Your foodie guide to a day in Wan Chai
Head away from the main hustle and bustle of the illustrious Wan Chai and dig into a few of our favourite dining options. From breakfast and coffee, through to your lunchtime break, dinner (and drinks!), our guide to Wan Chai’s side streets will keep you covered whatever you fancy.
Read more: Sassy’s Neighbourhood Guide to Wan Chai
Where to Get Breakfast & Coffee:
Arguably the most important meal of the day, our morning in Wan Chai has got to start with some good breakie and, of course, a decent cuppa joe. Tucked down Swatow Street, Mansons Lot serves up crowd-pleasing breakfasts and lunch sets. Pop here to indulge in a big plate of eggs benny (from $72), or go for classic avo toast, with either poached eggs, smoked salmon or feta (from $84). Mansons’ brekkie sets range from $60 to $138 for a selection of toasts, eggs, pastries or bigger options, along with a drink of your choice. The vibe is quiet and cosy, perfect for a catch up with friends, or for getting a spot of work done outside of the office!
Mansons Lot Coffee House, 15 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, mansonslot.com
On Swatow Street, you will also find the quality chain, The Cupping Room. It’s avo toast is one of our favourites in Hong Kong.
Where to Stop For Lunch:
Whether you live or work around Wan Chai (or just find yourself in the area come lunchtime!), there are plenty of options to sate any appetite. A great go-to lunch spot is Bread & Beast. Located on Swatow Street, this lunchtime joint serves up delicious gourmet sarnies, sides and coffees, along with something a little harder come nighttime. We love the Ngua Lam Wich (consisting of a 12 Hour Slow-Cooked Beef Brisket, Chu Hao Mayo and Pickled Daikon), and can’t get enough of the Lennon Fries. Between 12pm and 2pm Bread & Beast offers up a great lunch set, which includes a main, a side and a drink from just $100. Be sure to also check in with its Facebook page, to keep up to date with events and live music nights, and don’t miss the daily happy hour, from 5pm to 7pm daily – with half pints of craft beer for $45 and full pints for $60!
Sassy tip: Any sandwiches can also be served as a super salad bowl with a kale base, so you can get all the goodness of the sandwich filling, with none of the carbs!
Bread & Beast, Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, breadandbeasthk.com
Other choices of ours in the area include The Spice House – a no frills kind of Thai place, with delicious and affordable lunch sets. Ichi Tora Ramen is a hole in the wall Japanese ramen resto, serving up some of our favourite in the city – perfect for when the weather gets a little cooler. Or if you want to go a little more high-end, acclaimed British chef Jason Atherton’s 22 Ships serves up a variety of expertly made and creative Spanish inspired dishes, sure to see you through until super.
Where to Have Dinner & Drinks:
With Wan Chai’s reputation for evenings that go on way past midnight, it’s important to line your stomach! Chao Chao Gyoza is a perfect choice for a casual bite to eat. Don’t be fooled by its unassuming look, we’ve never seen this little restaurant empty, and after tasting the delicious and authentic Japanese dumplings, coupled with the friendly and attentive service, we know why.
Chao Chao Gyoza, 31 Amoy Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tucked away in the back of Ship Street’s Ham & Sherry, (or enter through the “hidden” door on the side street!), The Back Bar comes alive at nightfall, and is a must try for its great cocktails and low-key vibe. Open from 6pm, Monday to Saturday, this little place stays busy until the early hours come weekends, and is the perfect place to enjoy a pre-or post-dinner drink or two. The bartenders mix up a range of drinks from its “Cocktails & Dreams” menu, all named after classic films with a slight twist. We love the playfully presented Sake Kid ($120), served in a cute sake can and consisting of funaguchi, beefeater, lemon, yuzu-pineapple cordial and matcha powder. If you’re heading here before dinner, don’t forget to also check out the bar bites menu. With the likes of chorizo fries, black garlic aioli with sourdough, and much more, you may end up sticking around for more than one drink!
The Back Bar, 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong hamandsherry.hk/bar_about
Looking for more dinner and drinks options on Wan Chai’s side streets? Try out newcomer Three Blind Mice. Serving up delicious and comforting dishes (be sure to try the meatballs), along with hosting monthly block parties, it’s a must try!