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Your Neighbourhood Guide to Wan Chai

3 October, 2018
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Wondering where to eat, drink and shop in Wan Chai? With so much on offer, check out our guide for what to do in this buzzing part of the city.

Along with being known for its infamous nightlife, Wan Chai is home to some of the best restaurant’s in the city. A favourite area of ours in the 852, it’s a melting pot of cute boutiques, eclectic restaurants, hip cafés and local markets. With so much to eat, drink, and see; take a peek at our handy neighbourhood guide, for some tips on the spots not to miss.

Where to Eat:

Samsen

If you’re craving good Thai food, Samsen is where to go. Serving authentic Thai noodles alongside an array of Thai street food classics, this Michelin-recommended resto is not to be missed. It’s famed for its boat noodles, but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Open for lunch and dinner, be prepared to wait in line, as there is a no reservations policy.

Samsen, 68 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/SamsenHK

Pici

Pici serves a selection of traditional Italian starters, homemade pastas, and quite possibly the best tiramisu in the city. Ever-popular you can’t go wrong with Pici, whatever the occasion. Come hungry and go for the tasting menu, to try out multiple sharing plates.

Pici, 16 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, pici.hk

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Bakehouse

It may be a new comer to the Hong Kong bakery scene, but Bakehouse has already gained an almost cult following. Tucked away on Tai Wong East Street, head here to pick up everything from freshly baked sourdough, to buttery croissants, quiches and cookies, along with an ever-changing selection of daily specials. With Grégoire Michaud, the former Executive Pastry Chef of the Four Seasons, at the helm of this operation, quality is guaranteed every time.

Bakehouse, 14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.bakehouse.hk

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Whether you watch the chefs cooking up a storm in the open kitchen or sip on a glass of sangria while people watching, it’s easy to while away lunch or dinner at this trendy tapas restaurant. We recommend the scallop ceviche and suckling pig.

22 Ships, 22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.22ships.hk

Honbo

Home-grown burger joint Honbo is a cool and casual spot that’s not to be missed. Found on the quiet Sun Street, head here and treat yourself some high-quality fast-food, and make sure to wash it down with a beer from local brewery, Moozen.

Honbo, G/F New Sun House, 6-7 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.honbo.hk

Morty’s

If you’re wanting to indulge, Morty’s is where to head. The NY style deli serves up the goods when it comes to sandwiches, burgers and more. Exclusive to the Star Street branch is also the whopping 1kg Reuben Challenge ($588), available every Monday evening. Not for the faint of heart, finish this monster sarnie in half an hour and the meal is on them! Check out how we got on here.

Morty’s, 8-10 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.mortys.hk

Le Garcon Saigon

Le Garçon Saigon incorporates vibrant and fresh flavours of Saigonese cuisine in a cool, sophisticated and chic Parisian-style brasserie! The perfect post-work watering hole, head here to enjoy a selection of wines, cocktails, beer and great Vietnamese snacks, or bring a crowd and enjoy some unbeatable Vietnamese sharing-style plates. 

Le Garcon Saigon, 12 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.legarconsaigon.com

Le Petit Saigon

Next door neighbor and younger sibling of Le Garcon Saigon, Le Petit Saigon is a casual eatery serving up some of the best banh mi in the city. With the classic pork offering always on the menu, also be sure to try out its specials, such as chicken and tofu, and head here between 5pm and 7pm on weekdays to enjoy a happy hour that’s hard to beat.

Le Petit Saigon, 16 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.legarconsaigon.com/le-petit-saigon

The Spice House

Situated on the popular Amoy Street in the Heart of Wan Chai, this bright cafe provides inexpensive and authentic Thai food and snacks. The menu offers a comprehensive array of dishes, including a few less-seen options; a perfect spot for a casual dinner or lunch.

The Spice House, 35 Amoy Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Chao Chao Gyoza

For a quick and casual bite in the area, Chao Chao Gyoza is a favourite of ours. The friendly staff serve up a great value and super fresh array of dumplings and other Japanese favourites all day long from 11:45am. At peak times this place can get busy, so be prepared to queue a little, though it should be fast-moving and worth the wait!

Chao Chao Gyoza, 31 Amoy Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Elephant Grounds

With locations across the city, Elephant Grounds is known in Hong Kong for serving up great coffee, and the Star Street location is an ever-popular spot for all day dining. Serving up great breakfast, brunch, lunch and drinks, this pooch-friendly spot is a Wan Chai staple.

