Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Tai Hang
Tai Hang Restaurants
Dishes at Dough Kitchen are beautifully done, reminiscent of those found at comfy-cool Japanese-inspired Italian eateries found throughout Tokyo.
Their speciality is undoubtedly the handmade pasta—in particular the very moreish sea urchin pasta topped with a dollop of caviar—but don’t forget to check out the daily specials board, which features seasonal dishes and often showcases fresh seafood flown in from Japan.
Dough Kitchen, 10B Sun Chun St, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2688 7008
Chin Jor Fan Tong
Chin Jor Fan Tong is not your mama’s noodle shop. Run by a couple of young Hongkongers, tattoos aren’t the only thing these girls have up their sleeves – they serve up seriously good steaming bowls of soup noodles. Choose from their specialties like Ah Kam's braised beef noodles or Thai style hand-shredded chicken noodles, or build your own and choose your preferred spice level, noodle type and toppings.
Chin Jor Fan Tong 前座飯堂, 39 Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 5118 1869
Specialising in yakiniku (grilled meat), this Japanese BBQ joint claims to have some of the best wagyu beef in Hong Kong. Order the 'Chef’s Recommendation’, which includes an indulgent selection of deluxe sirloin, deluxe tendon, Chateaubriand and deluxe tenderloin.
Niku Niku, 18-20 Shepherd Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2970 0488
Many have likened the vibe of Tai Hang to neighbourhoods like Nakameguro in Tokyo, and with an izakaya like Moto around, it's not hard to see why. Grilled skewers, shareable snacks, charcoal fired claypots (the one with queen crab meat topped with roe is stellar) are the perfect companions for Moto's impressive sake collection.
Moto Yakitori, 21 Brown St, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2688 7007
Mustard has all the makings of a solid local brasserie: a homely, well-stocked wine bar, a chalkboard featuring rotating specials and lively groups of regulars. On the menu are classics like steak frites, oysters and clams with lardons, as well as specialities like raclette and an uni linguini.
Elementary is ideal for brunch or an intimate meal off Hong Kong’s many beaten paths. The menu is designed to share, taking inspiration from Asian, European and Middle Eastern cuisine. Dishes include elevated brunch favourites alongside creative constructions, like a duck heart kebab or their "fancy poutine", which is topped with an oxtail gravy, blue cheese and a runny egg.
Elementary, 15-16 School Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2362 2812; elementary.hk
Its first-rate fusion menu features dishes such as mapo burrata, inked croquettes filled with dried oysters and perhaps its most iconic dish, the flower crab pasta, all of which go down beautifully with the plethora of draft beers on offer.
Second Draft, G/F, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2656 0232
Bond Restaurant & Bar
The sprawling terrace at Bond catches gorgeous light at sundown, making it a favourite spot for drinks amongst locals in the area.
The menu is friendly and familiar with a few showstoppers, including a cacio e pepe made by cooking the pasta tableside inside a large wheel of parmesan cheese and topping it with black truffle.
Bond Restaurant & Bar, 2/F 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2155 1777
For over a decade, Sushi Shin has maintained its reputation as one of Hong Kong's most respected sushi restaurants.
Opened by three Kenjo alumni, it is the quintessential sushi experience; a minimal, warmly lit space anchored by a sushi bar that's manned by chefs who have dedicated heart and soul to the craft. It goes without saying, the quality of the produce is superb.
Sushi Shin, Wing Hing Court, 110-114 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tin Hau, +852 2398 8000
I M Teppanyaki
This one Michelin star teppanyaki restaurant is owned and run by chef Lawrence Mok, who takes his craft very seriously. Utmost respect is given to the ingredients, of which only the best are used. The menu features lush dishes like abadai fish with sea urchin sauce and A-5 Japanese beef. Can't make up your mind? Opt for one of the set menus, or leave it in Mok's hands and go for the omakase.
I M Teppanyaki, 134 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2570 7088; imteppanyaki.com
This unassuming bakery is a neighbourhood gem opened by pastry chefs Camille Moënne-Loccoz and Dominique Yau.
