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Hong Kong Central & Sheung Wan Neighbourhood Guide

A whole lot of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars are packed into this little area of Hong Kong. You could stay here for a month and still not have tried half the places Central has to offer. Every weekend the area gets filled with expats, young Hong Kongers and tourists, particularly in Lan Kwai Fong. There’s something for everyone here - from Irish pubs to upmarket wine bars to dance clubs. But that’s not all Central has to offer. You’ll also find the oldest market in Hong Kong, Michelin-starred roast goose for under US$10, and colonial-era police quarters converted to design studios and galleries. Further to the west, Sheung Wan is more laid back and worthwhile exploring for the hidden cafes and local boutiques.

Best Hotels in Central & Sheung Wan

99 Bonham

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Conveniently located just a minute’s walk from Sheung Wan MTR Station, 99 Bonham provides comfortable accommodation with free Wi-Fi and easy access to popular tourist attractions. It houses a business centre and a 24-hour front ... Read more

Ovolo Noho

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Featuring stylish modern Japanese decor, Ovolo 286 Queen's Road Central features rooms with free super speed Wi-Fi & 9000+ WiFi Hotspots, free minibar items and free local calls. A daily free breakfast and free Happy ... Read more

The Jervois

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Designed by Christian Liaigre, The Jervois offers contemporary suites with free Wi-Fi, a private lift lobby and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Sheung Wan. Self-service laundry facilities are available. Stylish and modern, all suites include a 40-inch ... Read more

Ovolo Central

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Stylish and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and free minibar items are available at Ovolo 2 Arbuthnot Road Central. Free breakfast is provided, as well as free Happy Hour drinks at LO Lounge in the ... Read more

The Pottinger Hong Kong

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The Pottinger Hong Kong, winner of Asia's Best City Boutique Hotel Award 2014, is conveniently situated in Central, within walking distance of Central MTR Station, Airport Express and Lan Kwai Fong. The central business district ... Read more

The Putman

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The Putman is a luxurious boutique hotel designed by world renowned designer Andree Putman. It offers self-catering suites with chic neutral decorations. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. Read more

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Best Restaurants in Central & Sheung Wan

Little Bao

€ € €BurgersChineseFavouriteFun

Reviewed by: Daniel Food Diary - EataCity - That Food Cray - The Dim Sum Diaries -

The big attraction here are the “burgers” made with steamed and fried Chinese buns called “bao”. We tried the slow-braised pork belly and Sichuan fried chicken burgers - both are as good as they sound. ... Read more

Butao Ramen

€ €FavouriteJapaneseNoodles

Reviewed by: EataCity - Eat with Jess - Ramen Adventures - That Food Cray -

Simply put, the best ramen in Hong Kong. Rich, creamy pork bone broth with a choice of flavours named after its color; black (squid ink), red (spicy miso) and green (pesto). Call us boring, but ... Read more


€ € €CocktailsFavouriteHipThai

Reviewed by: EataCity - Fuck Yeah Noms - Hungry Hong Kong - New York Times -

Chachawan may look like a hipster, all-style-no-substance place but trust us, there’s plenty of substance here. Serving food from the Northeastern Isan region, you won’t find any watery green curries or soggy pad thais here. ... Read more

Ho Lee Fook

€ € €ChineseCocktailsLivelyModern

Reviewed by: EataCity - e_ting - Fuck Yeah Noms - Hungry Hong Kong - New York Times - That Food Cray - The Dim Sum Diaries -

From the street, Ho Lee Fook looks like a simple kitchen but once you descend the stairs to the basement restaurant area you’ll find hip young Hong Kongers and expats eating trendy food, washed down ... Read more

Ore-no Kappou

€ € € €FavouriteFoodieGood ValueJapanese

Reviewed by: EataCity - Fine Food Dude - Fuck Yeah Noms -

Ore-no Kappou is an offshoot of the Michelin-starred Ginza Okamoto restaurant in Tokyo, serving authentic, high end Japanese food at affordable prices. Super fresh sashimi is flown in each day from Tokyo’s fish market and ... Read more

The Chairman

€ € € €ChineseModernSeafood

Reviewed by: EataCity - e_ting - Miss Never Full - World's 50 Best -

The Chairman brings the farm-to-table approach to Cantonese cooking, sourcing fresh ingredients locally and even has their own farm in Hong Kong (yes, there are farms in Hong Kong). Their dishes focus on the natural ... Read more


€ € €BBQCocktailsJapaneseLively

Reviewed by: EataCity - e_ting - Food Craver - Hungry Hong Kong - That Food Cray -

