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Your neighbourhood guide to Lai Chi Kok

By Doris Lam 19 August 2019

If you haven’t already heard, Lai Chi Kok—once boring and industrial—is hip now. With new restaurants springing up left and right and never-ending entertainment options, it’s time you make a trip to the Kowloon side to discover Lai Chi Kok for yourself. 


Things to do

There’s plenty to keep you occupied in this corner of Hong Kong. Easily reachable by MTR via Tsuen Wan line, Lai Chi Kok is known as an industrial hub filled with office workers during the week, though there are quiet residential pockets, too. Check out some of the unique things you can experience in Lai Chi Kok:

Photo courtesy of Home Baking Day Hong Kong

Home.焙 (Home Baking Day Hong Kong)

Hong Kong apartments are notoriously small, which often translates to the lack of space for an oven at home. If you’ve been binging on baking videos in your free time, put your baking knowledge to use at Home Baking Day Hong Kong. This spacious baking space located in D2 Place TWO has a mixing area, an ingredient zone, a wall of ovens, and open tables for you to bring your creations to life. Great for people who like to follow their own pace, visitors are given a tablet with instructions and ingredients to create your DIY sweet treats. You can choose from a menu filled with pastry options to recreate, such as doughnuts, Winnie the Pooh pineapple cake, and Monster’s Inc.-themed cookies.

Home.焙, Shop 305, D2 Place TWO, 15 Cheung Shun Street | (+852) 3997 3485

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Crossfire Arena

Nerf war, combat archery, laser tag, bubble soccer, VR dodgeball, and neon sabre? Crossfire Arena will surely bring out your inner child with their cool, neon sports classes. Taking over 6,000 square foot of space, they host weekly neon sabre and dodge ball lessons for those looking to learn a new skill or to simply have some fun after work. The venue also provides party hosting plans and team building packages for companies. Just try not to be a sore loser!

Crossfire Arena, Shop 306–308, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street | (+852) 3461 9023

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CGV Cinemas

CGV Cinemas is the perfect post-lunch spot for when the carb-induced drowsiness hits. Showing all the popular English movies, as well as local and Asian films, the cinema even has an impressive ScreenX multi-projection theatre technology where you’ll be able to enjoy a 270-degree panoramic viewing experience on three walls of the auditorium. As the only cinema in Hong Kong that offers ScreenX tech, do cinephiles need a better reason to make your way to Lai Chi Kok?

CGV Cinemas, 10/F and 11/F, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street | (+852) 2863 4100

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Golfzon GreenLive

Can’t make it to the golf club? We like it better indoors anyway. Golfzon GreenLive is an indoor virtual golf studio, where you can take a swing at the projector screen and see where your ball lands on the virtual field. Games can often get competitive (as golf goes), so bring friends to maximise the fun! Young learners can also try their hand at the game, as Golfzon has mini-size clubs for the little ones.

Golfzon GreenLive, Shop 114–127, 1/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street | (+852) 2593 6888


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D2 Place Weekend Markets

Providing an outlet for creatives to showcase their work, D2 Place ONE’s weekend indoor markets features booths from small businesses. Open every weekend, the market rotates through different themes on weekly basis, such as vintage clothing, artisanal coffee, old-school Hong Kong toys, and even back-to-school accessories. From handmade jewellery to snacks and gifts, be sure to bring cash to bring home some goodies.

D2 Place Weekend Markets, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street | (+852) 3620 3098

Where to eat and drink

After the fun, we all need a little bit of re-fuelling. Here’s where we like to go to grab a delicious bite in Lai Chi Kok:

Photo courtesy of Pici

Pici 

We’re never going to stop celebrating Pici’s expansion—especially when it means we get to have good, authentic pasta in our own neighbourhood. Serving fresh hand-made pastas and Italian dishes, we have a particular soft spot for the tasting menu, where guests get to try a selection of pastas and starts such as Burrata Cheese, Tuna Tartare, Classic Lasagna, Pappardelle, and the signature Tagliolini, a white truffle pasta dish with freshly-shaved black truffle on top. 

Pici, Shop G03, G/F, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street

Photo courtesy of @joshua1013

Cheng Banzhang Taiwan Delicacy

Hidden upstairs in an industrial building, Cheng Banzhang attracts office workers on weekdays and families on weekends. Awarded the Best South-East Asian Restaurant by Openrice in 2015, the restaurant is quick, friendly, affordable, and delicious. Their famous Braised Pork Rice ($33), savoury Gua Bao ($34) and Beef Noodle Soup ($53) are to die for and a must-order in our book. 

Cheng Banzhang Taiwan Delicacy, Flat 02, 1/F, Elite Industrial Centre, 883 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Lai Chi Kok | (+852) 2576 1199

Photo courtesy of @nickynickyo

Rustico

Candlelit meal, dimmed lights, and paella? Rustico is the perfect spot if you’re planning to impress a special someone. From greenery to rustic brick walls and wide windows, the restaurant is the most romantic spot to be found in the entire neighbourhood of Lai Chi Kok. Serving Spanish tapas and offering a selection of wines, don’t leave without getting a plate of churros with ice cream.

Rustico, G/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street | (+852) 2743 4511

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TSUGU 

If Genki can’t satisfy your tastebuds, head over to TSUGU for a Japanese omakase or teppanyaki meal. You’ll get front row seats to witness the entire process of how the dish is created from start to finish on the chef’s table. Alternatively, they also have sushi and sashimi platters if you’re just looking to treat yourself a little after a long day of work.

TSUGU, Shop 311, 3/F, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street

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One Little Corner

True to its name, One Little Corner is on the corner of D2 Place ONE, tucked away by the side of the escalators. This open-air bar may be small, but it’s just right if you want to sit down for a couple of drinks or a round of hookah to prolong the evening. They offer a wide range of local and international craft brews, so you’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re a beer fan.

One Little Corner, Shop V2, G/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street | (+852) 9070 1571

Photo courtesy of @skeatravelife

One Tenth Coffee

Tired of the same old coffee shops? One Tenth Coffee is a well-kept secret in Lai Chi Kok that offers speciality coffees and homemade pastries in a hip, minimalistic space. Is there anything better than a cup of Hand-Drip Coffee ($60) and some Oolong Osmanthus Cream Cake ($55) to start off the weekend? Don’t forget to snap a pretty pic for the ‘gram!

One Tenth Coffee, Shop 510, 5/F, Premier Centre, 20 Cheung Shun Street | (+852) 9540 0923 

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Doris Lam

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Doris Lam is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Hong Kong. Her work has been published on Localiiz, HuffPost, Vice, Time Out, Hong Kong Tatler, and more. While she wishes that she’ll become a hiker gal one day, you’re probably most likely to find her slurping up bowls of ramen or enthusiastically petting chihuahuas on the street. Follow her on her website.

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