Hop across the harbour and discover what TST has to offer with our handy guide for what to eat, drink, see and do…
Tsim Sha Tsui is arguably the most popular tourist and shopping destination in Hong Kong, so it’s difficult to imagine the origins that once inspired the name, which translates to “sharp, sandy point”. But with the swapping of sandy bays for shopping bags and local eateries, TST has developed to the stage where it offers a little something for everyone. From the best restaurants to where to shop and drink, we’ve hand-picked our favourite spots in this bustling part of Hong Kong.
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Open since 2007, Nude Beautique is one of the top beauty salons in the city. With its third (and newest!) branch found in TST, it’s a quick and convenient option for stress-free beauty treatments. Though it’s most famous for Brazilian and body waxing, the salon also offers laser hair removal, luxurious facials (such as the new Biotec Facial) and HIFU non-invasive Face Lift. Bookings are fuss-free, and can be made online, by phone, email, text, Whatsapp, FB, or Live Chat! Located opposite Harbour City, and just a couple of minutes walk from the MTR station, it’s an easy place to book in for any last minute beauty needs.
What’s more, if it’s your first time visiting Nude, you’ll be able to enjoy one-time special offers, such as a $270 Brazilian Wax, 50% off Laser Hair Removal Trial, 30% off Facials and a HIFU Facelift Trial for just $2,388!
Nude Beautique, 17/F Canton Plaza, 82-84 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon HK, 2868 9100 (ext. 2), [email protected], www.facebook.com/nbeautiquehk, www.instagram.com/nude_beautique_hk, www.nudewaxing.com.hk
Whether you’re after a weekend staycation, a relaxing lunch, or dinner with a view, Hotel ICON has got you covered. Home to chic interiors, spacious guest rooms, a harbour-facing swimming pool, award-winning restaurants and Asia’s largest vertical garden – this really is a haven in TST. The hotel houses three restaurants: Above & Beyond, The Market and GREEN; with each providing guests with 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. Located on Level 28 of the Hotel ICON, the restaurant not only offers panoramic views of the Hong Kong skyline, but diners can also enjoy the sumptuous Chinese cuisine. 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!
Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.hotel-icon.com
Where to eat:
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Singapore’s legendary Tian Tian hawker stall has opened its second location in Hong Kong in Elements, after successfully debuting at Fashion Walk in 2018. Tuck into the signature fragrant chicken rice – once praised by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain himself – or enjoy the set menus priced affordably at under $100.
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Shop 1050A, 1/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3108 2182
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.
ATUM Restaurant, Shop 101B, 1/F, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3586 1959, www.atumhk.com
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 every day, 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 cha chaan teng where diners can tuck into favourites such as dim sum, milk tea and barbequed meats with a contemporary twist.
Holt’s Café, G/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3891 8732, www.rosewoodhotels.com
This tiny kiosk sells some seriously good sandwiches and slow cooked meats. The short ribs are a favourite – with tender meat coming effortlessly off the bone. For a grab-and-go sandwich, opt for the signature Angus beef steak and cheese sandwich – the meat ratio won’t disappoint. The seafood (crab or shrimps) is equally divine. For a lighter, healthier option, salads are also available. With prices not exceeding $60, this is a great fix for lunch on the run!
Under Vacuum Deli, Kiosk, Centemony Garden, 63 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 93256625, www.undervacuum.hk/the-deli
From one of the world’s most well-known chefs comes maze Grill, where the steaks are charcoal-fired, the views are jaw-dropping and the waiting list is equally impressive. Gordon Ramsay’s third establishment in Hong Kong has amazed diners since its opening in late 2018. Don’t miss the classic Beef Wellington, cooked to perfection and wrapped in flaky, buttery pastry. Who could resist?
maze Grill, Shop OTE401, Level 4, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2765 0890, www.facebook.com/mazegrillhk
Friendly service, a casual and welcoming atmosphere, hearty food – Jamie’s restaurants are a reliable option that make you feel like you’re coming home for a family meal. This branch is full of colourful street art and cosy booth tables, and you can even take a peek into the buzzing open kitchen.
