Stretching from the harbourfront to the mid-reaches of Victoria Peak, Sheung Wan and Mid-Levels are vibrant, bustling, and all-encompassing districts. From high-rise residencies to antique stores and traditional shopfronts, there’s something to pique all interests in these neighbourhoods.
Where to go
Life in the centre of Hong Kong isn’t all about skyscrapers and the concrete jungle. Taking pride of place above Central, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens is home to a plethora of flora and fauna, in a green oasis that spans more than five hectares.
What to do
Man Mo Temple is a Taoist structure that sits on the border between Central and Sheung Wan. It’s proven popular among tourists and those looking to show guests around their home city. Further afield, Hatton Road on the western edge of Mid-Levels leads to the start of the Early Morning Trail – a path which, despite its name, makes for a great brisk hike up Victoria Peak any time of day.
Where to eat
One of the benefits of a bustling area is the seemingly endless supply of bars and restaurants on offer. From health-conscious eateries to fast food joints, there’s something to suit every palate. Popular choices among residents and lunchtime workers include the Queen Street Cooked Food Market (for its Beijing dumplings and ABC Kitchen, serving Italian cuisine on kitsch chequered table covers).
Where to drink
Whether you’re looking for a laid-back atmosphere or a full-blown night on the town, Elgin and Peel Street are simply brimming with bars. Varga Lounge, The Globe, Staunton’s Wine Bar & Café, and Stazione Novella are within a square-mile radius of each other, and popular Soho haunts for many a nine-to-fiver.
Where to shop
Hollywood Road, which connects Sheung Wan to Central and Mid-Levels, is known to play host to an array of art galleries and antique shops. If you’re looking to add a little colour to your home, YellowKorner is an affordable photography gallery that offers prints in a number of sizes to fit even the smallest of Hong Kong flats. Just underneath Hollywood Road, Upper Lascar Row – better known as ‘Cat Street’ – is a market selling ceramics, trinkets, and antiques. The mixture of new and old items has price points to match.
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