Hong Kong’s former industrial hub is now enjoying a rebirth as one of the city’s most happening districts. Read our guide to Wong Chuk Hang for the area’s must-visit eateries, hidden gems and hangout spots.
Perched on the south side of Hong Kong, Wong Chuk Hang is an up-and-coming district that hums with the faded glory of its industrial past. Beyond its large-scale factory facades now lies a thriving art and culture hub abuzz with innovative art galleries, stylish coffee shops, under-the-radar diners – and more! Whether you’re an art aficionado or an avid foodie, Wong Chuk Hang has something for everyone – you’ve just got to know where to go. Here are Hive Life’s hotspots.
Need your morning caffeine fix? Swing by Sensory ZERO. A speciality coffee shop only a few feet away from the MTR station, this café is one of the best-kept secrets in Hong Kong’s coffee scene. Nestled in the cavernous Lane Crawford furniture showroom, Sensory Zero is an amalgamation of tradition and modernity with handcrafted Chinese decor sprinkled across its industrial interior. And, for real coffee buffs, regular coffee workshops deliver some much-coveted expertise.
Insider Tip: If your purchase is worth more than HKD 100, pay with the DBS Compass Visa to get 10% off.
Address: Unit G01, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Open From: 8 am – 8 pm
An African-themed café with an ethos driven by equality, Africa Coffee & Tea not only offers you your daily caffeine fix, but also brings you a taste of diversity. As soon as you step inside this hidden gem tucked away in a modest commercial building, you’re greeted by the aroma of fresh coffee and a colourful display of tribal décor and African art. Its eclectic spirit shines through everything from their organic goodies (try their chapatis) to their premium coffee beans from Ethiopia, all of which are ethically sourced from different parts of the continent.
Insider Tip: Think yourself a beer geek more than a coffee addict? Give their South African craft beer a try.
Address: 15/F, Suite 1501 – 1504, 41 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Open From: Mon – Wed: 9:30 am – 7 pm, Thu – Fri: 9:30 am – 9:30 pm, Sat – Sun: 10 am – 6 pm
One of the most underrated food spots in Hong Kong is the Nam Long Shan Road Cooked Food Market. Modest on the outside, this fan-cooled, two-storey indoor market lit with fluorescent lights houses some of the city’s best local delicacies. From affordable Cha Chaan Tangs (Hong Kong-style teahouses) to traditional Cantonese Dai Pai Dongs and authentic Thai restaurants, this food hall offers a truly Hong Kong dining experience.
Insider Tip: The local favourite is the Hainanese chicken rice from the Thai Restaurant Green Curry House.
Address: 1 Nam Long Shan Rd, Wong Chuk Hang
Open From: Mon – Sat: 6 am – 2 am, Sun: 6 am – 12 am
Planning to kickstart a plant-based diet? Check out MUM Veggie Café. A vegetarian café specialising in Japanese-inspired cuisine, it serves up some of Hong Kong’s most delicious veggie fare and some seriously healthy desserts. Located just around the corner from Sensory Zero, it’s no wonder MUM has become a popular lunch spot for local office crowds and residents with its homey interiors of reclaimed wood and old-school desks.
Insider Tip: Make sure to bring your own cup for takeaway on Fridays to get an HKD 4 discount.
Address: Unit G07, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Open From: 8 am – 5 pm
Craving an Italian feast? This cosy restaurant is the place to be. Run by the Grappa group, GCX rolls out plenty of mouth-watering Italian dishes from vitello tonnato and Spaghetti alle vongole to a truly authentic, thin-crust parma pizza, using only top-quality Italian produce. And, for those keen on a truly homemade Italian dinner, you can purchase their ingredients from their in-store deli and wine shop selling delicious ingredients and the widest selection of olive oils in Hong Kong.
Insider Tip: GCX caters to gluten-free Italian food fans with plenty of options to suit them.
Address: Shop G09, G/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Open From: Mon – Wed: 10 am – 9 pm, Thu – Fri: 10 am – 9:30 pm, Sat – Sun: 11 am – 9 pm
Specialising in healthy Southeast Asian fare, Golden Monkey is somewhere to indulge in your beloved Asian classics without the guilt. Billed as a food court/market concept, this casual spot is great for everything from banh mi to Hainan chicken rice, Vietnamese beef noodles to made-to-order salads packed with goodness from their Garden Bar.