Jamie’s Italian, Shop 412, Level 4, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3758 3333, www.jamieoliver.com
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, Kowloon, Hong Kong
We love the Kitchen at the W Hotel 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.
Kitchen, W Hotel, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3717 2299, www.marriott.com
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 being cooked in minutes.
Nomads, 55 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2722 0733, www.cafedecogroup.com/outlet.php
Modern Vietnamese eatery Madam Saigon opened its doors in Mira Place in late 2018. On the menu you’ll find all your favourites – Phở, Bún, fresh rice paper rolls and more – alongside delicious dishes from across Southeast Asia and a selection of creative cocktails. Perfect for a casual bite while you’re out and about.
Madam Saigon, Shop B131, B1/F, Mira Place 1, 132 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2808 4777, www.facebook.com/madamsaigonhk
Din Tai Fung needs no introduction. This popular chain of restaurants serves up arguably the best xiao long bao in Hong Kong, alongside a mouthwatering list of all your dim sum staples.
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).
Branto, 9 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Branto-Pure-Veg-Indian-Restaurant-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 breath-taking views at Felix, and an authentic Swiss experience at Chesa, there’s plenty to be enjoyed, all with the highest quality guaranteed.
The Peninsula, Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.peninsula.com
With a breath-taking view of our skyline and a contemporary twist on Chinese cuisine, Hutong is an ideal choice for special occasion brunches. All 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!
Hutong, 28/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3428 8342, hutong.com.hk
There is no shortage of Japanese restaurants in TST, and despite the similarity in name, Nobu and Nomu offer very different culinary experiences. Unassumingly located in an office tower, Nomu serves only 18 people at a time and requires reservations. Slow down, savour the art of Omakase dining, and peruse the extensive Sake menu.
With a less intimate setting at the InterContinental, award-winning Nobu boasts stunning views, conversation-starting decor (think “undulating sea urchin ceiling” – their words, not ours) and some of the freshest Japanese food you’ll ever have. It’s not the most acclaimed Japanese restaurant in the world for nothing.
Nomu, 3/F Rich Towers, No.2 Blenheim Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2683 5028, www.facebook.com/nomuhk
Nobu, 2/F, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2313 2323, www.noburestaurants.com/hong-kong
This underground food fest is the best place to come when you are hungry and indecisive (usually a lethal combination – here, an excuse to go nuts!). Food from all across Asia is on offer, plus there’s a great juice bar slap bang in the middle of it all.
Food Republic, B01, Silvercord Mall, 20 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 211111961, www.foodrepublic.hk
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.
Palm Court, The Langham Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2132 7898, www.langhamhotels.com
Where to Drink:
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.
Darkside, G/F Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3891 8732, www.rosewoodhotels.com
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, available Saturdays and Sunday from 12pm to 3pm, and featuring everything from freshly baked pastries and indulgent egg dishes, to sushi, sashimi and free-flow Champagne and cocktails.
aqua, 29, 30/ F, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3427 2288, www.aqua.com.hk
A coffee a day keeps the grumpy away. And a coffee on a Thursday…could go hand in hand with a shopping spree. Coffeethurs serves tea every day of the week, and coffee only on Thursday. Located in a boutique, customers can enjoy a fresh brew while browsing beautifully curated clothes, accessories and shoes.
Coffeethurs, 3/F, 14B Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/pages/category/Coffee-Shop/Coffeethurs
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 – yes, you read this correctly – topped with mochi or cheese.
Tea Express Bar by Jrink, Shop 01 of 201, K11 Natural, K11 Art Mall, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.jrink.com.hk
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, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.arabica.coffee
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.
Ned Kelly’s Last Stand, 11A Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2376 0562, www.facebook.com/pages/Ned-Kellys-Last-Stand
This spot is a coffee lover’s haven. Globally sourcing the best quality coffee beans before roasting them onsite, 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 Academïcs, Level 2, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.the-coffeeacademics.com
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.
