Nestled on the south side of Hong Kong Island, Wong Chuk Hang has in recent times gained a reputation as one of our city’s most happening districts. Beyond the large factory facades that litter this littoral neighbourhood are under-the-radar cafés, art institutions, craft beer establishments, and more! While now may not be the time for a full-on exploration of any of Hong Kong's 'hoods, here's a guide to get you acquainted with the area, and to show you what to look forward to!
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Best things to do in Wong Chuk Hang
Want to explore Wong Chuk Hang in style? Look no further than Modern Classic Bicycle Company. Ranging from vintage classics to modern takes on traditional two-wheeled designs, the bike shop rents out top-of-the-line bicycles for visitors to ride through the area’s streets, exploring the incredible street art and eye-catching contrast between nature and industrial buildings, without breaking a sweat.
Tucked away on the 15th floor of an unassuming commercial building, this hidden gem of a café brings a piece of African culture to Hong Kong. Welcoming patrons with lush African-style furnishings, Africa Coffee & Tea prides itself on purveying premium single-origin coffee and tea in an ethical manner. To accompany the beverages, the menu offers meals such as Ethiopian-style beef stew with injera (a sourdough flatbread), tofu with veggie stew simmered in Ethiopian berbere spice and more. We recommend trying the Rolex (no, not the watch) – a Ugandan snack comprising a rolled-up chapati filled with scrambled egg, veggies and other goodies.
More than just purveyors of great espressos, Sensory Zero is simultaneously one of Hong Kong’s finest and underrated speciality coffee shops. Helmed by certified Specialty Coffee Association trainers Dixon Ip and Alvin Hui, the spacious café leads workshops every week, offering everything from basic guides on how to make a latte to deep dives into the origins of coffee. Apart from your beloved caffeinated drinks, Sensory Zero also offers fresh sandwiches, salads, speciality alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and even a fight club in the back – just in case you need to let off steam.
Since its opening in 2013, Young Master has concocted many inventive and locally inspired recipes that have come to be loved by Hongkongers. The award-winning craft beer brewery is known for utilising local ingredients like chrysanthemum and chenpei to help spice up its bevvies. You can see where the magic happens by joining one of the semi-regular brewery tours ($100) – just make sure to call and register in advance.
Float Captain is a one-of-a-kind surfing lifestyle and apparel shop set up by a small crew of friends in 2011. The owners are surf enthusiasts who source functional, comfortable and minimalistic products with Californian and Hawaiian surf vibes, as well as quirky takes on local culture. Their hip Wong Chuk Hang outpost is a treasure trove with a wide selection of surfboards, cases, wax, trendsetting apparel, bags, and even some home decorations. Their opening hours vary from week to week, so shoot them a message on their social platforms if you want to drop by.
Let your inner child go wild and climb to new heights at Attic V. With over 100 constantly changing bouldering routes, this climbing gym offers courses for both beginners and seasoned climbers. Operated by a bad-ass power couple who have conquered many great heights all over the world, this teeny-tiny climbing studio is ideal for those looking for a quick fix of adrenaline with an astonishing variety of ways to test their scaling abilities. Note that this facility is temporarily closed until further notice.