Tsuen Wan may be known for its impressively huge shopping malls packed with things to do, but its dining and entertainment scenes are just as noteworthy. Tucked away in the New Territories where space is generous, the buzzing neighborhood prides itself on its unique plethora of activities. From a converted textiles-factory-turned-arts-hub to Hong Kong’s largest cat café, Tsuen Wan is making waves in the city with locals flocking in from allover. Here are some of our most recommended highlights on your next trip to Tsuen Wan.
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Opening its doors in 2018, The Mills is a non-profit institution which celebrates local design, innovation and culture. Set within a former textiles factory, the project welcomes visitors to rediscover a lesser-known side of 1960s Hong Kong. Explore the history of the textiles industry in the now-modernised building, which also features restaurants and shops from local entrepreneurs and small businesses. It’s a crowd favorite for good reason.
4th Floor, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, 3979-2300.
Although Western Monastery is one of the fairly newer Buddhist temples in Hong Kong, the 1970s-built monument spans across an expansive 200,000 square meters. The temple includes nine Chinese palatial architectural structures, an exhibition area for Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, and more. Head here for the afternoon and soak in the cultural significance of this iconic historical establishment.
Lo Wai Rd, Lo Wai, Tsuen Wan, 2411-5111.
Dine like a true Hongkonger at Lin Heung Tea House, which celebrates the time-honored tradition of dim sum. Highlights include the classics, from siu mai to juicy char siu bao. Designed as a family-friendly ritual spot, hungry bellies will find themselves satisfied with the abundance of sharing selections to try.
Shop P9, Luk Yeung Galleria, Wai Tsuen Road, Tsuen Wan, 2498-6330.
This Japanese gem is frequented by locals looking for their seafood fix – or perhaps a simple ramen. Whether you’re craving fresh sashimi or a hearty pork cutler rice, Shoken is your typical pitstop for lunch and dinner bites.
22 Hoi Pa St, Tsuen Wan, 3590-4277.
Hong Kong is at no shortage of delightful Thai eats, but this Tsuen Wan restaurant is a pretty picture for plant enthusiasts. Decorated with chic greenery outside to welcome gourmands in, Ann Mamma Thai Kitchen serves nostalgic favorites inside. Try the Green Papaya Salad and one of the curries for mains – they’re typical must-orders.
Get your Spanish tapas fix at El Cerdo, Tsuen Wan’s Spanish cuisine experts. The restaurant holds another branch in Wan Chai, which serves equally scrumptious meals. On a cool day, order the hot paella with a fresh Sangria – with some side tapas, of course.
Tai Yuen House, 77 Tai Pa St, Tsuen Wan, 2882-3811.
On Castle Peak Road in Tsuen Wan, the Swiss Alps comes to you at Chalet, a cosy abode away from the city. The wooden-themed restaurant serves popular favorites from the wagyu tomahawk to the scrumptious risotto. Take a seat, if you please.
Shop B, G/F, Kam Tsuen Mansion, 407-411 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, 3705-2125.
Fancy a tipple? Head to the casual, dim-lit Vici Bar, which serves booze and snacks for small and large groups. There’s even live band performances to get the crowd pumping throughout the night.
Shop A, G/F, 32-36 Hau Tei Square, Tsuen Wan, 2615-9229.
Known as Hong Kong’s craft beer hub, TAP – The Ale Project opens its Tsuen Wan branch in The Mills to serve New Territories folk. Offering drinks from top-tier local and international breweries, the bar has also collaborated with local roaster Cotton Mutton for a selection of in-house caffeine brews.
Unit 302, 3/F, Mill 5, 45 Pak Tin Par St, Tsuen Wan, 2331-2621.
Housing around 30 felines, The Cats TeaRoom is Hong Kong’s largest cafe café. Visitors are welcome to drink and dine with the kitties, and if you’re on the lookout, to adopt a cat for yourself. The local establishment also regularly donates to animal shelters in Hong Kong to show its support.
Floor 1, 45 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan, 2149-6261.
Decked in a photogenic pastel colour theme, Du Du Partyroom is a 2,300 square-foot party venue open for hiring or just visiting. From karaoke to video games, the party spot welcomes game lovers to try the selection of fun-filled activities. The colorful ball pit is unsurprisingly an ultimate hit for everyone.
Wing Fung Industrial Building, 40-50 Sha Tsui Rd, Tsuen Wan, 5238-9749.
There are so many shopping malls in Tsuen Wan that it becomes an activity in itself to go shopping mall hopping. Highlights include Tsuen Wan Plaza, Citywalk Plaza, Discovery Park and Luk Yeung Galleria, to name a few.
If you’ve made it out to Tsuen Wan, you might as well venture a little further to explore another New Territories gem – if time allows you. Yuen Long offers local food, fresh air and a plethora of outdoor and indoor activities to please all ages. Prepare to spend quite some time out here though, with travel time in mind.