Hop across the harbour and discover what Tsim Sha Tsui 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. Covering all the best places to shop, eat and drink, we’ve hand-picked our favourite spots in this bustling corner of the city.
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Where To Eat In Tsim Sha Tsui
You’ve probably seen ATUM’s creations all over Instagram. 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.
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).
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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, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel
Have your favourite cha chaan teng treats – but with an injection of saccharine. It’s hard to resist world-renowned pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s whimsical Hong Kong-inspired menu, featuring the likes of Macaroni Cheesecake, mochi Fish Balls and a HK Milk Tea Cookie Shot.
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Din Tai Fung
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, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2730 6928
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This underground food court 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.
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.
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.
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!
Kimberley Street (Koreatown)
Got a hankering for Korean BBQ, 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, Kowloon, Hong Kong
KITCHEN at W Hong Kong
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.
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. 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.
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 an equally 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.
PAN de PAIN
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 great picks.
The Peninsula Hong Kong
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.
Rosewood Hong Kong
Among the many tempting dining options at Rosewood is Holt’s Café, a nod to the local Hong Kong café where diners can tuck into favourites such as dim sum and barbecued meats, with a contemporary twist. We’re also fans of Michelin-starred Indian restaurant CHAAT, tapas-inspired gastro market Bayfare Social and HENRY for a hearty steak.
Scarlett Café & Wine Bar
With its unique ambience, delectable food and affordable wines, this French-style bistro is a great spot for a drink, weekend brunch or dinner in Tsim Sha Tsui. If you’re looking to spice things up at the weekend, Scarlett is open from 11am offering an à la carte brunch menu with options for free-flow oysters and French sparkling wine!
Taking up the two-storey penthouse that previously housed aqua, the recently opened Vista Ristorante brings the iconic space back to life with bold new Italian dishes by Executive Chef Andrea Mura.
Where To Drink In Tsim Sha Tsui
If your journey to Tsim Sha Tsui 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.
% Arabica (Star Ferry), Shop KP-41, Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2323 5203
% Arabica (Victoria Dockside), G/F, Kiosk 06, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.arabica.coffee
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, this is an impressive place to take guests. And don’t forget about aqua’s Non-Stop Brunch, featuring free-flow drinks.
Sheung Wan’s sustainable laundromat and café Clean has crossed the harbour to introduce Kowloon-siders to a brand new concept: the world’s first tap-and-go specialty coffee bar. Purchase a paper cup (or bring your own!) and fill it up with one of Clean’s most popular brews to go.
Clean, Shop 12, B/F, Heath, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, youareclean.com
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.
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Ned Kelly’s Last Stand
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.
N1 Coffee & Co
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.
Tea Express Bar by Jrink
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!
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.
Where To Shop In Tsim Sha Tsui
Harbour City is where fashion, food and coffee come together. 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.
Harbour City, 5 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.harbourcity.com.hk
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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, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.granville-road.hk
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K11 Art Mall
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, Kowloon, 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).
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What To Do In Tsim Sha Tsui
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 Avenue of Stars. The popular promenade, showcasing the city’s most famous celebrities, underwent a huge renovation and was reopened in 2019. Time your stroll so you can enjoy A Symphony of Lights, the city’s dazzling light and sound show that starts every night at 8pm.
Avenue of Stars, 3 Hoi Bun Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.avenueofstars.com.hk
Hong Kong Museum of History
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.
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Hong Kong Museum of Art
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.
Hong Kong Science Museum
You’re never too old for the Science Museum. Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, 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.
Hong Kong Space Museum
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, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Space
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).
IMAX at K11 Art House
Escape reality for a few hours in one of Hong Kong’s most popular cinemas. The IMAX theatre in K11 MUSEA boasts enormous screens and great sound, making this the ideal rainy-day activity.
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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, 175-181 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
With over 18,000 sq. ft. of luxurious wellness facilities, award-winning 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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Don’t let the office-y address fool you; Thann Sanctuary is a haven of tranquillity that will make you feel worlds away from the 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, Kowloon, Hong Kong, thannsanctuary.com.hk
Editor’s Note: “Your Neighbourhood Guide To Tsim Sha Tsui” was most recently updated by Team Sassy in January 2023. With thanks to Melissa Albarus for her contribution.
Main image courtesy of CHUNYIP WONG via Getty, image 1 courtesy of ATUM via Instagram image 2 courtesy of Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of HEXA via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of Hue Dining via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of KITCHEN at W Hong Kong, image 6 courtesy of Palm Court, image 7 courtesy of Holt’s Cafe via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of % Arabica via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of Clean via Instagram, image 10 courtesy of Ralph’s Coffee, image 11 courtesy of Harbour City via Instagram, image 12 courtesy of K11 Art Mall, image 13 courtesy of Avenue of Stars, image 14 courtesy of Hong Kong Space Museum via Instagram, image 15 courtesy of Fashila Kanakka.