Yakitori is the perfect drinking food. Skewers of grilled meat, mainly various parts of the chicken, cooked on a charcoal grill and seasoned with soy sauce or salt. Yardbird does the classic yakitori right - ... Read more

Blue Butcher Bar & Restaurant

€ € € €CocktailsMeatySteakTrendy

Reviewed by: EataCity - Fine Food Dude - Fuck Yeah Noms - Hungry Hong Kong -

Blue Butcher is all about the meat. You can choose between bone in or boneless, grass-fed or grain-fed, Australian or American steaks - and they are all dry-aged on premise in their walk-in pink salt ... Read more

Chôm Chôm

€ € €FoodieHipLivelyVietnamese

Reviewed by: EataCity - Hungry Hong Kong - That Food Cray - The Dim Sum Diaries -

Starting out as a private kitchen, Chom Chom serves a modern version of Vietnamese street food. Outside the restaurant, you have the same small plastics stools as you would find all over Vietnam. But inside ... Read more

Ding Dim 1968

Casual LunchDumplingsLocal

Reviewed by: EataCity - The Dim Sum Diaries -

Ding Dim is located on trendy Elgin Street but it’s not like any of the places around it. The dim sum chef, also known as Master Black, has been serving delicious dumplings since, well, 1968. ... Read more

Lin Heung Tea House

€ €DumplingsLocalTraditional

Reviewed by: Daniel Food Diary - EataCity - HK Magazine - Hungry Hong Kong -

Lin Heung is as old school as it gets. Even locals consider this a blast from the past - some of their dishes can’t be found anywhere else in Hong Kong. Don’t expect a menu ... Read more

Mott 32

€ € € €Business DinnerChineseStylish

Reviewed by: EataCity - e_ting - Food Craver - The Dim Sum Diaries -

Sample modern interpretations of Chinese dishes from different regions, like apple wood roasted duck from Beijing, lobster mapo tofu from Sichuan, along with plenty of Hong Kong classics. The food here is well-executed, if not ... Read more


€ € € €Foodie DateModernNordicSeasonalSet Menu

Reviewed by: EataCity - e_ting - Fuck Yeah Noms - New York Times - The Dim Sum Diaries -

The hottest restaurant on the island right now, NUR would be more at home in Copenhagen than in Hong Kong. Serving only a tasting menu with no choices, each dish that comes out is perfectly ... Read more

Tim Ho Wan

€ €CasualDumplingsTouristy

Reviewed by: Daniel Food Diary - EataCity - Hungry Hong Kong - That Food Cray -

Billed as the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world, Tim Ho Wan serves a small selection of perfectly executed dim sum. Although it is known for its notoriously long lines, we’ve heard this has gotten ... Read more

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Best Bars in Central & Sheung Wan

Club Feather Boa

€ € €CocktailsSpeakeasy

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Hidden cocktail bar in Soho famous for its daiquiris and eclectic, Romance era inspired interior. Knock on the door and someone will appear from behind the curtain to let you in. It’s technically a member’s ... Read more

NEO Cocktail Club

€ € €CocktailsFun

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Trendy cocktail bar in the Gough street area. Very cool, laid back interior with vintage game machines and a mix of retro, mid-century modern and contemporary furnishing. Innovative cocktails and tasty French bar snacks - what more could you want?! Read more

ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge

€ € €CocktailsOutdoor AreaViews

Reviewed by: EataCity -

On is located just around the corner from the chaos of Lan Kwai Fong, 29 floors above ground. Beautifully decorated with plush teal armchairs, but the real attraction here is the view over Central - ... Read more


€ € €CocktailsSpeakeasy

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Speakeasy cocktail bar hidden behind a street market stall in Central. Once you get behind the big black door, inside is dark and sophisticated with a 1920s jazz club feel. The cocktails here are excellent; ... Read more

Lan Kwai Fong


Reviewed by: EataCity -

Home to over a hundred restaurants and bars, the Lan Kwai Fong areas goes crazy on Fridays and Saturdays with expats, young Hong Kongers and tourists spilling onto the streets. There’s something for everyone here ... Read more


€ € € €Up MarketViews

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Come for the incredible 270 degree views of Hong Kong. You can see all the way from the Bank of China building in Admiralty to the expansive Tsim Sha Tsui skyline to Hong Kong’s tallest ... Read more

The Envoy

€ € €CocktailsOutdoor Area

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Upmarket bar located inside the Pottinger boutique hotel above Queen’s Road Central. Excellent cocktails designed by local mixologist Antonio Lai, spot on service, and a comfortable, breezy outdoor terrace means we want to come back again and again. Read more

