Exploring Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong’s city centre, Tsim Sha Tsui is home to world-class shopping and sightseeing along the famed TST promenade. Check out our ultimate itinerary for things to do in this area!
Forget Central, Hong Kong’s bustling city centre is in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. This stunning, transformative neighbourhood plays host to the city’s best museums, restaurants and attractions, all within walking distance. Not to mention, it has by far the best view that Hong Kong has to offer, right by the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. Of course, one cannot forgo the wonderfully diverse Tsim Sha Tsui shopping experience, characterized by fun finds, luxury high-end shopping malls, and exciting souvenirs at every corner! This is your ultimate “Things to see and do in Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong", including a splendour of adventurous day and night time activities!
Sightseeing in Tsim Sha Tsui
1. Watching the Symphony of Lights spectacle at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Of course, one cannot forget the famed Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, which is freely accessible for everyone. The best time to visit Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade is at night, just before 8 PM. You’ll be mesmerized by the beautiful breeze from Victoria Harbour and the tall, dazzling skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island. At 8 PM every night, stay for the famous “Symphony of Lights”, a true Hong Kong classic attraction - a multimedia light show that’s been in operation since 2004! By the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, you can hear a beautifully-curated soundtrack, as the lights on iconic buildings on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon perform a harmonic spectacle, dancing with rhythm and finesse.
Symphony of Lights, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, near the Hong Kong Cultural Center
Time: 8pm nightly. The show lasts for about 10 minutes.
Address: Buildings both on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon
Tel: +852 2508 1234
2. Exploring the city’s exciting heritage at the Museum of History
On 100 Chatham Road South, you’ll find the Hong Kong Museum of History, which will take you back to old Hong Kong, through the city’s iconic colonial past to the territory’s return to China in 1997. You’ll even get to walk through a stunning recreation of a century-old Hong Kong streets, lots of memorabilia and relics of the city’s heritage, and many rare photographs of the bustling metropolis' modern transformation. If you thought Tsim Sha Tsui shopping was all high-end luxury shopping malls, think again! You can’t go wrong with some of the most unique gift items at the Museum of History’s Souvenir, "The Hong Kong Story": Miniature Scenes Collection. For $470, why not pick a miniature Pak Tai Temple, or perhaps go for a Cantonese Opera Matshed Theatre at $575. It should be noted, however, that the museum is only open on Mondays to Wednesdays and on weekends too, but on the plus side, the admission fee is below HK$20!
100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui
MON to WED 10AM- 6PM
Weekends & Public Holidays 10AM- 7PM
Christmas & Chinese New Year 10AM- 5PM
3. Check out the stunning architecture of the St. Andrew Church
You’ll be spellbound by the beauty of the St. Andrew Church. The facade is meticulously designed with a touch of Victorian Gothic elegance. Inside, the classic, quaint church is home to an original stained glass presented by Sir Paul Chater which has been well preserved since its construction. Serene and lesser known to the public, you can expect a relaxing time here exploring the grounds of the St. Andrew Church and admission is free of charge.
138 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
7:30am – 10:30pm Daily
(852) 2367 1478
Shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui
1. Harbour City
Harbour City is the first place to go, for some much-needed shopping sprees! Here, you’ll find a gigantic marble and glass-clad shopping center with some of the biggest brand names, from Zara to Lane Crawford and Louis Vuitton. Shop till you drop here but don’t forget that there are regular tourist promotions as well! Harbour City is a favourite among the travellers so head to their information desk, present your passport and collect a tourist coupon booklet!
Address: 3 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
2. Mee and Gee
Tired of splurging? No longer interested in cookie cutter souvenirs? That’s fine, head over to Mee and Gee for some unique vintage thrift shopping, which is a rarity in Hong Kong. Mee and Gee is a vintage shop that sells unique find, knick-knacks and apparel from Korea and Japan. Here, you can find lots of cheap denim jackets, corduroy, accessories and all kinds of trendy workable pieces of clothing!
71 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
+852 2808 1961
Mon-Sat, 12pm-2am; closed on Sun
3. 1881 Heritage
Just across the Star Ferry Pier, you can’t miss out on 1881 Heritage. This incredible edifice was built in 1884, as the Former Marine Police Headquarters of Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui. Now, it’s been reconstructed and revamped as a luxury shopping complex. This is an amazing Instagram photo location, with stunning backdrops and amazing shopping opportunities to go with it. Expect to be stunned with a number of designers, including Tiffany and Co, Mont Blanc and Cartier!
Food in Tsim Sha Tsui
Hungry yet? Look no further than Tsim Sha Tsui for the best of Hong Kong food culture and some of the best eats you can get in the world. Small eateries, international cuisine, large fine dining restaurants- you name it, they have it! Check out some of the best eateries in this area.
The bustling epicenter of Korean street food culture remains on Kimberley Street, more commonly known as Korea Town. This area of Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong’s city centre has been transformed by a tightly-knit community from Korea since the 1960s and has quickly become a true foodie haven. Boasting authentic Korean cuisine, must-try restaurants include Lee Family Chicken, Chicken Hof & Soju and Red Chicken. Here, you’ll find everything from restaurants that serve fresh side dishes and Korean style tapas to Korean Food Mart, a supermarket that’s been in operation since 1995.
Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Recommended Restaurants: Lee Family Chicken hof & soju, Red Chicken
HK$100 – HK$200 (US$13 – US$26)
2. Explore famed nightlife in Hong Kong’s city center at Knutsford Terrace
When night falls in Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, you have to pay a visit to Knutsford Terrace, just steps away from the main artery of shopping in the city centre along Nathan Road. This vibrant nightlife hub is host to a plethora of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs, serving up international cuisine, from Russian to Spanish and Japanese. It’s also a fantastic Instagram location during the day, with all its paved pedestrian walkways and stairs with pastel-colored walls which make for a picture perfect backdrop.
Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui
Recommended Bars: Assembly, All Night Long
HK$150 – HK$400 (US$19 – US$51)
3. Eat like a local through Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong and sample the famous Hong Kong “eggette”
The king of Cantonese street food has to go to the famous “eggette” or bubble waffles. As the name suggests, this classic Hong Kong snack is found all over the city center in Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui, but for the best of the best, you’ll want to find Mammy Pancake on Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. With a crispy outside texture and a fluffy inside, these special eggettes are made of eggs, sugar, flour and evaporated milk. Mammy’s Pancakes has a wide variety of eggettes, with flavours ranging from chocolate chip to a sesame and original eggette rendition.
G/F, Carnarvon Mansion, 8-12 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
HK$30 – HK$50 (US$4– US$6)
Stay with HOTEL ICON and explore the best of Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong!
Want to come to explore the best of Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong? Wondering where to stay? Book with Hotel ICON, a luxury 5-star hotel in the heart of Hong Kong. Located right in the heart of Hong Kong’s city centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hotel ICON houses hundreds of guest rooms and suites offering sweeping unobstructed views of Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Victoria Harbour. In addition, the hotel features over 100 masterpieces of art. It is committed to sustainability, offering guests 100% electric in house transportation. You’ll find museums, world-class shopping malls, many restaurants and all sorts of heritage tourist attractions within walking distance from HOTEL ICON.