This landmark revitalisation project converted a historic cotton mill into The Mills – a retail-culture hub full of heritage, dining and crafts.

Hong Kong is no stranger to revitalisation projects – PMQ, Blue House and The Murray to name a few. The Mills in Tsuen Wan is the result of transforming Nan Fung Textiles’ former cotton spinning mills into a beautiful space dedicated to sustainability and artistry – with everything from coffee roasters to handmade ceramics, conservation spaces and handcrafted homeware available to browse.

the mills tsuen wan nan fung factory where to eat, drink, shop

How to get there:

Make your way to the Tsuen Wan MTR Station and take Exit A3 (Tsuen Wan) or A2 (Tsuen Wan West). Located in Chai Wan Kok – you can take a network of covered walkways from the MTR or take the free shuttle bus service near Tsuen Wan MTR Exit A4 (every 20 minutes).

The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; 10am to 10pm

Where to eat:

Honbo

You’ve probably already spotted these burgers at BaseHall or on Star Street. Honbo is best known for serving a really great simple and straightforward burger – made with Double Gold beef imported from Wisconsin, smashed and seared on a flat top griddle, and all-natural potato milk buns (made in-house!). Go for a signature cheeseburger with a side of sweet potato fries – or try formerly The Mills-exclusive fried chicken burger.

Shop 303, 3/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; Monday, Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 9pm (Closed Tuesdays); 3979 2300

LABELS Café + Bar

This fashion-inspired café-bar concept is seriously stylish. Created by designer Harrison Wong, the eatery takes notes from womenswear and menswear, presenting beautifully crafted dishes and desserts – just have a look for yourself! [Closed until 6th August]

LABELS Café + Bar, Shop 305, 3/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 8pm (Closed Monday); 3426 2668

Fleur

Specialising in creating diner-style dishes with fresh edible flowers, Fleur’s brunch inspired spreads are truly a treat for your eyes and stomach. Its signature ‘Fleur Lover’ is a hot cake with mascarpone cream with mixed fresh fruits, berries, nuts and (of course!) edible flowers. And for dog-lovers, bring your pup with you and choose something from the puppy lover menu.

Fleur, Shop G08, G/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; Monday to Friday, 10:30am to 10pm, Weekend and public holidays, 10am to 10pm; 2836 6280

Between Haru

Studio Sweet Petite K actually specialises in wedding cakes – its café-bakery Between Haru takes inspiration from Korean café culture – serving fresh minimalist baked goods, handcrafted light meals, and sweet teas. Offering layered sponge and cream cakes with the season’s pick of fruit and cosy afternoon tea sets, this café is a must-visit!

Between Haru, Shop 103, 1/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; Thursday to Tuesday, 12pm to 6pm (Closed Wednesday); 3956 2082

Wong Pai Bing Sutt

Step inside Wong Pai and you’ll transport right back to 50s Hong Kong. This bing sutt promises to combine traditional Chinese fare with some newer, innovative eats. Our pick? Tucking into a comforting, familiar bowl of satay beef instant noodles.

Wong Pai Bing Sutt, Shop 304, 3/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, Weekends and public holidays, 8am to 6pm; 52087703

Palate Mansion

Palate Mansion serves contemporary Chinese cuisine with a fun, retro twist – take the lychee and deep-fried chili shrimp paste balls for example, or the lemon braised duck (a Cantonese classic) in pickled plum sauce! Like everything at The Mills, the dishes are beautifully plated and absolutely delicious. Try the dim sum afternoon tea set – we love the look of the airplane custard molten buns.

Palate Mansion, Shop 109-110, 1/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; 11am to 9pm; 3169 6688

Where to drink:

KOKO Coffee Roasters

An extension of coffee brand Coco Espresso, KOKO Coffee Roasters is the perfect stop for a cup of good coffee. With farm-direct single-origin and blended coffee beans – roasted to perfection – you can find everything from iced specialities to liquor-infused coffee to sip on.

KOKO Coffee Roasters, Shop G09, G/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; 9:30am to 9pm

The Ale Project (TAP)

When you think of craft beer in Hong Kong, chances are you’re picturing Young Master Ale. The Ale Project (TAP) is its second craft beer bar, following its sister location in Mong Kok, offering a selection of beers from Young Master Brewery and collaborating with local roaster Cotton Mutton to offer a comprehensive coffee ‘program’ – with everything from single-origin hand pours to nitrogen coffee on tap. And, browse the kombucha (by Taboocha) and sodas!

The Ale Project (TAP), Shop 302, 3/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; 12pm to 10pm; 2331 2621

Tankyu Distillery

Perfume Trees Gin‘s distillery-tasting room concept is named after an ancient Chinese man from the Tang Dynasty – Tankyu. Considered the ‘soulmate and drinking companion’ of poet Li Bai, Tankyu Distillery takes inspiration to create a gin distillery where guests can try and sample products – including customised omakase cocktails made for you by a mixologist. With coffee, tea and CBD options – these gin-based crafted drinks are a must-sample for any gin lover.

Tankyu Distillery, Shop 305, 3/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; 12pm to 8pm; 3460 2239

Europa Tea Foundry

This Taiwanese chain has a location at The Mills, the perfect place to relax with some tea. From its signature milk foam tea to the seasonal handmade fruit jam tea and Alishan prime tea – there’s something exciting here for everyone to try.

Europa Tea Foundry, Shop 118, 1/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; 12pm to 7:30pm; 3618 7576

Where to shop:

Concept To Go

This lifestyle concept store is seriously cool – selling stylish homeware, design goods, and eco-friendly apparel. Make sure to check out Chée Jewellery for delicate gold-plated silver pieces and the floristry for some beautiful arrangements!

Concept To Go, Shop 126-127, 1/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; 12pm to 7:30pm

b/major

Designed in Hong Kong, b/major sells handmade leather shoes in sleek cuts and flattering and fresh colourways. Shoes are made in small batches out of independent workshops – which means every pair of flats, heels, loafers, and boots are unique. You can even get in on the design and customise a pair’s colour and fit!

b/major, Shop 107, 1/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; Monday to Friday, 1pm to 7pm, Weekends and public holidays, 12pm to 7:30pm; 2668 2199

Wood Polar

Wood Polar offers minimalist and simple body care and homeware that tie right into The Mills crafting heritage – with soaps, balms and candles (and more!) lovingly made with natural ingredients, free of harsh chemicals. Vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and with as much recyclable packaging where possible – this is a guilt-free place to browse for sure.

Wood Polar, Shop 113, 1/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; 2pm to 7:30pm

Primary

This sustainable lifestyle store is all about zero waste and the environment – selling skincare and homeware in recyclable packaging with plenty of refill options. Primary stocks cosmetic brands that are gentle and natural and range from face, body, hair, and fragrance all the way to personal hygiene products. We love the look of its homeware collections – clean, minimal and good for the planet.

Primary, Shop 105, 1/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan; 12pm to 7pm; 9858 1226

B’IN Select

Offering over 100 original designer brands, B’IN Select is a great one-stop to browse literally everything from accessories to décor and kitchenware from all over the world.

B’IN Select, Shop .. /F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan;

Hero image courtesy of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, image 1 courtesy of The Mills, image 2 courtesy of The Mills

Sakina Abidi
History graduate and poetry person, Sakina is a recovering journalism student currently in editorial. You are most likely to find her hunting down new eats on Instagram (halal please!) and lusting after K-Beauty skincare drops.