Neighbourhood Guide: What To Eat, Drink And Do In Jordan
Hong Kong is a city that boasts a flavourful mix of sorts and a place of contrasts. Just like its neighbours, Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui, the bustling neighbourhood of Jordan is a microcosm of this intertwining blend of the city's history, culture and lifestyle. Here, you'll find older residential high-rises together with office buildings, street markets, hotels and a number of small shops.
Often overshadowed by its more popular neighbours, Jordan is the go-to place to explore if you're looking to try something new and wanting to see the close-knit community of the people living there. This district boasts a diverse cultural enclave together with a number of prominent hotels, noteworthy places, dining options and a vibrant street market.
To help you spend the day exploring Jordan, we're break down where you can grab a bite, sip your favourite cocktail and what to do.
Where To Eat And Drink
Yat Tung Heen
Yat Tung Heen is a one Michelin-starred restaurant serving classic Cantonese cuisine. An internationally renowned dining establishment led by chef Tam Tung, it offers an exquisite dining experience here in Hong Kong. The interiors are set in an elegantly-designed setting complete with a moody atmosphere inspired by 1920s Shanghai taverns.
Popular with locals and tourists alike, the restaurant places great importance on the freshness of its ingredients as well as the flavours of the dishes. Recommended items include the barbecued whole suckling pig where you can enjoy the crispy exterior contrasting with its juicy tender meat, the Mandarin rolls with truffle sauce and the pan-fried chicken with chilli sauce.
B2, Eaton, Hong Kong, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong, +852 2710 1093, yattungheen.com
This artisanal bakery is recommended for those looking for Instagrammable bread and pastries. Opened in 2015, and spearheaded by siblings, Andrew Li as the baker and Jeffrey Li as the pastry chef, the duo believes that baking is about attentional to detail and the constant need to innovate their selection in every creative way possible. The signature dish is their 25-layer croissant––extra buttery and flaky, it's sure to leave you wanting more.
G/F, 61 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong, +852 3702 0186, biggrains.com
Terrible Baby is far from terrible. The name is translated from the French phrase, "Enfant terrible" which actually refers to a young, successful genius who is unconventional and striking. With live music and a fine selection of cocktail to boot, it's the perfect choice for all craving to unwind after a long day.
4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 2710 1866; terriblebaby.com
For a taste of Italy, seafood and other European delights, Kitchen Savvy is one of a kind. It boasts an open kitchen complete with contemporary décor and whimsical displays of wall art in bright colours together with teak wood tables. Emitting an elegant and modern vibe, the restaurant is located in Hotel Stage, an artsy boutique hotel that's the poster image of chicness in Jordan. With healthy and delicious dishes to offer from breakfast to dinner, you'll be spoiled for choice here, with many of their dishes also made to suit vegetarians.
1 Chi Wo Street, Hotel Stage, Jordan, Hong Kong, +3952 2222, hotelstage.com
Horizontal Lounge is where you can enjoy a drink with a view. This lofty rooftop bar offers stunning views of the Kowloon skyline from panoramic angles. See the contrasting view of Hong Kong from above including its green vistas and concrete jungle of buildings. Given that it's not as packed as other rooftop bars, this hidden gem is the place to be for some peace and quiet.
29/F, 1 Cheong Lok Street, Hotel Madera, Jordan, Hong Kong, +2121 9866
Manakamana Nepali Restaurant
True to its reputation as a neighbourhood filled with different cultures and diverse flavours, a visit to Jordan is not complete without visiting one of the many Nepali restaurants here. One of the best ones is the Manakamana Nepali Restaurant. Named after a Hindu temple in the Himalayas, this Nepali restaurant is a haven for curry lovers. Their set menu allows you to get a taste of everything and you can choose from mutton, chicken, fish or vegetable. But one you can't miss trying is their best-loved momos or steamed filling dumpling which will leave you craving for more.
G/F, 107 Temple Street, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2385 2070, facebook.com/manakamanahk
Nothing feels better than slurping down a bowl of ramen after a long day. Get your ramen fix at Kuma Ramen where you can choose your own ingredients, choose between thick or thick noodles and add in everything you want. The broth is thick and flavourful and we always recommend adding an egg for that final touch.
G/F, 8 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong, +852 2567 2777
Foodtrip Bedana's Filipino Restaurant
Italian food, Vietnamese food, Nepali food, Japanese food and now, even Filipino food—Jordan really does seem to a bit of everything Hong Kong has to offer. The Filipino food scene in Hong Kong has grown over the years and this family-run restaurant is one that is well-loved by Filipinos and other locals alike. Experience authentic Filipino favourites here especially sinigang (tamarind stew) or the scrumptious lechon kawali (deep-fried pork belly). And don't forget to finish your meal with a bowl of halo-halo.
G/F, 113 Woosung Street, Jordan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong, +852 2542 3088
For coffeeholics to need their daily caffeine to fuel the day, look no further than Studio Caffeine. With stocks coming all over the world including Sweden, Berlin and San Francisco, you're bound to find something that will suit your tastebuds. Other than choosing your single-origin coffee, you can also choose between three brewing methods, pour-over, syphon and ice drip. If you're out on the weekend, that's even better because you can get a free drink with your meal.
284 Temple Street, Jordan, Hong Kong, +852 2793 3480, studiocaffeine.com.hk
See also: 5 Cafés For Serious Coffee Drinkers
What To Do
Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium
Head over to Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium if you want to browse through Chinese products such as mahjong, silk scarves, calligraphy equipment or ceramics. Opened in 1959, it has transformed into a five-story behemoth and remains one of the remaining old-school Chinese department stores in Hong Kong. You can also try their tea at the top floor or if you get hungry, grab a bite at one of the dining options at the basement.
301–309 Nathan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong, +852 3511 2222, yuehwa.com
Temple Street Night Market
Nothing better conjures the image of Jordan than Temple Street Night Market. Not only is this an Instagrammable location thanks to the bustling nightlife there but it's also one of the few places to experience the colourful side of culture. With buzzing neon lights and energetic crowd, this bazaar is also dotted with restaurants, vendors and at times, performers. It's a treasure trove of things, from traditional crafts, clothes to the electronics. If you're up for it, maybe you can pay a visit to one of the fortune-telling booths just for the cultural experience.
Temple Street, Jordan, Hong Kong
King George V Memorial Park
For a place to see nature or do some recreational activities, head over to King George V Memorial Park. Despite being relatively smaller in size compared to other parks in the city, it's verdant and shady with a centre pavillion, children's playground area and a traditionally-style gate in the entrance.
Canton Road, Jordan, Hong Kong
Tin Hau Temple
Although located in Yau Ma Tei, Tin Hau Temple is just a stone throw's away from Jordan. This is one of the many temples dedicated to Tin Hau, the goddess of the sea. A declared monument, as well as a Grade I historical building, the temple, was originally facing the shore but because of land reclamation, it's now three kilometres away from it. While it might not be as grandiose as other temples in the city, a visit to the temple is well worth it if you're in the neighbourhood to see a piece of history.
56–28 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei