Finding hidden treasures in one of HK’s best neighbourhoods
Tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay is the charming little district of Tai Hang. A hotspot in the making, the area has come a long way from streets laden with car repair shops! Some of Hong Kong’s best-kept secret is just a brief walk from the Tin Hau MTR and is packed full of cute little restaurants, bars and shops. Things pop up here faster than you can say ‘new opening,’ so keep an eye out for any hotspots to try out. Equally, things seem to close pretty suddenly, but this rapid turnover is a great reason to keep coming back to see what’s new! Whether you’re heading for a day out with the family, or heading on a mama’s only night, venture towards this quaint neighbourhood for an afternoon or evening of easy, chilled out vibes…
Where to Eat and Drink:
One of the newer additions to this trendy neighbourhood is an elegant yet relaxing restaurant/bar we were excited to try out. Tipsy Restaurant & Bar features the finest global ingredients for a unique tasting experience – ideal for a parents-only evening. Be sure to try the Blistered Spanish Red Prawn, King Prawn Ravioli, or the Tomahawk steak. And if it’s drinks you’re looking for, you’ll be sure to find exceptional wines, unusual European bottled beers, traditional cocktails and all the modern classics (the Tipsy mojito is a favourite!). With soft lighting and cool brass accents, the ambience is cosy yet glamorous. Plus, the space is large enough to seat parties, but has a secluded VIP area to host private affairs (of up to 10 people). There’s even a great balcony for fresh air or alfresco dining.
Tipsy, 1/F, Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong 2818 8807, www.facebook.com/tipsy.restaurant.bar
Nestled in amongst the cute hub of Little Tai Hang, the brainchild of Three Monkeys, BOND, serves up a variety of comfort food fare (we’re talking ribs, onion rings and freshly baked breads) as well as a sought-after weekend brunch spread! The outside area is a surprisingly relaxed place to take the kids.
Bond, 2/F, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Little Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 21551777
Make time for a Sunday stroll around Little Tai Hang. This quaint and cultural living concept includes a hotel and two notable foodie hot spots – Second Draft and BOND. Second Draft offers up a great selection of locally brewed beers alongside creative fusion dishes from the amazing chef May Chow, as well as hip décor. Better yet, book a staycation (with or without the kids – we applaud both decisions!) and check out the restaurants whilst you’re there.
Second Draft, G/F Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong,
2656 0232 www.facebook.com/SecondDraftHK
Renowned throughout Hong Kong, Classified has its very own branch with an open front and big wooden tables – perfect for groups and families. It even hosts kid’s birthday parties! The relaxed, rustic vibe makes this one of our favourite semi-alfresco places to go for family breakfast or a leisurely brunch. Eggs Benedict, homemade lemonade, open space… what more could you want on a Sunday morning?
Classified, 1-9 Lin Fa Kung Street West, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2857 3454, www.classifiedfoodshops.com.hk
Hello Kitty Secret Garden was all the rage a few years back when it first opened, and is a must-visit for fans around the area. What’s more, the entire menu is Hello Kitty themed! The restaurant even has a Nutella marshmallow s’mores pizza in the shape of the character’s head. Kids will love the fun of it all!
Hello Kitty Secret Garden, G/F, 19 Ormsby Street, Tai Hang, 2808 2868, www.facebook.com/pg/Hello-Kitty-Secret-Garden
La Brezza is a great stop off for quick coffee or brunch during the day, and at night becomes the perfect place to rendezvous with a couple of friends over some vino. This small eatery has a simple but sleek interior, complete with a little courtyard in the back. It doesn’t have many seats, so we recommend making a reservation if you want to avoid waiting. The menu is simple, and the set dinners here are very reasonably priced!
La Brezza, 5 King Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 9222 2453
Cafe Locomotive is cleverly decorated like a classic train, complete with luggage racks filled with old-fashioned suitcases! The lines of people outside (we recommend booking a table!) will swear by the delicious Vietnamese food served here. Cafe Locomotive serves a mean pho, as well as other traditional Vietnamese dishes, and its food is simple, quick and delicious.
