Located just 30 minutes away from Central by car, and a station away from Kowloon Tong, Tai Wai is an area in New Territories situated between Sha Tin and the famous Lion Rock.
Back in the old days, Tai Wai was home to traditional farming villages, and even once functioned as a light suburban industrial park in the 70s. If you want to see hints of Hong Kong’s history, you can even visit Tai Wai village, the largest and oldest walled village built in 1574 during the Ming Dynasty.
In recent years, the area has seen an increase of millennial-friendly modern restaurants and cafes, bringing fresh faces into the neighbourhood. Whether you’re looking to get closer to nature, or if you want to enjoy a classy cocktail with some pho, this is Tatler’s neighbourhood guide to Tai Wai.
Where To Eat
Vietnamese restaurant, Xi Xup’s cocktails, bone-marrow pho, fresh seafood and Vietnamese pizza alone are enough to tempt us into visiting Tai Wai. A huge, colourful mural takes center stage, while the sleek dark tiles and dim lighting sets the tone for your visit. If you want to truly feel like you’re in Saigon, Xi Xup makes the famous Vietnamese egg coffee—a drink made of egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and coffee.
Xi Xup, G/F, King Sing House, 70-72 Chik Chuen Street, Tai Wai, Hong Kong, +852 9389 2269; xixup.hk