Head over to the South Side and explore Wong Chuk Hang’s eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, breweries and more…
At first glance, the industrial district on the south side of Hong Kong Island doesn’t look like it has much of a scene. But give this bustling neighbourhood a chance and you’ll find unique restaurants, bars, shops and showrooms, gyms, galleries and event spaces hidden in the ex-factory spaces. So, whether you’re a weekday worker or simply haven’t found a reason to venture on the South Island MTR Line yet, here are just some of the reasons we’re buzzing about Wong Chuk Hang…
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Wong Chuk Hang Restaurants & Cafes
Aberdeen Fish Market Yee Hope Seafood Restaurant
The sprawling waterfront Aberdeen Fish Market supplies roughly 70% of seafood to our fair city, so it makes sense that a delicious seafood eatery operates within the bustling market. Reserving a table, pre-ordering and going with a Canto-speaker is a must, and also take note that this place is only open until 2pm. Produce-wise, the gang’s all here: scallops, prawns, crab, squid, fish, clams and more, all cooked Cantonese-style. Did we mention the bite-sized Hong Kong French Toast?
Africa Coffee & Tea
This beautifully designed multipurpose venue brings a fun and energetic dose of Africa to our shores. High up on the 15th floor is the Cafe & Bar (where diners can enjoy all-day breakfast, happy hour and a tasty lunch menu), along with the VIP Room for private parties and dinners. The menu includes African staples such as jollof rice and baked chicken thighs, oxtail stew, South African baby pork ribs and peri peri chicken. Meanwhile, customers strapped for time can enjoy coffee, tea, juice, pastries and sandwiches at the ground floor Kiosk.
Located within Ovolo Southside, the outdoor terrace is what we love the most about this space, with its sweeping views of the southern side of the Island, Ocean Park and the sparkling sea. The food here is sure to have something for everyone – with a menu that is 30% vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free!
Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Market
When exiting Wong Chuk Hang MTR station, it’s hard to miss the district’s slightly rundown yet popular two-storey cooked food centre. Full of affordable dai pai dongs and Thai eateries, this market has been a long-time favourite for WCH dwellers. A go-to of ours is Green Curry House, which serves up authentic curry, rice and noodle dishes, as well as delightful Thai desserts like mango sticky rice.
Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Market, 1 Nam Long Shan Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
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Lebanese chef Maria Bizri’s Middle Eastern dishes feed Hongkongers at their homes, offices, event venues and even in Pomegranate’s own gorgeous Wong Chuk Hang space (which also boasts a large outdoor terrace). In recent years, the team has expanded and now also offers European, American and Asian cuisines for anything from cocktail parties to eight-course dinners.
Pomegranate Kitchen, 4B, Sing Tech Factory Building, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, www.pomegranate.com.hk
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Boasting a minimalistic, open design and roof terrace that can be customised for any occasion, this 4,000-square-foot event space is ideal for corporate gatherings, seminars and large parties celebrating a special occasion. Doubling as Pirata’s test kitchen, The Loft brings you a taste of the Group’s portfolio of popular restaurants, including Pici, Tokyolima, Chaiwala and The Optimist, to name a few.
Wong Chuk Hang Bars & Breweries
Above by Komune
Set atop Wong Chuk Hang’s Ovolo Hotel, ABOVE by Komune is a cool rooftop bar offering panoramic views, inventive cocktails and edgy street artwork. The partially-indoor, partially-outdoor venue is great for private events. The outdoor area seats just under 50 people, and caters to everything from big birthday bashes to corporate seminars.
Above by Komune, 23-24/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, ovolohotels.com
Black Kite Brewery
Around this area, beer lovers can brewery-hop down Wong Chuk Hang Road to Black Kite Brewery. On the local artisanal brewers’ list of beers are the usual ales, porters and wheats, but the stand out brews are definitely Oh Bacon! (yes, a smokey bacon ale which is a great accompaniment to breakfast) and the jasmine tea-infused Southside Ale. Founded by Hong Kong-born brothers David and Daniel Gallie, the brewery schedules a few tours a month, but can also possibly cater to private parties if you ask nicely.
Black Kite Brewery, Unit B, 11/F, Derrick Industrial Building, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.blackkite.hk
Young Master Ales Brewery
One of Hong Kong’s most popular microbreweries currently has a strong mix of year-round and seasonal ales, IPAs, pale ales, lagers, porters, pilsners and white beers circulating Hong Kong’s craft brew scene. The brewery is occasionally open for Saturday tours so book the squad in for a tasting tour to witness where all the hoppy magic happens. And then drunkenly shop for growlers, branded merch, gifts and bottles to your heart’s content.
Young Master Ales Brewery, G/F, Sungib Industrial Centre, 53 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.youngmasterales.com
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Wong Chuk Hang Shops
A Hong Kong-meets-Cali-meets-Hawaii surfing lifestyle shop, dubbed by the owners as an “office, shop, board cave, beer fridge and hangout”. It’s a good-looking spot to shop for surfboards, fins, wax, surf cases, apparel, hats, bags and some random bits for the home.
Float Captain, Shop 1, G/F, Marina Tower, 8 Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, www.floatcaptain.com
APA Outdoor Shop
This outdoor store is fully stocked for adventurers, explorers and athletes alike. From camping and climbing gear, to trekking equipment, APA Outdoor Shop is a one-stop shop. For water sports enthusiasts, it even sells accessories, paddles, SUP boards, kayaks and so much more.
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Custom silk screen and digital t-shirt printing is the name of the game for this small lifestyle brand. Having seen them in action at events around town, we recommend the hands-on T-shirt printing experience that is provided at private parties, markets and its own shop. Simply looking to shop? Pick from existing styles or contact the extremely friendly and efficient team about making your very own customised prints.
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Modern Classic Bicycle Company
This multifaceted shop sells high-quality bikes (from vintage classics to modern racers), apparel and accessories, along with offering maintenance, upgrades and repair to Hong Kong cycling enthusiasts. No storage space in your tiny flat? The shop provides rentals too!
Modern Classic Bicycle Company, 21/F, Heung Wan Industrial Building, 12 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.modernclassic.bike
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Things To Do In Wong Chuk Hang
Ap Lei Pai Hike From Ap Lei Chau
A number of hiking routes pass through Wong Chuk Hang (including Brick Hill/Nam Long Shan near Ocean Park), but one fantastic path that often gets ignored is the coastal trek from Ap Lei Chau to the smaller island of Ap Lei Pai. If you’re coming from WCH, hop on the tiny Ap Lei Chau ferry for a short trip across the Aberdeen Harbour before getting off at the promenade. Make your way for 15 minutes to Lee Nam Road near South Horizons to start the hike. From there, you can choose to go around the island for a bit of coasteering, or up over the steep top of Mount Johnson. Either way, it’s a scramble down the opposite side of Ap Lei Chau towards Ap Lei Pai.
Sassy Tip: You will get wet and please make sure you cross during low tide.
Ap Lei Pai, head here for detailed directions
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Boasting a 2,000-square-foot studio with a 1,200-square-foot terrace, book up the space for birthdays, team building or just to get the artistic juices flowing. Help yourself to the “unlimited paint buffet” and add a splash of colour to your canvas, tote bag or T-shirt.
artjamming, Yally Industrial Building, 4D, 6 Heung Yip Rd, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.artjamming.com
Attic V Climbing Gym
Hong Kong’s granite and volcanic cliffs make for some great rock climbing, but the indoor version is now a fitness trend. Open for adult and children courses, parties and outdoor experience days, this bouldering gym features higher and wider bouldering walls with over 100 routes.
Attic V Climbing Gym, Shop B, G/F, Tin Fung Industrial Mansion, 63 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.atticv.com.hk
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Red Doors Studio
Red Doors Studio offers many ways for their clients to heal, be more self-aware, relax and ultimately rejuvenate, with Gong Baths, Mindfulness programs and Kundalini yoga.
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Transform a humble lump of clay into your own one-of-a-kind creation, be it a drinking cup, plant pot, fruit bowl or trinket dish – the possibilities are endless! The spacious studio offers private and group classes to students of all levels for those looking to build on their throwing or hand-building skills..
Opened in 2010, the contemporary art gallery originally focused on solely bringing photography and image-based art from emerging and established artists to the Hong Kong art scene. Over time, the gallery (one of the largest in our city) has opened up to more artists from around the region and sometimes further for exhibitions and collaborations.
Blindspot Gallery, 15/F, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.blindspotgallery.com
Pilates and yoga: check. Strength, cardio and high-intensity interval training: check. Antigravity and Xtend Barre: check, check! This bright and comfortable studio has a wide range of fitness courses, top-notch equipment and very accommodating, professional instructors leading small classes.
Flex Studio, Shops 308-310, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.flexhk.com
Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool
Large, not crowded and cheap, you won’t have to sign on to an expensive country club to enjoy a pool day here! With eight separate pools, lounge chairs, diving boards and lots of slides for the kids, this public swimming spot is perfect for a relaxed family outing on a sunny day. But don’t forget the towels!
Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool, 2 Shum Wan Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.lcsd.gov.hk
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Wong Chuk Hang Hotels
A rooftop bar and infinity pool, check! Sweeping views of the Aberdeen harbour, check! Spacious, aesthetic rooms, triple check! You’re all set for an Instagrammable staycation with the girls at the Arca. You can even bring along a furry friend if you want!
Warehouse-turned-hotel Ovolo Southside embodies the spirit of the neighbourhood within its walls, with graffiti and art installations by local and international artists spread throughout the hotel’s interiors. Book directly to enjoy complimentary breakfast, all-day snacks, happy hour drinks, 24-hour gym access and more!
Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel
After a day of exploring the area, what say you to a luxurious staycation? Situated minutes from Ocean Park and Repulse Bay, the Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel features a 50-foot-tall aquarium, on-site steakhouse, lagoon-style pool and tranquil spa for your ultimate relaxation.
Main image courtesy of Joy Lee for Sassy Media Group, image 1 courtesy of Aberdeen Fish Market Yee Hope Seafood Restaurant via Facebook, image 2 courtesy of Komune via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Pomegranate Kitchen via Instagram, image 4 courtesy of Above by Komune via Instagram, image 5 courtesy of Young Master Brewery via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Float Captain via Instagram, image 7 courtesy of Print House via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of gionnixxx via Getty, image 9 courtesy of Attic V via Facebook, image 10 courtesy of Lump Studio via Instagram, image 11 courtesy of Flex Studio via Instagram, image 12 courtesy of the Arca via Instagram, image 13 courtesy of Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel.