(L-R, anticlockwise) Tuve, Cafe Yawn, Eslite, Iron Fairies, Le Bistro Winebeast
Wake up at…
TUVE, Hong Kong’s first minimalist boutique hotel with a style of its own, located a few minutes’ walk away from bustling Causeway Bay. Go past the Hong Kong Central Library to grab a bite at Cafe Yawn and explore the community around Caroline Hill Road and Haven Road – home to local select stores such as Journalize and Luddite. Then head towards Causeway Bay to dive into the trendy hub of Fashion Walk, home to several hip streetwear labels and lifestyle stores. Shop at Agnès B’s new flagship designed by Japan’s Suppose Design Office, or Maison Kitsuné’s first Hong Kong flagship – alongside brands such as Club Monaco, IT and MSGM.
Elephant Grounds for Asian comfort food, locally roasted coffee and house-baked pastries. Its epic ice-cream sandwiches are a must-try. The coveted Lady M is also around the corner for the sweet-toothed. Nearby, stop at Causeway Place and Island Beverley for the latest Asian high-street fashions. The local boutiques are quick at responding to trends and tend to mix and match them. Afterwards, cross Hennessy Road to check out three-storey concept bookstore Eslite at Hysan Place and experience luxury shopping at Times Square. Nearby, shop special Nike collaborations at Nikelab on Pak Sha Road, and Hong Kong-themed lifestyle products at GOD on Sharp Street East. Wrap up the afternoon with Hong Kong-style dessert at Dessert Playground on Yiu Wa Street.
Pirata for a night of hearty Italian fare, or if you prefer French cuisine, head to Le Bistro Winebeast for affordable but impeccably done dishes. Before your dinner, it’ll also be worth it to explore The Starstreet Precinct where shops such as The Monocle Shop, Kapok and Vein are located. For a good nightcap, head back towards Central and visit J Boroski for bespoke cocktails or The Iron Fairies for a dose of magical interior inspiration and live music.
(L-R; anti-clockwise) Butterfly on Hollywood, Okra Hong Kong, Sohofama, Potato Head Hong Kong
Wake up at…
Butterfly on Hollywood, a business boutique hotel around the hip but quiet Soho area. To kick-start the day, head over to Tai Ping Shan Street to find quaint cafes such as Teakha and Oldish, as well as local boutiques such as Chum5 and Juice. Next, hit up PMQ, a hub for emerging Asian designers and contemporary eateries such as Sohofama. Exiting the heritage building onto Aberdeen Street, shop Orient Senses for quality handmade sterling silver and gold jewellery in simple but stylish and unique designs. Next door, Stockholm is right on point for hip Hong Kong’s latest obsession with Swedish design. Make a turn to Gough Street and shop creative gifts and homeware at Homeless, Woaw and Über Tunique. On the same street, don’t miss Oddies Foodies’ delicious gelato featuring an exciting combination of textures and flavours, such as egg waffle and soft serve.
Lin Heung Lau, the award-winning dim sum restaurant that has been serving traditional treats for nearly 90 years. Don’t be shy about serving yourself as food on trolleys is offered in a first-come-first-served manner. Brought by the opening of Sai Ying Pun metro station, hip bars, cafes and new galleries have found spaces along the stretch of Second and Third streets. Before getting there, pass the new Giant Year Gallery to have a look at local ceramics and art, and the new wing of Pearl Lam Gallery for more contemporary art from top young Chinese artists.
Okra Hong Kong, sleepy Sai Ying Pun’s latest hip eatery serving up unconventional Japanese dishes in a casual izakaya setting with a selection of rare sakes and feet-tapping rock music. If you’re looking for a more private setting, book yourself in for the omakase experience upstairs. Once you’ve satisfied your taste buds, get a tipple at Potato Head – a new party venue hailing from Bali that melds an Indonesian restaurant with a music room, an all-day bar and cafe, and a retail space housing artisanal Indonesian items.
Where to Shop, Where to Eat
55 Paterson Street / 852 2503 5308
Fashioned after the celebrity founder Hilary Tsui’s colourful and eclectic style, this gem of a store stocks impressive brand names that are still floating under the radar, alongside its own in-house label Oh My God.
25 Lan Fong Road / 852 2612 1968
The cool Korean eyewear brand’s new flagship in Causeway Bay yet again wows fans with its stellar space design and styling. The shop takes inspiration from platforms and trains, where each space inside is unique and tells different stories.
1 Hysan Avenue / 852 2890 7012
The four-storey flagship houses IT, it, A Bathing Ape and EXIT; various in-house streetwear brands such as 5cm, Izzue, B+ab, :CHOCOOLATE, Fingercroxx and Double-park; shoes and accessories from Ete! and Venilla Suite; and Korean fashion labels such as Gentle Monster and Stylenanda.
Great George, Paterson, Kingston and Cleveland Streets / 852 2833 0935
This hub of international flagships, local boutiques and global cuisine surprises young shoppers with different pop-up events. Shop cult labels such as Off-White and Maison Kitsuné, as well as hip boutiques such as B’In Select.
