Originally a collection of villages, Tsuen Wan has become one of the city’s most buzzing neighbourhoods over the years. It is home to a dazzling array of restaurants, a comprehensive latticework of shopping malls, and incredible things to do—all linked by the Tsuen Wan Town Footbridge Network in the town centre, the longest elevated walkways in Hong Kong that allows you to reach different parts of the community without having to run against traffic and rain. Coupled with MTR, bus, minibus routes, and ferries, what you get is one of Hong Kong’s most colourful satellite towns.If you’re getting a bit fed up with Hong Kong Island, dive into our guide for things to do, what to see, and where to eat in Tsuen Wan. There’s a weekend’s worth of activities, guaranteed.
The Mills is one of Hong Kong’s latest arts and culture destinations, lovingly revitalised from the Nan Fung Cotton Mills. As the cornerstone of the historical Nan Fung Textiles during Hong Kong’s manufacturing heyday, the former factory has been transformed into a design hub, celebrating the city’s industrial history and creative future.Its three-story atrium boasts everything from a contemporary arts studio space named CHAT and a ton of stylish cafés and bars for you to unwind, to the plentiful Instagramnable spots, such as a series of mural, the mottled stairs, and the verdant spacious rooftop park. This beautifully-restored building also houses many tech start-ups like Unspun, which produces customised and made-to-order denim jeans. Be prepared to spend an artful and invigorating day there.
The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street | (+852) 3979 2300
Located in the heart of Tsuen Wan, Discovery Park is the ideal destination for families with kids and infants. With an area of over 630,000 square feet, the renowned family-friendly mall is equipped with excellent paternity facilities, encompassing the nice-decorated Nursery Room with separated diaper-changing space to allow multiple families to use simultaneously, as well as separated Breastfeeding Rooms designated for mums.Definitely unmissable for children is the enormous and free-admission indoor playground on the ground floor’s atrium. Parents, indoor means no more agonizing over the unpredictable weather of sun and rain or your kids catching a cold due to excessive sweating. Children is welcome to run, jump, climb, crawl, and slide with their peers on the shoe-free rubber mats. As they get a bit worn-out, head to the newly inaugurated Donut Village which assembles shopping, child entertainment, and dining all in one, like the Donut Café offering both light bites like French Fries ($58) and Mac ‘N’ Cheese ($108) and main dishes including Beef Sirloin ($218) and Burger ($118), and a smaller playground to keep kids entertained during mealtime.If your little ones have a penchant for films, Candy Park by Cinema City is a good place to go. As the first-ever kids’ cinema in Hong Kong, it has launched the connected parent-child seats for you to cuddle up with your kids during the films.
D‧Park, 398 Castle Peak Road | (+852) 2940 2822
Dragon Bowling in Tsuen Wan is tucked away in an unsuspecting residential area. Note the glaring and gigantic bowling pin facing towards the main traffic road at Tsuen Wan Garden and you know you’re on the right path. Boasting a staggering total of 32 lanes, it welcomes players of all ages with no discrimination toward your bowling proficiency level. Up to eight players’ scores can be recorded per lane, so whether it’s a group get-together or some much-needed “me time” to unwind, Dragon Bowling is the place to go. Just bring yourself and your pals—their shoe rentals are free!
Dragon Bowling, 1/F, 15-23 Castle Peak Road | (+852) 2494 7383How much: $80 per hour (Monday–Friday), $100 (Saturday, Sunday, Public Holiday)
If the hectic life in Hong Kong has worn you out, going to a cat café in getting some emotional support from feline buddies may help. As the largest cat café in the 852, The Cats Tea Room in Tsuen Wan boasts a 1,600 sq ft of space and houses 30 adorable furry kitties, 11 of which used to be strays. Incorporating low tables and poufs, the tearoom encourages guests to interact and engage as much as they can with kitties, all the while contributing to promoting animal welfare and adoption – the mission they commit to helping. You can even buy feline snacks from the café to give them a good treat. As for you who get peckish during playtime, there’s a range of Western cuisines and desserts to choose from, like the Zeppelin Hot Dog ($38), different kinds of Cookie ($7 for 2), and Green Apple Soda ($20).
