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A Guide to Hong Kong’s Trendiest Neighbourhoods

Picture of Sally Gao
Updated: 14 November 2018
For the best of what the region has to offer in food and drink – as well as independent art galleries, breweries and boutique shops – get away from the crowds in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui and focus on other happening Hong Kong neighbourhoods, including up-and-coming hipster areas and well-known upmarket districts.

SoHo, Central

The steep and narrow streets of SoHo are where the professional and artsy crowds gather to wine and dine after a long day. ‘SoHo’ is short for ‘South of Hollywood Road’, and its main veins consist of Staunton Street and Elgin Street, accessible from Central via the Mid-Levels Escalator. SoHo is known for its trendy restaurants and bars, as well as its boutique shops, fine art galleries, and antique stores.

The hottest restaurants in the neighbourhood include Yardbird, Bao Bei and F.A.B. Visitors can also pop in for some laughs at the TakeOut Comedy Club, or grab a coffee at the charming café Common Ground.

Hong Kong Soho district
Hong Kong Soho district | © Carlo Bollo / Alamy Stock Photo
Butcher's shop in Gage Street ,Graham Street Market,Hong Kong, China
Butcher’s shop in Gage Street, Graham Street Market, Soho, Hong Kong | © Lucas Vallecillos / Alamy Stock Photo
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Butcher’s shop in the borough of SoHo | © Kefca / Shutterstock

PoHo, Sheung Wan

PoHo refers to the area surrounding Po Hing Fong and Tai Ping Shan Street in Sheung Wan. This Hong Kong neighbourhood has seen rapid transformation over the past few years, changing from a sleepy residential neighbourhood to a hangout for Hong Kong’s most stylish urban youth. The name ‘PoHo’ is a reference to how many building names in the area start with Po, meaning ‘treasure’ in Cantonese.

The neighbourhood is home to relaxed eateries, independent boutiques and fantastic street art. Hip cafés like MANA! and 3rd Space jostle next to traditional printers and herbal shops. There’s also Po’s Atelier, an independent bakery with a menu designed by Japanese chef Masami Asano.

This area has seen rapid transformation over the past few years, changing from a sleepy residential neighbourhood to a hangout for Hong Kong’s most stylish urban youth.

Sheung Wan Tram Terminus, street scene of Hong Kong, with trams and pedestrians.
Sheung Wan Tram Terminus | © travel images / Alamy Stock Photo
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Man crossing Hong Kong street in Sheung Wan | © Jo Miyake / Alamy Stock Photo
Sheung Wan Tram Terminus, street scene of Hong Kong, with trams and pedestrians.
Sheung Wan trams | © travel images / Alamy Stock Photo

Lan Kwai Fong, Central

Lan Kwai Fong is Hong Kong’s famous premier nightlife district, home to over 100 bars and restaurants. Every night, young professionals – especially expats – pour out from office buildings far and wide to de-stress and socialise in Lan Kwai Fong. The area has been a party hotspot since the 1980s and it’s still thriving, with trendy new concepts opening every year. There are literally too many spots here to give a general recommendation – but for starters, try Street Meat, which is styled after New York’s Prince Street subway station.

Nightlife in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong, China.. Image shot 2015. Exact date unknown.
Nightlife in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong, China | © Bob Henry / Alamy Stock Photo
China, Hong Kong, Central, Typical Bar in Lan Kwai Fong Nightlife Area
Bar in Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong | © Steve Vidler / Alamy Stock Photo
Chinese Writing Calligraphy Neon Business Signs in Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, China. Image shot 2007. Exact date unknown.
Neon business signs in Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong | © dbimages / Alamy Stock Photo

Sai Ying Pun

One of Hong Kong’s oldest neighbourhoods, Sai Ying Pun served as the campsite of the British military in the late 19th century. Until very recently, it was a quiet residential neighbourhood, but the recent extension of the MTR line to north-west Hong Kong Island has brought about a surge of gentrification.

The gastronomic scene here is well on its way up, with trendy eateries such as Potato Head and High Street Grill. Check out the art at Above Second Gallery, grab a drink at Winstons Coffee, and browse the shelves at Books & Co.

Sai Ying Pun served as the campsite of the British military in the late 19th century.

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Colonial buildings in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong | © Simon Poon/Shutterstock
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Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong | © samuelwong/Shutterstock
Winstons Coffee in Sai Ying Pun
Winstons Coffee in Sai Ying Pun | © Infinite_Eye/Shutterstock

Kennedy Town, Hong Kong

This up-and-coming neighbourhood sits on the very western end of north Hong Kong Island. Like Sai Ying Pun, Kennedy Town’s popularity has grown thanks to the accessibility brought about by a recent MTR expansion. Businesses and recently graduated young professionals are swarming here because of the relatively cheaper rents compared with places like Central and Causeway Bay.

Visitors can dine at Le Comptoir tapas bar or enjoy a sip at a waterfront bar, such as Tequila on Davis. The area is also becoming known as something of a craft beer centre, with Tramline Liquor Co., Little Creatures microbrewery and Craft Brew & Co. all setting up shop here.

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Kennedy Town, Hong Kong | © Sorbis/Shutterstock
Hong Kong,At the harbour and pier at the Western District on Hong Kong Island, Kennedy Town
Harbour and pier at Kennedy Town, Hong Kong | © Kees Metselaar / Alamy Stock Photo
Kennedy Town Apartments, Hong Kong
Kennedy Town apartments, Hong Kong | © Peter Scholey / Alamy Stock Photo