MUST READ – Where to stay in Hong Kong (September 2019)

Hong Kong is pulsating with life 24/7... This neighborhood guide will help you choose where to stay in Hong Kong...

Hong Kong is a pulsing city waiting to be explored.

This metropolis offers travelers excellent outdoor markets, plenty of bars and clubs, and amazing places to eat in Hong Kong,

Hong Kong is also a city photographer’s paradise. With a growing population, yet very little ground space, Hong Kong continues to build high-rise apartments and skyscrapers unlike anywhere you’ve seen.

With one of the world’s most impressive skylines and plenty to see and do, it’s easy to see why you would want to visit Hong Kong and experience its unique culture.

That said, booking a place to stay in Hong Kong can be overwhelming! The city is a maze of bustling streets and neighborhoods, and you will want to base yourself in a convenient area.

If you are wondering where to stay in Hong Kong, fear not, we wrote this guide to Hong Kong for to help you choose the best neighborhood for your next visit.

We have also included what to do in Hong Kong, organized by our favorite neighborhoods. Be sure to check out our Hong Kong Backpacker Guide as well!

Reference: Even though Hong Kong is an autonomous city, you may want to travel to mainland China. If so, check out this awesome China Travel Guide we put together!

 

Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Hong Kong

  • Best place in Hong Kong for first timers –  Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Where to stay in Hong Kong on a budget – Mong Kok
  • Best area to stay in Hong Kong for nightlife – Lan Kwai Fong
  • Coolest place to stay in Hong Kong – Wan Chai
  • Best neighborhood in Hong Kong for families – Causeway Bay

 

In a hurry? Here’s my top neighborhood for first timers:

Tsim Sha Tsui
As one of the most central districts in the city, it’s little wonder Tsim Sha Tsui receives so many visitors. The nightlife, cafes and markets might also have something to do with it
Places to Visit:
  • Kowloon Park – those keen to escape city life can take a wark in sprawling Kowloon Park which is home to greenery, plants and bird life.
  • Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier – for over 100 years, the ships at this docking station have been taking travellers across the water from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island.
  • K11 – don’t miss this art gallery and shopping centre which displays exhibitions all throughout the year. Pick up some goods as you explore the installations.

 

Where to Stay around Hong Kong

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for the where to look while staying in Hong Kong.

 

Best Hostel in Hong Kong: Rainbow Lodge

This quirky, friendly hostel is a great base for exploring Hong Kong. It’s right in the heart of the city meaning you can save money on transport, and it has all the amenities you’ll need during your stay. You’ll have access to the WiFi, lockers and power points by every bed.

We think this is one of the best places to stay in Hong Kong. If you want more inspiration, check out our post on the best hostels in Hong Kong.

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Best Hotel in Hong Kong: Little Tai Hang

Whether you’re after spacious rooms, optimum location or spectacular views out over the city, this hotel covers all bases. It makes for a refreshing change to many of the city’s corporate hotel chains as each room features different thoughtful details. There’s even a fitness centre if you overdose on dim sum!

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Best Airbnb in Hong Kong: Cozy Studio near Mongkok

Conveniently based in northern Kowloon, this spacious apartment is as cool as the bustling streets outside. With exposed brick walls and quirky egg-shaped chairs, it’s every hipster’s dream – minus the avocado. It also boasts high-speed WiFi, 24-hour security and easy access to the subway.

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Hong Kong Neighborhood Guide

Quick Summary: The Best Places to Stay in Hong Kong

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Tsim Sha Tsui

  • As one of the most central districts in the city, it’s little wonder Tsim Sha Tsui receives so many visitors. The nightlife, cafes and markets might also have something to do with it
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Mong Kok

  • Known to be a buzzy maze of backstreets, some people would rather run a mile than get lost in Mong Kok. However, once you get immersed, it’s one of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods with flashing neon signs on every corner and plenty of cheap and cheerful authentic eateries.
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Lan Kwai Fong

  • Hong Kong is a city that never sleeps. The neighborhood particularly prone to insomnia is Lan Kwai Fon, an area home to some of Asia’s best and busiest clubs.
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Wan Chai

  • The quirky district of Wan Chai was once grubby and run-down, but nowadays it’s coming up as one of the most interesting districts in the city.
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Causeway Bay

  • Causeway Bay is the biggest retail district in Hong Kong. While you could quite literally shop ’til you drop, there are plenty of other hidden gems in this densely populated neighbourhood.
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Hong Kong is an enormous urban area which was once a British colony. Nowadays it’s an autonomous region of China which receives millions of visits from tourists every year. The city is heavily populated with various districts, each with its own claims to fame.

