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15 Things to Do in Central Hong Kong: Local Attractions/Local Food/Authentic Travel Experience

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Great spot in Central for a day trip

If you had a whole day to visit one of the top attractions in Hong Kong, which one would you choose? Ever thought of planning a day trip in Central?

Some people have said that Central is a place where different cultures and buildings with different characteristics in Hong Kong are gathered, and it is also a place very suitable for shopping and enjoying different kinds of food. If you want to carefully visit every scenic spot in Central and understand the history and culture behind it, I am afraid that you may not be able to finish shopping in 3 days and 3 nights.

In today's article, we have selected some of the most worthwhile places to visit in Central for you, so that you can re-understand Central from different perspectives from history and culture, photo spots, and then to special food, shopping hotspots, etc. specialty!

Central location

Generally speaking, attractions in Central can be divided into two parts, one is the vertical route extending from Central Pier to Caine Road, and the other is the horizontal route from Chater Garden in Central to Sheung Wan MTR Station. Both routes have different scenic spots to visit and different restaurants to taste. If you have never visited Central in such an in-depth manner, you can follow our recommended list, and then plan a one-day tour of Central just for you.

Central Ferris Wheel

If you start a one-day tour of Central from the Central Pier, you will first pass the Central Ferris Wheel.

The feature of the Central Ferris Wheel is that in the 60-meter-high Central Ferris Wheel, you can enjoy the coastal scenery of Central Victoria Harbor at close range without being blocked by any high-rise buildings. On a clear day, you can still see Lingxiao Pavilion on the top of Victoria Peak clearly from the Ferris Wheel in Central.

In addition, the tickets for the Central Ferris Wheel are very cheap. You only need to spend HK$$20 for one ride, and you can even book the entire carriage for HK$$160. It is definitely a cheap and convenient option for some travelers who want to take close-up photos with Victoria Harbour.

Address: 33 Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:00

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The Central Ferris Wheel, located next to the Central Ferry Pier, can enjoy the view of Victoria Harbor without being obstructed. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Central Post Office

Opposite the Ferris Wheel in Central is the location of the Hong Kong Post Office. And now at the Hong Kong General Post Office located at the Central Pier, you will find that its appearance is completely different from the commercial buildings next to it. The main reason is that the current Hongkong Post Office adopts the modernist architectural style of the 1970s, a minimalist and undecorated architectural style, so you will not see any glass curtain walls, but a very simple white appearance .

However, due to urban renewal, the current Hongkong Post Office will be demolished and rebuilt in the near future. That is to say, if you also want to visit the existing Hongkong Post Office, you must seize the opportunity and strive for a visit in the short time left.

Address: 2 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong

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Hong Kong's Central Post Office, with its modernist architectural style, must seize the remaining visiting opportunities before it is rebuilt. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Central IFC Apple Store

After leaving the Hong Kong Post Office and returning to the Central Footbridge, you will arrive at the Apple Store in Central IFC. The biggest feature of this Apple Store is that you can take a photo with the Apple logo from the pedestrian bridge, which is not available in other stores.

In addition, Central IFC is also a shopping mall with a collection of high-end restaurants and brand-name stores. If you want to find a place suitable for shopping in Central, Central IFC is definitely a good choice, and then there is Landmark.

Address: 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00

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As long as you stand on the pedestrian bridge in Central, you can easily take a photo with the Apple Store. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Former Legislative Council Building, Central

The British-style building next to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the location of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal and the former Legislative Council building. This place can be said to have witnessed the development of Hong Kong in the past few decades, and at the same time, it has changed its identity many times with different historical backgrounds. But one thing that has not changed is the design of this building. For some tourists who like the old buildings in Hong Kong, you can take some time to come here to take pictures, whether you visit in the morning or at night, you will take two different styles of photos.

Address: 8 Jackson Road, Central, Hong Kong

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Although it is the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal now, you can imagine the past history of this building in Hong Kong. (Click to enlarge the picture)

All destinations in Central

There is one place in Central that leads to all destinations? That's right, there really is one place in Central that leads to all destinations. That is the traffic sign on the pedestrian bridge next to the IFC in Central. If you have the opportunity to pass the pedestrian bridge in Central, I recommend you to pay more attention to the surrounding street signs, maybe you will find a few more street signs with special designs!

Address: Footbridge, Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

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If you could go to all destinations from Central, which one would you choose to go to? (Click to enlarge the picture)
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Central Market

Before the conservation and revitalization, the Central Market was a place where a lot of vegetables and meat were sold every day, that is, a real market. The Central Market has been in operation since 1939. It was rated as a Grade III historical building in 1990. It did not stop operating until 2003 and was once included in the list of demolition and reconstruction.

