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The Tatler Guide To Hong Kong's Neighbourhoods

The Tatler Guide To Hong Kong's Neighbourhoods
By Coco Marett
By Coco Marett
July 09, 2020
From Soho to Causeway Bay, Tai Hang to Tsim Sha Tsui, check out our guides to the best restaurants, bars and shops in some of Hong Kong's most exciting neighbourhoods

Soho

Photo: Louise
Photo: Louise

From izakayas that serve the city's night owls to Australian-style coffee and breakfast for its early birds, these restaurants and bars in Soho celebrate Hong Kong's vibrant and diverse culture. 

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat And Drink In Soho, Hong Kong

Sai Ying Pun

Photo: Potato Head Hong Kong
Photo: Potato Head Hong Kong

There is so much to love about Sai Ying Pun. From its narrow, sunlit streets to its beautiful murals (including an epic piece by Shepard Fairey) and of course, its unbeatable selection of restaurants and bars that—while individually unique in concept—share the same intimate neighbourhood vibe that places this district in a league of its own.

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Sai Ying Pun

Sheung Wan

Photo: Jensen Hoi/Hong Kong Tatler
Photo: Jensen Hoi/Hong Kong Tatler

For a neighbourhood that was once known for its coffin shops more than its coffee shops, Sheung Wan has quickly transformed into one of Hong Kong's hippest neighbourhoods and formed a melting pot of old and new, East and West. Discover this eclectic neighbourhood and its great selection of restaurants, bars and boutiques.

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Sheung Wan 

Wan Chai

Photo: Affa Chan/Hong Kong Tatler
Photo: Affa Chan/Hong Kong Tatler

Once a Mecca for exotic nightlife, Wan Chai has evolved from a quaint, historic landmark into an eclectic neighbourhood where quirky cafes, restaurants, bars, lifestyle shops fill the streets with a unique sense of character, all while staying true to its old-fashioned charm. Stay in the know with our favourite places to eat, drink and shop in this chic neighbourhood.

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Wan Chai

Causeway Bay

Photo: Alto
Photo: Alto

Causeway Bay is....well, it's a lot. It's crowded, it's chaotic and yet, we can't seem to get enough of it thanks to its many great restaurants, rooftop bars and shopping that rivals places like Tokyo or Seoul. From a chic dim sum hotspot to a hole-in-the-wall loved by Hong Kong's chefs, a traditional Japanese whisky bar to a Balinese wellness retreat, we list some of the best that Causeway Bay has to offer.

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Causeway Bay

Tai Hang

Photo: Little Tai Hang
Photo: Little Tai Hang

Tai Hang is arguably one of Hong Kong's coolest neighbourhoods; a quiet little pocket peppered with great restaurants that's perfect for an afternoon of wandering and exploring. But if you're the type who prefers to have a plan, we've rounded up the best restaurants in Tai Hang, as well as a few other charming spots worth checking out.

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Tai Hang 

Tin Hau

Photo: TUVE
Photo: TUVE

It’s not trying to be trendy and you won’t find many white table cloth establishments—and that’s exactly the appeal of this cool little Hong Kong pocket. Charming and full of character, here are a few places to eat and explore in Tin Hau.

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Tin Hau

Happy Valley

Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club
Photo: Hong Kong Jockey Club

Happy Valley, an affluent residential area where Tatler friends and local celebrities call home, is relatively quieter than bustling Causeway Bay, which is located just a stone’s throw away. But the family-friendly neighbourhood offers plenty of quaint charms for those who want a break from the city’s frenetic pace. Here, we highlight the best restaurants in Happy Valley and other hot spots worth knowing.

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Happy Valley

Tsim Sha Tsui

Photo:" InterContinental Hong Kong
Photo:" InterContinental Hong Kong

From Michelin-starred restaurants, sky-high bars to the newest cultural-retail destination, Tsim Sha Tsui may just be your new favourite neighbourhood.

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Tsim Sha Tsui

Kennedy Town

Photo: Courtesy of Winstons Coffee
Photo: Courtesy of Winstons Coffee

From late-night dim sum, to modern Middle Eastern fare and tacos with The Final Table’s stamp of approval, Kennedy Town is a melting pot of international influences and local flavours.

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Kennedy Town

Wong Chuk Hang

Photo: Courtesy of Komune/Instagram
Photo: Courtesy of Komune/Instagram

Traditionally an industrial district, since the opening of the MTR at the end of 2016, Wong Chuk Hang has seen countless businesses move to the Southside – and with them, many restaurants have followed suit. From tacos and burgers to sundowners and private kitchens, take a look at our guide to where to eat, drink and shop in the area.

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: What To Eat, Drink And Do In Wong Chuk Hang

Sai Kung

Sai Kung is brimming with adorable cafes, restaurants and quirky bars. Whether you're in the mood for a light brunch, a balmy seafood dinner by the water or sunset drinks, a day out in Sai Kung is always worth the schlep.

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Sai Kung

North Point

It's one of Hong Kong's oldest neighbourhoods, but it's definitely not out of fashion. North Point has some great gems, including cosy cafes, rooftop bars, restaurants run by passionate chefs, and some sweet staycation spots to boot.

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: What To Eat, Drink And Do In North Point

Sai Wan Ho

Photo: Courtesy of Mint & Basil
Photo: Courtesy of Mint & Basil

Think that Sai Wan Ho is only a residential hub? Think again. From bustling food markets to a picturesque harbour park and a film archive which offers a glimpse of Hong Kong’s rich cinematic heritage, we dig out the best gems in the neighbourhood and why it deserves to be on your radar.

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: What To Eat, Drink And Do In Sai Wan Ho

Sham Shui Po

In its neon-lit concrete canyons, Sham Shui Po has seen a surge of clean-cut cafes and multi-hyphenate creative spaces open up shop amidst its smokey dai pai dongs and generations-old noodle shops. It's the place to go if you want an authentic taste of both old and new Hong Kong.

Read: Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Sham Shui Po

This article was originally published on January 24, 2020 and was updated on July 9, 2020.

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