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!
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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 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!
5 min-walk from both Garage Wan Chai Jaffe and Garage Wan Chai Lockhart
The Optimist, 239 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, theoptimist.hk, 2433 3324
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-min walk from both Garage Wan Chai Jaffe and Garage Wan Chai Lockhart
Osteria Marzia, G/F, The Fleming, 41 Fleming Road, osteriamarzia.com.hk, 3607 2253
Best for: A casual but 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
22 Ships, 22 Ship Street, 22ships.hk, 2555 0722
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.
6-min walk from both Garage Wan Chai Jaffe and Garage Wan Chai Lockhart
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse (Wan Chai) 31/F & Rooftop, The Hennessy 256 Hennessy Road (entrance on 213, Johnston Rd, Wan Chai), wooloo-mooloo.com, 2893 6960
Best for: A casual drink on the terrace.
This casual Belgian beerhouse offer a huge selection of draft beers on tap, cocktails, and wines. Their happy hour offers are always switching up - give them a call to see what's on offer.
5-min walk from Garage Wan Chai Jaffe; 10-min walk from Garage Wan Chai Lockhart
FRITES Belgium on Tap, Shop 6, 1/F Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Road, www.frites.hk, 3950 9000
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-min walk from Garage Wan Chai Jaffe; 8-min walk from Garage Wan Chai Lockhart
The Hari Hong Kong, 330 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, thehari.com/hong-kong, 2129 0388
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
Price: $ - $$
Chotto Maki, 33 Amoy Street, Wan Chai, chottomaki.com, 8481 2861
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
Seoul Bros, Shop A, LG/F, 218 Wan Chai Road (Entrance on 318 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai), seoul-bros.com, 2591 9978
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
Mon Kee Cafe, G/F, Kin Lee Building Block B, 142 Jaffe Rd, 2528 2927
We wanted to add some other neighbourhood favourites in the honourable mentions! Wan Chai is one of the most convenient districts for running a quick lunch time errand.
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
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
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
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.
Address: 298 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Note: This article was first written by Ching Lam Ip (Programme & Marketing Lead, Garage Society) in July 2021. It was last updated in April 2022.
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 was designed for flexible and modern teams, with Workstyle solutions for startups and enterprises alike. We are closely situated to the city’s event and exhibition hub, the Hong Kong Convention Centre.
Garage Wan Chai Lockhart spans 3-floors, including 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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Author: Ching Lam Ip, Programme & Marketing Lead, Garage Society