Hong Kong Neighbourhoods: Admiralty | Hong Kong Pass

Nestled between Central and Wan Chai on Hong Kong island's waterfront is Admiralty,

Admiralty is one of the busiest neighbourhoods on Hong Kong Island and while it’s mostly popular with business people, government officials and finance types, it’s well worth a visit. Originally a former Admiralty Dock and British naval dockyard, Admiralty used to be home to military barracks until its urban renewal during the 1970s. Now, Admiralty is filled with restaurants, luxury shops and the occasional green space, don’t be fooled by the size of this district as it packs a real punch. Read on for our guide to Admiralty Hong Kong below.

Things to do in Admiralty Hong Kong

Tamar Park
Located in front of the official government offices (easily recognisable by the gigantic hole in the middle of it), this sprawling green park trails all the way down to the waterfront and boasts a gorgeous view of the Kowloon skyline. During fireworks season, you’re likely to find the space filled with thousands of people clamouring for the best view of the stellar Victoria Harbour display.

Hong Kong Park
Savvy tourists can take the escalators up to the very top of Pacific Place and enter Hong Kong Park for a lush emerald stroll. Surrounded on all sides by towering skyscrapers, this secret pocket of greenery is the city’s best kept secret and features a gigantic pond filled with turtles and scarlet carp, waterfall features and an aviary filled with over 80 different species of bird. Tea lovers can also visit the Tea Museum tucked away in the back and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a romantic occasion as many wedding couples come here for their photoshoots.

Peak Tram
A short walk through Hong Kong Park will take you onto Garden Road where the Peak Tram Lower Terminus is located. Hop aboard this iconic and historic Hong Kong attraction for a unique journey up the side of the mountain to the summit of Victoria Peak. 

Pacific Place
This upscale shopping destination is home to luxury stores and labels including Burberry, Chanel, Celine, Harvey Nichols, Gucci, Montblanc and more. Spanning five floors, it’s also home to a number of fantastic restaurants perfect for a well-deserved break spanning varied global cuisines. For authentic Beijing-style food, Peking Duck Restaurant is a must-visit destination (especially for its signature eponymous dish) while those looking further afield will find their tastebuds sated at Thai Basil, Morty’s and renowned local favourite C’est La B.

Pacific Place also boasts a thriving events programme, with art installations and performances regularly taking place throughout the year. Visitors can also access Admiralty Centre from its walkway, which is where the Ocean Park bus terminal is located.

Pacific Place Cinema
Pacific Place cinema is generally quieter than other cinephile hangouts on the island and boasts a discerning selection. Beyond the expected blockbusters and hottest new releases, it’s also a cut above other theatres in Hong Kong with a posh wine bar, gourmet offerings and French leather seats to recline in. Nicher viewing options including live filmed performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet and more area also screened here.

Asia Society
Located on Justice Drive, adjacent to Pacific Place is the Hong Kong Asia Society, an arts and culture hub that regularly hosts workshops, film screenings exhibitions, events, heritage tours and more. Located on the site of the former Explosives Magazine of the old Victoria Barracks, the area is steeped in historical and cultural significance. 

Where to eat in Admiralty

Upper House Hong Kong
It doesn’t get more luxury than the Upper House Hong Kong, a tasteful hotel with a birds’ eye view over the thriving metropolis. Discreet, chic and every inch a five star hotel, this modern hotel was designed by celebrity architect Andre Fu and its chic interiors are utterly inspiring.

Even if you haven’t booked in for a stay at the Upper House, a visit to this hotel is highly recommended as its bar and restaurant Cafe Gray Deluxe is one of the most romantic date nights in the city. Located way up on the 49th floor, Cafe Gray towers over the rest of Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour for stunning views across Kowloon. Headed by Chef Gray Kunz, the seasonal menu is described as ‘modern European’ and the cocktail bar’s Earl Gray Martini comes highly recommended.

C’est La B
As the casual dining sister to renowned Hong Kong darling Ms B’s Bakery, this hidden cafe in Pacific Place is a great place to find peace amongst the city’s bustling crowds. As the brainchild of HK celebrity Bonnae Gokson, her discerning taste is palpable in everything from the chic interiors through to the decadent desserts on offer. If you order one thing, we’d recommend a taster selection of their signature cakes - they have to be tried to be believed. There’s a reason she’s Hong Kong’s resident Queen of Confectionary, after all.

Metropol Restaurant
Want an authentic dim sum dining experience? This no frills restaurant located over in Admiralty Centre is as old school as it gets, filled with staff pushing trolleys piled high with fragrant bamboo steamers and local families conversing in Cantonese over pots of tea. You’re likely to see many expats and the restaurant is used to catering to English-speaking clientele, even if the customer service can sometimes leave something to be desired. Affordable and serving up the usual classics, ask for the char siew bao, siu mai and har gao for a crowd-pleasing selection.

Bizou American Brasserie
Nestled inside Pacific Place is Bizou American Brasserie - with a relaxed and alfresco atmosphere, this delicious eatery serves American-style classics from crab cakes and burgers to fresh salads, indulgent cheesecake and more. 

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