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Things to do in Central, Hong Kong Island

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“Lan Kwai Fong and Soho are often buzzing with fashionable locals and trendy tourists seeking a cool place to hang out at trendy bars, restaurants, clubs and drinking dens. Both nightlife districts are located in Central Hong Kong and are easily accessible via MRT, bus, and trams. Lan Kwai Fong is crowded every night and gets especially packed on festival days and New Year’s Eve.”
  • 116 locals recommend
Park
“Yo u can see animals and birds in this park as well as exotic plants. All free. Perfect for a chilling day. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Very close walk (10 mins) and a quick find for nature in the city. Otherwise head to Hatton Rd for access to the many trails of HK Island.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“The area now consists of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, art galleries and antique stores of Staunton Street and Elgin Street. SoHo also is home to the first full-time comedy club in Asia, The TakeOut Comedy Club Hong Kong.[1] Hong Kong taxi drivers usually regard "SoHo" to mean either Staunton Street or Elgin Street.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
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“Great good and good value for the quantity and quality. Nice ambiance. 2 mins away - just down the street! ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Bar
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“It is the party area, lots of bars and resturaunts and you can drink on the streets with 'Club 7/11' . this is a mmuch cheaper alterative for people that are saving their buck!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Outdoor bar, excellent venue for an after work drink, if the weather is good”
  • 37 locals recommend
Place to eat
“A newish complex featuring a mix of designer stores, cafes and restaurants ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Government and education
“This building used to be the Police Married Quarters, now it's full of boutique shops, a few cafes and bars, and sometimes it hosts art events. It's on the way to SoHo as well.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bus Station
“IFC being one of the tallest building in the world, is a massive shopping centre + finance office building. It has EVERYTHING you need in here. All the luxury brands you can think of and some high street fashion. Most importantly there are many eateries here, also supermarket and Shake shack burger. If you are on a budget, you can still have a great meal here at Tim Ho wan Dim Sum, or even getting food from City super - a posh supermarket with cooked food counters. You can enjoy your meal at their top floor where a massive open air area is with seats and tables for the public to use. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
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“Ho Lee Fook is best when you’re craving the addictive qualities
 of Asian takeaway and a loud Chinatown-basement vibe—except here dishes are creatively executed, ingredients are carefully sourced and a touch of restraint allows for appreciation of an unconventional approach. The concept is intentionally ironic in Hong Kong a city where diners demand authenticity in their Chinese cuisine. Homey dishes are served family-style, mostly plated in a nonchalant mound and heavily seasoned with spices, coriander and fried shallots capturing the essence of the chef’s Taiwanese background. Highlights: Mom’s dumplings, Kurobuta pork char siu, Fried Brussels sprouts with cauliflower and bacon chilli jam, Hamachi P.S. Walk-in only. If you want to eat inside without a wait, pop in early before the crowds settle in. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Route
“antique stores, galleries, Man Mo Temple, nice restaurants there for lunch and dinner”
  • 24 locals recommend
Entertainment
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“Hong Kong is one of the clubbing capitals of Asia – while you’ll find more underground-style, local clubs dotted around the city-state, most of the big names are located on Hong Kong Island, in and around Lan Kwai Fong. Many of these stay open until the early hours, particularly at weekends. Some of the best nightclubs in Hong Kong include Dragon-i, Volar Club, CÉ LA VI Hong Kong, and PLAY Club – note that cover charges apply on most nights, especially when a big-name DJ is on the decks.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A Vietnamese street food experience, (Bia Hoi) fresh Vietnamese draft beer style bar and eatery. The casual 45-seat space is a comfortable but lively (i.e. noisy) hangout, with a minimalist modern design that still feels laidback and completely unpretentious. Highlights: VFC (Vietnamese Fried Chicken Wings), Short rib lettuce wrap, Morning Glory, Pho Roll. Cocktails: Pho-jito, Far East Smash, Saigon Sour. P.S. Walk-in only. If you want to eat inside without a wait, pop in early before the crowds settle in. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Your standard popular British pub, the kind with no windows and a lot of beers to chose from. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Transportation
“The Peak Tramway is a spectacular funicular railway in Hong Kong, which carries both tourists and residents to the upper levels of Hong Kong Island.”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Thai Restaurant
“The area now consists of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, art galleries and antique stores of Staunton Street and Elgin Street. SoHo also is home to the first full-time comedy club in Asia, The TakeOut Comedy Club Hong Kong.[1] Hong Kong taxi drivers usually regard "SoHo" to mean either Staunton Street or Elgin Street.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
“Great good and good value for the quantity and quality. Nice ambiance. 2 mins away - just down the street! ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Lounge
“Outdoor bar, excellent venue for an after work drink, if the weather is good”
  • 37 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
“Ho Lee Fook is best when you’re craving the addictive qualities
 of Asian takeaway and a loud Chinatown-basement vibe—except here dishes are creatively executed, ingredients are carefully sourced and a touch of restraint allows for appreciation of an unconventional approach. The concept is intentionally ironic in Hong Kong a city where diners demand authenticity in their Chinese cuisine. Homey dishes are served family-style, mostly plated in a nonchalant mound and heavily seasoned with spices, coriander and fried shallots capturing the essence of the chef’s Taiwanese background. Highlights: Mom’s dumplings, Kurobuta pork char siu, Fried Brussels sprouts with cauliflower and bacon chilli jam, Hamachi P.S. Walk-in only. If you want to eat inside without a wait, pop in early before the crowds settle in. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A Vietnamese street food experience, (Bia Hoi) fresh Vietnamese draft beer style bar and eatery. The casual 45-seat space is a comfortable but lively (i.e. noisy) hangout, with a minimalist modern design that still feels laidback and completely unpretentious. Highlights: VFC (Vietnamese Fried Chicken Wings), Short rib lettuce wrap, Morning Glory, Pho Roll. Cocktails: Pho-jito, Far East Smash, Saigon Sour. P.S. Walk-in only. If you want to eat inside without a wait, pop in early before the crowds settle in. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Your standard popular British pub, the kind with no windows and a lot of beers to chose from. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“More or less next to the flat. Great for breakfast before heading out to explore HK. Their spicy scrambled eggs with avocado is brilliant. And so is their Acai berry smoothie! ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Dim Sum Restaurant
“great and affordable dim sum in Sheung Wan. Cash only, best for lunch or earl dinner (shuts at 9). Queue moves fast.”
  • 19 locals recommend

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