Still within stumbling distance of Causeway Bay’s busy shopping district, there’s a hip village vibe to Tin Hau and Tai Hang. Named after the temple on Tin Hau Temple Road, Tin Hau stretches from the start of Victoria Park to roughly where Whitfield Road meets Electric Road. Meanwhile, Tai Hang is known for its yearly Fire Dragon dance, and its small streets give it a unique feel that has drawn in a range of boutique restaurants and coffee shops.
Where to go
Victoria Park is the focus of all activities in the area. The park features a running track, basketball and tennis courts, an international tournament-quality tennis stadium, indoor swimming pool, and large lawns. It also hosts regular shows, gatherings, and festivals such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and Carnival which sees it light up with spectacular lantern displays.
What to do
The Central Library may well be the city’s ugliest building, but it offers ten floors of public resources, including a large children’s library. When the weather is cooler, you can hike up to Braemar Hill from the appropriately named Cloud View Road, and during Mid-Autumn Festival, don’t miss the Fire Dragon Dance through the streets of Tai Hang.
Where to eat
Tai Hang boasts a number of Japanese and Vietnamese restaurants, from which the Michelin-starred IM Teppanyaki and the cosy Locomotive stand out. Over in Tin Hau, Sister Wah on Electric Road is a must for its beef brisket noodles, and Ganguya on Ngan Mok Street is a kitsch Japanese izakaya that is definitely worth a visit.
Where to drink
A short distance from the Tin Hau MTR, on the ground floor of the Little Tai Hang building, sits Second Draft, a craft beer bar and restaurant by chef May Chow (of Little Bao) which serves innovative fusion dishes. Also heading into Tai Hang, you’ll find Les Pucelles, a typically Parisian wine bar serving a selection of wines by the glass and the bottle.
Where to shop
For those looking for new and interesting fashion pieces, Microwave on School Street in Tai Hang offers some interesting new and vintage pieces. Meanwhile, Pumpernickel on Lau Li Street in Tin Hau bakes fresh bread every day and offers a range of hot and cold dishes.
Where to live
The Pavilia Hill on Tin Hau Temple Road is one of the area’s newest complexes and consists of five giant towers, an indoor pool, gym, children’s play room, and more. At the back of Tai Hang, some of the older high-rises, such as Illumination Terrace, offer the advantage of complex living without the huge price tag.