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Best Lunch Meeting, Happy Hour, and Quick Bite Spots: The Garage Team's Wan Chai Guide

The Garage Team recommends our favourite restaurants for business meetings, bars for after-work drinks, and convenient spots for a quick lunch in Wan Chai! 

Author: Ching Lam Ip, Programme & Marketing Lead, Garage Society

 

Wan Chai is the perfect example of Hong Kong’s dynamic melting pot. There’s everything you could possibly want in this neighbourhood from local cha chaan tengs and cosy coffee shops, to swanky hotel bars and Michelin star restaurants. Plus, plenty of homeware and electronic stores within walking distance if you need to run a quick errand!

 

With two coworking locations in the neighbourhood, Garage Wan Chai Jaffe and Garage Wan Chai Lockhart, we’ve got some insider tips to share. Here is the best of what Wan Chai has to offer, according to the Garage Team.


Best Restaurants for Business Lunch in Wan Chai

The Optimist

Interior of The Optimist with diners

 

Best for:

Good food and even better ambience. You can’t miss The Optimists’ storefront with its chic dark green decor. Prepare to spend at least an hour or two over northern Spanish grilled meats, seafood, perhaps topped off with a glass of Spanish wine. This is a restaurant best saved for an occasion!

 

4 - 5 minute walk from both Garage Wan Chai Jaffe and Garage Wan Chai Lockhart

 

Address:

239 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai

 

Osteria Marzia

Overhead photo of vibrate seafood dishes from Osteria Marzia

 

Best for:

Meetings where you’re looking to impress. Osteria Marzia is an Italian restaurant located inside boutique hotel The Fleming, but it’s a big step up from your standard pizza and pasta fare. Expect vibrant Italian seafood dishes for sharing - just what you need to spark some colourful conversations.

 

4-minute walk from both Garage Wan Chai Jaffe and Garage Wan Chai Lockhart 

 

Address:

G/F, The Fleming, 41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai

 

22 Ships

A tomato tapas dish from 22 Ships

 

Best for:

A casual but still classy meeting. Tucked away on Ship Street, it takes a bit more of a walk to get to 22 Ships, but it’s worth it. It’s all about the tapas here, giving you the flexibility of lighter bites while you focus on the conversation. This trendy spot doesn’t take reservations, so you might want to get there early to snag a seat at their more spacious booths!

 

12-minute walk from Garage Wan Chai Jaffe

5-minute walk from Garage Wan Chai Lockhart

 

Address:

22 Ship Street, Wan Chai

 


 

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Best Bars For Happy Hour in Wan Chai

 

Wooloomooloo Steakhouse

The city view from Wooloomooloo Wanchai’s rooftop ba

Best for:

A drink with a view! While Wooloomooloo’s drinks offerings are pretty good too, the best part about this bar is the stunning rooftop view over the Wan Chai cityscape. Plus, with happy hour between 3 - 7 pm daily, this is a great place to de-stress after long hours in front of a screen.

 

5 - 7 minute walk from both Garage Wan Chai Jaffe and Garage Wan Chai Lockhart

 

Address:

31/F & Rooftop, The Hennessy 256 Hennessy Road (entrance on 213, Johnston Rd, Wan Chai)

 

The Pawn Botanicals Bar

The open terrace at The Pawn Botanicals Bar

 

Best for:

Embracing the hustle and bustle of Wan Chai. Housed in a revitalized 19th-century building, The Pawn Botanicals Bar is a favourite among the Wan Chai office crowd for its convenient location and iconic terrace overlooking Johnston Road. This spot is packed for happy hour every Sunday to Thursday 5 - 7 pm, so prepare to bump some elbows!

 

11-minute walk from Garage Wan Chai Jaffe

3-minute walk from Garage Wan Chai Lockhart

 

Address:

1/F, 62 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai

 

The Hari

The Hari Hotel Hong Kong Lounge

 

Best for:

Sophisticated get-togethers after work. Can’t make up your mind over where to get a drink? Drop by the newly opened Hari Hotel which offers the option for a cosy cocktail in the lounge, or Japanese inspired creations at their Zoku Terrace Bar. Either way, it’s promised to be a stylish affair.

