In a city where space at home is limited, shisha lounges provide a great venue to sit back and hang out with friends. For a mellow night out or an after-work hookah, here are Hong Kong’s best shisha bars, whether you’re down for wacky new flavours or something more authentic.
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With locations in Los Angeles and Seoul, Boba Bear offers Hong Kongers a unique bar experience with its creative cocktails inspired by bubble tea drinks. It boasts an impressive selection of shisha, from familiar favourites such as mint, melon or strawberry to more adventurous options such as safari melondew, blue mist, saffron pistachio and more. Stop by in the early evening for your after work drinks and stay late to experience the lively atmosphere as the night goes on.
Boba Bear, 30/F, Zing, 38 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, 2618 6907
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We’re all for this aptly named lounge’s space-themed setting. Situated in Central, SpaceX is spacious (no pun intended) with both indoor and outdoor seating. It offers over 30 flavours of shisha flavours, all of which can be customised to your liking. And if you’re not too intoxicated by the time you leave, make sure to snap a picture with its iconic neon signs for the ‘gram.
SpaceX, Room B, 4/F, Winning Centre, 46-48 Wyndham Street, Central, 2321 9225
Newly opened in Mong Kok, Be Humble is a café-cum-shisha lounge serving tea by day and wine by night. It’s become somewhat of an Instagram hotspot and it’s not difficult to see why. Decked with Turkish style lamps, intricately painted ceramics and colourful window panes that take you on vacation to Turkey, the bar is brimming with photo opportunities. Be sure to make a reservation before you visit, as it is not accepting walk-in customers at the moment. The shop will share its full address with you once you’ve confirmed a booking.
Located in Lan Kwai Fong, this classy shisha lounge is known for its large display shark tank and open-air terrace offering sweeping views of the Central neighbourhood beneath it. Bloop has a wide range of shisha flavours available, including classic fruits to speciality aromas such as pina colada or blue mist. Along with its variety of choices comes a premium charge, but shisha veterans will tell you it’s worth it for stylish environment.
Bloop, 21/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Central, 2686 1234
Bringing east meets west cocktails to the heart of Causeway Bay, Zeng can be found perched on the 30th floor of V Point, offering 270-degree views of Victoria Harbour. At the sky-high bar and eatery, you can choose from more than 100 flavours of shisha such as rose and earl grey to enjoy in its elegant oriental setting.
Zeng, 30/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, 2353 0053
With a name that describes a sublimal, laidback state of mind in Croatian, FJAKA offers an intimate shisha experience with a 10-seater VIP room, semi-private lounge and open-air terrace. If you’re a seasoned shisha enthusiast, get excited, because cotton candy milkshake, honey lemonade and coconut yoghurt are just some of the creative flavours you’ll find at the bar. For a smoke in the privacy of your own home, FJAKA also does shisha delivery – the first of its kind in Hong Kong.
FJAKA, Shop B, 26/F, Midtown Soundwill Plaza II, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, 2304 6088
If you like a vibrant atmosphere with your hookah, then Charcoal’s your spot. One of the more popular shisha lounges in Lan Kwai Fong, a queue for tables can be found outside its doors come Happy Hour on Fridays. Once you’re settled in, choose from countless shisha flavours to enjoy in its dark and compact setting.
Charcoal, Flat A & B, 4/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Central, 2351 5007
Founded by three après ski enthusiasts, Lounge Hakuba boasts a stunning design modelled after the cosy winter cabins commonly found in the Japanese Alps. We are particularly fond of its outdoor terrace, which is covered with grass and adorned with camping-inspired furniture like hammocks and canopies. It offers cocktails, bar snacks and various shisha flavours to choose from.
Lounge Hakuba, Unit 302, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, 2111 1707