Hong Kong/Central

Central is a district of Hong Kong Island. It is the political, administrative and financial hub and home to some fantastic skyscrapers and Victoria Peak.

96 things to do

All Places Hong Kong



IFC Mall

Sleek and impressive, this is arguably the most prestigious shopping centre on the island. Here you will find one of the best cinemas with the added bonus that the film will be the English language version (if it is an animation). Go up to the rooftop and you will find yourself in what is technically public open space. The views of Victoria Harbour are good and you will find a couple of bars that will help you enjoy the public terrace on the rooftop by selling you drinks. Although the bars dominate this area, there is nothing to stop you taking your own food and drinks and picnicking on the tables and chairs provided.

BUY   —  Central

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

In addition to original artifacts, cannons, scrolls, ship's models and paintings, the galleries of Hong Kong Maritime Museum have over 25 interactive screens using the latest technology to introduce visitors to the vast range of stories and topics at the heart of Hong Kong's - and the world's - maritime story. You can learn of the world record holder for solo survival at sea - Poon Lim. See how a junk is built. Trace the development of China's trade routes from the Han to the Qing Dynasty. Investigate China Trade paintings. Hunt pirates. Load a container ship...and much, much more.



Maxim's Palace

One of Hong Kong's most popular dim sum spots, featuring harbour views if you're lucky enough to score a window table. The atmosphere and food are very much in the classical dim sum tradition, a large, noisy hall with waitresses pushing around carts laden with goodies; try the siu mai (燒賣), har gao (蝦餃) and mango pudding. Dim sum served 11AM-3PM daily, expect to queue on Sundays (when the restaurant opens at 9 AM). Try to gather a few people so you can try many different kinds, and expect to pay $100-200 a head. Don't confuse this with Maxim's Restaurant on the 2nd floor.

EAT   —  +852 2526 9931 —  3F City Hall

Yung Kee Restaurant

Established in 1942, this restaurant has enjoyed unparalleled success and was once named in the "Top Fifteen Restaurants in the World" by Fortune Magazine. Previously a humble BBQ house serving its renowned roast goose, it has evolved into a world famous Cantonese restaurant. Dim sum is also served at lunch-time. Be prepared for a noisy environment at peak times, this type of restaurant is not for those seeking a quiet meal and is best experienced in a large group.



Man Mo Temple Compound

Consists of Man Mo Temple, Lit Shing Kung Temple and Kung Sor assembly hall. Man Mo Temple was built in the 1840s and is Hong Kong Island's oldest temple. It is nestled amongst antique shops, with the air full of smoke from hundreds of burning incense coils. While you are there, pop into one of the many antique shops to see some of the best Chinese and South-East Asian antiques in the world, but beware that there are many very clever fakes for sale.


Lin Heung

This is one of the most authentic old world style dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong that uses trolleys to cart its dim sum snacks instead of ordering it using the tick box sheet. Be prepared for a stress induced visit to this restaurant as it is always crowded and you need to work out the system on finding an empty seat and how to grab your desired dim sum snacks from the trolleys. Its a first come first served system, no reservations taken.



Trick Eye Museum Hong Kong

As the only one Korean 3D Museum in Hong Kong, Trick Eye Museum Hong Kong presents a magnificent collection of 3D art pieces. It features paintings on plain surfaces that magically appear to be three dimensional through the use of optical illusion. You are most welcome to touch, climb and interact with the amazing exhibits. You can also enjoy the free observation deck view of the beautiful Harbour View.


Hong Kong Police Museum

There are five galleries: ''Orientation'' describing the history of the force, ''Triad Societies and Narcotics'' describing the history of Triad Societies and narcotic problems, ''Police Then & Now'' describing the transformation of Hong Kong Police Force over the years, ''Current Exhibition'' exhibiting changing themes, and ''Heroin Factory'' exhibiting a heroin production site.



Lung Fu Shan Country Park

Hong Kong newest and smallest Country Park. Its proximity to the Peak makes it highly accessible and one is rewarded by a pleasant hike away from the crowds nearby. A convenient place to make a BBQ with great views over Victoria Harbour. Budding military historians will enjoy exploring Pinewood battery and other remnants of the Second World War.

SEE   —  The Peak

Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences

The neighbour of one of the earliest hospitals in Hong Kong, Tung Wah Hospital, this museum shows how the healthcare system evolved from traditional Chinese medicine to modern Western medicine, via the establishment of numerous hospitals and the first medical school (now the University of Hong Kong), of which Dr. Sun Yat-sen was a student.


Statue Square

Public square from the 19th century, originally with a number of royal statues, but now only with one statue of banker Sir Thomas Jackson. It is a relaxing place with plantings and fountains. The square is surrounded by some impressive buildings, including the HSBC headquarters and the Legislative Council.

SEE   —  Central

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

One of the most prestigious in Hong Kong, opened in 2005, 399 rooms, wall-to-wall windows with view of Victoria Harbour or Victoria Peak, two outdoor infinity pools, a 22,000 sq ft spa, and a fitness centre. The only hotel in the world with two three-star Michelin restaurants.


