Featuring al fresco restaurants, cosy cafes and historical buildings, here’s your ultimate guide to where to eat, shop and stay in the charming little district of Tai Hang.
Hong Kong’s best-kept secret is just a brief walk from Tin Hau MTR station and is packed full of cute little restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. Things pop up here faster than you can say “new opening” so keep an eye out for any hotspots to try out. Equally, things seem to close pretty suddenly but the rapid turnover is a great reason to keep coming back to see what’s new in the quaint neighbourhood of Tai Hang!
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Tai Hang Restaurants
Bing Kee Cha Dong
If you’re up early in Tai Hang, local dai pai dong Bing Kee is a must-try. We love the flavoursome pork noodle soup, complete with tender peppery pork, greens, noodles and a tasty broth. Open from 7am to 3pm, Tuesday to Sunday, expect this place to be busy with its regular crowd.
Who doesn’t love fresh, homemade pasta? This lesser-known spot in Tai Hang serves up just that! If you’re on the hunt for some comforting Italian food in Tai Hang, head here and feast on a range of pasta and handmade pizzas.
Tai Hang Bar & Grill
Tai Hang Bar & Grill offers a menu full of crowd-pleasers. Think tacos, burgers, steaks and pasta, along with a range of salads, desserts and sides. For a great deal, head here from Monday to Friday and take advantage of its weekday set lunch menu, starting at $108 for three courses.
From the classic Chocolate Chip to more creative flavours like Spiced S’mores and Blue Cheese, pick up a hefty-sized cookie (150g each) or two from Tai Hang’s Cookie Vission. If you’d like to sample a few flavours, pick up a mixed bag of bite-sized cookies or go all out and order an “extra extra large” 6-inch cookie to share. The donuts here are great too!
Shun Hing Restaurant
This neighbourhood cha chaan teng is always packed with hungry diners, and they’re all there for its signature silky scrambled eggs. Cooked to perfection and drizzled with homemade soy sauce, we’d argue that its char siu egg rice is one of the best in town.
Shun Hing Restaurant, 5 Ormsby Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2576 6577
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New York Club
Contrary to what the name suggests, New York Club serves up a unique mix of Thai and Shanghainese cuisines (just go with it). The menus are mainly in Chinese, with English menus available upon request. Be sure to add the slow-cooked pork shoulder to your order — you won’t be sorry!
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Maka Hiki Tropical Bar & Grill
If you’re constantly dreaming of escaping to a tropical paradise, Maka Hiki just might be the thing to tide you over until your book that vacay. Grab a seat out on one of its two lush outdoor terrace areas and enjoy island-inspired dishes and exotic cocktails (warning: the rum-based Maka Hiki Punch packs, well, a punch).
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Brought to us by expert pastry chefs Camille and Dominique, Plumcot brings a taste of Paris to Tai Hang. You can stock up on everything from homemade ice cream (in flavours such as Toast Baguette, Blue Cheese and Fior di Latte), to buttery brioches, croissants, madeleines and more at this charming little bakery.
Sassy Tip: Looking for a special occasion cake? Order from Plumcot’s impressive creations, or request a bespoke cake.
Elementary can be found tucked away on School Street, and draws us in time and time again for its relaxed vibe, sharing-style plates and contemporary twists on classic flavour combinations.
Chin Jor Fan Tong
Lit up with indoor neon signs, hip Tai Hang noodle joint Chin Jor Fan Tong allows you to build your own customised bowl — giving you a choice of soup base, spice level, noodle type and toppings.
Mustard Bar & Grill
Tin Hau’s Mustard Bar & Grill boasts a chic, industrial indoor dining room and not one, but two pet-friendly outdoor terraces. The menu here features a mouth-watering array of surf and turf dishes such as Pancetta-Wrapped Scallops, as well as a great drinks selection.
More Tai Hang Restaurants To Try
- Tipsy Restaurant & Bar – Sophisticated European cuisine in a sleek setting. The outdoor terrace is a great spot to enjoy a creative cocktail. www.facebook.com/tipsy.restaurant.bar
- Sushi Shin – The apprentices of the renowned Kenjo helm this Tai Hang sushi joint. Make sure to ask about the seasonal off-the-menu specials. www.facebook.com/Sushi-Shin
- Cafe Locomotive – A quaint cafe decorated like a classic train that serves a mean bowl of phở and other traditional Vietnamese dishes. www.cafelocomotive.com
- Moto Yakitori & Sake Bar – Try the different flavoured tsukune (minced chicken meatballs) at this cosy yakitori spot. www.facebook.com/motoyakitori
- Porkcentric – Modern European eatery featuring an intimate beer bar for tastings and lively dining room. www.porkcentric.com
- Izakaya Satoi – Traditional kushiyaki skewers and other Japanese delicacies served in a relaxed setting. www.facebook.com/izakayasatoi
Tai Hang Cafes And Bars
For a simple coffee done right, head to HeyDay Café and pick from its selection of espresso, cold brew and pour-over coffees. While the drinks here are plenty satisfying, it’s hard to pass up on a homemade cake or pastry while you’re there, not to mention the classic or matcha tiramisu.
