Lan Kwai Fong is the heart of Hong Kong – it’s in the centre of Central. While it can be a little rough around the edges, there are a lot of hidden gems beyond eating and drinking. Here are some of the best things to do in this infamous neighbourhood.
Have a personalised cocktail at J.Boroski
Cocktail Bar, Cocktails, $$$
J.Boroski is known for its out-of-this-world bespoke cocktails and impeccable service. But unlike other bars, there’s no menu – it’s all about personalisation. The bartender will craft a unique cocktail based on the customer’s preferences. Unfortunately, you can’t just stroll into this place; you need to be invited. To be invited, shoot them a note on social media or write them an email at email@example.com.
First established in 1954, Tai Cheong has built up a reputation as one of the best places for a sweet and buttery egg tart in Hong Kong. This bakery was the first in the city to use shortcrust pastry in their egg tarts. Culture Trip recommends you get a couple of them because you’ll want to eat more than one. With branches all over Hong Kong, you’re never far from your next custard-egg-tart fix.
The Fringe Club is known for its variety of art performances. It’s an all-purpose hub where artists of unique talents and mediums can showcase their work. During the day, you can come by to check out whatever exhibitions are taking place. In the evenings, you might be able to catch a new avant-garde documentary screening, choir performance or smooth live jazz set. They also have a beautiful rooftop garden bar where you can enjoy a drink and bite away from the chaos of the streets below.
Quinary isn’t on the list of the world’s 50 best bars for nothing. Using molecular mixology, Quinary pours some of the most creative cocktails on the island. One of the more daring drinks on the menu is the bloody mary, featuring wasabi-infused vodka and a house-made bloody mary mix; bartenders use a series of flasks, pipes and tubes to prepare it. This multisensory bar is certainly one of the more unique experiences in Lan Kwai Fong.
Get a taste of traditional dim sum at Luk Yu TeaHouse
Restaurant, Dim Sum, $$$
Luk Yu Tong is a historic restaurant that serves the whole gamut of dim sum, many of which are hard to track down in other restaurants; the honey egg bomb and stuffed fish maw are almost impossible to find elsewhere. The decor has remained mostly the same since 1933 when the restaurant first opened. If you’re planning on having dim sum here, make sure to avoid the lunchtime rush and come after 2pm.
For a drink with a view, head on over to California Tower and up to CÉ LA VI’s Sky Deck. Occupying the top three floors of the building, CÉ LA VI offers a variety of food and drinks. If you go up to their rooftop terrace, Sky Deck, not only will you be greeted with good music, vibes and drinks, but you’ll also get a sweeping panoramic view of Hong Kong that will leave you speechless.
The Hong Kong outpost of Opera Gallery houses some of the island’s best examples of contemporary art, from both super famous names like Picasso, Dalí and Murakami, as well as up-and-coming local names in the Asian contemporary art scene.