Insider Tip: If you’re staying at the Ovolo Southside Hotel, you’ll get a 10% discount off your bill.
Address: Shop G08, G/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Open From: Sun – Thu: 11:30 am – 9 pm, Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Young Master’s in Wong Chuk Hang is one of Hong Kong’s biggest breweries, and a state-of-the-art place featuring a fully-automated system. Offering tours and behind-the-scenes access, beer buffs can head here to get the lowdown on production processes and explore the future of craft beer. The best part? Tastings along the way.
Insider Tip: Special brews are available at different times of the year, and all to purchase for takeaway.
Address: Sungib Industrial Centre, G/F, 53 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Open From: Mon – Fri: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Sat: 12 pm – 6 pm
Whether you’re looking for a healthy Mediterranean salad or just a decent cocktail, this place has it all. Located in the Ovolo Southside Hotel just 5 minutes walk away from the metro station, head there by day to indulge in their rich selection of tapas and sharing plates, or check out their cheery rooftop bar for a creative cocktail whisked up by their talented mixologists by night – served up alongside stunning panoramic views of Wong Chuk Hang’s twinkling lights and the city beyond.
Insider Tip: Their happy hour starts as early as 3 pm and ends at 7 pm.
Address: Ovolo Southside Hotel, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Open From: 6:30 am – 11 pm
Situated right across from Wong Chuk Hang’s MTR station, the Hive Spring is a huge 6,000 sq. ft. space tucked away in one of the area’s industrial buildings. Housed in a former art gallery, this coworking space and event venue is a hub for creatives and creative businesses. With its studio theatre, beautiful working spaces and outdoor terrace, it’s also home to a wide range of exhibitions, music events, screenings and talks. Looking to connect with like-minded creatives and fellow entrepreneurs who value the arts? This is the right place to be.
Insider Tip: The Hive Spring hosts regular art exhibitions featuring different artists. And, they’re open to the public for free! Check out their Facebook Page for more details.
Address: 3/F, Remex Centre, Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang
Open From: Mon – Fri: 8 am – 8 pm
This esteemed gallery was founded by Pascal and Sylvie de Sarthe in Paris before moving to Hong Kong via San Francisco in 2010. Since then, they’ve featured international and local artists from French sculptor Auguste Rodin to mainland Chinese photographer Lin Zhipeng. Yet, while it may have a history spanning over 4 decades, there’s nothing traditional about this creative spot. In its cavernous 10,000 sq. ft. space, de Sarthe embraces everything from performing arts to groundbreaking works by emerging artists, video installations and sculptures. They even serve up on-site art-making sessions, making them a truly interactive spot on Hong Kong’s must-visit cultural list.
Insider Tip: Every summer, de Sarthe Gallery invites and hosts an artist in its space for two months as part of its de Sarthe Artist Residency (deSAR) program. Head down to meet the artist and have a peek into the creative life behind their work.
Address: 20/F Global Trade Square, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Open From: Mon – Sat: 11 am – 7 pm
If you’re looking to unwind from your strenuous city life, this one’s for you! Sitting in a serene 2,400 sq. ft. warehouse, Lump Studio is a fully-equipped pottery haven for ceramic makers of all levels. Offering a variety of membership-based pottery workshops and masterclasses, it’s the place to head to learn a new craft, hone an old one or even pick up the fruits of someone else’s endeavours, thanks to its quirky marketplace!
Insider Tip: If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind ceramic decor for your home but are not so keen to get your hands dirty, you can get your pieces tailor-made at Lump Studio.
Address: 11A, Gee Luen Hing Industrial Building, 2 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang
Open From: 11 am – 9 pm
If you need help fitting exercise into your hectic schedule, Trybe is a go-to option. This 3,500 sq. ft. premiere training centre for gymnastics, weightlifting, acrobatics, and movement caters to all fitness goals with its light airy spaces and endless classes. Easy to get to from both Wong Chuk Hang’s MTR and main office clusters, here’s a place to boost your energy and your spirits.
Insider Tip: New to Trybe? Get their Newbie Pass for a 3-class package for only HKD 299.
Address: Unit 209 – 210, 2nd Floor, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Open From: Mon – Fri: 7 am – 9 pm, Sat – Sun: 10 am – 4 pm