Fortunately, after years of conservation and revitalization, the Central Market has now been transformed into a comprehensive plaza that includes cultural activities, environmental protection, and Hong Kong brands. If you also like to take photos with Hong Kong characteristics, the Central Market is also a place worth visiting.

Address: 93 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00
More info/pictures: Central Market

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Central Market, located on Queen's Road Central in Central, is a place that mixes culture and arts, and Hong Kong's characteristic brands. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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There are multiple entrances to the Central Market, making it very easy to walk in from the outside. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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The lighting design of the red lampshade is an item that must be encountered in traditional markets. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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It is said that this staircase in Central Market took a lot of time to be completely restored. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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The biggest feature of Central Market is its architectural design with straight lines and symmetry. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Central Escalator

Connecting to the exit on the other side of the Central Market is the Central escalator leading to the Mid-Levels area of Central. The feature of the escalator in Central is that it allows you to go directly to different attractions and restaurants in Central, such as Tai Kwun in Central, PMQ Yuanchuangfang, Mural Street in Central, or the very famous Hong Kong tea restaurant Lan Fang Yuen and Sheng Xiang. Garden and so on. At every exit you are sure to find restaurants and shops that suit you.

In addition, when you pass Hollywood Road, Wellington Street, and Stanley Street, you will find many bars and high-end restaurants. These are very suitable restaurant choices for arranging dinner dates during holidays.

To put it simply, the Central escalator is a must-see attraction for everyone who comes to Central, whether it is to experience the world's longest outdoor covered pedestrian escalator system, or to take some authentic Hong Kong landscape photos, It's worth half an hour to start from Central Market to Caine Road, and then continue other trips.

However, one thing to note is that the Central escalator will only be adjusted to the direction of the mountain at 10:00 am. If you also want to take the Central escalator from the Central Market to Tai Kwun, it is highly recommended to take the Central escalator at 10:00 am. Depart after 00.

Address: Jubilee Street, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 06:00 – 23:59

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Take the central escalator from the Central Market, and you can easily reach the Central Mid-Levels area. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Tai Kwun, Central

When you take the Central escalator to Hollywood Road in Central, you can go directly to Tai Kwun from one of the exits.

Tai Kwun, with white as the main theme of the building, is now a statutory monument in Hong Kong. It is also a place for art galleries, exhibitions of police items, and a place to experience the design of old buildings in Central. The original Tai Kwun used to be a collection of Central Police Station, Hong Kong Police Headquarters, the former Victoria Prison, and the former Central Magistracy. It is definitely a place of great historical value.

The current exterior design of Tai Kwun, after years of urban reconstruction and demolition, is one of the few places in Hong Kong that can retain European-style design, so it is a very rare attraction. In addition, the stone street next to Tai Kwun leading to Wellington Street is another important historical attraction in Central. When you have the opportunity to visit Central, don’t miss visiting these two places at the same time.

Another point is that after conservation and revitalization, Tai Kwun now also provides guided tours, different restaurants, shops, and regularly holds different types of cultural activities and art performances. It is very suitable to arrange an afternoon visit in Tai Kwun , and then set out to dine at a high-end restaurant in Central in the evening.

Address: 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 08:00 – 23:00

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The all-white European-style Tai Kwun in Central is one of the few scenic spots that has been successfully preserved after the urban renewal project. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Central PMQ Yuanchuangfang

The predecessor of PMQ in Central was actually the Police Married Quarters on Hollywood Road, which is listed as a Grade 3 historical building in Hong Kong. After conservation and revitalization, it has evolved into a place where cultural and creative shops and art and cultural exhibitions are held. As for the stores in PMQ in Central, many of them mainly provide local specialty products in Hong Kong, and they are mainly small independent brands. If you also like to buy some cultural and creative products, products with environmental protection and artistic elements, I believe that the shops and restaurants in PMQ Yuanchuangfang in Central will certainly be able to meet your requirements.

Address: 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 09:00 – 23:00

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PMQ Original Square in Central is a place where cultural and art shops are gathered and exhibitions are often held. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Central Mural Street

If you want to talk about a very popular scenic spot in Central, I believe you must have heard of what is Central Mural Street.

In fact, Central Mural Street is not a real street, but a scenic spot composed of murals distributed in different locations on Hollywood Road. As long as you start from Tai Kwun and walk through Hollywood Road to PMQ in Central, you will find many murals along the way.