Elephant Grounds, 8 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.elephantgrounds.com

Ichitora Ramen

Another Amoy Street staple, Ichitora is one of our favourite spots for ramen in the city. We’re big fans of the black garlic infused tonkotsu broth, but the menu also offers an original version, along with a fiery spicy soup for those who like it hot! Customisation is the order of the day here, as you can choose everything from your noodle thickness and texture, to how much oil is added, and which topping you desire.

Ichitora Ramen, 23 Amoy Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Bread & Beast

A popular lunch time spot, and home to an impressive craft beer menu, Bread & Beast is a must try in the area. Celebrating the humble sarnie and taking it to the next level, the talented chefs here combine slow-cooked meats, homemade pickles and freshly baked bread to make one heck of a lunchtime treat.

Bread & Beast, 3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.breadandbeasthk.com

Le Bistro Wine Beast

If you’re in Wan Chai and craving a cold glass of rosé and a cheeseboard, you must head here immediately. The service is friendly, the ambience is relaxing and stepping through the doors transports you instantly to France.

Le Bistro Wine Beast, 35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.wine-beast.com/le-bistro 

Three Blind Mice

Tucked away on the quiet side of Ship Street, Three Blind Mice is unpretentious and homely. Serving up modern British classic, it’s a great spot for lunch or dinner, and also serves as the perfect all-day Sunday drinking spot.

Three Blind Mice, 35 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/threeblindmicehk

The Butchers Club Burger

Hong Kong favourite burger shop, The Butchers Club Burger can be found on a quiet street just opposite Pacific Place 3. Recommended by The Michelin Guide and serving up juicy burgers, it’s where to head when comfort food cravings hit.

The Butchers Club Burger, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai, www.thebutchers.club/burger-hk

Com Banh Mi

If you’re in the area around lunchtime an have a hankering for some quick and tasty Vietnamese grub, Com Banh Mi is always a solid choice. The set menu includes your choice of main dish (with the likes of chicken or beef pho, banh mi and chicken rice up for grabs), along with a side and a drink. Priced at just $80, you can’t go wrong.

Com Banh Mi, 28 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/ComBanhMi

The Optimist

The Optimist offers an authentic and unique Northern Spanish experience for its diners, with its interior designed to make feel like you are in a lively bar in Barcelona. Its weekend brunch menu is a favourite in the city, and it even has a full menu of gin and tonics, perfect for the gin enthusiasts out there.

The Optimist, G/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, wwwtheoptimist.hk

Pirata

As the original restaurant from Pirata Group, Pirata is ever popular with lunch and dinner guests, and serves up a range of comforting Italian favourites. Despite its busy setting on Hennesy Road, once you take the lift up to the 30th floor you’ll feel worlds away.

Pirata, 30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.pirata.hk

The Pawn

Housed in a colonial building on Johnston Road, it’s hard to miss this beautiful restaurant. The space is huge, with a botanicals bar and restaurant set over three floors. The Sunday brunch is always popular with free-flow and British cuisine, or opt to sit on the terrace overlooking the busy Johnston Road with a glass of wine in hand.

The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.thepawn.com.hk

Stone Nullah Tavern

Serving up farm to table food, Stone Nullah Tavern is a classic American tavern which offers diners comfort food dishes such as mac ‘n’ cheese, BBQ ribs, hotdogs, burgers and more, along with the most extensive, exclusive selection of American Whiskeys in Hong Kong.

Stone Nullah Tavern, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.stonenullahtavern.com 

Qi – House of Sichuan

Love spicy food? If you’re looking for some authentic dishes here reflect the “seven flavours of Sichuan”, make sure to check out Qi – House of Sichuan. With one Michelin-Star but reasonable prices, it’s a good pick for out of town guests.

Qi – House of Sichuan, Shop 12, 2/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.qi-sichuan.hk

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Motorino

Whether you take away, or eat in, Motorino servs up NY style pizza here in Hong Kong. If you’re a fan of an ultra-thin base, try it out and make sure to order the Spinach & Scamorza.

Motorino, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.motorinohongkong.com

Fishsteria Seafood Place

Fishsteria has a light, spacious and welcoming dining room, along with a menu that offers a range of Italian seafood dishes. Try its lunch set for an incredibly good value, three-course meal.

Fishteria Seafood Place, 111 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong, www.fishsteria.hk

BA Sushi

Sushi, sashimi, ramen and udon – a few of our favorite words, and all served at BA Sushi in Wan Chai. The restaurant interiors are nothing fancy, but if you’re a Japanese fan, this should be on your list. Make sure you order the Shrimp Tempura Roll – you won’t look back.

