Wan Chai may be famous for its red light district, and for being the historical setting of the 1950s novel and movie, The World of Suzie Wong, but there’s so much more to this vibrant area and its neighbour, Causeway Bay.
What to Do
Aside from shopping, eating, and drinking, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay offer a range of exciting activities for all the family to enjoy. Nature lovers will appreciate the Bowen Road hiking trail, which offers fantastic views of the city, while The Blue House UNESCO heritage site (pictured) is a nearby cultural spot worth a look. Animal lovers will enjoy the Cat Store Café and Rabbitland Café in Causeway Bay, while those seeking adventure will find it at the spaceship themed laser tag station, Lasermads, or room escape centre, Freeing HK.
Where to Eat
Both Wan Chai and Causeway Bay are a foodie’s paradise, with a huge array of local eateries and high-end restaurants on offer. For adorable animal-shaped dim sum, head to the Yum Cha opposite Times Square, or nearby Paterson Street (aka Food Street) for a plethora of Western and Asian venues. Wan Chai’s charming Star Street Precinct is famed for its eclectic restaurants such as Le Garcon Saigon, Madame Ching, and Maison ES, while along the road, Ship Street homes the popular Motorino, Ham & Sherry (pictured), and 22 Ships. If you want to splash out, head to three Michelin-starred restaurant, Bo Innovation, for a slap-up meal.
Where to Drink
Wan Chai is renowned for its – shall we say – colourful bar scene. While popular watering holes like Carnegie’s and Typhoon offer cheap drinks and a buzzing atmosphere, gritty rock joints like Dusk Till Dawn and The Wanch boast spectacular live music and a low-key vibe. Cocktail lovers can head to The Optimist or The Pawn, while those who appreciate theatrics might enjoy the lavish peacock themed bar, Ophelia. For killer views, head to the rooftop bar at ToTT’s atop The Excelsior hotel, ALTO, SKYE, or Wooloomooloo (pictured).
Where to Shop
Shopping is a popular pastime in these bustling neighbours. Wan Chai Market (pictured) is arguably the best market in Hong Kong for children’s toys and gifts, and offers a huge array of fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat, sold daily. Gadget lovers will enjoy exploring the Wan Chai Computer Centre. Those looking for big designer brands can venture to the iconic Times Square, Fashion Walk, and nearby Lee Garden in Causeway. More affordable fashion can be found in the huge flagship H&M store that is situated close to IKEA, which is notoriously filled to the brim with locals kicking back on the sofas.
Where to Live
Renting properties in these areas can vary drastically, with recent developments like The Avenue (pictured) and CHI Residences sitting at the eye-watering end of the scale, while more affordable, older apartments can be found nestled along Johnston Road and Hennessy Road, which connects the two neighbourhoods.