Central: Ultimate Guide

The heart of the city is home to some of its best bars, restaurants and art galleries
Tai Kwun main central block
Tai Kwun
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Known for being Hong Kong’s business and financial quarter, Central might seem a bit of bore at first, at least compared to hipper neighbourhoods like Sheung Wan or Sham Shui Po. But we’re here to dispute that. This is the place where you can find some of the best bars not just in Hong Kong but Asia. Central is a hub for stellar, world-class contemporary art galleries as well as restaurants. There’s quite a lot to pack in, but here’s just a taste of some of the best things to see, do and eat in Central.

Best things to do and eat in Central

Shopping

Pottinger Street

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This iconic and Instagrammable stone slab street heaves with stalls selling costumes and props, offering outrageous outfits and masks for any occasion. Hats, capes, wigs, feather boas – you name it, Pottinger Street has it. Pop in all the different shops before selecting the cheapest option. There are plenty of party supplies available as well.

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Attractions

PMQ

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One of the biggest conservation projects in recent Hong Kong history, the former Police Married Quarters has been revitalised as a centre for all things creative and design-based. More than 100 creative enterprises can be found at PMQ, where old residential units have been converted into small boutiques and design studios selling handmade products from jewellery to homeware goods.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

The Old Man

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Ranked among the top five of Asia’s Best Bars 2018, this Ernest Hemingway-themed cocktail joint is a convivial spot located just up the road (and down an alley) from PMQ. Interweaving Hemingway references throughout the establishment and menu, The Old Man offers only the highest of calibre drinks in its intimate yet lively setting.

Art

Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Art

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Hong Kong’s newest cultural landmark and world-class art space, the former Central Police compound aims to be the city’s go-to destination for contemporary and performing arts. The 13,600sq m complex also houses contemporary art galleries and regularly plays host to gigs, cultural events and film screenings. The excellent range of restaurants there are added incentive to visit. 

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Bars and pubs

Sake Central

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An outstanding sake bar and shop housed inside PMQ. Customers are welcomed by a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling sake collection from breweries both small and large, from Japan and elsewhere. Grab a seat at the ‘hidden’ 16-stool tasting bar, tucked away behind the thick curtain near the back, and savour some of Hong Kong’s best offerings of Japan’s favourite tipple.

Restaurants, Contemporary European

Sevva

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When it comes to rooftop bars in Hong Kong, Sevva is one of the best. Its 360-degree balcony offers stunning views of the skyscrapers of Central and Admiralty, the harbour, the Kowloon skyline and the Court of Final Appeal. The elegant interior, complete with solid drinks and food, should impress any friends from out of town or prospective clients.

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Restaurants, Chinese

Sing Heung Yuen (勝香園)

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A foodie experience in Hong Kong isn’t complete without a visit to a dai pai dong. This iconic open-air venue on Mei Lun Street never fails to pull in customers thanks to its signature comfort food like tomato noodle soup and its crunchy buns drizzled with lemon and honey. Best of all, a large meal here never hurts the wallet.

Restaurants

Yum Cha

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For anyone seeking a little variation from the usual char siu bao and siu mai, Yum Cha offers dim sum that resembles adorable characters and animals – think pork buns in the shape of a pig or sausage rolls shaped like a dog. It’s a feast for the stomach and for your Instagram account.

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Restaurants

Yuk Yip Dessert (玉葉甜品)

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This iconic slope-side eatery is famous for its classic Chinese desserts such as glutinous rice balls with peanuts, and coconut in syrup. A popular spot for some late-night snacks and for satisfying any sweet cravings you might have after dinner or drinks.

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