Chilli Fagara

Sichuan cuisine. Great spicy dishes including the favourites you will find in Sichuan Province. This restaurants ambitions appear to go further than just making the food as the mainland original implying that some might be disappointed. Somewhat overpriced but still good.


Brunch Club

Neighbourhood-style Western coffee shop (pre-Starbucks style) specialising in brunch and breakfast, although dinner is also served. Customers are provided with a wide range of newspapers and magazines in English and Chinese. Clientele is mainly expatriate.


Lan Kwai Fong Hotel @ Kau U Fong

A boutique hotel uniquely designed with a distinctive touch of oriental style. Each room's furniture, fabrics and artifacts are meticulously chosen displaying striking individuality. Awarded as "Asia's Leading Boutique Hotel" by World Travel Awards 2009.


Island Shangri-La

One of three elegantly appointed 5-star hotels at the conveniently located Pacific Place complex. The hotel comprises 531 rooms and 34 suites decorated with Asian-accented European furnishings. Facilities include a health club and swimming pool.


Works

A good place for tourists to start on the gay bar-scene. Popular with expats and tourists alike, it is easily accessible in Central. Friday and Saturday are the most popular nights but do not expect many drinkers to arrive much before 11PM.

DRINK   —  30-32 Wyndham St

Mandarin Oriental

Renovated in 2006, the chain's original and prestigious flagship. 502 rooms, spa, indoor swimming pool, and fitness centre. Michelin 3-star chef Pierre Gagnaire has lent his name and inspiration to, Pierre, the hotel's French restaurant.


Cat Street

Probably the best place to buy souvenirs, lots of Mao memorabilia, porcelain, buddha statues and "antiques". Lok Ku Rd, walk down Hollywood Rd towards the west, when you see the Man Mo temple walk down the stairs on the right hand side.

BUY   —  Sheung Wan

The Lanes

Buy silks, fabrics, Chinese dresses, watches, leather bags and many other things here. Despite its prime location close to Central MTR, these narrow streets have a reputation among locals for quality goods at competitive prices.

BUY   —  Central

Wellington St

Nice street with dried foodstuffs, various restaurants, majong pieces. Also check out Art Jam at 123 Wellington St. They provide you with canvas, paints and materials. From $200 to $500 depending on when you go and canvas size.

DO   —  Central

Ovolo Hotel - 2 Arbuthnot road

Design boutique hotel with Apple TV, free 1Gbps WiFi, free breakfast at cafe, full wash and dry services, free mini bar, free local calls, 24-hour gym and flexible checkout. Smoke free. Free access to 9000 citywide hotspots


Jockey Club Mt. Davis Youth Hostel

Great hostel almost at the top of Mt Davis, with good views over the city and plenty of fresh air - well away from the city bustle. Self catering kitchen, with limited supplies sold in the hostel. Friendly staff.


Pedder St and Queen's Rd

One of the best locations for jewellery and designer watches at prices that can be up to 35% less than Europe. As always, shop around for the best prices and always buy from reputable dealers to avoid fake goods.

BUY   —  Central

Chez Patrick

An excellent, Parisian-style French restaurant. The proprietor, Patrick, has a delightful obsession with foie gras which extends to creative dishes such as foie gras ice cream served as a first course.


Double Happiness Cafe

Shanghai cuisine. Nice and simple little restaurant serving authentic Shanghainese dishes. Prices reflects that this is in the centre of Soho and comparable food can be found much cheaper elsewhere.


University Museum and Art Gallery

The oldest museum in Hong Kong dating back to 1953 has a large permanent collection of Chinese antiquities as well as modern paintings. It also host exhibitions of contemporary and ancient art.


City Gallery

A celebration of planning proposals and infrastructure projects. Interactive features and devices give visitors the latest information on planning and infrastructure developments in Hong Kong.


Al Dente

Italian cuisine. Serving large, medium quality dishes not too different from what you would find in an Italian bistro. Their pastas and meat dishes are better than their pizzas. Often full.


Hotel Jen (formerly Traders Hotel)

Rooms with free internet and views of Victoria Harbour and nearby mountains. Business centre, fitness and outdoor swimming pool available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as bar.


The Landmark

An older shopping centre that has had a recent facelift to incorporate a five-star hotel. For many, it remains a focus for many of the most expensive designer fashion shops in Hong Kong.

BUY   —  Central

Conrad Hotel Hong Kong

One of three elegantly appointed 5-star hotels at the conveniently located Pacific Place complex. 513 rooms, swimming pool, and health club. Amongst the five restaurants is Nicholini's.


Ovolo Hotel – 286 Queens Road Central

Boutique hotel that opened in 2012. 60 Rooms. Queen or twin mattresses, AppleTV, loot bag, rainfall shower, electric curtains, free minibar, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, happy hour.


JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong

One of three elegantly appointed 5-star hotels at the conveniently located Pacific Place complex. Features 577 rooms, a swimming pool, 24-hour fitness centre, and six restaurants.


Central-Mid-Levels Escalator

At 800 m long, this is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. The escalator runs downhill from 6AM to 10AM and uphill from 10:30AM to midnight every day.