BA Sushi, 14 Burrows Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong 

Burger Joys

Open from 11am to 6am daily, Burger Joys is a late-night (or early-morning) spot to know in Wanch. Situated on Lockhart Road, head here after a night out, and make sure to order a side of wings.

Burger Joys, Shop E, De Fenwick, 42-50 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.burgerjoys.com

Where to Drink:

Djiboutii

Located down an alleyway, this hip hidden bar is always on our list of recommendations. The laid-back vibe and delicious drinks make it an uber cool hangout.

Djiboutii, G/F, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Djiboutiihk

Tai Lung Fung Bar

This is another Wan Chai hidden gem. Tucked away just off Queen’s Road East, this quirky bar harks back to Hong Kong past, with cute interior detailing. The prices are reasonable and there is always a fun crowd with a common goal – to enjoy a drink after a long working day.

Tai Lung Fung Bar, The Archive, 5-9 Hing Wan Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/TAI-LUNG-FUNG

Ted’s Lookout

Tucked away around the corner from the buzzing Star Street, Ted’s Look Out is one of Wan Chai’s most popular bars. With its industrial chic vibe and extensive cocktail list, the spot to spend a Friday night. Pair your cocktail with one of its signature burgers or the yummy tacos.

Ted’s Lookout, 17A Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/tedslookout

Thaiwan

Thaiwan is a great neighbourhood bar that is found on Ship Street, and combines the owners Thai and Taiwanese backrgounds to create this quirky and causal drinking spot. The staff are always friendly, there’s a wide variety of craft beers on offer, and there’s normally at least one dog sat outside; meaning that it’s a winner in our books.

Thaiwan, 31 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thaiwan.co

The Back Bar

Hong Kong’s worst kept secret – Back Bar is hidden in an alley behind the popular Ham & Sherry restaurant. Serving late-night cocktails and bar bites, this is the place to see and be seen.

The Back Bar, Ham & Sherry, 7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.hamandsherry.hk

Wooloomooloo

It’s unforgiveable to not take out-of-towners to Wooloomooloo. It’s a classic Hong Kong rooftop bar, with insane views. Drinks are affordable, and there’s nothing quite like sipping on a G&T as the sun goes down panoramic style over your city.

Wooloomooloo, 31/F & Rooftop, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.wooloo-mooloo.com

Ophelia

With its dream-like interiors, this is perfect spot to let your hair down and escape Hong Kong’s crazy city life. Start the evening with a Cheongasm – one of its signature tequila cocktails, and see where the night takes you…

Ophelia, Shop No41A, 1/F The Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Lee Tung St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.ophelia.com.hk

Ciacoe Italian Wine Bar

Found on the quiet Moon Street, Ciacoe Italian Wine Bar does exactly what it says on the tin and serves up a selection of Italian wines and small plates. Head here for its aperitivo hour, and enjoy complimentary snacks along with your drinks.

Ciacoe Italian Wine Bar, 1 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/CiacoeHK

The Wanch

Live music lovers go here to check out all the latest talent. It’s been HK’s home of live music for 30 years, and most people consider it an institution. The thing we like best is we can experience original live music without paying a cover charge, so we can get our fix of great music without having to break the bank.

The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.thewanch.hk

Dusk till Dawn

A Wan Chai classic, you haven’t visited Hong Kong unless you’ve spent a night at Dusk til Dawn. Known for its nightly live music, it’s always a top choice for a late-night dance.

Dusk till Dawn, 76 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.liverockmusic247.com

Amazonia

Another Wan Chai staple, Amazonia is open until 6am every single day of the week. Also famed for its live music, and its happy hour that runs until 9pm daily, with draught beers starting at just $35, you can expect it to be busy on any given night.

Amazonia, 15 Luard Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.amazonia.hk

Carnegie’s

Carnegie’s is a known watering hole for many of the sports teams in Hong Kong. It’s not rare for nights here to end up with plenty of drinks and some dancing on the bar.

Carnegie’s, G/F, Spa Building, 53-55 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Carnegies-Hong-Kong

Omotesando Koffee

This Tokyo export coffee house is popular amongst coffee fanatics in the city and, along with its top-notch brews, it is known its minimalist aesthetic. The prices aren’t cheap, but the quality here is consistently high. Along with coffee, Omotesando also serves up a small menu of savoury items, as well as its signature “kashi” – which are small baked custard squares.

