Cover We’re listing the best things to eat, drink and see in Star Street Precinct, Hong Kong (Photo: Courtesy of Elephant Grounds)

Home to a myriad of great restaurants and cool boutique shops, Star Street Precinct is one of the city’s hippest neighbourhoods for a fun-filled weekend getaway

Nestled in between Admiralty and Wan Chai, Star Street Precinct has transformed over the years from a quaint, historic landmark to a lively hub for Hong Kong’s hipsters in recent years. Comprised of five main streets: Wing Fung Street, Star Street, Moon Street, Sun Street, and St. Francis Yard, this area has a completely different vibe when comparing to its buzzing neighbouring district, with quieter footpaths and a much more leisurely pace that makes it a perfect spot for a weekend afternoon of wandering.

Interested in paying a visit to this trendy neighbourhood? Follow our guide to discover all the best things to eat, drink and see in Star Street Precinct. 

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What to eat and drink

The Pizza Project

Helmed by the Pirata Group, The Pizza Project is one of the most popular eateries in the hood that’s always packed with hungry diners on the weekends. It boasts a menu of thin-crust pizzas with a generous helping of toppings, delighting the palate with the same delicious pizza offerings as you’d expect from their original Central branch on Peel Street.

Everyone comes here for the signature carbonara pizza which features homemade tomato sauce base, fresh cheese, pancetta and quail eggs, but you shouldn’t miss out on the other equally impressive options, including crab and sea urchin pizza and tiger prawn pizza.

The Pizza Project, G/F, 5 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2577 7227 

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Maison ES

Fancy a fine dining experience that combines top-notch French delicacies with elegant settings and excellent service? Tatler lister Esther Sham’s Star Street restaurant is the place to be.

At Maison ES, guests can look forward to an outstanding selection of tasting menus featuring dishes made with the most premium seasonal ingredients and refined cooking techniques. Your meal is best prefaced with the Hokkaido scallop and Kagoshima chuck rib tartare, before digging into mains such as Boston lobster tail and South African abalone. Healthy eaters will be pleased to hear that the restaurant can also prepare some of the dishes using gluten-free recipes.

Maison ES, G/F, 1A Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2521 8011 

Giando Italian Restaurant & Bar

Overseen by reputed chef Gianni Caprioli, this Italian-food gem is an absolute winner for a scrumptious Italian feast. The menu, which offers diners the options for either a three- or four-course meal are all hits and no misses, which features classic dishes with contemporary updates that made for memorable bites.

Must-orders of the menu include the starter feta cheese salad, which comes with premium Osiblue prawn and peach; as well as main dishes including orecchiette pasta with fresh mixed seafood, and grilled sirloin steak with roasted potatoes. For dessert, opt for the classic tiramisu, gelato or goat cheesecake to round off your meal.

Giando Italian Restaurant & Bar, Shop 1, G/F Tower 1, Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2511 8912 

See also: The Best Italian Restaurants In Hong Kong

Oolaa Petite 

The sister restaurant of Oolaa—the beloved brunch spot in Soho—offers the same delicious international cuisines, libations and even more impressive food options for an enjoyable dining experience worthy of many returns.

Oolaa Petite's specialty is undoubtedly the burgers that come in a great variety of flavours—from char-grilled Angus beef with cheese to spicy BBQ pulled pork with apple slaw. There’s also a great selection of healthy brunch bowls on offer, alongside fresh juices, smoothies, and even wines and cocktails to satisfy all your drinking needs.

Oolaa Petite, Shop 2, G/F, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2529 3823 

TMK Rap & Rolls

TMK’s signature temaki handrolls and nori bowls, fresh sashimi and sake have been luring hordes of Japanese food lovers around town to its Sheung Wan joint since its launch in 2019. In just two short years, the popularity of the restaurant has grown rapidly, which has blossomed into a new branch in the Star Street Precinct, serving up the same delectable modern Japanese food in a lively setting with hip-hop music to boot.

We highly recommend ordering the soft-shell crab with wasabi mayo and cucumber handroll, salmon taco, as well as nori bowls including West Coast that features marinated salmon, avocado and crack tofu.

TMK Rap & Rolls, 17A Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; rap.tmk.hk

See also: The Best Cafes And Coffee Shops In Sheung Wan 

Pici

If you ask any local in Hong Kong where the best pasta in town is, chances are they’ll point you in the direction of Pici—a hugely popular Italian bistro that has long been lauded for its homemade pasta creations. With a focus on fresh ingredients and straightforward recipes, Pici has a reputation for offering a diverse array of pasta dishes that are sure to satisfy any carb cravings.

Begin your feast with some appetisers, such as the buffalo mozzarella with rocket, tuna tartare and homemade meatballs. Then, follow it up with their famous pastas including signature pici (a thick, hand-rolled spaghetti) with black pepper and pecorino cheese; and tagliolini with fresh shaved black truffle, which are all perfect for sharing.

