Home to one of the largest cat cafés in the city, massive party rooms and some of the best local restaurants offering homemade comfort food, Tsuen Wan is an underrated neighbourhood that deserves to be on your radar. Don’t know where to start? Scroll down to discover the best things to do and eats in Tseun Wan.
Best things to do in Tsuen Wan
The largest cat café in Hong Kong, The Cats Tearoom houses around 30 kitties, 11 of which are strays. With 1,600 sq ft of space for the cats to prowl around, chow down on a range of Western dishes and delicious dessert as you play with your new feline buddies. Aside from adopting strays, The Cats Tearoom regularly donates to various animal shelters in Hong Kong. A guaranteed good time for cat lovers and for a good cause! $65 first hour, $30 every half hour.
Looking to de-stress and yoga just isn’t doing the trick? Maybe it’s time to take up close quarter combat (CQB) – a fancier name for war games. Boasting a 6,000 sq ft space and three themed areas, CQB Studio is designed to look like a special forces ‘killing house’ – where military personnel training exercises take place – with a dozen rooms, corridors and dark alleyways to freely run around, hide, chase and shoot down frenemies. You can rent everything from automatic M4 tactical shotguns to semi-automatic pistols at this indoor war games site.
Located in an unsuspecting neighbourhood surrounded by residences and a wet market, this chandelier-adorned alley is a local favourite. With 32 lanes, it accommodates players of all ages and types, with professional and leisure training classes for kids, tournaments for devoted adults and a specially-designed lane for the disabled. There’s no going down the gutter in here. Dragon Bowling, which has four branches, is expressly focused on training bowling stars of the next generation, sending the gifted ones abroad for competitions to keep the scene in Hong Kong growing healthily. It also hosts birthday parties and events.
A 2,300 sq ft all-inclusive party room in Tsuen Wan with a pastel colour theme, this party venue comes with a plethora of video games including PS4, Nintendo Switch, an arcade machine, karaoke, mahjong and an air hockey table. But the main draw here is their massive ball pit – because grown-ups love them too – and a costume corner (think Super Mario and Sailor Moon). There’s a minimum charge of $88 per person for three hours, which is jaw-droppingly cheap for all that entertainment.
A gorgeously scenic body of water, head up to hills to take in the wide expense of the clear skies and fresh waters of the reservoir. There are several hiking trails near and around the reservoir including The Pineapple Dam – easily recognisable by its ancient city gate – and Tai Mo Shan (Hong Kong’s highest mountain). Fun fact: there are loads of wild monkeys in the area. Don’t let their cute faces fool you, they can get pretty vicious if they know you’re packing food.
Situated in Tsuen Wan’s Lo Wai village, Western Monastery is a Buddist institution with more than 40 years of history. The monastery is designed to replicate the grandeur of a Chinese palace with traditional yellow tiled roofs and flying eaves. Shrouded in between the surrounding mountains, you can truly experience some quiet and tranquility the moment you step into the monastery. The occasional passing monks chanting mantras also adds to the atmosphere.
Best restaurants in Tsuen Wan
An award-winning coffee shop, Beans is the place to go in Tsuen Wan. A must-try is their rainbow latte or flavoured latte like crème brûlée, French vanilla and chocolate cookie. Not to mention, Beans does crazy 4D latte art including the Fuji Mountain. Their artisanal cakes and desserts are all served on hipster stone slabs.
You don’t have to travel all the way to the Swiss Alps to enjoy the ski chalet experience. Step into this cosy wooden-theme restaurant for a taste of some exceptional Western fare. Higlights from the menu include the Hokkaido crab meat risotto, Morrocan harissa yellow chicken breast with couscous, and the grilled Australian wagyu tomahawk. Settle in on the leather armchairs and get cosy with a drink or two.
While the exterior doesn’t exactly scream Michelin-star cuisine, this countryside restaurant is renowned in the neighbourhood. Here you’ll find all the classic dim sum like har gau, sesame rolls and quail egg siu mai, but the stir-fried watercress (it’s seriously fresh) and sweet tofu pudding are the real must tries. Choi Lung is super old school, so it’s all self-service here and be quick to grab what you want. We also suggest going for the upstairs seating to enjoy the natural scenery as you tuck in.
Despite being tucked away unsuspectingly inside a shopping mall, this dumpling restaurant is well-known and reputable for its sizable dumplings. There’s no shortage of flavours and options to chow on. You have your traditional ingredients such as chive and bak choi as well quirkier but no less delicious choices like cheese, lamb and onion and spicy pork. Served in either in soup and fried, make a full meal with an order of their MSG-free soup.
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They don’t just serve the same old Horlicks and Ovaltines at this cha chaan teng, they serve icy milkshakes as staple drinks. No CCT, though, would ever dream of not having eggs on the menu, and this one is no exception with extraordinarily thick scrambled egg sandwiches – getting your mouth round one will be a hot mess. If eggs aren’t your thing, try the freshly deep-fried wonton served with sweet chili sauce ($60).
Instagramming your food is now an unavoidable ritual when we go out for a bite. And here at Girlboss, it’s quite the feast for your camera. As you might’ve guessed from the name, this restaurant embraces empowered girls by offering low-calorie and low-salt healthy dishes – because that’s just the thing to make a girl feel empowered. With pink walls and décor paired with charmingly plated dishes like Boost! Monster (a bubblegum flavoured blue slushie drink with eyes), the colourful salmon farfalle and the tinted pink cheese burger. It’s like eating in a Katy Perry music video.
Sometimes you just don’t want a bowl of soup noodles when it’s sweltering hot outside. A brilliant alternative come summer is Gwing Kee’s signature crab roe lo mein. This local institution dishes out lo mein mixed with goose oil/essence and trust us, it’s seriously tasty – though probably not great for healthy folks. Other popular dishes are the pork knuckle and hand-shredded chicken, pair it with some rice for mouth-watering and filling meal.
Craving a homecooked meal? There’s nothing more comforting than a classic Hong Kong-style meat patty. With a name like Meat Pie Gor (literally meaning Meat Pie Brother), it should come as no surprise that this humble yet popular shop specialises in homemade meat patties. You can choose from a wide assortment of flavours, from traditional to more modern spins like lobster, cheese lava and black truffle scallop.
Nothing screams romance more than dining barefoot on the beach. Helmed by celebrity chef Margaret Xu Yuan, Yin Yang Coastal in Tsuen Wan serves fresh, local and organic produce, including locally caught seafood, all cooked Cantonese-style. Yuan also uses organic produce from her own farm, so you can dine eco-consciously as well as romantically.