SEE   —  Mid-Levels

Fung Shing Restaurant

Very local eatery known for its ''dim sum'', which is cheap and good at $10 and up per serving. Open daily from 7:30AM for the dim sum breakfast crowd, but no English menu.


Oola

Away from the crowds in Soho, but worth the extra walk. International menu in a comfortable environment. Serves as both a place to eat or drink. Drinks are expensive.


The Peak Lookout

Serving a range of international cuisine such as naan bread, Hainan chicken, and steaks in a 19th century heritage building. Also has a pleasant garden patio.


The Globe

Excellent beer pub, also has good menu aimed at western taste buds. It is also one of the few places that has Typhoon T8 on tap, a locally produced cask ale.


Pacific Place and Queensway and Admiralty Centre

A number of interconnected shopping malls near Admiralty MTR. Pleasant air-conditioned shopping for mid-price to expensive branded goods and restaurants.

BUY   —  Admiralty

Yung Kee Restaurant

This is a popular place for Cantonese style Roast Goose and century eggs. Come early and make reservations as they have been known to run out of geese!


Beirut

Lebanese cuisine is top of the sheet. Lamb or chicken kebab and sisha. Nice decor but the food is a far cry from the real deal (particularly in taste).

EAT   —  Lan Kwai Fong

Chater Garden

Adjacent to the Legislative Council Building, this is the place where disgruntled Hongkongers come to protest. Named after businessman Sir Paul Chater.

SEE   —  Central

Hong Kong Park

A great place to relax in Central. Head for L16 cafe and bar which is one of the few places where you can eat and drink outdoors away from the traffic.

SEE   —  +852 2521 5041 —  Central

Cenotaph

Built in 1923 in honour of the fallen soldiers of WWI and later also attributed to the ones from WWII. It is a copy of the more famous one in London.

SEE   —  Central

Island Pacific Hotel

Rooms with internet service. Business centre, fitness and outdoor swimming pool available. Western restaurant, bar and room service available.


L16 Cafe and Bar

Serves Thai and Italian food, but come for the location - not the food. A rare place to drink and eat outside away from the noise of Central.


The Mercer

Opened in 2011, 55-room boutique hotel, outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour fitness centre with complementary minibar, coffee and tea.


City Hall

Concert hall, theatre, and exhibition space. This cultural hub is famous for its dim sum restaurant.


Soho and south of Hollywood Rd area

Has a new a trendy shopping area around Staunton and Lower Elgin St with lots of local designers.

BUY   —  Map

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

A small, free zoo with reptiles, primates, a jaguar, and rare and endangered birds and plants.

SEE   —  Mid-Levels

Dumpling House

Great Beijing-style dumplings, avoid going there during lunch hour, because it is packed.


Jashan

Indian cuisine. Serves great curries and perfect naan. The lunch buffet is good value.


Good Luck Thai

Seating is both indoors and outdoors, very popular on weekends, nice atmosphere.


Madame Tussauds

The usual Tussauds waxworks with characters that appeal to Chinese interests.

SEE   —  The Peak

Ayuthaiya

Thai cuisine. Serving quite authentic food in a stylish, dark environment.


Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Boutique hotel, opened in 2005, 113 rooms, 25,000 sq ft Oriental Spa.


Flow

Second hand bookshop where you can exchange your used travel guides.


Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre

Offers visual arts studios for artists as well as exhibition halls.


Mingle Place On The Wing

Full sized suite provides separate living/work and bedroom areas.


XTC Gelato

A popular place to get your fix of ice-cream or frozen yoghurt.


Wai Kee Congee Shop

A good place to sample some traditional Hong Kong style food.


Percy Bakery

A high quality bakery. Take away and delivery service only.


Propaganda

Famous gay club. Tends to get going after Works has faded.


China Tee Club

A colonial gem. A private club that welcomes visitors.


Pizza Express

Has a nice view overlooking the Mid-Levels Escalator.

EAT   —  21 Lyndhurst Terrace

Law Fu Kee

Popular little restaurant serving congee and noodles.


Zhong Guo Song

Good Chinese food, without MSG and less oil.


Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum

Exhibits on the life of Sun Yat-sen.


HAHAClub

For cheaper booze, you can try here.


Bishop Lei International House

Operated by the Catholic Diocese.

SLEEP   —  Robinson Rd, Mid-Levels

Bistro Bouchon

French bistro focusing on steaks.

EAT   —  49 Elgin St, Soho

Liquid Lounge

Chic and classy bar serving food.


Hotel LKF

A 95-room boutique hotel.


Tokyo Joe

Japanese food.

EAT   —  Lan Kwai Fong

La Pampa

Argentinian.

EAT   —  Staunton St, Soho

Hollywood Road

Antiques.

BUY   —  Soho

Baci

Pizza.

EAT   —  Lan Kwai Fong

Insomnia

DRINK   —  Lan Kwai Fong

Lux

DRINK   —  Lan Kwai Fong

Al's Diner

DRINK   —  Lan Kwai Fong

About Hong Kong/Central

The area's proximity to Victoria Harbour led it to become an early centre of trade and finance. Today it remains Hong Kong's administrative centre.


Source: wikivoyage