Tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay is the charming little district of Tai Hang. A SoHo in the making, we explored the area, and found some of the best places to eat, drink and shop!
Hong Kong’s best-kept secret is just a brief walk from the Tin Hau MTR and is packed full of cute little restaurants, 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 an afternoon or evening of easy, chilled out vibes…
Where to Eat and Drink:
The latest addition to this trendy neighbourhood is an elegant yet relaxing restaurant/bar we were excited to try out. Tipsy Restaurant & Bar features the finest global ingredients for a unique tasting experience, so be sure to try the Blistered Spanish Red Prawn, King Prawn Ravioli, or the Tomahawk steak. And if it’s drinks you’re looking for, you’ll be sure to find exceptional wines, unusual European bottled beers, traditional cocktails and all the modern classics (try the Tipsy mojito!). Tipsy makes a great place to hang out, and because of its cool brass accents and soft lighting, the ambience is cosy, yet glamorous. Its space is large enough to seat parties, but has a secluded VIP area to host private affairs (of up to 10 people). There’s even a great balcony for fresh air or alfresco dining.
Tipsy, 1/F, Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong 2818 8807, www.facebook.com/tipsy.restaurant.bar
Opened in March 2018, 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 ($148), Chili Crab Pasta ($148) and a selection of other sharing plates for dinner, but the spot is also perfect for brunch come the weekend, with delights on offer such as Elementary French toast ($138), Breakie burgers ($108) and more.
Elementary, 15-16 School Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.elementary.hk
Also nestled in amongst the cute hub of Little Tai Hang, BOND, serves up a variety of comfort food fare (we’re talking ribs, steak, pasta and more). Don’t forget to also stop by for its happy hour, with buy-one-get-one-free 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, www.facebook.com/bondhongkong
Known throughout Hong Kong for lunch, brunch, drinks and dinner, 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-alfresco places to go for breakfast or a leisurely brunch. Eggs Benedict, homemade lemonade, people-watching… what more could you want on a Sunday morning?
Classified, 1-9 Lin Fa Kung Street West, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2857 3454, www.classifiedfoodshops.com.hk
Standing out on Tai Hang’s sleepy streets and recognisable for its statement street art style wall, Pho Saigon serves up authentic dishes such as banh mi, crispy spring rolls, lemongrass pork with rice and more.
Pho Saigon, 14 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
Hello Kitty Secret Garden was all the rage a few years back when it first opened, but is still a cute place to check out in the area. The entire menu is (drumroll please…) Hello Kitty themed, with everything from coffee and cakes, to burgers, and even an all-day breakfast adorned with Kitty’s face!
Hello Kitty Secret Garden, G/F, 19 Ormsby Street, Tai Hang, 2808 2868, www.facebook.com/pg/Hello-Kitty-Secret-Garden
La Brezza is a great stop off for quick coffee or brunch during the day, and at night becomes the perfect place to rendezvous with a couple of friends over some vino. This small eatery has a simple but sleek interior, complete with a little courtyard in the back. It doesn’t have many seats, so we recommend making a reservation if you want to avoid waiting. The menu is simple, and the set dinners here are very reasonably priced!
La Brezza, 5 King Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/la.brezza.cafe
As an internationally renowned ramen restaurant, it’s no surprise that Ramen Nagi is a favourite spot in the area. The option to create your own ideal bowl of soupy heaven is available just by ticking a few boxes, but if you want to be surprised, you can always leave it up to the chefs, though we love the Black King.
Ramen Nagi, 3 King Street, Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/bbramen
Cafe Locomotive is cleverly decorated like a classic train, complete with luggage racks filled with old-fashioned suitcases, and the lines of people 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, and its food is simple, quick and delicious.
Cafe Locomotive, G/F, 11 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2882 8227, www.cafelocomotive.com
Hong Kong is overflowing with sushi spots, but what makes 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 goodies.
Sushi Shin, Wing Hing Court, 110-114 Tung Lo Wan Road, Hong Kong, 2398 8000, www.sushishin.com
As one of the many Catello 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 – sure to keep almost everyone happy. For a great deal, head here from Monday to Friday and take advantage of its weekday set lunch menu, priced at $188 for three-courses.
