While mostly known for it’s active night life and party scene, there is another side to Wan Chai that is very much family friendly. On this trip with my family, we unknowingly booked a hotel right in the middle of the nightly happenings, and were hesitant as to how good our location was. We were pleased however, to discover that good food and shopping does exist in this area as well.
A pretty popular place among locals for a morning dim sum would be Fu Tung Guangdong restaurant located right opposite our hotel. While I’d say the food is mediocre and nothing spectacular, it is a very comfortable setting and a nice place to sit and chat with your family, away from the usual overcrowded and packed small dim sum outlets around.
As mentioned in my Guide to Mongkok post, my family thoroughly enjoyed Passion by GD and it was probably the highlight of our trip. One of their biggest and most luxurious outlets is located in Wan Chai. The setting is absolutely beautiful and it feels like you’re in a lovely veranda in France, rather than the streets of Hong Kong. the design of Lee Tung avenue is very European and very homely. If you’re looking for a quiet and comfortable afternoon place to laze away, there’s no where better.
A famous ice-cream and waffles store that I was dying to try, and put on my ‘to eat’ list was the highly raved about Oddies Foodies. Unfortunately, I fell really ill on my 3rd day of the trip and was in no shape to stomach this. I’ll have to save it for my next trip to Hong Kong, and maybe you can live my dream for me instead.
Wan Chai market is a lovely place along Tai Yuen street where locals go to from morning to afternoon to get their marketing done. Here you will be able to see locals interacting with each other as well as find some fresh fruits and yummy food. Be sure to keep you eye open for freshly baked cheese tarts from the local bakery. They may not be as great as BAKE cheese tarts, but they are definitely satisfying as well.
Address: Tai Yuen Street
Opening hours: Flexible, usually 11am- 6pm
Nearest MTR: Wan Chai (exit A3)
Along Lee Tung avenue, there are very photogenic and pretty streets where shopping can be done. Shops like benefit and Pandora as well as other more high-end brands are available here. Even if you’re not up for the shopping, taking a stroll here with your family is really fun as the whole area is like no other in Hong Kong. Its feels like you’re in the Hollywood world of Universal Studios Singapore. That’s the only way I can explain it.
Another interesting thing that can be found in Wan Chai would be the smile bar, a painless and fuss-free teeth whitening salon. You can read about my whole experience on it here and it’s definitely worth checking it if you have heavily stained teeth, or a problem with fluoride.
Don’t forget to find me on social media!
Kisses & lipstick smudges.