Shop 203, Lee Garden One, 33 Hysan Avenue / 852 2907 4388
Fashion meets art in this quirky store, as enticing clothing from the likes of Yves Salomon, Atelier Mercadal, Manoush and Mes Demoiselles are placed alongside innovative artworks.
8 Finance Street / 852 2295 3308
With over 200 international designer names, a top-notch cinema and dozens of delicious dining options, the International Finance Centre (IFC) mall is more than just a shopping centre; it’s a luxury lifestyle destination.
New World Tower, 16 Queen’s Road Central 852 2810 1120
Joyce is the ultimate in department-store shopping. For over 30 years the store has been carrying the world’s most creative brands and is well-known as a pioneer of VIP shopping.
11-15 On Lan Street / 852 2840 0822
Be sure to check out this multi-brand store for a wide array of youthful, cool international and domestic labels such as J Brand, Jeremy Scott, Preen and Daydream Nation.
Podium 3, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street / 852 2118 2288
The flagship location of Hong Kong’s most famous department store is loaded with names such as Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin, Martin Margiela, Raf Simons and Rick Owens, as well as Chinese fashion from Ms Min and Chictopia.
Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street 852 2525 7333
From China’s first international luxury label comes this new flagship store located on historic Duddell Street. The modern Art Deco façade houses a wide array of vibrant Asian prints, homewares and fashion.
5 St Francis Yard / 852 2549 9254
Jet-setter and Kapok owner Arnault Castel has discovered a wealth of unique items and brands on his worldly travels, and brought them all back to his Wan Chai shop.
Shop B07, LAB Concept, 93 Queensway Plaza / 852 2540 3860
iDecorate scours the globe in search of the best artisans, designers and artists, and brings to Hong Kong affordable luxury for the home or special occasions at accessible prices.
3-27 Canton Road / 852 2118 8666
With over 450 shops, 50 restaurants, two movie theatres and three hotels, Harbour City is arguably Hong Kong’s foremost shopping centre with the city’s most iconic fashion retailers, Lane Crawford and Joyce, under the same roof.
(Tsim Sha Tsui)
Level 1, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road
Located inside the world’s first art mall, K11 Select gathers the city’s coolest shops under one roof. Find accessories from 1234.93 K, travel essentials from Kapok, handbags from Matter Matters, Scandinavian products from Zixag and heritage men’s shoes from Hoax.
(Tsim Sha Tsui)
100 Nathan Road / 852 3106 3640
This local mall houses not only harbour-view restaurants and a cineplex, but also Harvey Nichols, IT and many mid-market brands popular with the young locals such as Chocoolate, B+ab, Beams, Journal Standard and Salad.
(Tsim Sha Tsui)
Eat and Drink
Sun Yuen Hing Kee
G/F, 327-329 Queen’s Road Central, 852 /3541 2207
It’s impossible to visit Hong Kong and leave without a taste of the city’s signature roasted goods. Get your dose of crispy pork and suckling pig at this Michelin Guide recommended family-run joint – go early, though, because the pigs sell out quickly.
239 Hennessy Road / 852 2433 3324
The Optimist serves up northern Spanish items for an experience that’s beyond just tapas. Treat yourself to sharing plates such as broken eggs with Iberico ham and black truffle, or Tomahawk on the bone. Wash it all down with a signature G&T.
Lin Heung Lau
160-164 Wellington Street / 852 2544 4556
For nearly 90 years, award-winning Lin Heung has been treating guests to traditional dim sum. Don’t miss the feast of dumplings and baos as they are served past you on trolleys.
108 Hollywood Road / 852 2873 3353
For all things healthy and sustainable, visit Grassroots Pantry – a homegrown restaurant all about letting the plants shine. You’ll find dishes that are gluten-free, Buddhist-friendly, nut-free and vegan, all housed in a beautifully rustic and minimalist space.
2/F 8 Observatory Road / 852 2321 9038
The Drunken Pot aims to modernise hot-pot dining with colourful cartoon murals, creative cocktails and a little bit of Chinese (hot pot, dumplings and medicinal herb soup) and Japanese (sashimi, sushi and sake).
(Tsim Sha Tsui)
Potato Head Hong Kong
100 Third Street / 852 2858 3036
Hailing from Bali, this party venue brings the Southeastern beach vibe to hippy Sai Ying Pun and presents a lifestyle destination that melds an Indonesian restaurant, music room, all-day bar and cafe with a retail space housing artisanal Indonesian items.
The City, Mapped
Extravagant hotels and elegant dining; famed department stores and interior design shops; innovative architecture.
East of Wan Chai; local hotspot; mix of shopping centres and concept stores; Victoria Park.
Luxury financial hub; high-fashion boutiques and upmarket department stores; sky-scraping architecture.
Ever-changing residential areas along Kennedy Town, Hong Kong University and Sai Ying Pun stations; old and modern Hong Kong coexist; hidden hip bars, fusion restaurants and regional Chinese food.
Concept stores, interior design and home-furnishing boutiques; innovative, trans-cultural dining culture; action-packed nightlife.
Quaint restaurants and growing nightlife; one-off boutiques; inspiring interiors and contemporary art galleries.
Tsim Sha Tsui
Tourist hub with museums and galleries; world-class accommodations; designer outposts in enormous, upscale shopping centres; bar-hopping nightlife.
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