Kwun Tong is a great place to experience the contrast and transformation between Hong Kong’s old and new industries. Here, you can experience the newest and most innovative industries as well as the everyday life of traditional factory workers.
Here are some of our top picks.
Even as the rest of Kwun Tong’s Yue Man Square district is being redeveloped,has held on, dishing up the same Indonesian classics it has served for decades. Old-school interiors feature tile walls and leather banquettes, and you can feast on dishes like gado-gado (a type of vegetable salad with peanut sauce), nasi goreng (fried rice) and satay. The food is delicious enough to have earned the restaurant a recommendation in the Michelin Guide.
Hong Kong’s high density means large open parks are a rarity, but they do exist — and one of the best is, which sits high above Kwun Tong. Built atop a former landfill in 2011, the park is renowned for its sprawling lawns, which are popular on the weekend with picnicking families. They even helped spawn local group Lawnmap, which organises grassy cultural activities. Some of the park's other attractions include botanical gardens, a jogging track, a greenhouse and two model car racing circuits.
Designed to showcase the potential of carbon-neutral architecture,includes a pavilion that hosts events and exhibitions. Built using sustainable construction materials, the pavilion is powered by rooftop solar panels. Age-old techniques like cross-ventilation, a wind catcher and shading devices keep the building cool, while more high-tech features include a lift powered by its own kinetic energy. The surrounding green area is a pleasant respite from Kowloon Bay’s office and industrial blocks, and there’s also a park cafe, & Square Cafe, where you can sit outdoors with a coffee, wine or beer.
Contemporary art gallery Osage has been based in Kwun Tong since 2004. Its current space on Hing Yip Street is a destination for thought-provoking exhibitions, with a particularly strong emphasis on Southeast Asian art. For years, Osage has supported Hong Kong artists like Adrian Wong, who is known for his cheeky, psychology-based installations and performances, and Wilson Shieh, an illustrator who uses classical Chinese ink art techniques to reference contemporary Hong Kong life.
Few tourists ever visit this Kowloon Bay housing estate, but it’s a window into typical Hong Kong neighbourhood life. Take a break in the so-called “mushroom huts,” a cluster of dining pavilions so named because of the distinctive shape of their roofs. Nestled under a grove of towering horsetail trees, the mushroom huts are home to restaurants that dish up traditional Cantonese cuisine — think steamed fish, sweet and sour pork and spicy black bean clams — as well as afternoon tea time snacks. It’s as authentic a Hong Kong experience as you can get.
This multidisciplinary space is at once a gallery, lifestyle shop and cafe, with a spacious terrace overlooking the bustle of How Ming Street below. Dedicated to the art of living well,promotes a happy lifestyle through handcrafted furniture and homeware, much of it imported from Japan. The cafe serves healthy comfort food like spaghetti with portobello mushrooms and there’s even an on-site hair stylist who keeps up to date with the latest Japanese trends.
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