Among them, the murals on Shelley Street and Graham Street are the most popular photo spots. The characteristic is that they are not far from the escalator in Central, so you don’t have to worry about finding them. However, since the roads on Graham Street are relatively narrow, you need to pay special attention to traffic safety when taking pictures.

Address: Hollywood Road, Shelley Street, Graham Street, Central

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The mural on Shelley Street is a mural specially made in Hong Kong by Shingo Katori, a former member of Japan's SMAP. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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There are also many murals on both sides of Hollywood Road, which are very suitable for taking pictures as souvenirs. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Hollywood Road, Central

In addition to Mural Street in Central, Hollywood Road in Central is also a place worth spending time in. Because you can easily find old buildings in Hong Kong on both sides of Hollywood Road in Central, and there are many specialty stores selling antiques and Hong Kong specialty products. More importantly, Hollywood Road in Central still retains the old design of the street sign. You can pay attention to the difference between this street sign and the street signs in other areas.

In addition, if you go from Tai Kwun in Central to Sheung Wan through Hollywood Road, you can go to Man Mo Temple to pay homage along the way, or visit Moro Street, which specializes in selling antiques, and experience Hong Kong’s old town. Face, for you who like to shoot authentic life in Hong Kong, Hollywood Road in Central will be one of your favorite places to go.

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There are many kinds of street signs in Hong Kong, among which this T-shaped street sign has a history of more than 60 years. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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On both sides of Hollywood Road in Central, many buildings have a history of more than 50 years. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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GOD, located on Hollywood Road, is a specialty store selling Hong Kong-style design products. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Wellington Street, Central

Walking downhill from Tai Kwun in Central, as long as you cross Pottinger Street, known as Slate Street, you will arrive at Wellington Street, which has a large number of restaurants. For example, the well-known Yung Kee Restaurant, Lin Heung Restaurant (closed), and Mai Yu Wanton Noodles are all located on Wellington Street. In addition, there are also a large number of tea restaurants and noodle shops in Wellington Street, which is a very suitable place to have lunch during a day trip to Central.

Of course, there are also many restaurants on Jiezhi Street and Queen's Road next to Wellington Street, but among the many streets, Wellington Street can be said to have the most and richest restaurant choices.

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Wellington Street is a place where a large number of restaurants are gathered. At the same time, you can also pay attention to the differences between different street signs. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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Just walk from Wellington Street and pass through Slate Street, you can reach Tai Kwun and Hollywood Road in Central. (Click to enlarge the picture)

central bakehouse

Return to the escalator in Central from Wellington Street in Central, and you can find the branch of bakehouse in Central after arriving at Staunton Street in Central.

Perhaps for many people, when buying egg tarts in Central, they must go to Tai Cheong Bakery in Central to be considered authentic. However, perhaps because Tai Cheong Bakery has changed to a chain store business model in recent years, the standard of egg tarts has fallen a bit compared to before, so many people will choose to buy bakehouse egg tarts instead of Tai Cheong egg tarts.

And bakehouse has a very attractive place, that is, besides egg tarts, there are many different types of bread for sale, many of which cannot be bought in ordinary bakeries. So for some friends who like to eat bread, bakehouse will definitely be the first choice in the food list.

Address: 5 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
Business hours: 08:00 -21:00
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Central bakehouse has recently become everyone's first choice for egg tarts. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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The mural outside the bakehouse on Staunton Street in Central. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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The bakehouse on Staunton Street in Central basically has to queue up to buy egg tarts at any time. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Lan Fong Yuen, Central

Although there are many tea restaurants throughout Central, Lan Fong Yuen in Central is still the first choice for many people. It may be because the milk tea flavor of Lan Fong Yuen, or the restaurant design of Lan Fong Yuen is very close to the daily life of Hong Kong people, so you will find that the small shop is always full of seats at any time.

Of course, there are also some opinions that Lan Fong Yuen’s meals are not cheap at all, and it is a tea restaurant that only overseas tourists will go to. However, for those of you who plan to have an authentic tea restaurant experience, perhaps Lan Fong Yuen is the most convenient and easy-to-go tea restaurant option.

Address: 2 Gage Street, Central, Hong Kong
Business hours: 07:30 – 18:00 (Closed on Sunday)
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At Lan Fong Yuen in Central, milk tea and cider are every must-order food. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Sheng Heung Garden, Central

Compared with the tea restaurants operated by Lanfangyuan in the form of shops, Shengxiangyuan is like a small roadside restaurant that is closest to daily life. Usually, many office workers will have lunch in Shengxiangyuan. The most attractive meal of Shengxiangyuan is their tomato beef macaroni, which is characterized by a particularly strong tomato flavor, which is not available in other restaurants.