Oma Coffee Roaster
This neighbourhood small-batch specialty coffee roaster shares a particular passion for exotic varietals and educating the public about coffee. Take a look at the daily upping record board etched with brewing information and tasting notes, and order a combo to sample and compare two different coffees.
Oma Coffee Roaster, 9 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, omacoffeeroaster.com
Find inspiration at this zen-like café with has a lifestyle store on the upper floor where you’ll find a curated collection of items that spark joyful living. Find a seat on the ground floor and sip on some herbal tea or house-blend coffee as you take in the serene surroundings.
This charming cafe occupies a two-storey pre-war tong lau building, serving up locally roasted single-origin coffee. Allow the experts at the ground floor coffee brewing lab to guide you through the menu (which regularly rotates) before pulling up a chair upstairs.
Sonne CAD, 16 San Tsuen Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 6922 5398
UNAR Coffee Company
Seating is limited at Tai Hang’s UNAR, but if you need a coffee on the go, then look no further! This little hole-in-the-wall proves that size doesn’t matter, and the eager customers queuing outside pay testament to UNAR’s delicious and high-quality coffee, using only the finest Italian coffee beans. We’ve heard the banana caramel cake is a must-order too.
Where To Shop In Tai Hang
Strolling into The Minimal is like wandering through vintage decor heaven. The shop welcomes you with a collection of warmly lit vintage lightbulbs, and it only gets better the further in you go! All things stereotypically vintage are on sale for ridiculously affordable prices — you’ll definitely see us in there again.
Located between Tai Hang and Causeway Bay, Journalize has just about everything you may need when it comes to stationery, stocking supplies like marker pens, fine art items and all the kit that avid bullet journalers dream of.
Kanamono Hardware Store
If you’re looking for cute little trinkets to adorn your living space, Kanamono is definitely the place to visit. This little hardware store is stocked floor to ceiling with Japanese-styled vintage bits and bobs that’ll have you pulling out your wallet in no time.
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Haw Par Mansion
Once frequented by visitors for its extravagant gardens and exotic ornaments, which were sadly demolished in 2004 to make way for a large residential complex, Haw Par Mansion has now been converted into a private music school and museum. The Grade I historic mansion itself has been preserved, for the most part, and is open to the public with guided tours available upon request.
Haw Par Mansion, 15A Tai Hang Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
Fire Dragon Dance
Legend has it that in the 19th century, the villagers of Tai Hang warded off an evil plague by staging a fire dance for three days and three nights, thus sparking one of our favourite local traditions — the annual Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance. Come Mid-Autumn Festival (late September to early October), watch in wonder as a 67-metre fire dragon made with more than 70,000 incense sticks dances through the streets of Tai Hang. For the best view, head to Wun Sha Street.
Tai Hang’s own exhibition and social concept space THE SHOPHOUSE takes residence in a Grade III listed pre-war tong lau where creative agency Unveil Unlimited fills its five floors with collections from both local and international artists. Open Wednesday to Sunday, stop by to take a gander at the latest exhibitions, and don’t miss the staff-curated library on the mezzanine floor.
THE SHOPHOUSE, 4 Second Lane, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/theshophousehongkong
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Lai Tak Tsuen Estate
This public housing estate is a hidden hotspot for professional photographers and Instagrammers alike. Venture inside the circular building to gaze up (or down) the pastel pink and blue painted floors.
Lai Tak Tsuen Estate, 2-38 Lai Tak Tsuen Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
Lin Fa Temple
Originally built in 1863 as a worship place for Goddess of Mercy Kwun Yam, Lin Fa Temple is now mainly a tourist attraction, as well as being where the Tai Hang Fire Dragon festival takes place during Mid-Autumn Festival. Have your fortune told (you’ll need to bring a Cantonese-speaking friend if you can’t speak the language yourself) or simply gaze up at the impressive dragon-themed mural on the ceiling.
Lin Fa Temple, Lily Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
MiU Training Hub
Not your traditional fitness centre! MiU Training Hub encourages you to discover your true personal potential using different forms of integrated training — including workouts with weight, yoga sessions and Zumba taught by guest instructors.
Where To Stay In Tai Hang
Little Tai Hang
Comprising a total of 10 rooms, a gym, lounge and al fresco eateries, Little Tai Hang makes for the perfect staycation. The understated boutique hotel and serviced apartment boasts sweeping views of the harbour and Victoria Park, and with all of the above to explore in the surrounding area of Tai Hang, we don’t need much convincing to spend a weekend here.
Editor’s Note: “Your Neighbourhood Guide To Tai Hang” was most recently updated by Nicole Moraleda in September 2023.
Main image courtesy of Little Tai Hang via Instagram, image 1, 3, 4 and 7 courtesy of Agnes Wong for Sassy Media Group, image 2 courtesy of Cookie Vission via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Jojo Yuen (sharemyfoodd) via Unsplash, image 7 courtesy of MUSE via Instagram, Wikimedia Commons, image 8 courtesy of Big Dodzy via Unsplash, image 9 courtesy of Little Tai Hang via Instagram.