Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Tsim Sha Tsui
Home to some of Hong Kong’s most iconic landmarks such as the Clock Tower and Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui is a shopping paradise, a dining destination and a place for museum lovers––this neighbourhood shows no sign of stopping.
Amidst designer flagship stores lining the main streets lies top restaurants and rooftop bars frequented by those who are in the know. Whether you’re new to the Kowloon side of the city or looking for new places to visit, here are the best places to eat, drink and shop in the area.
Where to Eat
Tucked away in Tsim Sha Tsui’s Harbour City, Épure is a one-Michelin-starred restaurant serving up contemporary French cuisine curated by chef Nicolas Boutin, with an extensive collection of vintage wines to pair with the dishes.
The ambience is intimate and private, elevated by moody lighting, plush furnishings and a French garden interior. The menu changes seasonally but the signature dishes remain irreplaceable, including the Parisian classic white button mushroom soup with baby spinach gnocchi and seared duck foie gras with shaved and marinated pear and caramel jus, a staple in French haute cuisine.
To get a taste of the kitchen’s finest offerings, go for the seasonal or signature tasting menu available for dinner.
Épure, Shop 403, Level 4, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3185 8338, epure.hk
Proper Swiss cuisine can be hard to come by in Hong Kong, but thanks to The Peninsula’s Chesa, lovers of raclette and cheese fondue can get an authentic Alpine experience without having to travel far.
Set in a cosy Alpine chalet, the restaurant has been around for more than 50 years, serving classic Swiss favourites such as the full-flavoured cheese fondue for two, the meaty veal Zurichoise (hand-made sausages with rosti) and Spätzle pasta.
Of course, a Swiss meal is not complete without an indulgent chocolate dessert, which is offered in the form of a chocolate Swiss chalet or chocolate mousse.
Chesa, 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2696 6769, peninsula.com
The Rosewood Hong Kong's array of restaurants all have something unique to offer that your tastebuds will love. Chaat recreates street food and homemade dishes of India, delivering the classic flavours reimagined for a modern setting.
The expansive menu of small plates includes tandoori and baked lamb samosa while their slow-cooked dishes have palak paneer and that good ol' delhi butter chicken. Great news for vegetarians, you have a set of options to enjoy, from beetroot raita to achari aloo and more. The collection of wine is also worth trying, including Brazilian choices to Indian options.
Chaat, 5/F Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3891 888, chaat.hk
The sushi restaurant serves Araki’s signature precision-led omakase––a concept where only up to 12 guests at a time get to sit at the chef’s table to watch the culinary master in action. An original dining experience executed to impress, the menu will focus purely on Edomae-style sushi using the freshest local ingredients.
The Araki, G/F, Stable Block, House 1881, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3988 0000
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Cobo House is where cuisine and art meet. Its name Cobo means community of Bohemians––where edible art is served and art pieces are showcased for guests to appreciate. The restaurant has two executive chefs, Ray Choi and Devon Hou.
Together, they create a menu that indulges your five senses with bites of mouth-watering surprises. As if that's not enough reason to clamour for more, the menu changes every six weeks so you'll always be trying something new. The menu is divided Chapters, each divided into a six-course and an eight-course set. Enjoy the food at this fine dining restaurant complete with an impressive view of Victoria Harbour.
Cobo House, Shop 602, 6/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 2656 3088, cobohouse.com
This is the first foreign branch of the celebrated sushi restaurant, celebrated not only for its mouth-watering sushi but also the inventive sushi experience you get here. The Hong Kong outpost of Sushiyoshi will mimic the original Osaka branch, fusing traditional Edomae-style sushi with contemporary flavours.
You'll also get to dine at a 200-year-old Japanese cypress wood 12-seater counter. Expect one of the best sushi omakase menus, comprising of 17–21 courses with signature delights such as waffle with scallop tartare, botan shrimp carpaccio and syphon dashi.
Sushiyoshi, 1/F The Otto Hotel, 8 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; +852 2657 0280
Tiffany Blue Box Cafe
Breakfast at Tiffany's? Do just that at this sophisticated, stylish and modern cafe. This is the only second Tiffany Blue Box Cafe in the world, following the one in New York City. Their selection of gourmet will leave the most discerning diners wanting more. The cafe offers breakfast dishes, all-day dining and afternoon tea together with some Hong Kong-only dishes.
For the signature treats, you have to try the New York breakfast or the iconic blue box toast. The enhancing Tiffany blue colour scheme surrounded the interiors with amazonite accents and completing it all is the signature robin's egg blue hue. Well, now you can say you had breakfast at Tiffany's right here in Hong Kong.
1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Calling all hungry diners and fussy eaters, Nomads is the best option for you. This Mongolian barbeque buffet restaurant is all DIY whether it's rice, various types of noodles, pasta or pizza you're craving for, you can make it here.
