With so much on offer, Wan Chai district never gets boring. Scroll through for our favourite Wan Chai restaurants, cafés, bars and shops.
Best known for its vibrant nightlife, Wan Chai has evolved to become an eclectic melting pot of stylish boutiques, diverse eateries, hip cafés, local markets and more. Scroll through our handy neighbourhood guide for what to eat, drink, shop and do in Wan Chai, featuring our favourite restaurants, cafés, bars and shops.
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Where To Eat: Best Wan Chai Restaurants
Tucked away on Tai Wong East Street, join the queue 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.
Bakehouse, 14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.bakehouse.hk
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At this hip new Spanish wine and tapas bar on Star Street, you’ll find an extensive selection of Spanish wines available by the glass, alongside a contemporary, ingredient-driven tapas menu created under the direction of Pica Pica’s Chef Edgard Sanuy Barahona.
Open from 11am to 2:30am daily, Burger Joys is a popular go-to spot after a late night out. Located on Lockhart Road, head here for a bite to eat after knocking back a couple of drinks, and make sure to order a side of wings.
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When it comes to sushi with a creative twist, Chotto Maki is not here to play around. We especially love the Mango Dynamite — a tempura prawn, cucumber, mango and tobiko roll topped with unagi sauce. If you’re going plant-based, the Veggie Lover is a wonderful option comprised of shiso leaf and cucumber topped with Chotto Maki’s house special sauce!
Cóm Bánh Mi
If you’re in the area around lunchtime and have a hankering for some quick and tasty Vietnamese grub, Cóm Bánh Mi is always a solid choice. The set menu includes your choice of a main dish (with the likes of pho, banh mi and chicken rice up for grabs), along with a side and drink. Priced at just $80, you can’t go wrong.
If you think good crêpes are hard to come by in the 852, Crêpe Delicious is here to prove you wrong. Located on Lee Tung Avenue, the charming cafe is known to offer a variety of offerings, ranging from decadent crêpes made from batter imported directly from Canada to smooth gelato and rich cups of cocoa.
Featuring fresh, hearty and tasty Philippine-inspired fusion food, Holy Gaw is a rare (and slightly hard-to-find) gem located on busy Swatow Street. With satisfying portions and surprising bursts of flavours, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is what to order next. To round off your lunch or dinner, make sure you end with a homemade ube ice cream sandwich.
Homegrown burger joint Honbo is a cool and casual spot that’s not to be missed. Found on quiet Sun Street, head here to treat yourself to some high-quality fast food, and make sure to wash it down with a beer from local brewery Moonzen.
We’re big fans of the black garlic-infused tonkatsu broth but the menu also offers 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 toppings you desire.
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Tucked behind the market stalls of Gresson Street, this charming French bistro delights with home-style comfort eats crafted by Michelin-trained chef Tiff Lo. The modest menu includes highlights like Razor Clams with Parsley and Garlic, Steak Tartare, Chicken Liver Parfait and more.
Le Bistro Winebeast
If you’re craving a cold glass of rosé and cheeseboard, head straight for this modern French restaurant. The seasonal menu here changes every six weeks to keep things fresh.
Le Garçon 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.
Sassy Tip: After a quick bite to eat? Check out next-door neighbour, and younger sibling, Le Petit Saigon, which serves up a mean banh mi.
If you’re wanting to indulge, Morty’s is where to head. The New York-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. Finish this monster sarnie in half an hour and the meal is on them!
The Optimist offers its patrons an authentic and unique Northern Spanish experience, with interiors that were designed to make you feel like you’re in a lively bar in Barcelona. Its weekend boozy brunch menu is a favourite in the city. Plus, did we mention this pick has a full gin menu? Consider us sold.
Pici serves a selection of traditional Italian starters, homemade pasta and arguably the best tiramisu in the city. Come hungry and go for the tasting menu to try out multiple sharing plates.
The first restaurant from Pirata Group, Pirata is ever popular with lunch and dinner guests, serving up a range of comforting Italian favourites. Despite its busy surroundings on Hennessy Road, once you take the lift up to the 30th floor you’ll feel worlds away.
The brainchild of veteran chef-founders Ricardo Chaneton (MONO) and Agustin Ferrando Balbi (Ando), Rosita offers a fresh take on New Latin American cuisine, alongside a stellar South American-focused wine list.
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. Be prepared to wait in line (and a long one at that), as there is a no-reservations policy.
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Whether you fancy a front-row seat to the chefs cooking up a storm in the open kitchen, or simply want to sip on sangria and people watch, it’s easy to while away lunch or dinner at this trendy tapas restaurant. We recommend the Blue Lobster Paella and Roasted Suckling Pig.
The Spice House
Situated on Wan Chai’s popular Amoy Street, this lively joint provides inexpensive and authentic Thai food. 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, 2804 2522
Trattoria Kagawa by Mihara
This quaint “wa-modern” Italian-Japanese Teppanyaki concept showcases culinary delights and fresh produce from Chef Terufumi Mihara’s home prefecture (more than 80 percent of the ingredients used here hail from Kagawa!) and fuses it with traditional trattoria fare.
