With over 100 bars, restaurants, clubs and retailers, Lan Kwai Fong is considered Hong Kong’s dining and entertainment destination. Its convenient location just around the corner from Central makes the area a mainstay for locals, expats and travelers looking for the perfect nighttime hot spots.
Lan Kwai Fong’s history is varied, as the area has undergone a significant number of changes over the years. It was primarily filled with prostitutes back in the 1880’s and then it became a water catchment area at the turn of the century. Around the same time a flower market opened, giving rise to the name Lan Kwai Fong, meaning “Orchid Square”. Prior to the Second World War, the area saw legitimate businesses open their doors as prostitution was abolished, but it wasn’t until the early 1980s that Lan Kwai Fong became the entertainment district of Hong Kong. Early businesses saw immediate success, paving the way for a booming nighttime entertainment district today. In 1979, the well-known “Disco Disco” was the first to open and then “California” Restaurant followed in 1983, earning Lan Kwai Fong an immediate fan base.
Lan Kwai Fong Street is L-shaped with the two ends joining with D’Aguilar Street and is typically referred to as “LKF” by locals and those in the know. The area continues to grow and now “Greater Lan Kwai Fong” includes D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Wo On Lane, Wing Wah Lane, Wyndham Street, On Hing Terrace, and Wellington Street.
When it comes to dining and partying in LKF, the area has it all. From upscale ethnic cuisine to trendy bars featuring crazy libations, there is literally something for every occasion. It’s the ideal spot for happy hour, a simple glass of wine while people watching, or a late night of dancing and partying. It’s not uncommon to see local celebrities frequenting Lan Kwai Fong, and big holidays like Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve see huge parties that spill out into the streets.