The Cats Tea Room, 1/F, 45 Tai Ho Road | (+852) 2149 6261How much: $65 for the first hour, including a drink, then $38 per hour
Sitting in the heart of Tsuen Wan, Magic Touch is a Japanese restaurant that allows patrons to order their favourite foods on an iPad. Dishes are then delivered via a mini replica of the Shinkansen bullet train. As human effort is minimised, it offers a one-of-a-kind Japanese dining experience. Serving a diverse array of quality sushi, sashimi, fried foods, desserts, and donburi at an affordable price, it takes merely 30 seconds for all of these delicacies to be sent from the kitchen and straight to your table. The restaurant also updates and launches new sushi and afternoon sets from time to time, so stay tuned for specials!
Magic Touch, Shop 1-03, 1/F, Tai Hung Fai (Tsuen Wan) Centre, 55 Chung On Street, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 2246 3900
Narmony Chinese Cuisine is a dim sum restaurant during the day and transforms itself into a hot pot diner offering live music at night. Can you imagine dipping slices of beef into a simmering pot of soup while a live band performs acoustic rock music on stage? Whoever came up with this creative idea deserves a round of applause (seriously). Food-wise, despite its limited selection of dim sum, everything is made exquisitely and served in a spacious and comfy setting that boasts a high ceiling. As for its hot pot, soup base choices include the delectable Coconut Chicken Soup ($188), as well as fresh ingredients like Sliced Eel ($88), Handmade Shrimp Balls ($58), and prime Aberdeen Angus Beef ($198).
Colleague Music Restaurant, Shop 106, 1/F, CDW Place, CDW Building, 388 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 2338 7250
Originally from Singapore, the award-winning Putien serves up authentic Fujian cuisine in a modernistic setting. With simplistic decor in a neat blue-green, it boasts unobstructed, floor-to-ceiling windows which allow for plenty of natural light during the daytime. Tables and seats are not cramped and you have plenty of space to move around—perfect for a gathering of family and friends. The food is nothing short of spectacular: the Braised Pig Intestine ($79) is cooked to perfection with their 12-spice sauce; the Deep-fried Durian Puree ($42) offers a twist to everyday durian desserts. If you’re not sure about what to order, they serve up an Afternoon Tea Set ($49–$59 per set) from Monday to Sunday, which includes appetisers such as Iced Bitter Gourd, Salt Baked Pork Liver, a main course like Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon, and a bowl of dessert. You’d be able to try out all these culinary refinements at once.
Putien, Shop 416, 4/F, Tsuen Wan Plaza, 4–30 Tai Pa Street, Tsuen Wan | (+852) 2111 8308
As unfuzzy and unpretentious as it gets, Holly Restaurant is a neighbourhood favourite when it comes to dim sum. Spanned across two floors, you rarely have to queue up for seats, even during peak hours like lunchtime. Its interior is nicely decorated and comfy, embodying the traditional dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong.Holly Restaurant offers an expansive set of scrumptious Chinese cuisines that range from dim sum, side-dishes, to stir-fry delicacies. One standout is the Black Sesame Glutinous Riceballs ($23) which, when fresh out from the kitchen, are steaming with palatable sesame fillings with peanut powder all around. When you bite it in, the lava of sesame drips out and we bet if heaven has a taste, that’s how it tastes like. Most other Chinese eateries only provide the conventional pan-fried salt and pepper tofu, Holly Restaurant takes salt and pepper cuisines up a notch, offering the remarkable pan-fried salt and pepper Bombay-duck ($48) and mushrooms ($38) in their menu.
