Escape the expat bubble: Lai Chi Kok
Let’s be honest, us expats are as bad as each other. We roll our eyes when people say they never go to Kowloon and sigh when others only ever suggest the same bars to go to. But how many of us actually head out further than the safe zone of Soho, Central and Sheung Wan? Well you should, HK is a big city if you step outside your little box. May we suggest…Lai Chi Kok? Here’s what’s going in Kowloon’s up-and-coming district:
Tang 2 is a new casual dining brand offering celebrated ‘Tang’ Chinese dishes and delightful western delicacies to the savvy crowd.
Unit G09C, G/F Cheung Sha Wan Plaza, 833 Cheung Sha Wan Road,
Representing the Australian way of living, BONDI serves up good coffee, good wine and of course good food.
Rm203, 2/F Elite Industrial Centre 883 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Lai Chi Kok
Vegetarian Cantonese food I hear you say? Yes, that’s right. And reasonably priced too!
Shop 4D, G/F, Elite Industrial Centre, 883 Cheung Sha Wan Rd, Lai Chi Kok,
Kwan Kee Bamboo Noodles
One of the few Jook Sing Noodle shops remaining, visitors can watch the cooking process of bamboo stick noodles and more.
1 Wing Lung Street, Cheung Sha Wan
Hong Kong Industrial Centre
Lai Chi Kok is an epic shopping district – but not for tourists. It is known for its wholesale and export shops, which are mainly located in Hong Kong Industrial Centre that hold hundreds upon hundreds of shops. However, many will only sell to trade customers but you can always try your luck and some still sell to casual walk-ins. Shops in Hong Kong Industrial Centre open from about 10am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and, apart from a few in the alleyways between the blocks of the centre, most close on Sundays.
489-491 Castle Peak Road
Jao Tsung-I Academy
Jao Tsung-I Academy is a centre that promotes Chinese culture and facilitates cultural exchange located on a historic compound which was the former site of the former Lai Chi Kok Hospital.
800 Castle Peak Road
How To Get There
From Central MTR Station take the red line to Mei Foo Station.
Take either bus number 102 or 914 from Central Bus Terminus.
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