Vibes, 5/F, The Mira, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2315 5599, www.themirahotel.com
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, when tacos are just $10 each!
Tequila Jack’s, 33-35 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3428 5133, www.elgrande.com.hk/restaurant/tequila-jacks
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 cup of joe.
N1 Coffee & Co, Shop G, 34 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3528 4726, www.facebook.com/N1-Coffee-Co-473097382816950
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.
Ralph’s Coffee, OT313, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.ralphlauren.asia
Where to Shop:
Edgar *now closed*
We’re falling fast for Edgar. This store is all about zero waste: you can buy unpackaged foods, shop in bulk, bring your own bags and containers and feel good about yourself as it’s full of organic, natural and healthy goodies. From cookies and pastas to chocolate-covered pepitas, fans can now order online too!
Edgar, Shop 201, L2, K11 Art Mall, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.edgar.hk
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.
LCX, Level Three, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 5 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2118 8666, www.harbourcity.com.hk
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
For a little creative inspiration, head to Hong Kong’s very first Art Mall, where shopping and art come together in a space dotted with interesting decor and housing an exhibition area.
K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.hk.k11.com
While it’s entirely possible to get hopelessly lost in the vast expanse that is Elements, the mall itself offers a pretty great selection of stores, not to mention a variety of delicious dining options. We love checking out the different restaurants in Civic Square before settling in to a cosy spot in the sunshine.
Elements, 1 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.elementshk.com
This store is chock-a-block full of furniture, home accessories and plenty of quirky decorative items. The ideal place to go for fun housewarming gifts, it also carries niche European brands, offering a few items that would be otherwise hard to find.
Homeless, Shop L602 – L605, TheOne, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 9309 7120, www.homeless.hk
What to Do:
Tsim Sha Tsui, as much as we love it, can get overwhelming pretty quickly. Kowloon Park is the place to go when you’re seeking refuge. Younger visitors can explore the playground (which features part of a restored fort and cannon fortifications!), there’s an aviary (hello, flamingos), two public pools, and a maze garden.
Kowloon Park, MTR exit A1, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 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.
IMAX at UA iSquare, 7/F, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3918 5888, www.uacinemas.com.hk
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.
Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2732 3232, hk.science.museum
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).
House 1881, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2926 8000, www.1881heritage.com
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/en_US/web/spm/whatsnew.html
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, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.thann.com.hk
Get your sweat on at this exclusive training studio. The individual programmes – highly tailored just for you – sound effective, but we also like the thought of knocking out your frustrations in one of the small group muay thai or boxing sessions.
V2 Sports, 4/f, 27 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 9011 1790, v2sports.com.hk
With over 18,000 square feet of sophisticated, luxurious wellness, the MiraSpa is the ultimate treat-yourself to serenity getaway. The wet zone includes a hydro pool, sauna, steam room, experience showers and waterbeds, complete with a calming soundtrack.
MiraSpa, Mira Hotel, Mira Place, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2315 5500, www.themirahotel.com/facility/spa-zone
With a focus on mind-body workouts, In Motion offers seven(!) different types of Pilates and three types of prenatal Pilates. A smaller student-to-teacher ratio means individualised attention and personalised workouts, while TRX training is a great option for those looking for a higher-intensity workout.
In Motion, 14/F, VIP Commercial Centre, 120 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2376 0033, www.in-motion.hk
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written on 4 April, 2018 and was updated on 5 June, 2019.
Featured image via Getty, image 1 courtesy of Nude Beautique, image 2 courtesy of Hotel ICON, image 4 courteys of Scarlett Hong Kong via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of maze Grill Hong Kong via Facebook, image 5 courtesy of Marriot, image 6 courtesy of Din Tai Fung Hong Kong via Facebook, image 7 courtesy of Hutong HK via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of Langham HK via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of aqua, image 10 courtesy of arabica HK via Instagram, image 11 courtesy of Vibes via Instagram, image 12 courtesy of Edgar HK via Instagram, image 13 courtesy of House 1881 via Instagram.