The Woods

€ € €CocktailsFoodie

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Cozy, underground cocktail bar where they take their drinks very seriously. Every cocktail is made with fresh, seasonal ingredients - for example a tomato-based drink we had was made with freshly blended cherry tomatoes. They ... Read more

Mid-Levels Escalators


Reviewed by: EataCity -

The Mid-Levels escalators are the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. A trip up the escalators will take you past some of Hong Kong lively nightlife. If you see a place you like ... Read more

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Best Cafes in Central & Sheung Wan

Fuel Espresso HK

Great Coffee

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Originally from Wellington New Zealand where the flat white was invented, Fuel has expanded to a couple of locations in Hong Kong. Known for serving reliable espresso based drinks and one of the few places ... Read more

Common Ground

€ €FavouriteGreat Coffee

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Hideaway cafe in Soho with a cosy, laid back atmosphere. The staff here are super friendly, the coffee is good, and they also serve simple cafe food. Common Grounds is the type of place that ... Read more

Elephant Grounds

Great CoffeeShopping

Reviewed by: EataCity -

Coffee bar located inside the WOAW! concept store on Gough Street. The flat whites here are on the larger side - order a piccolo if you want a proper caffeine kick. Browse through the designer ... Read more

The Cupping Room

€ €BreakfastGreat Coffee

Reviewed by: EataCity -

The word is definitely out. This small 2-storey cafe gets packed full during the weekends for brunch. The coffee is the star here - they recently earned second place at the World Barista Championships and ... Read more



Reviewed by: EataCity -

Homely cafe specialising in teas from all over the world, from Thai iced tea to Japanese green tea. Teakha also serves a wide range of delicious baked goods and pastries made using locally sourced seasonal ... Read more

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Best Street Food in Central & Sheung Wan

Kau Kee


Reviewed by: Daniel Food Diary - Daniel Food Diary - EataCity - That Food Cray - The Dim Sum Diaries -

Tender beef brisket served with noodles and fragrant, meaty broth. This is the ultimate Hong Kong comfort food. And Kau Kee is the most famous place to eat it. The soup can be a bit ... Read more

Sing Heung Yuen


Reviewed by: EataCity - e_ting - Hungry Hong Kong -

Island. Located in the trendy Gough street area, you’ll see locals queuing to eat noodles at foldable tables and stools outside. You can have either instant noodles, macaroni or rice noodles in a tomato-based soup ... Read more

Tai Cheong Bakery


Reviewed by: EataCity - Food Craver - Miss Never Full - That Food Cray -

Egg tarts consist of a flakey or short pastry crust, filled with sweet, eggy custard. Tai Cheong is famous for its short pastry egg tarts. Pop in for the perfect sweet treat. Read more

Tsim Chai Kee

Good ValueLocalNoodles

Reviewed by: Daniel Food Diary - EataCity - Michelin - That Food Cray -

Drop into Tsim Chai Kee for a quick, tasty meal if you’re in Central. Located across the road from the more famous Mak’s Noodles, you’ll see more locals dining at Tsim Chai Kee instead as ... Read more

Lan Fong Yuen


Reviewed by: EataCity - e_ting - Fine Food Dude - Food Craver - Hungry Hong Kong - That Food Cray -

Lan Fong Yuen is one of the oldest cha chaa tengs, a Hong Kong-style diner popular with locals for fast food. Cha chaa tengs typically serve Hong Kong-style milk tea, which is weaker than British ... Read more

Sang Kee Congee Shop


Reviewed by: EataCity - Hungry Hong Kong -

Congee is a common local breakfast dish where rice is cooked low and slow until the grains have completely broken down into a smooth porridge. Unlike Western oatmeal porridge, congee is savoury rather than sweet ... Read more

Yat Lok Restaurant

AuthenticFoodieGood ValueLocalMeaty

Reviewed by: EataCity - e_ting - Michelin -

Roast meat is a classic Cantonese dish and you can’t come to Hong Kong with trying it. A good roast goose should have crispy skin with a layer of melt-in-your-mouth fat underneath, and juicy, tender, ... Read more

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What to See and Do in Central & Sheung Wan

Bank of China Tower

Bank of China Tower

Iconic skyscrapper in Hong Kong, designed by I.M. Pei

Hong Kong Park

Hong Kong Park

Sanctuary in the middle of Hong Kong with historic buildings

Hong Kong Trams

Hong Kong Trams

Old school electric trams for travelling around the island

Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple

Popular Chinese temple and historic monument built in 1847

Police Married Quarters (PMQ)

Police Married Quarters (PMQ)

Old police quarters turned into a creative and design hub

The Peak Tram

The Peak Tram

Tram to the highest peak for stunning views