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Your neighbourhood guide to North Point

By Annette Chan 28 November 2020 | Last Updated 2 January 2024

Header image courtesy of @fromshufen (via Instagram)

Originally published by Annette Chan. Last updated by Ashley Siu.

Sandwiched between the bustling shopping district of Causeway Bay and the business-centric Quarry Bay is North Point. As one of Hong Kong Island’s oldest neighbourhoods, North Point is home to a number of historical monuments and decades-old mom-and-pop shops—but there are also plenty of artsy attractions, slick eateries, and Instagram photo spots to discover too. Read on for our favourite things to do, see, and eat in North Point.

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Things to see and do

Take in some culture in a historic art space

Despite its punky name (and the anti-establishment connotations that come with the punk subculture), Oi! is actually a government-owned art space housed inside a Grade II historic building. Run by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, this multi-functional venue hosts exhibitions, large-scale art installations, and a variety of art-related events. Merged seamlessly into the space is its extension, a new exhibition hall boasting modern floor-to-ceiling glass windows and mirroring the red bricks of the historic building. With new exhibitions and gallery shows rolling in regularly, this art space warrants a nosy for sure.

Oi!, 12 Oil Street, North Point | (+852) 2512 3000

Photo: Annette Chan

Catch some live music

Now that This Town Needs (formerly known as Hidden Agenda) has closed, the more undone, underground livehouses are becoming rarer and rarer. Thankfully for music lovers, Mom Livehouse is still alive and well in the basement of the Seven Seas Shopping Centre, and their concert calendar is as eclectic as ever, from Japanese girl bands to local shoegaze acts. Hopefully, Mom Livehouse will soon be able to entertain international indie darlings like Yuck and Japanese Breakfast once again, but for now, they’re mostly operating as a restaurant—and largely inactive on social media, so give them a call before dropping by.

Mom Livehouse, B39, B/F, Seven Seas Shopping Centre, 113–121 King’s Road, North Point | (+852) 6360 7676

Photo: @verm_city (via Instagram)

Go bouldering

Getting bored of crunches and bicep curls? Try bouldering instead for a fun workout that engages every part of your body—and can be done in groups! Gather a few of your friends and head to Verm City.

At over 18,000 square feet, this is one of the largest climbing gyms the city has to offer. Beyond regular bouldering, Verm also has a customisable MoonBoard and other training facilities. It is loved for its kids’ climbing school and has comprehensive beginner packages on offer.

Verm City, 4/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, North Point | (+852) 2560 8128

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Photo: Ryze Hong Kong (via Facebook)

Jump up, jump up, and get down

Another good out-of-the-box workout in North Point? Trampolining! And this one requires considerably less baseline athleticism, which will suit couch potatoes (guilty). It’s not all jumping, though—while Ryze might be known as a trampoline park, you can also hang out in foam pits, navigate obstacle courses, or sail through the air on a trapeze. There are even chill-out areas with sofas and beanbags for breaks. All ages and experience levels are welcome here, but please keep in mind that you have to ask for supervision if you want to perform flips. Safety first!

Ryze Hong Kong, 3/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, North Point | (+852) 2337 8191

Photo: Bun’s 2020

Roll back to the 1980s

Looking for a nostalgic activity to have fun with your friends? Bun’s 2020 has got you covered! Bring your own roller skates or rent them at the facility, and skate away in this retro-themed space for a “wheely” good time. Besides the large rink, Bun’s also has a smaller, beginner-friendly rink with plenty of mirrors, and offers training and regular courses as well. Once rolling around has tired you out, remember to strike a pose before one of the many fluorescent neon light fixtures surrounding the skating rink for cool pictures. Happy skating!

Bun’s 2020, 7/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, North Point | (+852) 2779 2020

Where to eat and drink

Photo: @bellywongs (via Instagram)

Lee Keung Kee North Point Egg Waffles

This Hong Kong egg waffle (雞蛋仔; gai1 daan6 zai2) shop might have a branches across the city, but as the (very long) name indicates, it proudly hails from North Point. This tiny little streetside shop regularly draws long queues for its fresh and crispy egg waffles, but it also offers other snacks such as griddled waffles, beef meatballs, and sticky rice.

Lee Keung Kee North Point Egg Waffles, 492 King’s Road, North Point | (+852) 2590 9726

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Photo: Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong

Cruise

North Point might not be the first place you think of when it comes to premier rooftop bars—but tucked away on the twenty-third floor of the swish Hyatt Centric is Cruise, a modern pan-Asian restaurant and bar with an outdoor terrace that boasts stunning harbour views. Treat your loved ones and yourself to free-flow drinks and pop out to the terrace to enjoy an alfresco bevvy.

