Tsim Sha Tsui: Ultimate Guide

From world-class Michelin-starred restaurants to hidden shops, these are the best things to do and eat at this bustling Kowloon neighbourhood
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Despite being literally one of the busiest and most tourist-packed areas in Hong Kong – the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Avenue of Stars and waterfront promenade alone attracts thousands of visitors every day – you shouldn’t let the crowds put you off from visiting this fun Kowloon ‘hood. Aside from being home to numerous shopping malls and flagship stores for all your favourite brands, TST is packed with top quality and Michelin-starred restaurants, hidden hipster shops and some of the best rooftop bars in town. Let us guide you through all the best experiences and things to do in Tsim Sha Tsui. 

Best things to do and eat in Tsim Sha Tsui

Restaurants

Hutong

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If you’re looking to impress out-of-town relatives and first-time visitors, Hutong is one of the best spots to do so. With highly elaborate Chinese-style décor – think red lanterns and a moon gate entrance – this high-end restaurant serves up exceptional dishes from northern China next to views almost as spectacular as sister restaurant Aqua's.

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Restaurants

Lee Family Chicken

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Tsim Sha Tsui is home to Hong Kong’s version of Koreatown, so Korean food is tops here in this neighbourhood. The clue is in the name, this family-run joint has a menu with an entire page dedicated to Korean fried chicken, serving multiple varieties until 5am daily. We love the original and spicy varieties. It’s hands on here, so forget about cutlery.

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Shopping, Vintage shops

Little Dot Vintage Shop

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Keen to add vintage clothing to your wardrobe? You can start with this upstairs retro store. Mainly selling clothing and products from the 50s to the 80s, browse and pick up shoes, hats, accessories and toys from days gone by. 

Shopping

Loading Store

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Sure, there’s a wealth of shops and flagship stores for named brands found in Tsim Sha Tsui. But it’s always important to add a little individuality to your outfit and Loading Store is the place to do just that. This menswear store is constantly stocked with the hottest new styles and offers a range of skate-inspired threads, trendy hats and casual-yet-stylish sneakers. US brands like Belief, Rip N Dip and Mishka sit on the shelves alongside labels from more exotic locales such as South Africa. 

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Hotels

The Peninsula Hong Kong

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For some posh nosh, visit the lobby of the prestigious Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui and order the famous, traditional afternoon tea. Sip and nibble while a string quartet plays in the background and take in the splendor and decor of the iconic five-star hotel. Don’t forget to order their signature hot chocolate while you’re at it. 

Shopping

Pokémon Hub

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Hong Kong’s first and only official licensed Pokémon-themed store. This is the spot, or Pokéstop, to shop for all your favourite Pokémon character plushies – we’ve been eyeing that giant Snorlax for ages – and trading cards from the popular series. Pokémon Hub also stocks themed apparel, Nintendo games and gashapon toy capsule machines. 

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Restaurants, Seafood

Rech by Alain Ducasse

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Housed in InterContinental Hotel, Rech by Alain Ducasse is the first international outpost of Paris’s most famous seafood restaurant, Rech, which was founded in 1925 by Adrien Rech and reborn by Alain Ducasse n 2007. With a Michelin star under its belt, The menu showcases fresh fish, shellfish and oysters and an impressive collection of contemporary French cuisine. Remember to leave room for their indulgent desserts.

Restaurants

Spring Deer

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Don’t expect incredible service or fancy interior design at this Hong Kong institution. They do one thing well and that’s consistently good roasted meats. Their famous roasted Peking duck is a must order, which is sliced tableside, ready to be rolled into a pancake with crunchy cucumber and sweet sauce. A word to the wise – book weeks in advance to get a table. You’ve been warned.

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Restaurants

Van Gogh Senses

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With exclusive licensing from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Van Gogh Senses brings Van Gogh's art to life in the form of tea, chocolates and floral arrangments. The flagship store is housed in Heritage 1881, where you can tuck into artfully plated Western fare and afternoon tea, surrounded by the legendary painter’s iconic impressionist works. 

Restaurants, Japanese

Via Tokyo

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Prepare to wait in line for your ice-cold treat if you visit Via Tokyo during weekends. The dessert café specialises in Japanese soft serve ice cream, with flavours from matcha green tea and Hokkaido milk to seasonal tea-based offerings. Exclusive to their Tsim Sha Tsui location is kakigori. Our favourites are the matcha and hojicha options topped with espuma – definitely one of Hong Kong’s best cold treats. 

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Things to do

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