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 2pm, and 6pm to 12am
Qi – House of Sichuan
If you’re looking for authentic dishes that satisfy the “seven flavours of Sichuan”, make sure to check out Qi – House of Sichuan. Its reasonable prices make this restaurant a great pick for dinner with a group of friends.
Named after 18th-century female poet Hồ Xuân Hương, whose bold and forward-thinking works established her as a national icon, Xuân takes a similarly progressive approach towards Vietnamese cuisine. Head here for elevated Vietnamese fare with a northern influence.
Where To Drink In Wan Chai: Wan Chai Bars & Cafes
The immense popularity of Between’s original Tai Kwun location spawned a second opening in Wan Chai just months after, and after sampling its range of contemporary Japanese-inspired brews, we can see why. Though the star of the show here is the coffee (the cafe’s house blend, “No.10” is not to be missed!), we also love the non-coffee options, including the Matcha or Turmeric Latte, or Sesame Mountain.
Between, Shop G03-04, G/F, 248 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, between.life
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Carnegie’s is a beloved watering hole for many of the sports teams in Hong Kong. A popular spot for live music — regularly hosting jam nights, live bands and open jazz sessions — it’s not uncommon for nights here to end with some dancing on the bar.
Mizunara: The Library
If you’re looking for somewhere a little fancier to sit and drink, seek out this hidden Japanese whisky and cocktail bar. Expect no less than an extensive library of 700 odd bottles, penguin-suited bartenders and a zen garden out back.
Along with top-notch brews, this Tokyo export is admired for its minimalist aesthetic. The coffee doesn’t come cheap, but the quality here is of a consistently high standard. Omotesando also serves up a small menu of savoury items, as well as its signature “kashi” — small baked custard squares that pair perfectly with a hot cup.
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’s past with its 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.
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Thaiwan is a great neighbourhood bar situated on Ship Street which combines the owner’s Thai and Taiwanese backgrounds 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 — what’s not to love?
Live music lovers head here to check out all the latest talent. It’s been Hong Kong’s home of live music for 30 years, and is considered by many to be somewhat of an institution. Best of all, we can experience original live music without having to pay a cover charge — that means an extra guilt-free round of drinks, right?
A classic Hong Kong rooftop bar with insane views, this pick was made for impressing your out-of-town guests. Drinks are Wooloomooloo are affordable, and there’s nothing quite like sipping on a G&T as the sun goes down panoramic style over your city.
Where To Shop In Wan Chai
kapok Sun Street
A favourite shop for browsing in the area, kapok sells a cool range of unisex products; think canvas tote bags, laptop cases and sleek stationery, along with stylish clothing, jewellery and home accessories.
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King Tak Hong Kong Porcelain
Whether it’s a new knife, steamer baskets, cleaning products, or pretty much anything else you need for your kitchen, chances are you’ll be able to find it at King Tak. This convenient two-storey shop is also home to a huge selection of porcelain bowls and plates — all at reasonable prices.
King Tak Hong Kong Porcelain, 128 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.kingtakhong.com.hk
Lee Tung Avenue
Lined with the likes of Benefit, Caskells, Hallmark, Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shop and an array of eateries, Lee Tung Avenue is Wan Chai’s one-stop open-air luxury shopping destination. During festivals and events, the Avenue is usually decorated with lights and festive decor, making it the perfect backdrop for a quick Insta snap.
Oriental 188 Shopping Centre / Wan Chai Computer Centre
From stores selling video games and phone accessories to other hobbyist shops, this three-level electronics mall has everything you’d need to satisfy your inner computer geek. If you’re after something in particular, make sure you ask around to compare prices! Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Try the Wan Chai Computer Centre down on 130 Hennessy Road (though you might find things are a little pricier there).
Oriental 188 Shopping Centre, 188 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Wan Chai Wet Market
Grocery shopping in Hong Kong can be expensive, so we take every opportunity we can to explore the local wet markets, and the Wan Chai Wet Market is one of the best. Bag everything from fresh vegetables, seafood, meat, eggs and more in this sprawling space, which also spills out onto the streets out back.
Wan Chai Wet Market, 258 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
What To Do In Wan Chai
We’re sure you’ve spotted this iconic bright blue building on your feed. It’s one of the few remaining balcony-type “tong lau” or tenement buildings in Hong Kong and is listed as a Grade 1 historic building. Be sure to drop by Hong Kong House of Stories, a quaint museum showcasing Hong Kong’s vibrant past and culture which occupies one of the ground floor shop houses.
Blue House, 72-74A Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Located a stone’s throw from Wan Chai MTR exit B1, opposite Lee Tung Avenue, Southorn Playground is hard to miss. If you need a break from all your exploring, take a seat in the stands overlooking the soccer pitches and basketball court where a game will most likely be in play.
Southorn Playground, 130-150 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2879 5602
Wan Chai Street Market (Toy Street)
Known to locals as Toy Street, this is the go-to for novelty gizmos and gadgets. If shopping’s not your thing, park yourself at one of the local diners lining the market streets, which offer a selection of Chinese delicacies, including snake stews and herbal broths.
Wan Chai Street Market, 258 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Editor’s Note: “Your Neighbourhood Guide To Wan Chai” was most recently updated in February 2023 by Nicole Moraleda. With thanks to Lydia Ching for her Contribution.
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