airport_transferbarbathtubbusiness_facilitieschild_activitieschildcareconnecting_roomcribsfree_wifigymhot_tubinternetkitchennon_smokingpetpoolresturantski_in_outski_shuttleski_storagesmoking_areaspastar
Sign In
Photo courtesy of Lans Gallery
Photo courtesy of Lans Gallery
Save to wishlist

10 Artsy Haunts In Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Picture of Karen Tsui
Updated: 11 January 2017
The old district of Wan Chai has a special allure; one perhaps trickled down from yesteryear. With the sound of the 115 year-old trams gliding past a mixture of the traditional and the gentrified, Wan Chai is the place for an earnest Hong Kong journey into eclectic and artistic spaces. When visiting these top picks, you are bound to discover visual inspiration and cultural satisfaction along the way. Don’t forget comfortable walking shoes.
Save to wishlist

Pao Galleries

A three-story art space in the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Pao Galleries has showcased works of innumerable world-class contemporary artists, including Andy Warhol, Antony Gormley, and Roy Lichtenstein to the city since 1977. Its annual Collectors’ Contemporary Collaboration (CCC) held in March, and the Annual Flagship Exhibition in December are in any art-lover’s calendar. A hub for contemporary arts and arts education in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Arts Centre hosts various activities and shows throughout the year.

Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, HK, +852 2582 0200

Photo courtesy of Pao Galleries

Photo courtesy of Pao Galleries

Tang Tang Tang Tang

Building
Save to wishlist

Tang Tang Tang Tang

The name may be lost to foreigners, but amongst the Cantonese, anyone would recognize Tang Tang Tang Tang to be referring to Beethoven’s fifth. Find chic, timeless pieces with a distinctive aesthetic at this lifestyle emporium, helmed by the original founder of Shanghai Tang and The China Club – Sir David Tang. You’ll get to strike two birds with one stone, as TTTT is located in a pre-war Chinese tenement building (1888), in the heart of Wan Chai. Pop into The Pawn upstairs for a drink on the balcony or a meal by celebrated British chef, Tom Aikens.

Tang Tang Tang Tang, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, HK, +852 2525 2112

Photo courtesy of TTTT

Photo courtesy of TTTT

More Info

Odd One Out

Art Gallery
Save to wishlist
Photo courtesy of OddOneOut
Photo courtesy of OddOneOut

Odd One Out

Up a short flight of stairs, find Odd One Out by the artsy-designer Star Street area. OOO is a rare find in Hong Kong – a welcoming art gallery/boutique space that unites artist works from around the world: from limited-run art prints, zines and cards, to handcrafted homewares. The adjoining coffee bar offers a respite, especially after perhaps a fruitful stroll around the neighboring artsy-designer Star and Sun streets.

Odd One Out, 14 St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, HK, +852 2529 3955

Photo courtesy of OddOneOut

Photo courtesy of OddOneOut

More Info

Eclectic Cool

Shop, Store
Save to wishlist
Photo courtesy of Eclectic Cool
Photo courtesy of Eclectic Cool

Eclectic Cool

Eclectic Cool has been around the block. Before they arrived to the scene, Hong Kong was short of relaxed, yet quality homewares. Founder and interior designer Joanne Pereira’s passion for design is evident in the curated shop, full of home accessories, furnishings and gifts from around the world. Where would we be without you, Joanne?

Eclectic Cool, 5 Sun Street, Wan Chai, HK, +852 5699 6882

Photo courtesy of Eclectic Cool

Photo courtesy of Eclectic Cool

More Info
Save to wishlist

ArtOne Hong Kong

ArtOne is home to more than a handful of art galleries with a focus on world-class contemporary and traditional Chinese artists and select international works. Just a stone’s throw from the Convention Centre and the Wan Chai harbor, this 15,000 square-foot contemporary art space plays host to regular exhibitions, pop-ups, and even art auctions, throughout the year.

ArtOne Hong Kong, Mezzanine, Convention Plaza, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, HK, +852 2110 1376

Save to wishlist

Lans Gallery

Relatively new to the scene, Lans Gallery is the brainchild of art collector-turned gallery owner Melody Lan. The Gallery showcases a diverse selection of artworks ranging from paintings, sculptures, to art prints and photography from international artists including Campbell La Pun, Hong Hao Chang, Aiko Robinson, and Gillie and Marc.

Lans Gallery, China Underwriters Centre, 88 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai, HK, +852 2319 0688

Photo courtesy of Lans Gallery

Photo courtesy of Lans Gallery

Maison Huit

Store
Save to wishlist
Photo courtesy of Maison Huit
Photo courtesy of Maison Huit

Maison Huit

A rare find in the art scene in Hong Kong, this hidden gem of an ‘art cellar’ is where you’ll find exquisite homewares and one-of-a-kind gifts for your favorite men or women in your life. Be prepared to be dazzled – and yes, you’d probably wish you could own everything in the store. Up St. Francis Street before you hit Odd One Out, look out for the black metal doors on your left.

Maison Huit, 8A St. Francis Street, Wan Chai, HK, +852 2520 0281

Photo courtesy of Maison Huit

Photo courtesy of Maison Huit

More Info

Chantal Miller Gallery @ Asia Society Hong Kong

Building
Save to wishlist
Photo courtesy of Architypereview.com
Photo courtesy of Architypereview.com

Chantal Miller Gallery @ Asia Society Hong Kong

Exhibitions at the Asia Society HK are whole-family affairs. You’ll be spoiled for choices with talks, performances, screenings, and even children-friendly workshops around practically all exhibitions they put up. Beyond the gallery, enjoy an expansive view of Hong Kong from the outdoor terrace, and the outdoor sculptures throughout this former explosives warehouse during the British colonial times. (Locate the tracks on-site that were used to wheel in the heavy canons). A striking contemporary building that bridges the old and the new while building around existing greenery is more than worthy for a photo-op.

Asia Society Hong Kong, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Wan Chai, HK +852 2103 9511

More Info

ACO - Art & Culture Outreach

Bookstore
Save to wishlist
Photo courtesy of ACO
Photo courtesy of ACO

ACO – Art & Culture Outreach

Here’s where you’ll get to rub shoulders with population from the local Hong Kong art and culture scene. Not a bad place to swing by for a donation-only slow food lunch (veggies grown at the rooftop farm above) or tea, and take it easy while you check out their curated culture book store, or if you’re lucky, their urban rooftop farm as well. Over half of the tenants in the building are paying nominal rent as the landlord wishes to support local art and cultural endeavors. Pick up a building directory at ACO and check out the fellow tenants.

ACO, 14/F, Foo Tak Building, 365 – 367 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, HK

Photo courtesy of ACO

Photo courtesy of ACO

More Info
Save to wishlist

Archetypal

An interior designer’s wet dream? For those who understand that the home is an expression of self would appreciate Archetypal in having sourced the showcase pieces you’d want to add that bit of pizzazz to any space. Find Tom Dixon, rising star Lee Broom, EOQ, art prints, to sleek chairs and desks galore. Clean lines, friendly customer service, and some harder to find items make it a staple on any designer’s list.

Archetypal, 15 Moon Street, Wan Chai, HK, +852 2320 0580

Photo courtesy of Archetypal

Photo courtesy of Archetypal