Located on the tip of Hong Kong’s peninsula by Victoria Harbour, Tsim Sha Tsui is famous for its iconic view of the city’s harbour. This neighbourhood should be your top priority if you’re a first-time visitor.
Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the busiest districts in Kowloon, and there’s plenty to see and do here. The shopping scene is varied, ranging from designer boutiques to local bric-a-brac stores. It’s also a good place to find a range of museums, galleries and live performances. But perhaps what it’s best known for is its view of Hong Kong’s harbour; here, you can watch the junk boats sail across Victoria Bay against the backdrop of an expansive glittering skyline. Here are the best things to do in the neighbourhood.
Located on the 30th floor of Peking Road Shopping Arcade, and with incredible floor-to-ceiling windows, Aqua Spirit offers stunning views of Hong Kong’s skyline and Victoria Harbour, with moody lighting and sophisticated decor. An alternative is Eyebar in Isquare, which has outdoor seating as well as the night views.
While the most famous nightlife spot in Hong Kong is Lan Kwai Fong, there is also a late-night hub across the harbour, on a small side street called Knutsford Terrace. This narrow lane is packed with al fresco bars, pubs, clubs and a wide range of international restaurants. Some bars stay open until six in the morning, so it’s the perfect place to go if you don’t want the night to end.
Located on the second floor of a building on Chatham Road is a large space devoted entirely to claw machines. There are all sorts of prizes to be won, from stuffed toys to snacks. Each attempt costs just 5 Hong Kong dollars and difficulty levels vary from easy to hard, but if you can’t face the prospect of going home empty-handed, you can pay more to guarantee yourself a prize.
The Kowloon Mosque and Islamic Centre is one of the most iconic landmarks in Tsim Sha Tsui. The site was established during the British colonial era, when Indian Muslims were serving in the British Army in Hong Kong. At the time, they were based in Whitfield Barracks, the former site of which can still be found in Kowloon Park. Just a short walk from the park on Nathan Road, the mosque mostly serves Sunni Muslims from Pakistan and Indonesia. Visitors are welcome to attend prayers as long as they are covered from neck to ankle.
Located at the end of Star Avenue near the Arts Museum, Salisbury Garden is an exhibition space and a peaceful patch of green. It’s a nice spot to sit and admire the beautiful harbour view; bring a picnic just before sunset and wait for the buildings and light installations to come to life.
The most loved legacy of the British colonial era in Hong Kong is the decadent afternoon high tea, and the best spot to partake in this elegant tradition is the oldest hotel in the city, The Peninsula. The typical three-tiered set of cakes, scones and sandwiches is accompanied with a performance by a live string quartet. Dress code is smart casual and spaces are given on a first come, first served basis.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Katherine Lee Yik Mei.