My HK Neighbourhood: Tin Hau

We think the best way to discover Hong Kong's neighbourhoods is to talk to the people that live there. So we asked Petrous Moldovan, owner and Executive Chef at Parisian-style bistro Cocotte and NEO Cocktail Club, to give us the lowdown on life in Tin Hau.

Tin Hau temple, Causeway Bay

What do you love about Tin Hau?

Living in Tin Hau, I love how close I am to everything but also how peaceful the area is. I appreciate how Tin Hau gives me the perfect contrast of busy city life with a quiet neighbourhood.

I live in such a convenient area with a lot of shops, movie theatres, restaurants and even 24-hour markets, an important aspect for me as a chef. I am a stone’s throw away from Victoria Park and get to enjoy the view of this natural setting right from my house. I can also walk to Times Square in 10 minutes and visit the SCAA for a good workout.

What do you wish you could change about your neighbourhood?

Similar to other parts of Hong Kong, parking is scarce and hard to find. The one thing I would change about my neighbourhood is the location of the parking spaces.

Where do you like to eat?

My favourite restaurants at the moment are Din Tai Fung for the dumplings, Korea Restaurant for delicious Korean barbecue and a Mexican joint that prepares the best nachos and tapas.

Din Tai Fung, Shop G3-11, G/F, 68 Yee Wo St., Causeway Bay (Din Tai Fung also have branches in TST and Shatin)

Korea Restaurant, Shop A, 13-17 Lau Li Street, Tin Hau

Andy’s Garage Mexican Joint, Ground Floor,14 A Sun Chun Street

Where do you go for drinks?

Bond Restaurant & Bar, Tai Hang

Bond Restaurant & Bar

I recently tried Bond and Oaky and loved the ambience of both bars. They both served decent cocktails and I was particularly sold on Bond once I saw its amazing outdoor patio.

Bond Restaurant & Bar, 2/F, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road

Oaky, Shop 3, G/F, Wing Hing Court, 110-114 Tung Lo Wan Road

Where do you like to hangout?

I have to say my favourite place to hangout is at my building’s rooftop patio. The scenic view that spans from Victoria Park to Kowloon and on to Central Pier is something to behold.

Please share one hidden gem you’ve discovered in your neighbourhood?

I did not realise just how close I live to SCAA! As someone who loves to stay active, I enjoy visiting SCAA for their golf range and to go bowling. I spend a lot of time playing sports and games so living close to this venue is such a valuable bonus.

Bowling at SCAA

SCAA (South China Athletic Association),  88 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay

Will you still be living in Tin Hau in 5 years time?

I may not live in the same apartment in five years time but I definitely want to continue living in the Tin Hau area. Since moving in, this area has treated me very well with lots of things to do nearby!

Tin Hau photo by Tom Billinge on Flickr.

Petrous Moldovan at Cocotte

When he’s not hanging in Tin Hau you’ll find Petrous at Cocotte, 9 Shin Hing Street, Central serving beautiful and affordable French-inspired food.


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