Living in Happy Valley

16 Aug 2023

Happy Valley enjoys a village-style atmosphere at the base of several steep winding roads. It’s minutes from main business and shopping districts and yet is known for offering a peaceful respite from its nearby, more high-density neighbours.

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A mix of mid-to-high-rise, older and ultra-modern apartments with amenities and of varying sizes are prevalent. Some of the most popular buildings boast views of Hong Kong’s iconic Happy Valley Racecourse and its lush surrounding scenery. The racecourse itself was built in 1845, after clearing its marshy environment filled with paddy fields – which nowadays provides solid land for various recreational areas and upscale residential developments.

Outdoor spaces, rooftops, and terraces plus large living areas are available in Happy Valley for families who need extra space. Properties are available to buy and to rent within the area.

Things to do in Happy Valley

The famous Happy Valley Racecourse is a centre point for the area, which provides a classic Wednesday night out for locals and tourists alike, allowing all visitors to place their bets – no matter how big or small - alongside live music entertainment and a beer garden. The private, members-only Hong Kong Football Club is a popular establishment amongst families for its range of sports, activities, and dining amenities including an on-site bar and upscale restaurant. 

Happy Valley Recreational Ground on Sports Road is available for public use, which will prove extremely beneficial for sports lovers of all kinds, whether running, rugby, football, or hockey is their sport of choice. Hikers will rejoice at the area’s proximity to Wong Nai Chung Gap, one of the city’s most well-known hiking trails that proffers magnificent views of the harbour and mountains – whilst also providing an educational experience, marked with historical relics of the Japanese occupation as you journey along.


Transport: How to get to Happy Valley

Those wondering how to get to Happy Valley can rest assured that the area is well-connected to the rest of Hong Kong, with easy access via public transportation. If you’re not in a hurry, Happy Valley tram terminus allows a relaxed ride to Central in about 30 minutes. A cab ride will get you there in 5 to 10 minutes. Walking to the shopping and lifestyle hub of Causeway Bay takes about 10 minutes from downtown Happy Valley. There are plenty of taxis, minibuses, and regular buses available to hail throughout the area. This makes it easy to get around and explore the many attractions that Hong Kong has to offer.



The commercial streets of Happy Valley are a hot spot for international and local restaurants, day spas, gourmet food and speciality stores, mostly at ground level, adding to the village atmosphere. Its eclectic mix of dining establishments allow for various types of outings - enjoy the romantic vibe at authentic French restaurant Amigo, relax with friends at the day cafe & night bar Coffeelin, grab an after-work drink at The Jockey pub, or immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine at Cheung Hing Coffee Shop, an old-school cha chaan teng (tea restaurant) that offers freshly-baked egg tarts and cups of HK-style milk tea. 


Not only does the Happy Valley neighbourhood offer a selection of delicious restaurants and cafes, but it also has a number of beautiful parks and green spaces, such as Happy Valley Recreation Ground. After enjoying a satisfying meal, take a pleasant stroll through one of these tranquil locations. Plus, if you need to stock up on groceries, there are several supermarkets located just a short walk away from the Happy Valley Tram Terminus, making shopping a breeze.


Living in Happy Valley means you remain close to all main business areas yet at a comfortable distance for tranquillity, with the shopping and dining mecca of Causeway Bay on its doorstep. It’s only a few minutes by cab or bus to well-trodden hiking trails, like the Country Park of Jardine's Lookout & Wong Nai Chung Gap Trail, so having greenery and nature close by guarantees easy access to fresh air and some exercise.

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