In addition, if you want to find a roadside restaurant like Shengxiangyuan in other parts of Hong Kong, it is actually not easy at all, especially when a community has been renovated and rebuilt, all restaurants will only be arranged in It operates in a shopping mall, rather than a business model that is fully integrated with the community like Shengxiang Garden. Moreover, in a highly commercialized community like Central, it is actually very rare for Shengxiangyuan to have a business model. So as long as you have the opportunity to come to Central, you must experience Shengxiang Garden.

Address: 2 Mei Lun Street, Central, Hong Kong
Business hours: 08:00 – 15:30 (Closed on Sunday)

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Sheng Heung Garden in Central is one of the few restaurants that still retains this business model. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Chan Yee Zhai, Central

Chen Yizhai is located in Queen's Road Central. If you don't pay attention, you may think it is a medicine store or a specialty store selling antiques when you pass by. However, Chen Yi Zhai is actually a place that specializes in selling traditional Hong Kong snacks, such as almond biscuits, beef jerky, coconut fudge, or egg rolls, etc., some of the snack choices that best represent the traditional taste of Hong Kong.

If you plan to go to the Lemon King in Central to buy dried lemons, but you have never heard the name of Chen Yizhai, you can walk to Chen Yizhai after buying dried lemons, and you will arrive at Chen Yizhai after walking about two intersections. In this way, you can buy the most traditional snacks in Hong Kong at one go.

Address: G/F, 176B Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Business hours: 10:00 – 19:30

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Looking at Chen Yizhai from the outside, don't think it is a specialty shop selling antiques, but it is actually a very historic snack shop. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Man Mo Temple, Central

Returning to Hollywood Road from Queen's Road, you will arrive at Man Mo Temple, which is located among many high-rise buildings. So far, the Man Mo Temple in Central has a history of more than 150 years and is a very important statutory monument in Hong Kong.

Usually, when people go to Man Mo Temple, they will pray for their careers and studies, so you will see many people come to Man Mo Temple to pay homage on weekdays. However, because the scenes of Man Mo Temple have attracted many tourists to visit, Man Mo Temple is also a very popular photo spot at the same time, and you will also find characters in different languages in Man Mo Temple, these are in other areas A scene that can't be seen in any temple.

Address: 124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Opening hours: 08:00 – 18:00
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The Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road in Central is one of the photo spots in the Central area. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Cheongsam Experience in Central

In Central, a place full of century-old historic buildings, which is the easiest way to take photos that match the atmosphere of Central? Maybe just put on a cheongsam and get a taste of what it was like to live in Central in the 1950s for a day.

For example, starting from Man Mo Temple, and then walking to Central Market, Tai Kwun, Shek Ban Street, etc., are some important scenes to recharge Hong Kong's sense of history. Or board the tram, walk to Seafood Street in Sheung Wan, or Mural Street in Central. These are all unique Hong Kong characteristics, and they are also good places for taking commemorative photos.

Address: Room 402, 4th Floor, Kam On Building, 176A-F Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong 
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Putting on a cheongsam and taking pictures in Man Mo Temple, the photos are all very stylish. (Click on the picture to learn more)
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The cheongsam rental plan can also make appointments with photographers, allowing them to take the most professional photos for you. (Click on the picture to learn more)

Afternoon Tea Offer at The Murray, Central

In addition to the cheongsam experience in Central, you can arrange an afternoon to try their afternoon tea experience at the Murray Hotel in Central. The Murray Hotel was formerly the Murray Building, a government office building, with an all-white design and a history of more than 50 years. The Murray Hotel is one of the 5-star hotels in Central, and its location is justPeak TramBelow the terminus. So you can enjoy the afternoon tea at the Murray Hotel, and then set off to the top of the mountain to start the evening trip to shoot the night view of Victoria Harbour.

Address: 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong
Business hours: 12:00 – 18:00
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The Garden Lounge at The Murray Central Hotel. (Click on the picture to learn more)
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The Garden Lounge of the Murray Hotel offers two different plans for lunch and afternoon tea. (Click on the picture to learn more)

Summarize

Of course, there are many places worth visiting in Central, such as Landmark, Lan Kwai Fong, Central Fringe Club, Yung Kee Restaurant, Gongli Zhenmai Bamboo Cane Water, Central Gallery Street, etc., are enough for you to spend A full day of sights to choose from. Conversely, this shows that Central is a place containing multiculturalism, art, commerce, and daily life, and it is also a very important scenic spot in Hong Kong Island.

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