Flaky and buttery croissants are their speciality, and they come in an array of flavours including almond, strawberry and coconut to name a few. You'll also find pastries like cinnamon rolls, vanilla millefeuille and canelés. Plumcot's homemade gelato are the perfect snack for strolling Tai Hang on a warm afternoon, and flavours change with the seasons.
Plumcot, 10A Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2573 6293; plumcot.co
Tai Hang Cafés
A pretty space filled with pretty little things, MUSE seeks to "spark joyful living" with its thoughtful approach to coffee, food and design. They pride themselves on interesting objets found throughout the café, including beautiful ceramics, glassware and unique plants and flowers.
MUSE, 15-17 Ormsby Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2670 0882, musecollectionltd.com
The revered café on Peel Street opened its Tai Hang location last year, bringing top quality coffee, Aussie style brunch and tasty baked goods to a quiet corner on Lily Street. For brunch, we love the avocado on sourdough with basil and lemon, or with ricotta, blueberries and thyme. For something sweeter, it's hard to look past their sea salt chocolate chip cookies.
Fineprint, 1 Lily Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 5331 5205; fineprint.hk
The smell of roasted Italian coffee beans is intoxicating as soon as you enter this narrow, brightly lit cafe. The menu is simple and straightforward, with all of the coffee staples as well as flavoured variations including banana, crème brûlée and cucumber.
Unar Coffee Co., 15 Sun Chun St, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2838 5231
Sonne CAD occupies a two-storey pre-war tenement building where, behind dramatic wooden double-doors, you’ll find a space that's built for contemplation, conversation and serious coffee appreciation.
On the first floor is a bar where baristas brew locally roasted single-origin coffee from countries such as Indonesia, Guatemala and Uganda. On the second floor is a sun-drenched communal sitting area.
Sonne CAD, 16 San Tsuen Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 6922 5398
Scandi-chic cafés are popping up like daisies all over Hong Kong. Heyday Café, with its white walls and light wood accents, is Tai Hang's contribution. The menu is as minimal as its interiors, keeping it simple with a selection of espresso, cold brew and pourover coffees alongside homemade cakes and pastries.
Heyday Café, 5 Shepherd St, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2368 9339
Where To Stay
Little Tai Hang
Be a tourist in your own city and make exploring Tai Hang a weekend-long affair by booking a night or two at Little Tai Hang.
The boutique hotel's decor is tastefully modern and modest, with spacious rooms are bathed in natural light, opening up to panoramic views of the harbour and Victoria Park on one side, and the architecturally distinctive Lai Tak Tsuen public housing estate (prominently featured in 2017’s Ghost in the Shell) on the landward side—all thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and a lack of neighbouring buildings.
Don't forget to pack your walking shoes.
Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3899 8888; littletaihang.com
Where To Shop
One of the rarities, and draws, of Tai Hang is its charming cluster of tong lau (low-rise walk-up buildings) unspoiled by towering skyscrapers. One such tong lau got a makeover last year, finding its second life as a lifestyle, exhibition and retail space in a restored 1930s building with the help of local creative agency, Unveil Limited.
Exhibitions rotate every month or two, and interesting newcomers are always being added to their store, be it archival apparel or a knockout 'zine by a local artist. Previous partnerships include Maison Margiela, Asterisk and Kiko Stadinov.
The Shophouse, 4 Second Lane, Tai Hang, Hong Kong,
Don't sleep on Wild Wander if you consider yourself a bit of a "plant parent". This store is filled wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling with exotic and tropical plants, and the passionate staff can tell you all you need to know about keeping them healthy and thriving at home.
Better still, Wild Wander donates a portion of their revenue to designated dog adoption charities in Hong Kong.
Wild Wander, 15A Sun Chun St, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 9299 2882
The Minimal is a vintage store full of nostalgic nick-nacks and quirky home decor. Whether you're looking to buy something or not, it's hard to browse this little treasure trove without chancing upon something that'll slap a smile on your face.
The Minimal, G/F, 38 Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2369 2328