Many tourists opt to stay in Central for the ease of getting around and close proximity to everything you’d ever need (Hello Kitty-themed dim sum? Sure!). The shopping is world-class and it’s a great place to experience the modern city that is Hong Kong.

Just 15-minutes away lies Tsim Sha Tsui. Here you’ll find the majority of the city’s outdoor markets which sell everything from exotic fruit to statues, jewellery and trinkets. It’s easy to spend a day getting lost in the streets and there are plenty of stylish bars and cafes for refreshment stops, as well as the impressive ferry port.

Causeway Bay is renowned for being one of the world’s biggest shopping districts, while Lan Kwai Fong is all about the nightlife.

If you’re looking for a less glamorous but more local place to stay, investigate neon-lit Mong Kok which doles out some of the most authentic street food in town. Don’t forget Wan Chai, the oldest district in the city which has transitioned from downbeat to well-renowned for creative arts.

With all these options, you might be wondering where to stay in Hong, so let’s get to that…

 

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Hong Kong 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

When arriving in Hong Kong you might be feeling overwhelmed. Not only will the bright lights look a little too different to what you’re used to, the city is a maze of busy streets and neighbourhoods.

Luckily, between the efficient subway and the boats that drop you across the harbour, it’s an easy city to navigate with loads to see and do. Here’s my run-down of the best neighbourhoods to immerse yourself in…

 

1. Tsim Sha Tsui – The Best Place in Hong Kong for First-Timers

As one of the most central districts in the city, it’s little wonder Tsim Sha Tsui receives so many visitors. The nightlife, cafes and markets might also have something to do with it, and many travellers visit just to see the iconic ferry pier.

The skyline view from Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the most impressive in the city and you’ll see all the way from the bright lights of the skyscrapers to the mountains in the distance.

Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

 

Things to do in Tsim Sha Tsui

– Kowloon Park – those keen to escape city life can take a wark in sprawling Kowloon Park which is home to greenery, plants and bird life.

– The Avenue of Stars – this walkway beside Victoria Harbour is as famed for its static telescopes allowing you to admire the cities skyline and it also focuses on another type of star – those from the movies. You’ll find celebrity handprints and movie memorabilia all along this walkway.

– Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier – for over 100 years, the ships at this docking station have been taking travellers across the water from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island. One of the most enjoyable activities in this neighbourhood is to board a passenger boat and admire the sights of the harbour.

– K11 – don’t miss this art gallery and shopping centre which displays exhibitions all throughout the year. Pick up some goods as you explore the installations.

 

Best Hostel in Tsim Sha Tsui: Hop Inn on Mody

Hop Inn on Mody is a GORGEOUS hostel in Hong Kong. Well reviewed and well located, this hostel is perfect for anyone looking for a hostel that is very chill and very cozy and to get a good night’s rest. Party seekers might want to look elsewhere.

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Best Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui: Hotel Hart

While you could easily spend your whole stay relaxing in your modern and comfortable room, you’ll probably want to roam this stylish hotel which is home to a roof terrace with stunning city views and WiFi available all throughout the property. You’ll be located just a 2-minute walk from East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station.

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Best Airbnb in Tsim Sha Tsui: Exclusive homestay in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui

Rated highly by all of its past guests, you won’t find a cosier spot than this self-serviced apartment. The list of amenities is as long as your arm and includes high-speed WiFi, a TV, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, shower gel and more.

You’ll have all the home comforts you need after a busy day exploring the city – it’s definitely one of the best places to stay in Tsim Sha Tsui.

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2. Mong Kok Neighborhood – For those Visiting Hong Kong on a Budget

Known to be a buzzy maze of backstreets, some people would rather run a mile than get lost in Mong Kok. However, once you get immersed, it’s one of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods with flashing neon signs on every corner and plenty of cheap and cheerful authentic eateries.

A couple of cool night markets have made the area an attractive place to be even when the sun goes down. Sure, the pace never really slows down but it wouldn’t be Hong Kong if it did!

Mong Kok, Hong Kong

 

Things to do in Mong Kok

– Temple Street Night Market – whatever local delicacy you want to try, you’ll probably discover it at this night market, without paying too steep a price

– Yuen (‘Sneaker’) Street – nicknamed after the Adidas and Nike shops popping up all over it, shoe fanatics come from far and wide to bag the latest styles and see what’s coming into fashion

– The Ladies Market – local souvenirs, crafts and handmade clothing are commonplace here so it’s a great way to barter for your holiday souvenirs whilst supporting the livelihoods of the women who make the goods

– Try the street food – have you had milk tea, stinky tofu or octopus balls yet? If not, Mong Kok is the place to treat your taste buds and experience some brand-new flavours

 

Best Hostel in Mong Kok: Yesinn@YMT

Located just south of Mong Kok in the authentic neighborhood of Yau Ma Tri is the highly rated Yesinn@YMT hostel! Located right on active Nathan Road, Yesinn is a great location and they also take security very seriously as they provide security cards, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes.

