Neighborhood Guide: Central
Collected by Emily Chu , AFAR Local Expert
Named for its location at the hub of Hong Kong's business district, Central is also home to many of the city's best hot spots for shopping, dining, and nightlife.
18 Shelley St, Central, Hong Kong
The best way to get to this restaurant is by taking the mid-levels escalators. The atmosphere is lovely. We loved the mosaic floors and grand arched ceiling. This gastropub's menu has influences from the Iberian Peninsula. Dishes are best shared...
32-40號 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong
Restaurants line both sides of Wellington Street but one of the places you must try is the local mainstay Yung Kee. You can't miss its gigantic gold sign, with their famous roast goose hung on the other side of the shopfront window pane. This...
48 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
No, they are not trying to claim divinity; "G.O.D." just sounds like "live better" in Cantonese. This is the kind of humor you should expect when walking into the shop, which has products designed with nostalgic Hong Kong patterns and local logos....
33 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong
If you are looking for great cocktails, head to Lily and Bloom. The drinks are inspired by America’s Prohibition era. They have a lot of great rum drinks like the Old Cuban or the Periodista. Upstairs is a small private dining room and a cigar...
22/F Alexandra House, 18 Chater Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Otto e Mezzo is located in a Central shopping mall in Hong Kong, but that doesn't mean it's not a serious restaurant. It's actually the first Italian restaurant outside of Italy to be awarded three Michelin stars. It offers a prix-fixe lunch...
56, 58 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
We heard about The Quinary's bestseller, the Earl Grey Caviar Martini, concocted of Cointreau, Absolut vodka, elderflower syrup and topped with earl grey caviar, and we were sold. Couple this with the chic decor of leather club chairs, dark hues...
South China Building, 1 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong
When you dine at Jimmy's Kitchen, bear in mind that you're enjoying something that has been a part of Hong Kong's history for over 80 years. The restaurant claims that more business deals have been signed here than in any boardroom in the city....
162 Wellington St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Seeking a Cantonese pastry with an attractive almond-scented brown crust and a heart of golden lotus seed paste. Melty kisses with a post-doctorate degree in pork lard shortening a must. The courtship begins in front of Lin Heung's pastry case...
38 Shelley St, Mid-level, Hong Kong
After several weeks in Asia, we were hungry for some European flavours and a great glass of wine to wash it all down with. We stumbled upon the lively Bacar Tapas and Wine Bar, just off the Central Mid-Levels Escalators. The service was friendly...
PRINCES BUILDING, 10 Chater Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Atop the Prince's Building sits Sevva, one of the swankiest bars in town. Architectural buffs will also love its location for the wraparound terrace gives a great view of some of Hong Kong's most famous skyscrapers. There's no better way to get up...
15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Though you're already traveling, the award-winning Oriental Spa sweeps you off to another place with their signature, personalized "Time Ritual" treatments, designed in collaboration with wellness experts from around the world. Book the deluxe...
Wo On Ln, Central, Hong Kong
The great thing about a city like Hong Kong is that it's always buzzing at all hours! On this particular evening, I'd gone to have a suit made at shop called Lapel in Central (very close to the mile-long set of escalators) and after having some...
108 Hollywood Rd, Tai Ping Shan, Hong Kong
Located on Hollywood Road, amid Hong Kong’s many galleries, antique shops, and boutiques, this café is the perfect place to rest and refuel. The menu includes excellent coffee, a large selection of French wines by the glass, and bistro fare such...
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