Choose your favourite ingredients from vegetables, meat, seafood, sauces right down to the seasoning. The interiors are also nomadic-inspired with wild decoration, chairs with comfortable wool, walls filled with hunting tools complete with dim lighting to evoke a tranquil atmosphere.
Nomads, Shop A, G/F, 53–59 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2722 0733, nomads.hk
Where to Drink
With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking stunning harbour views, Sky Lounge occupies the 18th floor of the Sheraton Hong Kong, offering a sophisticated space for casual drinks and delicious nibbles.
Save a spot at one of the window tables for the best sunset views, and stay to watch the city’s lights twinkle on as night falls. Wine connoisseurs will feel right at home at the intimate Wineroom and select premium wines with the Enomatic wine dispensing system which provides 24 labels with 3 different pours to choose from.
Sky Lounge, 18/F, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2369 1111, marriott.com
With a focus on rare aged dark spirits, including rum, whisky and calvados from the early 19th century, the cocktail menu delights with signature creations such as The Yemen, made with osmanthus-infused Pierre Ferrand cognac, bee wax, raw honey, bee pollen and frankincense.
The outdoor terrace overlooking the glittering lights of Victoria Harbour makes for the ideal spot to enjoy a vintage cigar, while the nightly jazz tunes set the mood for a fine libation.
Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3891 8732, rosewoodhotels.com
Come here to enjoy the Symphony of Lights show in the evening, while sipping Japanese-inspired cocktails from a well-curated list. Made for sharing, the bar snacks flaunt delights from Aqua Tokyo and Italian favourites from Aqua Roma.
Aqua Spirit, 30/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3427 2288, aqua.com.hk
Coffeeholics, there's a new option for you in town––Koffee Mamaya, the sister brand of cult coffee bar Omotesando Koffee in Japan. The speciality coffee store is the first overseas branch and is curated by Eiichi Kunitomo, one of Japan's most influential master baristas. Dedicated to uplifting coffee culture in the city with its fine coffee beans and roasters, it feels fitting that the shop is located at K11 Musea––Tsim Sha Tsui's art, culture and retail destination.
The coffee experience is especially suited to your taste, offering "haute couture" experience in the form of one-on-one consultation with a Japanese expert barista. They will also offer expert tips and detailed recipes on how to brew your own artisanal coffee at the comfort of your home.
Koffee Mameya, Shop B217, Floor B2, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Ned Kelly's Last Stand
If you fancy spending the night with a drink and live music, head over to one of Tsim Sha Tsui's best-loved bars. The bar's in-house jazz band is a master in old-school showmanship, even so since the bar has been around for more than 40 years.
Groove to the sound of jazz and blues classics together with their selection of cocktails. The icing on the cake though is their entertaining skits which is one of the reasons why the bar's been so loved over the years.
Ned Kelly's Last Stand, 11A Ashely Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2376 0562
Indulge in this electrifying open-air lounge tucked away in the fifth-floor courtyard terrace of The Mira. Vibes is the perfect spot to get some drinks and relax in its lush outdoor space to spend the night away.
Almost like a hidden sanctuary, the outdoor bar is filled with lotus-shaped open fires, running waterways, private cabanas, bamboo groves and sweet frangipani trees—for that extra touch of nature. Grab some mojitos or choose from their wide selection of wines and bar bites while you enjoy a hip night out.
Vibes, 5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118–130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, themirahotel.com
Where to Shop
An art-focused concept that sets itself apart from regular shopping malls, K11 Musea houses over 40 unique art pieces and is home to several debut restaurants from overseas, including Fortnum & Mason and Avobar from London and Parisian bakery Gontran Cherrier.
K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Just a stone’s throw away from the Star Ferry Pier, Heritage1881 is a Victorian-style building which served as the Hong Kong Marine Police Headquarters from 1880s to 1996.
After an extensive restoration in 2003, the historic site now home to House 1881, a charming boutique hotel and a shopping complex housing some of the world’s most luxurious brands.
1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2926 8000, 1881heritage.com
Harbour City is the all-in-one destination you're looking for. It's a shopping, dining, entertainment and sightseeing spot altogether. The mall is a shopping paradise, home to over 450 shops, a dining mecca with more than 70 food and beverage outlets, an art gallery, an observation deck, two hotels and a cruise terminal—all under one roof.
It also gives you beautiful views of Victoria Harbour and conveniently located near Star Ferry Pier if you want a scenic ride to the other side of the city.
3–27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
This bustling road in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui is beaming with luxury boutiques stretching 600 metres long. The dazzling array of high-end brands here is reminiscent of Orchard Road in Singapore, 5th Avenue in New York or Ginza in Tokyo. Shop until you drop at Gucci, Hermes, Valentino, Panerai and more.
Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Granville Road is known for its factory outlets, leaving enthusiastic shoppers spoiled for choice when it comes to shopping. Offering a range of choices from fashion, beauty and skincare, wellness, electronics and even numerous dining options—Grandville road is a plethora for the ultimate shopaholic.
Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
This article was originally published on November 13, 2019 and was updated on October 16, 2020.