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Tai Hang: Ultimate guide

From artisan bakeries to local traditions, we list the best places to eat, see and experience in Tai Hang

By Time Out editors
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A stone’s throw away from bustling Causeway Bay (and often overshadowed by it), this charming neighbourhood is where indie cafés and shops share the same streets as historic local landmarks. Aside from the annual Fire Dragon Dance every Mid-Autumn Festival, we dig out the best gems in the neighbourhood and why you should visit Tai Hang all year round.  

To make things easier, check out the full-sized version of our Tai Hang map to help you navigate this understatedly hip neighbourhood. 

The best things to do and eat in Tai Hang

Papabubble

Shopping Chocolate and sweets Tai Hang

Imagine if Willy Wonka opened up a boutique sweet shop with shelves lined with candies– That’s basically Papabubble. At this confectionery shop, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a colourful collection of rock candies and lollipops. Its main draw is the customisation service, which allows you to add personalised flair or themes – including names, icons, cartoons – for any special occasion. The team will never burst your bubble.

Elementary
Elementary
Elementary

Elementary

Restaurants Tai Hang

The folks behind Catch and Mama Malouf, have opened up a joint on Tai Hang's School Street (clever). Elementary stands out with its hard-to-miss exterior that features its name painted in block letters. Its design is simple and contemporary, featuring muted colours and wood elements. The open layout and Aussie-inspired sharing plates encourage a social atmosphere. The beverage menu features a compact list of select wines, smart cocktails and imported beers. They also offer sparkling lemonades and fresh squeezed juices along with the standard coffee and tea.

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Unar Coffee Company
Unar Coffee Company
Unar Coffee Company

Unar Coffee Company

Restaurants Cafés Tai Hang

This cosy and intimate little java joint is a favourite stomping ground for local coffee connoisseurs and hipsters alike, thanks to its Insta-worthy concrete interiors and exceptional Italian coffee beans. Unar is also known for its impressive selection of flavoured coffees, including banana, crème brûlée and cucumber, as well as its speciality ‘undrinkable chocolate’. The outdoor steps are perfect for people watching as you savour a cup.

Dough Kitchen
Dough Kitchen
Dough Kitchen

Dough Kitchen

Restaurants Tai Hang

Tucked away on Brown Street you'll find Dough Kitchen serving up Italian comfort food for lunch and dinner. The space is small and intimate, mixing light wood with white tile for a modern bistro feel. The menu consists of antipasti, salads, grilled meats and risotto, but the real stars of the show are the handmade pizza and pasta dishes, whose dough is made using four different kinds of flour. It is clear that the focus here is on simplicity and letting the quality ingredients shine through. They also have rotating seasonal specials listed on the black board. 

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Plumcot
Plumcot
Photograph: Courtesy Plumcot/Michi Sin

Plumcot

Things to do Tai Hang

Plumcot is a patisserie based in Tai Hang serving up artisanal ice cream, cakes, breads and French pastries. Opened by two seasoned pastry chefs, their business ethos are built on the premise that everything should be fresh and that good food starts with good ingredients. If they don't like it, it doesn't go on the shelf. The bakery is named after the fruit hybrid of plum and apricot, embodying a harmonious mix of two different things. Bringing a true taste of Paris to Tai Hang (and Hong Kong), Plumcot is jewel for those in the area and well worth the trek for those who don't live nearby.     

Shun Hing
Shun Hing
Photograph: Tracey Tang

Shun Hing

Restaurants Tai Hang

For arguably the best char siu egg rice in town, look no further than this Tai Hang dai pai dong. This local institution attracts hordes of foodies daily, mainly for its signature dish of scrambled eggs, cooked to the perfect level of runniness, paired with tender char siu and homemade soy sauce with shallots. It’s exceptional Hong Kong comfort food at its finest.

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The Leeman Plate
The Leeman Plate
The Leeman Plate

The Leeman Plate

Shopping Tai Hang

The Leeman Plate is a license plate manufacturer that has been operating in Hong Kong since 1979. They are certified by the Hong Kong Transport Department and are the only manufacturer still specialising in the traditional method of making car plates that have been in use for over 35 years. Aside of their practical usage, the plates make for a great decorative item or souvenir. In addition to custom car plates, they also sell various trinkets and lifestyle and car accessories like mini car plates, decals, key chains, air fresheners, specialty cleaning products and the like.   

Fineprint_Tai Hang
Fineprint_Tai Hang
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Fineprint (Tai Hang)

Restaurants Tai Hang

Everything you love about Fineprint's Peel Street location can now be enjoyed in Tai Hang. It's laid-back Aussie vibes and excellent espresso are a fitting addition to the charming little community of cafes and shops. At the back of this Lily Street location is the bakery where all of their delicious sourdough breads, jams and ricotta are made fresh daily. The outdoor corner table (if you manage to nab it), is the best seat in the house for morning coffee, tucking into a plate of Ultimo eggs, people-watching and plenty of dog-petting. A buzzing brunch spot by day, this cafe-bakery-bar hybrid has an unpretentious cool that makes for an excellent spot to enjoy a glass of wine after sundown. 

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Tak Shing
Tak Shing
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Tak Shing Tea Stall

Restaurants Tai Hang

The place to go for authentic, fuss-free Hong Kong food, Tak Shing is known for its milk tea, which is served in a glass bottle, and freshly baked pineapple buns. Take in the retro 70s décor, complete with old-school green and white tiles, while savouring cha chaan teng classics such as French toast and red bean ice.

Second Draft

Restaurants Gastropubs Tai Hang

A neighbourhood gastropub spearheaded by Hong Kong celebrity chef May Chow of Little Bao fame, Second Draft serves top-notch locally brewed beers on tap. Friendly atmosphere and laid-back vibes aside, the venue also boasts quality pan- Asian-inspired pub grub like cashews with numbing spice seasoning, and dried oyster croquettes. It’s the perfect fodder for a great evening out.

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Tipsy Restaurant and Bar

Restaurants Contemporary Global Tai Hang

Get tipsy – or seriously boozy – at this hidden upstairs bar
by indulging in its daily free- flow wine and prosecco deals for $138. Tipsy specialises in European fare and fresh seafood – don’t miss out on the all-day oyster and wine combo, which pairs shucked shellfish from the south of France with two glasses of white wine. Another reason to visit? The awesome graffiti work set against the black wall makes for a snazzy IG shot.

Little Tai Hang Studio Superior
Little Tai Hang Studio Superior
Little Tai Hang

Little Tai Hang

Hotels Self-catering apartments Tai Hang

Just around the corner of the chaos that is Causeway Bay, Little Tai Hang is the perfect spot to call home as a visitor to Hong Kong or, alternatively, a fab spot for a Hongkonger to grab a staycation. The rooms are spacious with modern, quirky decor and ridiculously comfy beds. Harbour view rooms also boast a magnificent view over to the ICC. For a good nights sleep in a fun and happening hood, Little Tai Hang is a solid choice for staycationers, families, visitors, business travellers and those rolling solo alike. Rooms from $1,500 per day (depending on season) and serviced apartments from $33,000 per month (depending on room choice).

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Lin Fa Temple
Lin Fa Temple
Tracey Tang

Lin Fa Temple

Attractions Tai Hang

Dedicated to Kwun Yam, the goddess of mercy, this semi-octagonal-shaped temple is over a century old and is a declared monument in Hong Kong. Step inside and be greeted by a dragon-themed mural on the ceiling, a homage to the traditional Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance that takes place in the neighbourhood every Mid-Autumn Festival. You can also try the kau chim fortune-telling sticks, which can be interpreted by the experts at the temple.

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