LAN KWAI FONG HONG KONG â€“ Any party animal who suddenly finds himself or herself in Hong Kong on Christmas eve surely would not want to spend those party dollars anywhere else other than in those chic and hip bars in Lan Kwai Fong.
Lan Kwai Fong is located in Central and part of the Western side of Hong Kong.Â It is actually an L-shaped area of cobblestone with two ends adjoined by Dâ€™Aguilar Street.Â It is the most popular street in Hong Kong when it comes to drinking, partying, dining, and clubbing.Â A lot of occasions are celebrated here such as the annual Julyfest Beer and Food Festival, the Lan Kwai Fong Street Carnival, festivities like the Rugby Sevens, Halloween, Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Over a hundred bars, clubs, restaurants, and pubs can be found in Lan Kwai Fong but are quite pricey which is why this area has a reputation for being a high class stop.Â This pulsating party district of Hong Kong is not for party poopers.Â Be sure that you are in the mood to party… party…party once you decide to hit Lan Kwai Fong and enter the dimly lit bars.Â Prepare your ears for the loud and blaring music that extend up to street corners.Â Well off locals, expatriates, international students, curious tourists, young, old, guys and gals enjoy a wide assortment of drinks with varying degrees of alcohol, munch on pica pica, and stay for endless chit chats with friends or work colleagues that seem to extend up to the wee hours of the morning.
There is no one single time to hit Lan Kwai Fong.Â You will find the street packed with young professionals during lunch hours and filled with people who are sipping their cafe lattes or iced sodas during mid afternoon.Â Of course, the place is transformed to one party house every night as soon as the sun goes down and dark envelopes the entire city.Â One thing is for sure, though, that you will be overwhelmed by a bigger partying crowd every Friday and Saturday night.Â So many people head to Lan Kwai Fong that people spill over to the streets. At times, streets have to be closed to vehicular traffic for long hours during these busy nights and bars having room only for standing guests.
You will also notice that English is predominantly used in Lan Kwai Fong.Â Even the Chinese bartenders are usually bilingual which means that you wonâ€™t be having any problems ordering your fiery martinis or margaritas.
If you are not the drinking type and would like to simply enjoy good food then Lan Kwai Fong will not disappoint you.Â There are numerous satisfying restaurants for all kinds of diners.Â You can choose from French cuisines, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai or even local Chinese cuisines.
Try the Pearl Vietnamese Restaurant which is located near the corner of Ben & Jerryâ€™s ice cream stand.Â It is a great combination of yummy food offered at affordable prices.Â You can try the Beef on Prawn Crackers, Vietnamese Spring Rolls and some dessert items.Â For a group of three people, you will spend around HK$ 140. Given that this place is quite popular, it is advisable to come early to avoid waiting in line.
Another must try would have to be the Chili and Lemon Thai Dining Restaurant which is a quiet place that serves sumptuous food. Filipino tourists frequent the place most especially when they start missing Filipino food.Â Their favorite would have to be the Crispy Pork Leg which is similar to the Philippineâ€™s version called Crispy Pata (pork leg).Â Try their desserts like the refreshing Fresh Mango with Sticky Rice.
If you are craving for good olâ€™ dependable ice cream cones for dessert then you can head to the nearby Ben & Jerryâ€™s ice cream stand or get a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor from HÃ¤agen-Dazs.
No need to worry as to how you can get to Lan Kwai Fong.Â If you have your own car, you can park your car either at the Universal Trade Centre or at The Centrium which are both located along Arbuthnot Road.Â You can also take different modes of public transportation like the MTR and getting off at the Central Station via Exit D2.Â If you are riding the Airport Express, you can stop at the Hong Kong Station and take Exit B2.Â Public buses like bus numbers 12M, 13, 23A, and 40M will bring you to Lan Kwai Fong as well as the Green Light Bus that travels along route numbers 10A and 10B.
The perfect ending to a fun evening spent at Lan Kwai Fong would be laying your back on your soft and warm hotel bed.Â Book a room at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong which is located in Connaught Road within the central financial district.Â Enjoy a room overlooking the Victoria Harbour and conveniently located near Hong Kongâ€™s bustling night life.
So the next time you visit Hong Kong and craving for some intoxicating fun make sure you stop by Lan Kwai Fong.Â Oh, it doesn’t have to be Christmas Eve
PEARL VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT
Address:Â G/F, 7 Wo On Lane, Central, Hong Kong
Contact Number:Â (852) 2524 9435
Operating Hours: 11:00 am â€“ 9:00 pm (Monday â€“ Sunday)
CHILI AND LEMON THAI DINING RESTAURANT
Address:Â 1/F, 8-13 Wo On Lane, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong (Central MTR Station Exit D)
Contact Number:Â +852 2234 9918
Operating Hours:Â 12:00 nn â€“ 3:00 pm (Lunch); 6:00 pm â€“ 11:00 pm (Dinner); closed on Sundays