If you are looking for things to do in Central, we can help. This vibrant Hong Kong Island neighborhood has a diverse mix of architecture, eateries and interesting ways to spend your leisure time. Here are our picks for things to do in Central.

1. Immerse in Hong Kong heritage and arts at historic Tai Kwun 

Tai Kwun

The Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts is a new hub for contemporary art installations, history and performing arts, located in the painstakingly restored Central Police Station compound. You will learn about the role of law and order in Hong Kong, appreciate the heritage architecture and enjoy interactive tours and storytelling in this unique space. Venues such as JC Cube, the Laundry Steps, the Prison Yard and the Parade Ground form the backdrop for film, dance, music and theatrical performances so whatever your passion, you are sure to find it here.

2. Munch your way through our Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour

things to do in Central

Whether you are a first-time visitor to Hong Kong or are returning for a tastebud top-up, we think our own Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour takes a lot of beating when it comes to showcasing the very best local food. The tour focuses on the classics – sample stops include eateries specialising in wonton noodles, roast beef and sugar cane juice. Some of these businesses have been in the family for generations, offering an authenticity which we believe you’ll struggle to replicate on your own. Accompanied by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable Foodie Guide, you will not only learn about our food, but will discover the intrinsic flavors of the neighborhood along the way. Come with an open mind and an empty stomach – we will do the rest.

3. Admire Hong Kong’s eclectic architecture 

Central Architecture

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From colonial classics to cutting edge modern skyscrapers, Hong Kong’s disparate architecture draws admirers from across the globe. Arguably the finest examples can be found in Central. One of the most iconic structures is that of the Bank of China Tower, the creation of the talented I.M.Pei, recognizable by its distinctive triangular design. It was Hong Kong’s tallest skyscraper from 1989 to 1992, although International Commerce Centre, Two International Finance Centre and Central Plaza now surpass it. Another must-see is the HSBC Building on Statue Square, designed by acclaimed British architect Norman Foster. We love the old Legco building, which since 2015 has been home to the Court of Final Appeal – it floats on a raft of Chinese fir tree trunks, though you would never know it by looking at it.

4. Relax at Central’s Harbourfront

Things to do in Central

Central’s Harbourfront is an event space which provides the ideal spot for outdoor activities. Many activities are possible here, from yoga to expressive arts therapy. You will also find the annual Wine & Dine Festival, Taste Hong Kong, music festivals and, of course, the New Year fireworks, this is the focal point that draws everyone together. And you don’t need to wait for a special event – locals recommend it as one of their favorite picnic spots, perfect for watching the bustle of the harbor.

5. Broaden your artistic horizons at the Fringe Club

Fringe Club

Lower Albert Road is the location for Central’s Fringe Club. It was set up over three decades ago in an 1890s colonial building, yet it is anything but backward looking. This contemporary art hub hosts performances and exhibitions showcasing the work of some of the territory’s up and coming talent as well as established professionals. It has always had a policy of open access and as such, its name is synonymous with free expression. Whether you have come to Hong Kong seeking theatre, dance or live music, the Fringe Club definitely warrants your attention.

6. Feast on international cuisine in Soho

Soho Restaurants

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Whether you are a homesick foreign visitor or simply keen to try food from across the globe, Soho’s varied selection of international restaurants is sure to please. Fans of Middle Eastern cuisine should try Sahara Mezz. Diners recommend the haloumi cheese and the zaaluk, like hummus only even more flavourful. For casual dining, we recommend Aberdeen Street Social – headed up by talented British chef Jason Atherton who scored a Michelin star in London. Or if you’re looking to impress a date with a late-night feast, the atmospheric Fukura is our pick for Japanese cuisine.

7. Ride the Mid-Levels escalator

Mid-Level Escalators

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Opened in 1993, the Central to Mid-Levels escalator is the longest outdoor covered escalator in the world and a must for any visitor to Hong Kong. It is 800 metres long, but it has been estimated that if the same two locations were linked by road, the resultant switchbacks would measure a length of several miles due to the steep terrain. Its walkways are covered to protect from the elements though the sides are open to facilitate access to the many restaurants, bars and shops which line its route. It was even featured by CNN as one of the “world’s coolest commutes”. Standing riders take 20 minutes to reach the top as they ascend the 135 meters from Queen’s Road in Central to Conduit Road in the Mid-Levels. Of course, many people walk up, cutting their commute time. However you do it, a ride is a must-do in Hong Kong.

8. Shop for fancy dress costumes on Pottinger Street

Whether you are off to a fancy dress party or just in the mood for a riot of color, Pottinger Street is an essential stop on any Central itinerary. Also known as Stone Slabs Street on account of its uneven granite steps, this thoroughfare takes its name from the first governor of Hong Kong. These days, it is known for its fancy dress costumes, feather boas, kaleidoscopic wigs and pots of face paint. Whether you have a burning desire to be Superman for a night or you want to make an impact next Halloween, you will find all you need here. If you plan to let your hair down, you are going to need to schedule a visit to Pottinger Street to get kitted out.

That concludes our round up of things to do in Central – do you have any recommendations for us?