Hong Kong Neighbourhoods: Lan Kwai Fong & Soho | Hong Kong Pass

Discover the city's popular nightlife neighbourhood with a visit to Hong Kong's Lan Kwai Fong and Soho neighbourhoods. Whether you're a first-timer or a regular visitor, a visit here is unmissable.

After a day spent queueing for Hong Kong tourist attractions or braving public transport crowds, you definitely deserve dinner and a drink. There’s a number of fantastic spots across the island to unwind in, however if you’re on the main island it’s worth heading to Lan Kwai Fong or Soho just once. Located just a stone’s throw from one another, Soho is a better choice if you’re looking to relax with dinner and drinks while Lan Kwai Fong draws the party crowds. Read on for more on these neighbourhoods below..

Lan Kwai Fong Hong Kong

If you’re looking for a Hong Kong bar to hang out in or a club to dance the night away, it doesn’t get any better than Lan Kwai Fong. Don’t let its size fool you, this humble neighbourhood is Hong Kong’s busiest bar district and packed with bars: all vying for you to come in and grab a drink. If you’ve got your dancing shoes on, Rula Bula, Stormies and Insomnia never fail to disappoint, while those looking for to party with the bigwigs should head to Azure or Bungalow. For a more laidback night, give Buddha Lounge or Orange Peel a shout.

Al fresco on Wing Wah Lane
Don't be discouraged by its local nickname "rat alley", Wing Wah Lane is a pedestrian street with a number of restaurants spilling out onto the road with tables and chairs for a buzzing al-fresco dining experience in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong. From delicious Thai, Indian and Malaysian cuisine to shisha, Wing Wah Lane is a great pitstop before heading into the night.  

Ce La Vi
Head to the heights and enjoy sky-high cocktails and modern asian bites at Ce La Vi in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong at the top of California Tower. Situated on the 25/F, spanning three floors and boasting an open-air Skybar complete with spectacular views and a jacuzzi (why not!), Ce La Vi is a sleek and chic spot to enjoy a sundowner as the city below begins to light up. 

Tokio Joe
An Hong Kong favourite, Tokio Joe has been serving the freshest modern Japanese cuisine in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong for over two decades. The original LKF Japanese restaurant - the chefs at Tokio Joe specialise in contemporary dishes with the finest ingredients from sushi and sashimi to a-la-carte dishes and curated omakase. Be aware you will need to book in advance. 

Tsui Wah
A favourite with locals, expats and visitors alike - Tsui Wah is a 24-hr HK institution serving everything from buns with condensed milk to noodles, rice, HK-style milk tea and more. No matter the time of day, the Wellington Street location is busy with diners. 

Yung Kee
Located at the base of Lan Kwai Fong, this Chinese restaurant is a legend on the Hong Kong scene. Serving up the best roast duck in the city, it’s always filled with hungry customers ranging from business types who’ve managed to sneak away on the lunch break or old grannies who’ve literally been coming here for years.

If you’re looking to party with celebrities and Hong Kong’s elite, Dragon-I is always filled with party people when the sun goes down. With a number of tables and chic crowd, you’re likely to see champagne bottles with gigantic sparklers being ferried across the club as the night drags on. Even if you’re not down to party, it’s worth heading here in the day time as they actually serve a pretty fantastic afternoon dim sum menu before the shenanigans take hold.

Soho Hong Kong

If you take the Mid-Levels escalator beyond IFC, you’ll end up passing through the Soho neighbourhood - a more chilled out place to hang out with your friends and drink over a lovely meal. While there’s a time and a place for Lan Kwai Fong’s drunken shenanigans, you’re likely to find a slightly older crowd hanging out here in Soho looking to grab dinner and drinks with friends to reconnect.

Staunton’s is busy literally every night of the week, with crowds spilling out onto the street, people-watching from its second floor balcony and hanging out on the steps outside with a glass of wine in hand. As a popular spot for the city’s expat community to hang out, you’re always going to find someone here waiting to strike up a conversation.

Ho Lee Fook
The tongue-in-cheek name of this restaurants is well-suited to this modern Chinese fine dining restaurant, which boasts some of the most exciting dishes amongst Hong Kong’s diverse culinary scene. Make sure you grab a photograph of its wall of golden lucky cats, all waving in tandem to welcome guests.

Formerly the Police Married Quarters, this grand old space was given a massive face-lift and transformed into an exciting shopping space filled with independent boutiques. It’s great idea to keep an eye on its event schedule as every now and again, it hosts laidback street food fairs and charming craft markets.

Lil Bao
Headed up by one of Hong Kong’s most exciting culinary talents, this tiny eatery is one you’ll have to fight the crowds for as they don’t take reservations. Tucked away on the upper streets of Soho, you’ll recognise it instantly from its gigantic neon sign and the satisfied customers inside crunching on Chinese-meets-LA cuisine. Surprise, they specialise in bao.

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