Hong Kong has a lot to boast in its cocktail and speakeasy scene, and what goes hand in hand with that is the shisha. Focused especially on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are tons of really cool bars that also have shisha offerings, as well as dedicated smoking lounges. Whether you’re looking for a rooftop to smoke while eyeing the skyline, a darkened lounge for intimate conversation, or a spot to fill your stomach and your hookah craving at the same time, we have the best options for shisha right here.
AWA Teasha Lounge — Causeway Bay
Once you find the front door of AWA Teasha Lounge, an intimate booking-only Japanese-style lounge serving shisha as well as Japanese liquors and tea cocktails, you may become one of their many regulars. While their drinks selection is limited, they have unique shisha flavours like chai that you can’t find in most other spots, and the strength and smoothness is consistently praised. The service is also markedly friendly compared to many hookah lounges.
AWA Teasha Lounge, 3/F, Perfect Commercial Building, 28 Sharp St W, Causeway Bay | +852 2301 2178
NU AER — Tsim Sha Tsui
A small, comfortable shisha lounge with well-priced cocktails, wine, and small bar bites, NU AER has a wide range of playfully named flavours like Pearl In Your Breath (with HK-style milk tea) and Pu Pu Time (with honey milk, mint chocolate, and cigar flavours) along with go-tos from Al Fakher. The cocktails are especially photoworthy, with concoctions like the Annabelle, made with Bailey’s and Frangelico.
NU AER, G/F, Kam Wing Commercial Building, No. 28 Minden Ave, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2363 2087
Shahrazad Lebanese Dining Lounge & Bar — Central
For a window into Lebanon in Hong Kong, you may need to visit Shahrazad Lounge & Bar in Central. If anything, you cannot fault the lounge on its ambiance, with the wall-to-wall set of folding windows that open right out to Wyndham Street, incredible mosaic wall art, and comfortable decor that invites you to sit for extended periods of time like you’re at a family friend’s home. Their shisha comes in a range of fruit and dessert-y flavours. If you’re looking for a beautiful, airy environment to smoke in, this should be at the top of your list.
Shahrazad Lebanese Dining Lounge & Bar, 2/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham St, Central | +852 2330 0242
J.Moon Lounge — Mong Kok
J.Moon is an all-rounder for cool atmosphere, fusion food (including tacos, pizza, and pasta), creative cocktails, and a large partially covered terrace for shisha. They’re currently releasing a series of cocktails based on the star signs! With an inviting, Instagrammable space theme and a small, focused shisha menu, J.Moon is a great spot for a long hangout. The large windows, which bring in a lot of light during the day, also make it a nice way to transition from a day to nighttime space.
J.Moon Lounge, Unit 410-411, 4/F Pakpolee Commercial Centre, 1A Sai Yeung Choi St South, Mong Kok | +852 9545 5738
HYC Bar & Lounge — Tsim Sha Tsui
HYC offers up exactly what you might expect from a penthouse address. A hookah and gin lounge with a cool, minimal indoor space, the highlight is the see-through staircase leading up to the huge rooftop area, with unhindered views of Kowloon and the harbour. If you’re not a fan of gin, they also serve classic cocktails as well as drinks inspired by locales like Brazil and Okinawa. Setting HYC apart from other hookah spots is that they offer shisha sets made by Kalous and Shishabucks.
HYC Bar & Lounge, 22/F, Nathan Hill, 38 Hillwood Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2572 6388
FJAKA HK — Causeway Bay
A speakeasy lounge concept from Pong Group, FJAKA opened in 2020 and is quickly becoming a favourite among hookah regulars. Set on the 26th floor, with a comfortable covered terrace and secluded VIP room, the main draw is that you can fully customize your bowl from the HMD to the base. Fizzy, creamy, fruity – it’s up to you. And if you prefer to have some food with your shisha, they also serve fusion dishes like sea urchin spaghetti and pan seared Wagyu.
FJAKA, Shop B, 26/F, Midtown Soundwill Plaza II, 1 Tang Lung St, Causeway Bay | +852 2304 6088
He Says — Causeway Bay
The same group behind much-loved hookah lounge She Says, people regularly frequent He Says because of the wide range of shisha flavours, good wine list, and inviting environment. They also offer CBD cocktails and shisha, and you can even ask your server to mix you up a custom flavour for your bowl. The best deals are during happy hour, and you’d be hard-pressed to find the same harbourview at a similar pricepoint.
He Says, 13/F, the L.Square, 459-461 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay | +852 3188 4443
The Aces HK — multiple locations
The Aces is a provider of all things shisha – pipes, bowls, and flavours. Along with doing shisha rental delivery to your home, they partner with top tier bars and restaurants such as Alto, Babacio, and the China Bar in TST, bringing the same quality of shisha and service to all 15 partners. Their staff are always friendly and knowledgeable about their mixes and how to use the setups. Getting consistently high quality shisha and an incomparable variety of choice for incredible locations… can you ask for more?
Multiple locations including in Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, and Central
Sumac — Central
Another Lebanese lounge where you can enjoy a waterpipe, Sumac is just set apart from the busy inner workings of Central, with a moody atmosphere, delicious Middle Eastern food, and cozy separate shisha area with a terrace. If you need to line your stomach first, we suggest the hummus, succulent skewers, and generous amounts of pita. But the hookah, consistently lauded as quality and smooth, is what puts it on the map as a go-to lounge.
Sumac, 8 Glenealy, Central | +852 2147 9191
Babylon — Central
Carefully crafted. From cocktails to shisha to very cool interior, this is the phrase that comes through in shisha lounge Babylon’s offerings. They have signature cocktails like their Babylonian and Mango Unchained which are delights to the look and taste. Drinks can be pricey, but there are good deals to be had during happy hour on Mondays to Thursdays. Their uniquely shaped bowls deliver a strong, but delicate flavour. You can even break up the smoking with a bit of beer pong.
Babylon, 7/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar St, Central | +852 6271 5406
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