Lan Kwai Fong & Soho are two of Hong Kong’s most noted night-spots, buzzing with fashionable locals and trendy tourists seeking a cool place to hang out and enjoy a few drinks or a bite to eat once the sun goes down. Lan Kwai Fong is a famous cobble-stoned maze of restaurants, bars and nightclubs located in the heart of the Central Business District. Surrounded by the glass and steel of nearby skyscrapers this is one of Hong Kong’s loudest hangouts.
Sophisticated Soho offers a wide range of high-end international eateries catering to a discerning clientele seeking something a bit special. There are also plenty of chic bars which are usually packed with those who like to be seen. Soho starts just south of Hollywood Road and meanders along Elgin Street, Shelley Street and Staunton Street. An abundance of global cuisine will take your taste buds on a whirlwind journey across South America, India, Europe and Asia with culinary delights served from faraway places including Provence and New Orleans.
Vibrant Soho is Hong Kong’s premier entertainment district featuring one of the longest escalators in the world. The area includes The TakeOut (Asia’s first Comedy Club), restaurants, bars, nightclubs, antique stores and art galleries. Soho is a blend of Chinese and colonial architecture with modern additions, including the escalator and sleek restaurants. The neighbourhood draws a mostly refined expat crowd enjoying a night on the town with a vibe that is decidedly more upmarket than Lan Kwai Fong.
Most people visit to eat with food ranging from cheap and cheerful, to extremely expensive, with tasty dishes from all corners of the world. For a light middle-eastern bite look no further than Egyptian owned Habibi, for a full dining experience grab a table at La Marmite which showcases Parisian home cooking. Informal eateries are represented by the likes of Jaspas which continues to attract large groups with its laid-back ambience and easy going menu of pizzas and fajitas. Restaurants are open for lunch with deals often available between 14:00-17:00
- How to get there: To get to Soho take the MTR Island Line to Central Station and Exit via D2. Walk along Queen’s Road and then join the mid-levels escalator.
Lan Kwai Fong
Lively Lan Kwai Fong consists of a few streets in the Central area forming a rectangle that was previously used by hawkers before the Second World War. Today the zone is home to some of the best bars and clubs in Hong Kong earning itself the moniker ‘party central’. There are over 80 bars, restaurants and nightclubs catering to all tastes from casual watering holes to upmarket saloons. Despite there being a range of restaurants, most people visit Lan Kwai Fong to enjoy the bars and the multitude of promotions on offer including all night happy hours.
Stormies is one of the most popular haunts with drinkers spilling out onto the streets outside and seafood served in their restaurant upstairs. The Hong Kong Brew House boasts the best selection of beers in Hong Kong including those from its own microbrewery, the ambience is relaxed and there is a menu of American staples served. Bars and restaurants at Lan Kwai Fong usually open their doors from noon and are busy seven days a week.
- How to get there: To get there take a taxi or MTR to Central Station Exit D2 or the Airport Express to Hong Kong Station Exit B2. Parking is available on Arbuthnot Road.