to personal care items, fashion accessories and clothing, offering a curated space to shop for gifts or yourself.
Kapok, 8 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2520 0114; ka-pok.com
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