Neighbourhood Guide: What To Eat, Drink And Do In North Point
Where to eat & drink
Le Bec Fin
Chef Nakao Kazuhisa is a decorated man. He's the former executive chef for the Japanese ambassador in Hong Kong, and one of only 15 chefs in Japan awarded with The Foreign Minister’s Commendation. Lucky for us, he's set up shop in North Point at Le Bec Fin, a romantic restaurant where he brings out the best in seasonal ingredients using delicate Japanese and European techniques. A two- or four-course menu is available for lunch, and an eight-course omakase is served for dinner.
Le Bec Fin, Shop 8, G/ China United Center, 28 Marble Road, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 2217 8889; lebecfin.hk
Kwan Cheuk Heen
Soaring windows, sweeping harbour views and fine Cantonese cuisine—all the makings of a classic weekend dim sum lunch with the family in Hong Kong. Housed in the Harbour Grand hotel, Kwan Cheuk Heen's dishes are as impressive as its dramatic interiors. Be sure to try the sautéed prawns in Hawthorne sauce, and they do a mean traditional sweet and sour pork, too.
Kwan Cheuk Heen, 5/F Harbour Grand Hong Kong, 23 Oil St, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 2121 2691; hongkong.harbourgrand.com
Opened in fall 2019, Sushi Dino instantly won the hearts of locals for its quality omakase at reasonable, neighbourhood-friendly prices. You can also choose to dine a la carte. Opt for an intimate private dining area, or sit at the counter to watch the chefs in action. The Mawari beef cutlets, dipped in beaten egg and truffle sauce, is the indulgence you deserve, and the thick cuts of premium fatty tuna are guaranteed to bring immeasurable joy.
Sushi Dino, Shop D, Seabright Plaza, 9-23 Shell St, Fortress Hill, Hong Kong, +852 6099 0996, facebook.com/SushiDinoHK
With an original outpost in Mong Kok, this popular cafe has opened its second shop in North Point. Bright and spacious, it's a welcome addition to the neighbourhood with soothing interiors, great coffee, and creative cafe cuisine. Their smoked salmon quinoa risotto has gained the same cult status as its heavily Instagrammed charcoal latte, and its truffle cheese fries should not go ignored.
Pause It, Shop 18, G/F AIA Tower, 183 Electric Rd, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 2319 0028; facebook.com/pause.it.fortresshill
Tonkla Thai Snack
While Thai borders are currently closed, we couldn't be more grateful for Tonkla. Helmed by no-nonsense Thai aunties, every dish is a love letter to authentic Thai street food. The space is simple, to say the least, but the fabulous complexities of Thai flavour are all there—the tom yum goong is a sour and spicy masterpiece, a silky peanut sauce melts like butter over perfectly tender chicken satay, and the laarb is a smokey, sweet, crunchy and herby medley. Try it all. You'll regret nothing.
Tonkla Thai Snack, Shop D2, G/F, 72-78 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 5242 2809
If Korean street food is more your jam, there's Samjin Amook, which has specialised in Korean style fish cakes since 1953. You'll find variations of the South Korean staple, including with mixed vegetables, crab meat, squid, cheese and more.
Samjin Amook, Phase2, G10 Harbour North, 123 Java Rd, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 2245 5080
Cruise sits on the 23rd floor of Hyatt Centric. It's a chic rooftop bar with a huge deck and comfortable lounge seating. It does a great happy hour, serves an international menu and offers afternoon tea daily. Side note—why aren't there more rooftop bars in North Point? The view from the east, like at Cruise, is spectacular, giving a full vista of Hong Kong Island facing Kowloon across the harbour.
Cruise, 23/F, West Tower, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Ln, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 3896 9898; hyatt.com
Koji Charcoal Grill
Grilling is a form of artistry at Koji, and their chefs' obsession with fire and flesh is what sets this yakitori restaurant apart from the countless others in Hong Kong. Dishes are cooked over bincho-tan, a centuries-old traditional Japanese charcoal technique. The soft boiled egg wrapped in pork belly, the chicken meatball using meat sourced from Shikoku and the grilled tuna cheek are must-tries.
Koji Charcoal Grill, Shop 6, G/F, China United Centre, 28 Marble Road, North Point, +852 2885 8830; koji.hk
Tung Po Kitchen
I umm'ed and ahh'ed about including Tung Po in this list. But thats the thing about this absolute gong show of a restaurant—it's just so good you can't ignore it. Housed in the Java Road Cooked Food Market, dining here always escalates into a rowdy evening of drinking beer from bowls and dancing to blaring music with Tung Po's legendary owner with his signature mohawk and rubber boots. But it's no gimmick—the food here is genuinely delicious, especially the Cantonese style seafood and the crispy skin chicken smothered in fried garlic.
Tung Po Kitchen, 2F Java Road Municipal Services Building, 99 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 2880 5224
What to Do
For art lovers, by artists, Para Site introduced itself to the scene as Hong Kong's first artist-run space when it opened its Kennedy Town location in 1996. Now in a much larger space, it still maintains its mission of championing local and international talent through thought-provoking exhibitions.
Para Site, 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2517 4620; para-site.art
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A Grade II historic building originally built in 1908 as the headquarters for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, today it is Oi!—a non-profit art space that welcomes a rotating door of cultural experiences including art exhibitions, workshops and even yoga classes. But don't wait for an excuse to go, its calm grounds and beautiful historic buildings are worth visiting alone. Think of it as Tai Kwun's low-key, hipster cousin.
Oi!, 12 Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong; lcsd.gov.hk
Originally opening as Hotel Vic, this boutique hotel was rebranded as Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong late last year. It boasts 665-rooms, gorgeous harbour views, an infinity pool and a convenient location above the newly developed Harbour North district comprising restaurants, cafes, shops and a pleasant waterfront path.
Hyatt Centric, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point, Hong Kong,+852 3762 1234; hyatt.com
Harbour Grand is a good choice for a comfortable staycation that's just far enough from main districts like Central or Tsim Sha Tsui. We recommend booking the Premium Harbour View Room with Patio, which—as its name suggests—comes with a private balcony complete with your very own plunge pool looking over the harbour. If that isn't available, no worries, the hotel's large swimming pool with cosy cabanas isn't a bad choice, either.
Harbour Grand, 23 Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 2121 2688; hongkong.harbourgrand.com