The cool neighbourhood in Hong Kong most tourists miss
This bohemian and quiet neighbourhood (yes, one still exists in Hong Kong!) is quickly becoming an enclave of cool restaurants, bars and design-driven boutiques. Here’s why you should check out Tai Hang before everyone gets in on the action.
- January 2019
How Tai Hang remains a relatively quiet neighbourhood despite its proximity to Causeway Bay is baffling. Not that we’re complaining — it’s the best way to experience what makes Hong Kong cool without having to deal with the frenetic pace of the city. Here are the best spots for coffee, food, shopping and the ’gram.
1. Unar Coffee Company
Good luck trying to get a seat in this teeny-tiny cafe. Follow the locals and place your order at the window (iced cucumber latte, anyone?), fight for space on the limited outdoor seating and then enjoy some of the best coffee in the city.
2. Bing Kee
There’s no English on the menu at this dai pai dong, but the staff are friendly, so ordering shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. Get yourself an iced milk tea, and be sure to try the signature pork noodles — the soup is peppery and hearty.
3. Lai Tak Tsuen
This public housing estate is an award-winning piece of architecture and is the only housing estate in Hong Kong to have adopted the unique bi-cylindrical design. For the best photos, head there in the afternoon, when the ample natural light falling into the open space in the centre casts dramatic shadows on the inner structure of the building.
2 – 38 Lai Tak Tsuen Road
4. Second Draft
You know this is not your average pub when you have drinks curated by craft brewery Young Master Ales and a menu designed by chef May Chow of Little Bao fame. At Second Draft, there are over 12 craft brews on tap and a creative East-meets-West menu. If it hasn’t sold out, the Mapo Burrata is a must-try, thanks to a quirky — and addictive — combination of creamy cheese and mala chilli oil.
Run by four young interior designers, this lifestyle store is a paradise for vintage homeware lovers. Expect anything from retro furniture and pendant lights to the smallest industrial-chic home accessories that will upgrade your crib to Insta-ready status, stat.