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    Photograph: Mo Fei CheungWest Kowloon Promenade
  2. West Kowloon Sky Corridor Sightseeing Deck
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  3. Tin Hau Temple interior
    Photograph: Supplied/Hong Kong Tourism BoardTin Hau Temple

A local’s guide to eating, drinking, shopping and sightseeing in West Kowloon

Find out everything you need to do in Hong Kong’s hottest emerging district

By Time Out in association with Hong Kong Tourism Board
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With travel restrictions easing in Australia, some of us are planning our first trip overseas in two years. While we might not be able to get there right now, the international hub of Hong Kong is giving us plenty of reasons to head to the Fragrant Harbour. One of those reasons is the West Kowloon neighbourhood.

The area is the perfect juxtaposition of old and new. In addition to historic shops and temples, over the last two years a plethora of cultural attractions, restaurants and bars has appeared around the waterfront, with and wide-open spaces perfect for alfresco exercising and summer picnics. To inspire you on your next visit, we asked our friends at Time Out Hong Kong to give us the lowdown on the best things to eat, drink, see, shop, and do in the neighbourhood. Bookmark this for your next trip. 

Where to eat
Photograph: Supplied/Moon Lok | Moon Lok Restaurant dim sum

Where to eat

Hong Kong is a foodie’s paradise, and you’ll certainly find plenty to tempt your taste buds in West Kowloon, from contemporary East-meets-West fine dining at Pano to seasonal Chinese at Moon Lok Chinese Restaurant. Further afield, you’ll find the famous preserved beancurd at Liu Ma Kee, a family-owned preserved beancurd shop that has been in the business since 1905. You'll also find Michelin-acclaimed restaurants (try Mak Man Kee Noodle Shop, where the noodles are made fresh every day with duck eggs, giving them a light, springy texture) and other cheap eats (Australia Dairy Company is a favourite with its legendary scrambled eggs).

Where to drink
Photograph: Courtesy Ozone

Where to drink

Need to quench your thirst after all that feasting? Rest Coffee Gin does speciality coffees by day and customised tipples made with its 80 gins by night. Venturing further? Ozone – Hong Kong’s highest bar, up on the 118th floor of the International Commerce Centre – shakes up expert cocktails alongside dizzying views, while Terrible Baby has a grand outdoor terrace and specialises in sustainable tipples served up in an artsy setting.

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Where to stay
Photograph: Supplied/Hong Kong Tourism Board | Picky Bar at Tung Nam Lou Hotel

Where to stay

Giving new meaning to the phrase ‘the high life’, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong reaches 118 floors above the ICC, with five restaurants (two of them Michelin starred, Tin Lung Heen and Tosca di Angelo). If you are seeking an artistic experience instead, Tung Nam Lou Art Hotel draws on Hong Kong’s colonial past, blending Western and Chinese elements and infusing old-world charm. Eaton HK offers sleek, modern rooms and a Michelin-starred Cantonese eatery, Yat Tung Heen. If the office calls, there’s even a co-working space. To pair your boutique stay with serious luxury, try the W Hong Kong, where you’ll find bright, colourful digs and an indulgent spa.

Where to shop
Photograph: Supplied/Hong Kong Tourism Board | Temple Street Night Market

Where to shop

Hong Kong may be known for its flashy designer malls, but step into the streets for more interesting buys. Spend a few hours at the famous Temple Street Night Market perusing traditional arts and crafts, catching casual buskers performing Cantonese opera, and consulting fortune tellers. Nearby, the Jade Market is the city’s destination for jade, pearls, and gems. For souvenirs with more backstory, try the Other Shop. The collection here spans books, flowers, gifts, and accessories, all with the aim of bringing joy to daily life. If you’re of a literary bent, though, Kubrick is a nifty café stocking an impressive range of books by global talents.

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Things to do and places to see
Photograph: Supplied/Hong Kong Tourism Board | Xiqu Centre

Things to do and places to see

As Hong Kong’s bright new cultural hub, West Kowloon has plenty of exciting experiences to unearth. It starts with the spectacular Hong Kong West Kowloon Station itself, one of the largest underground stations in the world, above which the Sky Corridor and Sightseeing Deck echo the lapping of the waves of Hong Kong Harbour. M+, the city’s hotly anticipated new museum, opened in late 2021 to house a stunning collection of 20th and 21st-century visual culture that encompasses paintings, architecture, video games, moving image and more. If your tastes run to live shows, the Xiqu Centre hosts performances and workshops with a focus on Chinese opera and theatre. Nearby, Freespace is a more intimate setting for international dance, music, and theatre shows. For a taste of local culture, Yau Ma Tei’s Tin Hau Temple is worth a visit. Said to have been built in 1864 to honour the Chinese goddess of the sea, it was once a must-visit for local sailors.

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