Hip new neigh­bor­hoods

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Tai Ping Shan, She­ung Wan

Small gal­leries, cof­fee shops, in­de­pen­dent bou­tiques, and more make up this pretty lit­tle neigh­bor­hood. Grab an Asian fu­sion bite at the hid­den Mrs. Pound (mr­s­pound.com); stamp shop on the out­side, restau­rant speakeasy on the in­side. Try to find the “chop” that un­locks the se­cret door!

Ex­plore the neigh­bor­hood and its in­ter­sect­ing al­leys— the beauty is in stum­bling upon your own hid­den gems. Me­an­der down Hol­ly­wood Road, Po Hing Fong and Gough Street (a.k.a Noho: north of Hol­ly­wood). We love the Bet­ter than Sex mini­cakes at Ms B’s Cak­ery on Gough. Go lo­cal and queue up at the pop­u­lar daipaidong (Hong Kong-style eatery) Sing He­ung Yuen for their mac­a­roni-and-tomato soup.

Get there: Start at MTR She­ung Wan Sta­tion, Exit A. Walk up­hill and to the West to Tai Ping Shan Street.

High Street, Sai Ying Pun

Move over Soho, Sai Ying Pun’s Cen­tre Street es­ca­la­tors has made this area a fresh, up-and­com­ing dis­trict that those in the know are flock­ing to. Find th­ese spots along High Street: French bistro Metropoli­tain is the prime lo­ca­tion for peo­ple watch­ing, while Ping Pong 129 (129 Sec­ond Street) is the joint for get­ting drinks. Go all the way up­hill and to The Univer­sity of Hong Kong (HKU), whose cam­pus is built on the side of a hill, or hike to Vic­to­ria Peak from the Morn­ing Trail, ac­cessed through the Hat­ton/kote­wall Road en­trance.

Get there: MTR Sai Ying Pun Sta­tion.

Star Street, Wan Chai

...and Moon Street, Sun Street, Ship Street, and Wing Fung Street—all in this hip new area of Wan Chai. The colo­nial-era Pawn is an icon you won’t miss. Head to Bao Wow, where siopao has been recon­cep­tu­al­ized into street food-in­spired steamed bun sand­wiches. 22 Ships by Bri­tish celebrity chef Ja­son Ather­ton is the af­ter­work drinks sta­ple for ex­pats in the area.

Get there: MTR (or tram) Wan Chai Sta­tion, Exit B2

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