Tai Hang Bar & Grill, G/F, Intelligent Court, 38 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/THBAG
If you’re up early in Tai Hang, local dai pai dong, Big Kee is a must-try. We love the flavoursome pork noodle soup, complete with juicy, 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, but the staff are always helpful and can even set up an extra table at peaks times. It’s worth noting that 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 peanut butter) and a milk tea without too much trouble.
Bing Kee, 5 Shepherd Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.instagram.com/bing_kee
New York Club
Contrary to what the name suggests, New York Club serves up a unique mix of Thai and Shanghainese cuisines. The menus are mainly in Chinese, with English menus available upon request, though we’ve heard that the slow cooked pork shoulder is a must order.
New York Club, 24 School Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
Whether you’re a chocoholic or you want something a little more fruity, you’ll definitely find something in this little neighbourhood hangout to satisfy those sugar cravings. The milkshakes are dangerously addictive, too!
The Pudding Nouveau, G/F, 17A, King Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 3482 3925
Who doesn’t love fresh, home-made pasta? Well, this lesser-known and cute spot in Tai Hang serves up just that! If you’re on the hunt for some Italian comfort food in Tai Hang, head here and feast on a range of pastas, or try out a handmade pizza.
Dough Kitchen, 21B Brown Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/doughhk
Where to Drink:
If you’re looking for a drink at any time of the day, Second Draft is a must-visit in the area. Open from 12pm daily (and 11am on weekends), Second Draft offers up a great selection of locally brewed beers, alongside creative and indulgent fusion dishes from chef May Chow.
Second Draft, G/F Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong,
2656 0232 www.facebook.com/SecondDraftHK
This independent specialty teahouse is for serious tea lovers everywhere, with a wide range of leaves to choose from for your perfect cuppa. The walls are lined with tea, and Jrink serves up its liquid goodness in double insulated cups and teapots. 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
Seating is limited at Unar (unless you fancy sitting curb-side!), 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-try, too.
Unar Coffee Company, No. 15 Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2838 5231, www.facebook.com/unarcoffeecompany
This intimate and welcoming neighbourhood bar is the Tai Hang equivalent of the British pub. The drinks here are very reasonably priced, with cocktails only setting you back around $70! Join the friendly crowd of regulars who swear by the great service and wide selection of craft beer.
Buddy Bar & Café, G/F, 22 School Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2882 9780, www.facebook.com/Buddy-Bar-Cafe
Where to Shop:
If you’re a wine lover, you need to know about Brix Wine & Spirits. This little shop stocks wines from all over the world, 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, www.brixwines.com.hk
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, to buttery brioches, croissants, madeleines and more at this tiny shop. Looking for a special occasion cake? You can also order from Plumcot’s impressive creations, or request a bespoke cake.
Plumcot, 10A Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.plumcot.co
Located on the cusp in between Tai Hang and Causeway Bay, Journalize has juts about everything you may need when it comes to stationery, stocking everything from marker pens and fine art items, to all the kit avid bullet journallers or calligraphy experts will ever need.
Journalize, 6A Moreton Terrace, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/journalize
If you’re looking for cute little trinkets to spice up your living space, Kanamono is definitely the place to visit. This little cosy store is stocked floor to ceiling with Japanese styled vintage bits and bobs that’ll have you pulling out your wallet in no time.
Kanamono Hardware Store, G/F, 38 Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2865 6168, www.facebook.com/kanamonohardwarestore
Strolling into The Minimal is like wandering through vintage decor heaven. The shop welcomes you with a collection of warmly lit vintage light-bulbs in front of a mirror display, 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.
The Minimal, G/F, 38 Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2369 2328, www.facebook.com/The-Minimal
What to Do:
Adorned with greenery on the outside, Allure is somewhat insta famous for the cute and photogenic corner that it sits on, but step inside and you’ll actually find a lesser-known Hong Kong hairdressers. With a wash and cut starting at $600, why not try out the unique and homey salon next time you’re in need of a trim?
Allure Customised Hair, 3 School Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/allurehairhk
Fa Lin Temple
Originally built in 1863, Fa Lin Temple can be found tucked into the southeastern corner of Tai hang, and though originally a worship place for Guanyin the goddess of mercy, nowadays, the temple is mainly a tourist attraction, as well as being where the Tai Hang Fire Dragon festival takes place during Mid-autumn festival.
Fa Lin Temple, Lily St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 25 October 2016, and was updated on 27 June, 2018.