THE BEST NEIGHBOURHOODS TO EXPLORE ON HK ISLAND
Hong Kong has plenty to offer district by district, each with its own distinct personality and edge. While nature is a massive part of HK life, we’re looking at the best of the best within the bustle parts of town, here’s your guide to some of the best neighbours on Hong Kong island and what they have to offer!
K-town has the perfect mix of old and new – slowly becoming more gentrified, you can find local coffee houses parked next to those mum and pop shops that sell everything from appliances to beach balls. This waterfront neighbourhood is dog friendlier than most and has become a foodie mecca, you have your pick of seafood, pizza, fusion and a microbrewery! An excellent area for a brunch that spills into the evening.
Wong Chuk Hang
With the south side of Hong Kong now more accessible than ever, Wong Chuk Hang is the new art district on the block. Wong Chuk Hang is a hub of hidden gems with restaurants and galleries tucked away in industrial buildings, its factory setting is all part of the charm. Just walking around the district you’ll encounter numerous street art murals by a variety of artists, definitely a picture worthy adventure.
The hub of Hong Kong has it all – not only is it the financial district, but it’s also the most prominent shopping destination in Hong Kong, houses the most vibrant nightlife, and has the city’s most treasured historical hot spots. Central is a district you could explore for days, with some of the best high-end restaurants on the market and world-class galleries to peruse, the possibilities are endless.
Just perched above Central is Soho, if Central could be described as the wild party child, Soho would be its slightly older brother. This area is foodie and bar heaven, filled with late night dinner joints and speakeasies. Travelling up the escalators, you’ll encounter comedy clubs, boutiques and alfresco eateries.
Sai Ying Pun + Sheung Wan
Sheung Was the first hipster cool area of Hong Kong, and now that’s spilled into Sai Ying Pun. The two offer an old neighbourhood feel, with shops drying their soup ingredients street side, vintage shops lining the streets and numerous hip restaurants to dine at. Both bring on a more casual approach compared to Central’s upscale feel and have plenty of side streets to explore in detail.
Wanchai got its name for being the former red light district, while it’s cleaned up a fair bit since those days, it still remains a party area come nightfall. The area is teeming with department stores which includes the Wanchai Computer Center, where you’ll find yourself shoulder to shoulder with patrons buying phones, games, laptops and knock-off goods.