Hop across the harbour and discover what TST has to offer with our handy guide for what to eat, drink, see and do…
A shopper’s paradise, museum mecca and foodie haven, Tsim Sha Tsui offers a little something for everyone. Not to mention, an unparalleled view of the iconic Hong Kong skyline. From the best restaurants to where to shop and drink, we’ve hand-picked our favourite spots in this bustling part of the city.
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Editor’s Note: Social distancing regulations are in place in Hong Kong, so please make sure you follow the latest government advice if going out.
Whether you are looking for a luxurious weekend getaway, a longer stay, or are simply seeking a stylish place to dine, Rosewood Hong Kong is here to accommodate. The 413-room hotel occupies 43 floors of the Rosewood Tower, which also boasts a number of highly acclaimed restaurants, not to mention Rosewood Residences, which includes stunning studios, apartments and duplexes for extended stays. Guests can enjoy rejuvenating programmes at its in-house holistic wellness concept Asaya. If you’re there for business, take advantage of exclusive privileges at Manor Club and set up a meeting in one of its stunning multifunctional spaces. With a breathtaking view of Victoria Harbour, exceptional food offerings and incredible spaces, you won’t have to think twice about spending a day or more at Rosewood Hong Kong.
Where To Eat:
Have your favourite cha chaan teng treats – but with a saccharine twist. It’s hard to resist world-renowned pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s whimsical HK-inspired menu, featuring the likes of Macaroni Cheesecake, mochi Fish Balls and a HK Milk Tea Cookie Shot. You’ll definitely want to brag about your visit on the ‘Gram.
You’ve probably seen ATUM’s creations around. Famed for its signature artistic dessert platters, this restaurant also serves lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all with a pinch of creativity and a sprinkling of innovation.
With a history going back to 1830, Nadaman has been a part of the Japanese dining scene for over a century, so you know you’re in good hands here. In TST, you can find Nadaman hidden away on the lower levels of Kowloon Shangri-La, serving up all things kaiseki (a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner). Think teppanyaki, sushi and more, all made from seasonal Japanese produce. With its selection of private dining rooms, this is definitely one to bookmark for discreet business dinners or intimate special occasions.
With its unique ambience, delectable food and affordable wines, this French-style bistro is a must visit in TST. Whether you’re dropping in for a drink, a weekend brunch, or dinner, Scarlett has you covered with great deals all week long. If you’re looking to spice things up at the weekend, Scarlett is also open from 11am offering an à la carte brunch menu with options for free-flow oysters and French sparkling wine!
One of Hong Kong’s newest luxury hotels, the Rosewood offers a variety of tempting dining options. Among them is Holt’s Café, a nod to the local Hong Kong café where diners can tuck into favourites such as dim sum, milk tea and barbecued meats, with a contemporary twist.
We love the Kitchen at W Hong Kong for many reasons. Not only is every Sunday free-flow brunch day (which will set the bar for all Sunday brunches to come), but every first Sunday of the month, that impressive brunch receives a free-flow Veuve Cliquot Rosé upgrade. Your next weekend sorted.
Hotel ICON houses three restaurants: Above & Beyond, The Market and GREEN; with each providing exceptional quality food and impeccable service. As one of the city’s most celebrated Cantonese restaurants, Above & Beyond’s breathtaking cuisine is only matched by its sweeping views of Hong Kong. Looking for a more intimate experience? Book into one of Above & Beyond’s three private dining rooms, and make sure to check out the unique wine room!
This throwback option is perfect for the super hungry – and the fussy eaters. It’s all DIY Mongolian barbeque here, so indulge in all your favourite ingredients and watch your rice bowl, noodle stir-fry or personalised pizza be cooked in minutes.
Din Tai Fung needs no introduction. This popular chain of restaurants serves up arguably the best xiao long bao in Hong Kong, alongside a mouth-watering list of all your favourite dim sum staples.
Din Tai Fung (Silvercord), Shop 306, 3/F, Silvercord, 30 Canton Road, in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2730 6928
This vegetarian restaurant is famed for its authentic and delicious Indian cuisine. We love that it also provides flavour-bursting Jain food (for those who don’t eat garlic or onion).
Epitomising luxury not just in Tsim Sha Tsui, but in the whole of Hong Kong, The Peninsula is home to eight restaurants and bars. From the famed afternoon tea in The Lobby, to fine dining and breathtaking views at Felix, and an authentic Swiss experience at Chesa, there’s plenty to be enjoyed, all with the highest quality guaranteed.
With a breathtaking view of our skyline and a contemporary twist on Chinese cuisine, Hutong is an ideal choice for special occasion brunches. All of the dim sum here is made fresh on site, so you’ll be tempted to try everything on the menu. Just make sure to order the gloriously fluffy mushroom bao!