Cruise, 23/F, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point | (+852) 3762 1234

Photo: @lankiman6330 (via Openrice)

Jiu Fen Full

The name of this retro Taiwanese restaurant literally translates to “90 Percent Full,” but it’s also a nod to the charming Taiwanese town beloved by tourists for its resemblance to the setting of Spirited Away (2001). Not only does Jiu Fen Full deliver on the cultural references, but it also delivers on tasty and affordable Taiwanese snacks and drinks, from dànzǎimiàn (Tainan-style pork and prawn noodles) to home-style braised pork rice, Taiwanese fried chicken and bubble tea.

Jiu Fen Full, Shop 1–3, G/F, Universal Commercial House, 4 Shell Street, North Point | (+852) 3619 5049

Photo: Chop Chop (via Facebook)

Chop Chop

If you’ve ever gotten mad char siu fan (叉燒飯; Cantonese roast pork rice) cravings after watching Stephen Chow’s masterful 1996 comedy, The God of Cookery—who hasn’t?—you’ll be pleased to know that you can try the original Sorrowful Rice recipe from the film’s pivotal scene, right here in North Point. The Sorrowful Rice set—which comes with soup and Chef Dai Lung’s original char siu egg rice—is a must-try, but we’re also fans of the pepper-roasted duck rice.

Chop Chop, Shop 3, 18 Wang On Road, North Point | (+852) 3618 7718

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Photo: 半島冰室 (via Facebook)

Angus Café

With an exterior akin to any other cha chaan teng, you might be surprised by the unusually long lines Angus Café garners, especially during lunch hours. What sets this restaurant apart from others is not only its authentic take on Hong Kong cuisine, but also its lunch menu that changes daily. Keep an eye out for dishes that feature uncommon ingredients, such as Ibérico pork, sirloin steak, as well as crab and lobster. Or, if you’d rather stick to the traditional Hong Kong taste, get yourself one of the signature specials marked by quirky names, such as the Goddess Special. As long as you’re not fazed by the 30-minute (or longer) wait during peak hours, you might just find yourself becoming one the restaurant’s many regulars.

Angus Café, Shop 2, G/F, Victor Court, 14–28 Wang On Road, Fortress Hill, North Point | (+852) 2566 8030

Photo: @antidote_inhk (via Instagram)

Antidote

Let’s be real—although Hong Kong has quite a few Korean barbecue and fried chicken options on offer, there aren’t quite enough authentic Korean restaurants out there. We think this might be why Antidote is popular among foodies in the area. If you like raw seafood, we recommend the marinated raw crab, doused in plenty of the signature soy sauce and served with rice balls. For meat lovers, the Mountain of Meat and the fried chicken with black sesame sauce are also worth a try.

Antidote, Shop 4A, G/F, Nam Fung Court, Harbour Heights, 1 Fook Yum Road, Fortress Hill, North Point | (+852) 6802 0069

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Where to shop

Chun Yeung Street Wet Market

While the stalls at this wet market might not look all that different from those found in any other neighbourhood market, there is one significant draw at Chun Yeung Street—the tram tracks that run right through the thoroughfare, creating a picturesque scene similar to Thailand’s railway market. Pick up fresh fruit and veggies here, pore over sundry household items, and—when the time is right—shoot your shot.

Chun Yeung Street Wet Market, 91–103 Chun Yeung Street, North Point

Photo credit: @timmy727 (via Instagram)

Harbour North

While the shops at Harbour North are perfectly nice—your typical smattering of mid- to high-end Asian and Western brands with a couple of top-notch supermarkets thrown in—perhaps the best thing about this sprawling mall is its expansive outdoor area, which is frequently transformed into large-scale photogenic scenes. Tapping into Hongkongers’ love for Japan, Harbour North’s outdoor attractions have included wisteria tunnels, sakura-lined avenues, and lantern-lit food markets.

Harbour North, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point | (+852) 2805 6605

Photo credit: @iam._.pori (via Instagram)

Sam Kee Book

For over 40 years, this small basement bookstore has been peddling all manner of second-hand books, from detective novels to kung fu sagas, political tomes, graphic novels, and more. Most of the books are in Chinese, but there’s still a very good reason to visit Sam Kee—almost 20 good reasons, actually. A few years ago, the proprietor of Sam Kee took in a stray cat, which eventually turned into two, and then 10—now, the store is a cat sanctuary, with some seventeen cats prowling the space. You’ll often catch a moggie napping on a pile of books, or stalking the aisles between shelves—just remember that this is their home, not a petting zoo, and let them come to you.

Sam Kee Book, B19, B/F, King’s Centre, 193 King’s Road, North Point | (+852) 2578 5956

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Annette Chan

Senior editor

Annette is an editor and copywriter with a lifetime of experience in hunting out the most interesting, odd, and delightful things about her beloved home city. Having written extensively about everything from food and culture to fashion, music, and hospitality, she considers her speciality to be Hong Kong itself. In her free time, you can find Annette trying out new dumpling recipes or playing Big Two at her favourite local bars with a cocktail in hand.

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