Hip new neighborhoods
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