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Best Hotel in Mong Kok: Cordis

Cordis pull out all the stops with panoramic views of the city, enormous comfy beds and luxury dressing gowns and slippers for you to relax in. If there was ever a time in Hong Kong to slightly splash out and gear up for the hectic streets below, it’s now…

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Best Airbnb in Mong Kok: Modern panoramic studio

‘Sparkling clean’ is the most common review from guests at this modern apartment in Mong Kok. As well as a totally clear view of the stunning Mount Kadoorie, you’re just around the corner from the Ladies Market and Temple Street. You’ll even have a fully equipped kitchen and access to washing facilities!

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3. Lan Kwai Fong – Best Nightlife in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a city that never sleeps. The neighborhood particularly prone to insomnia is Lan Kwai Fon, an area home to some of Asia’s best and busiest clubs.

Whether you want a loud and bright night out or to sip whisky in the comfort of an underground speakeasy, you’ll find a place to do it here. Check out this article on Hong Kong’s best bars!

There are plenty of traditional eats in the area as well as world cuisine and a few top art galleries. The average age of this neighbourhood is slightly younger than the others, but it’s an interesting stop for all travellers to Hong Kong…

Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong

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Best Things to do in Lan Kwai Fong

– Drink, dine and party at dragon-i, a favourite Hong Kong club since 1967. Even Pharrell Williams has been!

– Experience higher-end socialising at Ce La Vi where you’ll find an exclusive restaurant, club lounge and roof bar

– Lan Kwai Fong Beer and Music Festival (July only) – the whole area comes to life in the summer with booths of music and entertainment taking to the streets

– Opera Gallery – enjoy five storeys of eclectic art from Asia, Europe and America

– Fringe Club – this quirky, red brick building would be at as at home in the streets of London as Hong Kong and is home to art exhibitions and free facilities for local artists

 

Best Hostel in Lan Kwai Fong: Mojo Nomad Central

Technically there are no hostels in LKF, but Mojo Nomad Central is only a 5 minute walk away and is AWESOME! There is an on-site gym, co-working space, and it’s attached to a Mexican restaurant!

Whether you want a nice private room to yourself or a more affordable dorm room to share, Mojo Nomad Central is easily on of the coolest hostels in all of HK!

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Best Hotel in Lan Kwai Fong: Shama Central

The bright and light features of these central apartments are perfect for independent travellers who love to come and go as they please and relax in comfort after a busy day. Family suites are even available if you’re travelling as a group.

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Best Airbnb in Lan Kwai Fong: Bright studio penthouse

If you want to sample the nightlife and you’re wondering where to stay in Lan Kwai Fong, look no further. This stylish penthouse is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. You’ll be extra grateful for your spacious double bed after a few drinks!

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4. Wan Chai – Best Hipster Neighborhood in Hong Kong

The quirky district of Wan Chai was once grubby and run-down, but nowadays it’s coming up as one of the most interesting districts in the city.Known for arts and shabby-chic style, it offers lower prices and is subsequently popular with expats.

In typical Hong Kong style, you’ll find colonial buildings in the shadow of high-rise offices, making it a cocktail of old and new.

It’s actually Hong Kong’s oldest neighbourhood so history fans will find lots to keep themselves entertained, with the chance to sample plenty of speciality coffee and tasty cuisine along the way.

Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

Things to do in Wan Chai

– Pak Tai Temple – the biggest temple in Hong Kong dates back to the 1800s and is thought to have great spiritual power

– Walk the Wan Chai Heritage trail – follow this well-loved walking adventure which will take you to some incredible stops including the Hong Kong House of Stories, a community project that teaches visitors about the area

– Ophelia – this peacock-themed bar (yes, really) is the epitome of cool with cocktails, tapas and insanely quality furnishings

– Nam Koo Terrace – if you have the guts, you can pass by Hong Kong’s most haunted building which has allegedly sent locals running back out into the streets. Do you dare?

– Bowrington Road Cooked Food Centre – you probably won’t find a more authentic food hole than this indoor market where you can sample noodles, chicken and all kinds of other Hong Kong favourites

 

Best Hostel in Wan Chai: Check Inn, HK

Check Inn HK is the highest rated hostel in Wan Chai, and has a great location for anyone looking to explore this side of the island! Check Inn has tons of amenities, including free irons, wi-fi and adapters, and they also organize weekly events like dim sum gatherings and hiking groups.