Holly Restaurant, 1 Cheong Tai Street | (+852) 2492 8165
Hidden in an old-style mall near the Tsuen Wan MTR station, this well-loved café has retained a fierce group of loyal customers—mostly hipsters in town—always resulting in a long queue outside the diner during peak hours. Kitchen Corner serves Western cuisines that range from burgers, fries, to shakes. For all the effort they put into the food, as well as the fine quality, dishes are offered at a reasonable and good deal—try comparing it to the cafés in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.Perhaps one of its most notable dishes is the Aussie Burger ($62), but we kind of like its Chinese name better: the Hot Guy Burger! Much like the name, it’s hot and a must-order in the café. The sweet beetroot slices, sunny-side-up egg, and grilled meat patty match up surprisingly well and cut down the over-greasiness of conventional burgers. The Peanut Butter Milkshake ($37) is another standout that’s replete with the tantalising aroma of peanut butter the moment it’s brought out by the staff.
Kitchen Corner, Shop 66, G/F, Cheong Ning Building, Tsuen Cheong Centre, 202–216 Sai Lau Kok Road | (+852) 5488 7124
Wong Fat Congee is an inconspicuous congee eatery near the Tsuen Wan Market. As an old-style porridge shop, its shopfront, tables and stools are neat and hygienic—a fact that’s highly praised by the neighbourhood. The simplistic and uncluttered layout guarantee that you won’t have to sit back-to-back with other patrons—yes, we know how cramped congee shops in town can be.Offering such a pleasant dining environment, the food is a real bargain. For instance, you can get the delectable Steamed Rice Sheet Rolls Filled with Dough Sticks at only $13. We’d then recommend the humble but formidable Boat Congee. Why? Because unlike some congee shops who bring down the number of ingredients in cutting cost, the Boat Congee ($15) at Wong Fat Congee is replete with minced beef, pork skin and squid with chopped spring onion sprinkled on top—the embodiment of congee comfort food in town.
Wong Fat Congee, Tai Yan Building G/F, 16 Hoi Pa Street, Tsuen Wan
As the coveted food street in Tsuen Wan, Lo Tak Court is a foodie heaven packed with endless food stalls, cha cheng teng, Chinese, Indian, Korean, and Japanese restaurants. Street-food lovers! Assemble and let’s go all way down the street. First thing first, try out Chan Kee’s Fishballs ($6), cooked al dente, well-known for its flavourful curry sauce, which you’re free to choose one from their extra hot, medium hot, and mild hot varieties. For those of you looking for something lighter, the soft and tender Tofu Pudding ($3) at Ya Yu is your ideal choice, and an incredible bargain, so best knock back a few more bowls while you can. Of course, these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to mouthwatering street food in Lo Tak Court. Wander around the eatery hub and see what you can find.Chan Kee Fishball, G/F, Shop C, 28 Tai Ho Road | (+852) 6407 5539Ya Yu Tofu Pudding, Shop 5B, Ground Floor, Cheong Tai Building, 6 Tsuen Hing Path | (+852) 2718 8198
Let’s be real: the better question is, where to not shop? In Tsuen Wan, shopping centres bristle in great numbers. Citywalk, Tsuen Wan Plaza, and its opposite Skyline Plaza with the comprehensive department store AEON stationed in offer an affordable way of living for working families and young couples. All the cost-effective fashion brands, like H&M and Pull&Bear, can be found in these major malls. With the revamped D‧Park shopping mall tapping the niche children’s market, Tsuen Wan has gradually become one of the most convenient places to live in Hong Kong. And, if you’re looking for furniture, venture to IKEA Tsuen Wan for some ready-to-assemble and stylish home accessories.
Citywalk, 1 Yeung Uk Road | (+852) 3926 5700
Tsuen Wan Plaza, 4-30 Tai Pa Street | (+852) 2417 1709
D‧Park, 398 Castle Peak Road | (+852) 2940 2822
IKEA Tsuen Wan, Level 3, 8½, 388 Castle Peak Road | (+852) 3125 0888