From al fresco restaurants, cosy cafes and historical buildings, here’s your ultimate guide to where to eat, shop and explore 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 this rapid turnover is a great reason to keep coming back to see what’s new! So, get out of your bubble and venture towards this quaint neighbourhood for a lazy afternoon or laid-back evening.
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Tai Hang Restaurants
Ask For Alonzo
Modern trattoria Ask For Alonzo serves up deliciously authentic Italian fare inspired by the Mediterranean provinces of Italy. Our favourites include the Roman Meatballs, Sautéed Clams and Mushroom Risotto. Swing by between 3pm and 8pm for happy hour, with house wine, beers and cocktails starting at just $38.
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 3:30pm daily, expect this place to be busy with its regular crowd. There aren’t any English menus, but the attentive staff understand well, so you’ll be able to order a bowl of noodles, thick cut toast with condensed milk and a milk tea without too much trouble.
Nestled in amongst the hub of Little Tai Hang, BOND serves up a variety of Western comfort food such as ribs, steak, pasta and more. Try to catch its happy hour, with buy-one-get-one-free offers on beers, wines, house spirits and Prosecco on weekdays from 5pm!
Bond, 2/F, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Little Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2155 1777
Cafe Locomotive is decorated like a classic train, complete with luggage racks filled with old-fashioned suitcases. The people lining up outside (we recommend booking a table!) will swear by the delicious Vietnamese food served here. Cafe Locomotive serves a mean pho, as well as other traditional Vietnamese dishes. It’s simple, quick and delicious.
Chin Jor Fan Tong
Lit up on the inside with neon signs, hip Tai Hang noodle joint Chin Jor Fan Tong allows you to build your own bowl, giving you a choice of soup base, spice level, noodle type and toppings.
Known throughout Hong Kong for its lunch, brunch and dinner offerings, Classified can also be found in Tai Hang – complete with an open front and big wooden tables, perfect for groups. The relaxed, rustic vibe makes this one of our favourite semi-al fresco places to go for breakfast or a leisurely brunch.
From the classic Chocolate Chip to more creative flavours like Spiced S’mores and Matcha Macadamia White Chocolate Chip, 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 in one sitting, pick up a mixed bag of bite-sized cookies, or go all out and order an “extra extra large” 6-inch cookie to share with friends.
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 pastas and handmade pizzas.
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. We love the Fancy Poutine, Chilli Crab Pasta and a selection of other sharing plates for dinner. The spot is also perfect for brunch come the weekend, with delights on offer such as Elementary French toast, Brekkie burgers and more.
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!
Standing out on Tai Hang’s sleepy streets and recognisable for its statement street art-style shopfront wall, Pho Saigon serves up authentic dishes such as banh mi, crispy spring rolls, lemongrass pork with rice and more that hit the spot.
Pho Saigon, 14 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
Piccolo Pizzeria & Bar
Piccolo’s focus is on freshly made pizzas and pastas, with the addition of a daily special. If you’re looking for a pizza fix, we recommend its signature Pizza Pancetta with bacon, tomato sauce and a soft egg, or the bestselling Prosciutto di Parma with Parma ham and rocket!
Brought to us by expert pastry chefs Camille and Dominique, Plumcot brings a taste of Paris to Tai Hang. Selling a range of artisanal ice cream and French pastry delights, 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. Looking for a special occasion cake? Order from Plumcot’s impressive creations, or request a bespoke cake.
Plumcot, 10A Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.plumcot.co
Being an internationally renowned ramen restaurant, it’s no surprise that Ramen Nagi is a favourite spot in the Tai Hang area. The option to create your own custom bowl of soupy heaven is available just by ticking a few boxes, but if you want to be surprised, simply leave it up to the chefs.
Ramen Nagi, 3 King Street, Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/bbramen
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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 a 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
Hong Kong is overflowing with sushi spots, but what makes Tai Hang’s Sushi Shin stand out is the high quality food, friendly service and cosy atmosphere. Book in advance if you want to sit at the bar and watch the chefs do their thing, and make sure to ask about the seasonal off-the-menu specials.
Tai Hang Bar & Grill
As one of the many Castelo restaurants in Hong Kong, Tai Hang Bar & Grill offers up 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.
Tipsy Restaurant & Bar
Tipsy Restaurant & Bar features the finest global ingredients for a unique tasting experience – be sure to try the Blistered Spanish Red Prawn, King Prawn Ravioli or Tomahawk steak. And if it’s drinks you’re after, you’ll be sure to find exceptional wines, unusual European bottled beers, traditional cocktails and all the modern classics (try the Tipsy mojito!), which can be enjoyed on the open-air balcony.
Tai Hang Cafes And Bars
This ultra-cool yet completely unpretentious spot is a great place to unwind in the evening, but its brekkie options and killer flat white make it perfect for mornings as well. In the sleek cafe and bakery hybrid, treat yourself to a scrumptious sourdough avocado toast and coffee when the sun’s still shining, then come back at night to peruse the excellent wine options.
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.
This independent specialty teahouse caters to serious tea lovers, with a wide range of leaves to choose from for your perfect brew. If you’re more of a coffee person, you should still drop by to check out the cute trinkets it sells in the store.
Jrink, G/F, 21 Ormsby Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.jrink.com.hk
If you’ve got a hankering for a cold one, make a beeline for Second Draft. Open from 2pm daily (and noon on weekends), this Tai Hang watering hole offers up a great selection of locally brewed beers, alongside creative and indulgent fusion dishes from renowned chef May Chow.
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 its banana caramel cake is a must-order, too.
Where To Shop In Tai Hang
Brix Wine & Spirits
If you’re a wine lover, you need to know about Brix Wine & Spirits. This little shop brings wines from all over the world to Tai Hang, along with a selection of chilled wines ready to be bought and drunk, perfect for when you need to BYOB!
Brix Wine & Spirits, G/F, 6-6A Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2808 0032
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 avid bullet journallers could 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.
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 farther in you go! All things stereotypically vintage are on sale for ridiculously affordable prices – you’ll definitely see us in there again.
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
Wild Wander HK
Home to a lust-worthy collection of exotic plants from Thailand and Indonesia, tropical plant lovers will have trouble leaving Wild Wander empty handed. A friend to paw-rents as well as plant parents, Wild Wander donates a portion of its profits to local dog adoption charities.
Wild Wander HK, 15A Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: 9299 2882, www.facebook.com/wildwander.hk
What To Do In Tai Hang
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, make sure you head to Wun Sha Street.
Haw Par Mansion
Once frequented by visitors for it 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
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 by the experts at the temple (you’ll need to bring a Cantonese-speaking friend with you if you can’t speak the language yourself!), or simply check out 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 personal potential through different forms of integrated trainings, including weight training, yoga and Zumba taught by guest instructors.
Where To Stay In Tai Hang
Little Tai Hang
Comprising of a total of ten 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: This post was originally published on 25 October 2016 by Heidy Choi, and was most recently updated by Nicole Moraleda in September, 2021.
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