 

2-minute walk from Garage Wan Chai Jaffe

8-minute walk from Garage Wan Chai Lockhart

 

Address:

330 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai


 

Best Places For A Quick Bite In Wan Chai

 

Chotto Maki

 Chotto Maki Sushi Rolls in Takeaway packaging

 

Best for:

Grab-and-go light bites. Chotto Maki specializes in giant maki sushi rolls, making it a team favourite for convenient, cheap eats. There is limited seating at their Wan Chai outlet, but it’s a great option for something quick that you can bring back to the office. 

 

10-minute walk from Garage Wan Chai Jaffe

5-minute walk from Garage Wan Chai Lockhart

 

Address:

33 Amoy Street, Wan Chai

 

Passepartout Brunch and Coffee

 

takeaway coffee cup with illustrated design at Passepartout Brunch and Coffee

 

Best for:

When you’re feeling a little adventurous. Passepartout is a relatively new addition to the neighbourhood, having just opened its doors in Dec 2020. However, it’s already made a name for itself as an excellent spot for all-day brunch and quirky coffees - think miso caramel lattes and stoutspressos. This cafe is best enjoyed over a slower Friday lunch break, so skip it if you’re on a deadline crunch!

 

5-minute walk from Garage Wan Chai Jaffe

12-minute walk from Garage Wan Chai Lockhart

 

Address:

Chung Wai Commercial Building, Shop 2 GF, 447-449 Lockhart Rd, Causeway Bay

 

Seoul bros

 

Best for:

Fuss-free comfort food. If you’re craving something hearty, this fusion Korean joint with fried chicken and burrito bowls is for you. It’s also a rare fast food location with plenty of table space in this area, so it’s great to visit for a quick team lunch. 

 

3-minute walk from Garage Wanchai Jaffe

9-minute walk from Garage Wanchai Lockhart

 

Address:

Shop A, LG/F, 218 Wan Chai Road (Entrance on 318 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai)
 

Mon Kee Cafe

 

Best for:

Local cha chaan teng fare. Also a great comfort food option, especially when you're craving classic Hong Kong grub. The portions are huge, and their char siu scrambled egg is famous among the local office crowd.

 

7-minute walk from Garage Wan Chai Jaffe

3-minute walk from Garage Wan Chai Lockhart

 

Address:

G/F, Kin Lee Building Block B, 142 Jaffe Rd, Wan Chai
 


Honourable mentions

 

N1 Coffee & Co.

A small independent coffee shop with good, reliable coffee and friendly staff! Within a 5-minute walk from both Garage Wan Chai Jaffe and Lockhart.

Address: 229 Jaffe Rd, Wan Chai

 

Edgar

Maximise your lunch break by doing an eco-friendly grocery shop from this zero-waste store. Just don’t forget to bring your re-usable shopping bag! 10-minute walk from Garage Wan Chai Lockhart.

Address: 5 Moon Street, Wan Chai

 

Artland

Not directly office related, but sometimes you just need to pick up some art supplies for your downtime hobbies. (In our case, it’s very convenient for DIY workshop supplies!) Artland has got it all from paints to craft paper. 2-minute walk from Garage Wan Chai Jaffe.

Address: 3/F, Lockhart Centre, 301-307 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai

 

298 computer zone

We all know and love the Wanchai Computer Centre, but if you’re at Garage Wanchai Jaffe, you could save yourself a bit of a walk by heading to the lesser-known 298 Computer Zone. It’s still got everything you need in terms of quick-fix office electronics! 4-minute walk from Garage Wanchai Jaffe.

Address298 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai

 



It’s easy to understand why we chose to locate two of our coworking spaces in the Wan Chai neighbourhood: it’s lively, it’s convenient, and it’s the perfect mix of business and lifestyle needs.

 

Garage Wan Chai Jaffe is our newest coworking space, situated in a grade-a office building and spanning six floors. Our flexible and modern work environments are ideal for small teams from the professional services industry as well as modern corporates. We are closely situated to the city’s event and exhibition hub, the Hong Kong Convention Centre. With neighbouring 5-star hotels, Grand Hyatt and St. Regis just a short walk away, members are minutes from vibrant restaurant precincts and upmarket hospitality. If after-work shopping is your thing, we’re well-located within walking distance to the retail hub, Times Square.

 

Garage Wan Chai Lockhart is our coworking space for business & knowledge-sharing. Spanning 3-floors, it houses a fully-equipped event space, conference rooms, flexible workspaces, and an outdoor terrace. It’s more than just a coworking space, but a holistic business/workspace solutions provider which encourages collaboration, innovation and business networking. 

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