Omotesando Koffee, Shop no24-25, G/F., Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.ooo-koffee.com

Coffee Academics

The coffee at Coffee Academics is good – serving arguably the best mocha in Hong Kong. Beans are roasted on site, which means if you’re a true coffee connoisseur, you can order a custom blend. When we’re channeling our ‘roaming office’ vibe, this is often where we head. Get there early though – it gets busy very quickly.

Coffee Academics, 35-45 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.the-coffeeacademics.com

Where To Shop:

Uber Tunique

This gorgeous, casual-chic, lifestyle store is inspired by modern, French style and is one of our favourite spots to pop into. It’s the best place to find one-of-a kind pieces of affordable jewelry or gifts for friends, or just for a browse!

Uber Tunique, 3 St Francis Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.tunique.com

Edgar

This no-waste grocery store opened its first location in Kowloon, but has recently also found a new home on Moon Street in Wan Chai! The store is a haven for those who are looking to cut down on single use plastics and unnecessary waste, and stocks everything from metal straws and beeswax wrap, to pantry staples such as pasta, grains, seeds and snacks that you can take away in your own containers.

Edgar, 5 Moon Street, 5 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.edgar.hk

Read more: Living Plastic and Waste-Free in Hong Kong: Where to Buy All of Your Essentials

Monocle

Known as the British cool kid on the newsstands, this retail store sells back issues of Monocle magazine, beautiful designer stationary and bags curated from brands such as Comme Des Garcons.

Monocle, Shop 1, Bo Fung Mansion, 1-4 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, monocle.com/shop

Lee Tung Avenue

Home to countless shops and restaurants, Lee Tung Avenue is a Wan Chai destination to know. Featuring the likes of Benefit, Pizza Express, Le Creuset, Moleskin, Pandora and much more, along with a range of eateries, it’s a one-stop luxury shopping destination. During festivals and events, the Avenue is also frequently decorating with lights, lanterns and more decor – making it the perfect backdrop for a quick Insta snap.

Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.leetungavenue.com.hk

Kapok

Another of our favourite shops in the area, Kapok sells a range of beautiful unisex products; think canvas tote bags, laptop cases and lovely stationary, along with clothing, jewellery and home accesories. Split into two stores in close walking distance, you can find one Kapok in St. Francis Yard, and one on Sun Street.

Kapok, 3 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Kapok, 5 Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.ka-pok.com

King Tak Hong Kong Porcelain

Whether it’s a new knife, a space heater, steamer baskets cleaning products, or pretty much anything else you need for your home and kitchen, chances are you’ll be able to find it at King Tak. This useful two-storey store is also home to a huge selection of porcelain bowls, plates and more – all at very reasonable prices.

King Tak Hong Kong Porcelain, 128 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Wan Chai Street Market

You can shop ‘till you drop at this open-air market. Known to locals as ‘Toy Street,’ this is the go-to for novelty bits and pieces. If shopping’s not your thing, chill at one of the local diners lining the market streets, which offer a selection of Chinese gems, from snake stews to herbal broths.

Wan Chai Street Market, 258 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong 

Wan Chai Wet Market

Grocery shopping in Hong Kong can be expensive, so we love exploring the local markets, and the Wan Chai wet market is one of the very best. Find everything from fresh vegetables, fish, meat, eggs and more in this sprawling space, which also spills out onto the streets behind.

Wan Chai Wet Market, 258 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Read more: Your Guide to Wet Market Shopping in Hong Kong

 

Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Poppy Mason-Watts and published 1 May, 2017 , and was updated on 26 September, 2018 by Annie Simpson.

 

Featured image and video courtesy of Sassy Media Group. These may be not re shared without prior permission. Image #1 courtesy of Bakehouse via Instagram, image #2 courtesy of Morty’s via Instagram, image #3 courtesy of Le Petit Saigon via Instagram, image #4 courtesy of Elephant Grounds via Instagram, image #5 courtesy of Bread and Beast via Instagram, image #6 courtesy of Com Banh Mi via Instagram,  image #7 courtesy of The Pawn via Instagram, image #8 courtesy of Motorino via Instagram, image #9 courtesy of Burger Joys via Instagram, image #10 courtesy of Teds Lookout via Instagram, image #11 courtesy of Wooloomooloo via Instagram, image #12 courtesy of Ciacoe via Instagram,  image #13 courtesy of Omotesando Koffee via Instagram, image #14 courtesy of Edgar via Instagram, image #15 courtesy of Kapok via Instagram

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