Cafe Locomotive, G/F, 11 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2882 8227, www.cafelocomotive.com
Hong Kong is overflowing with sushi spots, but what makes Sushi Shin stand out is the high quality food, friendly service and cosy atmosphere! Book in advance if you want to sit at the bar and watch the chefs do their thing, and make sure to ask about the seasonal off-the-menu goodies.
Sushi Shin, Wing Hing Court, 110-114 Tung Lo Wan Road, Hong Kong, 2398 8000, www.sushishin.com
As an internationally renowned ramen restaurant, it’s no surprise that Ramen Nagi is a favourite. The option to create your own ideal bowl of soupy heaven is available just by ticking a few boxes, but if you want to be surprised, we suggest ordering the special ramen. It won’t disappoint! And if you’re clueless in the art of ramen, don’t worry. The amazing staff has endless (spot-on) recommendations for ramen rookies.
Ramen Nagi, 3 King Street, Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/bbramen
With freshly sourced ingredients served in the form of modern Italian cuisine, it’s no wonder that the restaurant is recommended by the Michelin Guide. The dark ambience of No.5 Italian is as enticing as the menu is alluring.
No.5 Italian, G/F, 21 Brown Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong,
2554 2228, www.facebook.com/no5italian
Where to Drink:
This independent specialty teahouse is for serious tea lovers everywhere, with a wide range of leaves (at the tea bar!) to choose from for your perfect cuppa. The walls are lined with tea, and Jrink serves up its liquid goodness in double insulated cups and teapots. If you’re more of a coffee person, you should still drop by to check out the cute trinkets sold in the store. Ideal for a catch up without the kids.
Jrink, G/F, 21 Ormsby Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.jrink.com.hk
Seating is limited at Unar (unless you fancy sitting curb-side!), but if you need a coffee on the go, then look no further! This little hole-in-the-wall proves that size doesn’t matter, and all the eager customers queuing outside pays testament to Unar’s delicious and high quality coffee, using only the finest Italian coffee beans. We’ve heard its banana caramel cake is a must-try too.
Unar coffee company, No. 15 Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2838 5231, www.facebook.com/unarcoffeecompany
This intimate and welcoming neighbourhood bar is the Tai Hang equivalent of the British pub. The drinks here are very reasonably priced, with cocktails only setting you back around $70! Join the friendly crowd of regulars who swear by the great service and wide selection of craft beer.
Buddy Bar & Café, G/F, 22 School Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 2882 9780, www.facebook.com/Buddy-Bar-Cafe
Known as Asia’s first liquid nitrogen ice creamery, this place makes scoops of creamy deliciousness right in front of you – a child’s fantasy. Everything is made to order, so even the pickiest little eaters will leave on a sugar-high. You pick a flavour, watch as they freeze and make it (it takes under 2 minutes), and enjoy. Simple yet delicious!
Lab Made, G/F, 6 Brown Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.labmade.com.hk
Whether you’re a chocoholic or you want something a little more fruity, you’ll definitely find something in this little neighbourhood hangout to satisfy those sugar cravings. The milkshakes are dangerously addictive too!
The Pudding Nouveau, G/F, 17A, King Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, 3482 3925
If you’re looking for cute little trinkets to spice up your living space, Kanamono is definitely the place to visit. This little cosy store is stocked floor to ceiling with Japanese styled vintage bits and bobs that’ll have you pulling out your wallet in no time.
Kanamono Hardware Store, G/F, 38 Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2865 6168, www.facebook.com/kanamonohardwarestore
Strolling into The Minimal is like wandering through vintage decor heaven. The shop welcomes you with a collection of warmly lit vintage light-bulbs in front of a mirror display, and it only gets better the farther in you go! All things stereotypically vintage are on sale for ridiculously affordable prices – you’ll definitely see us in there again.
The Minimal, G/F, 38 Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2369 2328, www.facebook.com/The-Minimal
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 25 October 2016 on Sassy Hong Kong, and was updated on 21 December 2017 by Mashal Mushtaq and Hayley Kaplan.