HEXA offers Cantonese food with a contemporary twist. Think Deep-Fried Smoked Duck, prawns tossed in mango puree and salty egg yolk, and Jasmine Tea Flavoured-Panna Cotta. Located alongside Victoria Harbour, you can enjoy an elegant dinner with a spectacular view to boot.
This underground food fest is the best place to be when you’re hungry and indecisive. Food from all across Asia is on offer, plus there’s a great juice bar slap bang in the middle of it all.
Welcome to the home of afternoon tea (since 1865!). Yes, The Peninsula is pretty spectacular, but the queues there can be too, so head over to the Langham Hotel for a sophisticated alternative. The Palm Court pays tribute to its London namesake and serves up a wholly delicious pastry feast consisting of both sweet and savoury bites.
If you’ve still got room for dessert, head to K11’s PAN de PAIN for a delicious stack of light and fluffy soufflé pancakes. They are indeed the main draw, though the Brûlée French Toast and Strawberry pancake stack are also to die for.
Steeped in culture and an iconic institution in its own right, Chungking Mansions is home to some of the best Indian, Turkish and African fare in the city. It’s not fine dining, but you can expect authentic flavours and a lively atmosphere.
Chungking Mansions, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tucked away in the Hong Kong Museum of Art is the aptly named Hue – a modern Australian restaurant that serves up dishes inspired by art and design. With a view fit to be framed and a cocktail from the bar in hand, you can expect a dining experience to remember.
Kimberley Street, Koreatown
Got a hankering for Korean barbecue, fried chicken, kimbap and kimchi? Easy! Head down to Kimberley Street to satisfy your Korean cuisine cravings. The street is lined with Korean restaurants and supermarkets where you can stock up on all your favourite ingredients.
Koreatown, Kimberly Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown TST, take a stroll down Alfresco Lane and let yourself be inspired by the variety of restaurants on offer. With mouth-watering menus, featuring everything from homemade spaghetti at Spasso to the traditional Bratwurst and Brezn at Brotzeit, most restaurants here also have outdoor seating. On a lush summer evening, enjoy a pitcher of ice-cold Sangria and a refreshing Gazpacho at Elia, a Spanish restaurant embracing a rustic-nautical theme.
Alfresco Lane, Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong
Where To Drink:
If your journey to TST includes a ride on the star ferry, don’t miss this artisanal coffee shop located on the pier. Targeting coffee lovers on the go, it serves all your favourite classic coffees, perfectly made. Note: if you’re into sweet and syrupy creations, this probably isn’t the place for you.
% Arabica, Shop KP-41, Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.arabica.coffee
Think live jazz, vintage cigars and rare aged spirits. The Rosewood Hotel’s DarkSide is a sophisticated bar coupling time-honoured traditions with innovative techniques. Relax on the terrace, soak in the harbour views and splurge on a premium cocktail – you deserve it.
Where secret garden meets shisha… this lush courtyard terrace offers bamboo groves, cosy sofas, a treasure trove of drinks and lotus-shaped open fires. For a really special evening, go all out and book a cabana.
It wouldn’t be a Tsim Sha Tsui guide without mentioning one of the area’s most famous bars, aqua. With unbeatable views of the harbour and an eclectic cocktail menu featuring drinks like the #Nofilter (which comes “dressed in a kimono”) and the Charcoal Fizz, this is an impressive place to take guests. And don’t forget about aqua’s weekend Because Brunch, featuring with added free-flow Champagne and cocktails.
A bit of an oldie (but a goodie), Ned Kelly’s Last Stand has been around since what feels like the beginning of time. This grungy Australian joint is known for its casual and cosy atmosphere and for playing some of Hong Kong’s best live jazz.
This spot is a coffee lover’s haven. Globally sourcing the best quality coffee beans before roasting them on site, a perfect brew is guaranteed here. When you’re out and about in TST, it’s worth checking out the brand’s coffee kiosk in Harbour City. Pop in for a quick caffeine fix with a cup of speciality coffee, grab-and-go food and a relaxing ambience which hits the spot every time.
The Coffee Academcïs (Harbour City), Shop 4201K, Level 4, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
The Coffee Academïcs (K11 Musea), Shop 327 L3, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.the-coffeeacademics.com
K11’s popular tea bar not only has super-cute branding and a menu featuring freshly-brewed teas and speciality iced drinks, but also embraces environmental sustainability; with all teas fair trade certified and organic. From Matcha and Sencha to Hojicha, drinks can be made sugar free, with or without ice, and topped with mochi or cheese.
For a fun group date night or some pre-dinner drinks, Tequila Jacks is the place to come – especially if you’re in the mood for margaritas or Mexican beers. This cantina also has a pretty great Taco Tuesdays deal, with tacos at just $10 each!
Situated on bustling Mody road, this cosy little store is busy pretty much all day, and for good reason. The top-notch brews receive great reviews – even from the pickiest coffee connoisseurs. Go early and enjoy one of the delicious breakfast options with your cuppa joe.
Treat yourself to a cuppa from luxury fashion house, Ralph Lauren at Ralph’s Coffee. The first in Asia, a selection of special blends made from organically-grown beans provide a très chic pick-me-up, while the gorgeous décor will have you snapping away on your Instagram stories.
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Where To Shop:
Brace yourself for a shopping experience like no other. The Japanese discount megastore is chock-a-block with a crazy assortment of products, from snacks and fresh produce to beauty products and household items. Best of all, it’s open from 7am to 5am, so you can literally shop till your drop.
Harbour City is where fashion, food and coffee come together. Gym-goers will be glad to hear that Canadian athletic-apparel company Lululemon has opened its largest store in Hong Kong here. Pop up to the Ocean Terminal Deck which boasts beautiful views of the harbour if you need a break from the shopping madness below, or check out the Gallery by the Harbour for some local art.
This stretch of road isn’t for the faint-hearted, but it is a must for any serious shoppers. The boutiques here are piled high with young and playful street labels, while the outlet stores offer endless budget items to pick through.
Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.granville-road.hk
For a little creative inspiration, head to Hong Kong’s very first Art Mall where shopping and art collide in a space dotted with interesting décor and even an exhibition area.
K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.hk.k11.com
Art meets mall at K11 MUSEA, which describes itself as a cultural-retail destination. Beyond the jaw-dropping architecture, you’ll find a plethora of trendy shops, foodie hotspots and even a sculpture park (hidden away on the secret floor below the Bohemian Garden).
What To Do:
Tsim Sha Tsui, as much as we love it, can get quite overwhelming. Kowloon Park is the place to go when you’re seeking refuge. There’s an aviary (hello, flamingos), two public pools, and a maze garden.
Kowloon Park, MTR exit A1, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Escape reality for a few hours in one of Hong Kong’s most popular cinemas. The IMAX theatre in iSquare boasts enormous screens and great sound, making this the ideal rainy-day activity – just don’t get lost in the mall’s confusing system of escalators.
You’re never too old for the Science Museum. Located in the heart of TST, visitors can easily spend a few happy hours exploring the many floors of fascinating exhibitions (we love the world of mirrors!), not to mention the 22-metre high Energy Machine. It’s the largest of its kind in the world and we challenge you not to turn into an instant physics nerd once it’s set in motion.
This 120-year-old historical development used to be the Marine Police Headquarters and is a great place to discover a bit of Hong Kong’s history. Yes, it features luxury shops, fine dining establishments and a heritage hotel, but there’s also the Time Ball, which was raised manually every day for ships in the port, and the Typhoon Gun. It was fired once when a gale was approaching and twice for a typhoon (let’s be honest, this sounds far more exciting than checking the Observatory website).
Avenue of Stars
Hong Kong’s skyline never gets old and you can take it all in as you stroll down Tsim Sha Tsui’s famed Avenue of Stars. The popular promenade, showcasing the city’s more celebrated celebrities, underwent a huge renovation and was reopened in 2019. Time your stroll so you can enjoy the dazzling light and sound show that starts every night at 8pm.
Avenue of Stars, 3 Hoi Bun Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
This recognisable domed structure houses the museum of astronomy, a hall of space science, and the space theatre. After exploring, enjoy one of the multi-lingual shows at the Stanley Ho Space Theatre, which is a cinema experience unlike any other. Just keep in mind that it’s closed on Tuesdays.
Hong Kong Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Space
Tsim Sha Tsui is clearly a mecca of museums. Located right next to the Hong Kong Science Museum, is the Hong Kong Museum of History. To learn a bit about the city’s historical and cultural heritage, head straight to the museum’s permanent exhibition, The Hong Kong Story, which comprises eight galleries spread across two floors.
The Hong Kong Museum of Art is the city’s first and main art museum, and you can enjoy its permanent exhibitions for free. The museum closed in 2015 for a $400 million expansion and renovation, reopening its doors to the public in late 2019. Inside you will find a marvelous collection of paintings, calligraphy and sculptures from Hong Kong and other parts of the world.
Don’t let the office-y address fool you; the Thann Sanctuary is a haven of tranquillity that will make you feel worlds away from the all-too-real hustle and bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui. This is where to come for proper pampering, Thai-style, in Hong Kong.
Than Sanctuary, Room 1010-11, 10/F, World Commerce Centre, Harbour City, 11 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, thannsanctuary.com.hk
With over 18,000 square feet of luxurious wellness facilities, the MiraSpa is the ultimate treat. The wet zone includes a hydro pool, sauna, steam room, experience showers and waterbeds, complete with a calming soundtrack.
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally written on 4 April by Melissa Albarus, 2018 and was most recently updated on 14 July, 2020.
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