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Best Hotel in Wan Chai: 218 Apartment

Rated ‘fabulous’ by Booking.com guests, this hostel has everything you need from a comfy double bed to speedy WiFi and laundry facilities.

You’re just a 4-minute walk from Wan Chai station if you want to travel elsewhere, but we have a feeling you’ll love getting lost in the quirky area surrounding this hotel.

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Best Airbnb in Wan Chai: Brand new fully furnished suite

On the Causeway Bay side of Wan Chai, this modern apartment provides the best of both worlds. You can explore the glamorous shopping district at your leisure or stick to the quirky bars and history of Wan Chai.

The apartment features luxurious satin sheets and all the features of your bedroom including a desk where you can surf the net.

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5. Causeway Bay – Best Place to Stay in Hong Kong for Families

Causeway Bay is the biggest retail district in Hong Kong. While you could quite literally shop ’til you drop, there are plenty of other hidden gems in this densely populated neighbourhood.

It’s become a hub for entertainment with gaming and alternative reality ventures keeping young and guests on their toes. Many of the visitors are tourists, keen to experience the skyscrapers and bright lights – something you should definitely join in with! 

Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

 

Things to do in Causeway Bay

– Shop at SOGO, the biggest department store in the city boasting 13 floors of fashion.

– Playdium Virtual Reality – bringing Hong Kong’s quirky side to life, this high-tech centre is a must. Using state of the art technology and VR goggles, you can solve puzzles, compete in a boxing ring or take out zombies. Great for kids!

– Fashion Walk – wander this famous collection of boutique shops on Kingston Street and catch a glance of some of the most glamorous residents of the city.

– Eslite Bookstore – fiction lovers will be in heaven in this enormous bookstore which spans three storeys and has books in English and Chinese for both adults and kids.

– Cat Store – calling all feline fans! This cat cafe allows guests to bond with the fluffy residents while tucking into Chinese and Western cuisine.

– Jardine’s Bazaar – if you want to escape from the high-priced fare at the glitzy shopping malls, take a stroll to Jardine’s Bazaar where you can rummage for bargains (just don’t expect all the designer labels to be legit!).

 

Best Hostel in Causeway Bay: Yesinn @CAUSEWAY BAY

Clean, comfortable and modern – what else could you need from a hostel? Oh yeah, a massage chair! Yesinn has one of these, plus free tea and coffee and two roof terraces. Not bad for a budget backpackers! It’s also well located to the subway station and the airport. 

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Best Hotel in Causeway Bay: Somerset Victoria Park Hong Kong

They say location is everything, and we couldn’t agree more. Nestled in the corner of the harbour, you can lie on your bed and look through the full-length windows over to the water and the skyscrapers of Kowloon.

If you were wondering where to stay in Causeway Bay, we think we’ve found your answer!

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Best Airbnb in Causeway Bay: Studio with magnificent view of Victoria Harbour

Balancing aesthetics with comfort, this cosy studio apartment doesn’t scrimp on either. You’ll marvel over views of the harbour while enjoying your comfy double bed, tea and coffee facilities and stylish kitchen area.

You’re located just minutes from the malls and shopping streets of the district – jump right in!

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Final Thoughts on Staying in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a vibrant city that can keep you busy for weeks. As one of the most populated places on earth, Hong Kong is dotted with skyscrapers and high-line buildings. Living spaces are even becoming increasingly smaller; people have even resulted to sleeping in cubicle coffins.

But the fact that Hong Kong is a crowded and populous city means it’s pulsating with life 24/7. Hong Kong is a traveler’s favorite with many sights to behold, amazing food (dumplings and dim sum included), and a fun nightlife.

That said, it can be tough to get your bearings in such a large city. If you are struggling to pick the best place to stay in Hong Kong, use this guide as your reference! We also covered the best things to do in Hong Kong, by neighborhood.

When in doubt, our favorite hostel in Hong Kong is Rainbow Lodge, and we highly recommend the hotel Little Tai Hang if you are looking for a private room.

Did we miss anything? Let us know below in the comments!

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  • Avatar candas says:

    Very unfortunate timing. The protests skyrocketed right after you posted this. Anyway, I want to thank you for the effort you’ve put into sharing these wonderful recommendations with us, I’m sure it will be helpful for me and other future travelers when things calm down. I’ve been always wanting to visit Hong Kong and different parts of Asia, and will do so as soon as possible.

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