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.
PoHo, Sheung Wan
PoHo refers to the area surrounding Po Hing Fong and Tai Ping Shan Street in Sheung Wan. This area has seen rapid transformation over the past few years, changing from a sleepy residential neighborhood 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 neighborhood 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.
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 socialize 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 Streat Meat, which is styled after New York’s Prince Street subway station, or Wolf Market, Asia’s first stock market bar where drink prices rise and fall according to the laws of supply and demand.
Sai Ying Pun
One of Hong Kong’s oldest districts, Sai Ying Pun served as the campsite of the British military in the late 19th century. Until very recently, it was a quiet residential neighborhood, 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.
This up-and-coming neighborhood 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 to places like Central and Causeway Bay.
Visitors can dine at Le Comptoir tapas bar or Picnic On Forbes, or enjoy a sip at waterfront bars like Kinsale and Tequila on Davis. The area is also becoming known as something of a craft beer center, with Tramline Liquor Co., Little Creatures microbrewery and Craft Brew & Co. all setting up shop here.