Brunch City – the best neighbourhoods to live and brunch
Brunch has become so popular as part of our regular weekend activities it’s no wonder Hong Kong turns up the heat with an amazing array of brunching options for friends and families to get together. The term Brunch has taken on a life of it’s own with thoughtful and inspired dishes being turned out that can go a lot further than just simple sausages and eggs. A whole new culinary style as cropped up and been given life with restaurants putting their own spin on food and flavours that will attract the ravenous brunch crowd.
You can be brunching anywhere from 9am to 4pm+. Think how good this has become in accommodating our very different and social lifestyles meaning you can be out clubbing till 3 am, go home for a few shut eye hours and be all set for brunch at 3pm. And there is always the “classic go to” all day brunch as well. Some places such a Zuma have recognised the potential of this new eat style and make a very special effort with their fantastic invented night brunch that starts from 8.30pm on a Saturday. An absolute treat to get a bit dressed up and choose from their carefully selected menu and free flow.
So for all those people out there doing the Brunch every weekend, you would imagine that this would be a consideration as a bonus for living in a certain neighbourhood, so let’s check out which neighbourhoods are open for business to offer the best brunch.
Soho is god’s gift to Brunch. Saturday and Sunday, everywhere offers brunch from bacon and eggs to spicy thai and dim sum. Try most of the restaurants on Elgin Street, the rooftop terrace above Stauntons, the classic Oolaa, Wagyu on Wyndham, 208 Hollywood Rd, so many choices you can spend a year trying out new places if you don’t have a favourite. This is one of the many reasons why Soho is one of the most popular suburbs for young expats to live. Everything is here from bars and entertainment to fitness centres and foot massage. Right off the escalator, and super convenient to get anywhere, there are always great places to buy or rent, from studios to 4 bedrooms, balconies, rooftops and swimming pools.
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This suburb has really taken off in the last few years. Always a little artsy, there are new openings of cafes and restaurants consistently to meet the demands of a growing community. Now very much on the list of inner suburbs to live, the combination of ultra modern luxury high rise apartments to character old adjoined house conversions creates an attractive mix of residents who still look for having all conveniences on their doorstep without quite as much city buzz.
High Street has a great and bubbling brunch scene with St Barts, Metropolitain, High Street Grill and Flying Pig Bistro. First, Second, Third and others in the area have a number of brunch options with Locofama, NOC Roastery, La Paloma, Pete’s Place and many more to discover.
The gentrification of Wanchai has been taking shape for a number of years. Wonderfully, there is a balance of keeping the clubs and bars open with late night entertainment and events that Wanchai is most famous for, and adding into the mix, a selection of ultra modern and sophisticated residential developments that take advantage of wonderful views in the peaceful hillside of the suburb. Using Hennessey Road as an imaginary divider, everything on the north side towards the harbour is mostly retail shops, bars, niteclubs and some traditional restaurants. On the south side towards the hills are the newer residences such as Star Crest with knock out views out over the area and harbour, and many renovated older style apartment blocks with nice landscaping and parks on narrow streets. All of these things have lent themselves to create a peaceful and quaint village atmosphere.
Brunch is a major way of life for the residents and visitors of Wanchai with quiet streets such as Star Street being very popular with restaurants such as Mason ES, Oolaa, Ted’s Lookout, Elephant Grounds, Giando Italian, Pici, Madam Ching all rated as excellent Brunch hangouts, and so many more in the surrounding streets. This convenient neighbourhood is perfect for working executives and professionals who enjoy the inner city lifestyle.
Wonderful Stanley Village is suited to everyone that enjoys being out of the rat race, living in a beach suburb, having access to all sorts of shops and services, being close to schools, and having a much quieter layed back lifestyle. This crowd is definitely the “out of the city” brunch crowd, made up of families, couples and singles with plenty of Hong Kong residents and visitors also making the journey to be here on weekends. With two gorgeous sandy beaches, and a main walking street complete with waterfront promenade and boardwalk, it’s a refreshing open spaced suburb with glorious water views, plenty of trees and greenery. This is the place to live if you want a town house and privacy, or larger scaled apartments with more room to move. About as close to a western style village as you will find in Hong Kong, people have dogs here, own cars and go to the supermarket on Saturday morning at the Stanley Plaza.
They are also having brunch. Some of the most popular places are Classified, Beef and Liberty, Stan Café Cali-mex at the Plaza, or on Main street and surrounding the waterfront are The Boathouse, Spiagga, Stanley Cave and Waffleman. With a nice cold glass of Prosecco or Pinot Gris, it’s very easy to turn your brunch into dinner. As you sit out on the terrace or Main street, watch the people passing by, taking in the views over the water and out to sea, with boats in the harbour and ferries coming and going, this is quite likely the best place in the world to spend your brunch hours with good friends or family. Expect to pay a little more to live here and if you work in the city suburbs, the commute takes around 30+ minutes to Central. It’s so worth it.