In the early 1980s, Allan Zeman – regarded as the ‘King of Lan Kwai Fong’ opened California on D’Aguilar Street. Its immediate success prompted huge growth around the tiny street in Central, and now a warren of over 100 bars and restaurants make Lan Kwai Fong one of the most happening bar districts worldwide.
The atmosphere is at quietest, rowdy; and at loudest, a carnival of immense scale. Every day crowds surge from the mass of open fronted bars, music spills into the air, and a mass of neon lights direct eager punters to the bar. Party revelers make their way here to enjoy some of the city’s best nightlife, making it a must on any to-do list during a Hong Kong trip.
Next to the ever-flourishing California is the more recent Lux Restaurant and Bar which, for three years, has been host to some of the hippest visitors to Lan Kwai Fong.
Dominated by a central, circular bar serving some of the area’s best cocktails, Lux is a popular haunt for those seeking something a little more sophisticated. Transforming into a dance club late into the night with a host of resident Djs, Lux progresses from a candlelit refuge for intimate drinking to a great party for late night dancing–a sure guarantee after a few cocktails. Lux further combines as a stylish restaurant with a Mediterranean-influenced menu.
The Cuisine is simple and contemporary, offering a great selection of steaks and seafood. Renowned as much for its varied eateries as its wild partying atmosphere, Lan Kwai Fong offers a diverse choice of award winning restaurants from French cuisine of the elegant Cafe des Artistes to Japanese at the modern and sleek Kyoto Joe.
In Asia’s fast-moving market, Cafe des Artistes has long been one of Hong Kong’s finest French restaurants serving mouthwatering dishes. Located on the first floor, surrounded by breezy open windows overlooking the bustling street below, Cafe des Artistes offers a relaxed and serene ambience rarely found in Central, and is the perfect setting to watch the madness of Lan Kwai Fong while you enjoy your wine in the calm.
Japanese food lovers should not miss Kyoto Joe. The restaurant is divided into a sake bar that opens out onto the street; a robata yaki bar, where the finest meats are grilled in front of you; and a great sushi bar with dramatic blue, backlit walls. Whether an evening of fine wine and creative cuisine in intimate, private rooms or quick stop for a light snack or bottle of sake at the bar, Kyoto Joe caters to all aspects of Hong Kong life and is certainly one of the cool kids on the Lan Kwai Fong block.