Starred Restaurants Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong (蘭桂坊) is one of Hong Kong’s most eye-catching landmarks of nightlife for tourists and local people. It is also the liveliest place in town for counting down to Christmas and New Year. Lacrucci.com still thinks it is a remarkable place!
Lan Kwai Fong is a small square of streets in Central, Hong Kong. The area was before dedicated to floral hawkers. Now it is a landmark of Hong Kong for special occasions.
Lacrucci has observed the change of bar and foodie scene in Lan Kwai Fong in recent years. The redevelopment of California Tower into an F&B and lifestyle tenant’s mix building has changed the environment into something new and modern.
Allen Zeman is the founder and chairman of the Lan Kwai Fong Group. He opened his first restaurant in Lan Kwai Fong by early 1980s. Named as “the Father of Lan Kwai Fong”, Mr. Zeman was the major property developer and owner of Lan Kwai Fong.
Today Mr. Zeman owns about 70% of the properties there, running his own restaurants and bars, as well as leasing shop spaces to other F&B operators.
Lan Kwai Fong changed face after the completion of California Tower (also owned by Lan Kwai Fong Group) in 2015. A number of world-renowned chefs got their stages in the building.
Starred Restaurants in Lan Kwai Fong California Tower
- Starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten goes upstairs in California Tower for his first restaurant called Mercato
Ore-no Kappou, headed by starred chefs Hidetsugu Okamato and Hiroshi, is also taking one floor for their first Japanese restaurant in Hong Kong.
- Ce La Vi, is occupying the top floor of California Tower, is a hot night life spot in Lan Kwai Fong. Its Jacuzzi on the roof garden is very rare but awesome in the hub of Central. It is somewhere a club to see and to be seen.
Central – the Central Business District of Hong Kong, has many hidden restaurants and bars, hoping to keep their business viable and profitable by going upstairs with lower rents. Will this formula applicable to Lan Kwai Fong’s restaurant operators, we don’t know yet?
Many bar lovers still prefer to hang around on street level of Lan Kwai Fong, feeling the pulse of night life of Hong Kong.
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