Pici, G/F, 16 St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2755 5523; pici.hk

Elephant Grounds

This trendy café needs no further introduction. Renowned across the city for its consistently good Western delicacies and beverages served in a cosy setting, Elephant Grounds is a great spot to hang out with friends for a relaxing afternoon break. 

Come here to sample the delicious salmon don with ikura, signature crab cake and homemade pastries, enjoy a good cuppa and don’t forget to try its popular ice sandwiches for a truly indulgent meal.

Elephant Grounds, G/F, Win Fung Building, 8 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2778 2700; elephantgrounds.com

See also: The Best Cafes And Coffee Shops In Wan Chai

Le Garçon Saigon 

No visit to the Star Street Precinct would be complete without an indulgent Vietnamese feast at Black Sheep’s Le Garçon Saigon. Welcoming guests with stylish interiors and warm ambience, the establishment is known for its extensive array of dishes inspired by the aromatic flavours of Saigon in South Vietnam.  It can be dizzying for first-timers deciding what to try, but we can’t recommend the 333 Saigon beer can chicken enough. Their rice paper rolls, salt and pepper chicken wings as well as banh xeo, a crispy pancake stuffed with prawns, bean sprouts and herbs, are other impressive dishes that are worth a try.  

Le Garçon Saigon, G/F, 12-18 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2455 2499

See also: 13 Best Vietnamese Restaurants In Hong Kong

Blend & Grind

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the hood, Blend & Grind provides a space for diners to take a pause and enjoy some respite from city life. As well as offering delectable light bites, classic and specialty coffee options such as piccolo and affogato, they also serve a premium selection of teas, fresh juices and smoothies. Settle down and pair your brew with the café's signature avocado toast for a relaxing afternoon—you won't regret ordering these.

Blend & Grind, G/F, Shun Ho Building, 1 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 6361 2711

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Francis

Wan Chai may seem like an unlikely place to find good Middle Eastern food, but Francis’s vibrant street food of Tel Aviv certainly stands up to the best of those found on Hong Kong island—if not across the city.

Paying homage to the chef’s hometown of Tel Aviv in Israel, the culinary team here has a knack for crafting exotic dishes with modern twists on traditional Middle Eastern recipes. Their grilled octopus, stuffed mussels and hummus are some of the top picks, but for carnivores, make sure you enjoy the chicken schnitzel, lamb ribs and beef short rib shawarma.

Their house special dessert kanafeh is also a must-try, which is made of mozzarella, orange blossom and pistachio to offer a distinctly rich flavour profile.

Francis, G/F, 4-6 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3101 9521 

Artemis & Apollo

Artemis & Apollo is the place for a taste of authentic Mediterranean and Greek fare. Featuring stylish interiors and communal atmosphere, this restaurant has a perfect setting for date nights or group dinners, which delights visitors with its simple but excellent menu of Athenian delicacies. All dishes here are made for sharing—signatures include roasted meat served with warm pita, chicken souvlaki, and Saganaki Platanos.

Artemis & Apollo, G/F, 9-11 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2818 8681  

What to do and where to shop

Spa L'OCCITANE 

After a long day exploring the charming neighbourhood, treat yourself to some pampering at Spa L’OCCITANE. This beautiful sanctuary offers a wide array of rejuvenating and results-oriented treatments, ranging from facials to body massages that look after your every beauty and wellness goal.

Spa L'OCCITANE, Shop 3, Star Crest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2143 6288; hk.loccitane.com 

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SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery

Opened by Taka Ishii Gallery from Tokyo, this place is a perfect mishmash of an art gallery and retail space. In addition to showcasing different artworks, the gallery also features a cool range of lifestyle products available for sale.  

SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, 1 St. Francis Yard, Starstreet Precinct, Hong Kong; instagram.com/akaishiigallery

WOAW!

WOAW! is a lifestyle concept store filled with everything from gadgets to accessories, beauty products and footwear. All the products here are carefully curated by our Tatler friend Kevin Poon, where you’ll also be able to find an eclectic selection of collectables and homeware that are perfect for gifting (to yourself or others!). 

WOAW!, 5 Sun Street, Starstreet Precinct, Hong Kong, instagram.com/woawstore 

45R

A stylish boutique stocking Japanese clothing that’s both comfortable and stylish, 45R is a stalwart for fashion lovers looking to add some fresh twists to their wardrobes. As well as basic essentials including white shirts and jeans, you’ll also find a unique collection of jackets and capes with sophisticated prints in bold colours, and so much more. 

45R, Vincent Mansion, 7 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong 

Edgar

One of the pioneer zero-waste stores in town, Edgar has a reputation for offering a diverse selection of quality lifestyle goods and food such as tea leaves, pasta, cereals and nuts, that are all made and sourced sustainably. Bring your own container or shop their quality products in bulk to kickstart an eco-friendlier lifestyle! 

Edgar, Edgar, 5 Moon Street, Star Street Precinct, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3484 2088; edgar.hk

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