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What's Chic, Hip & Happening

Hong Kong is a city seemingly devoted to reinventing and refurbishing itself. An area that has in the last three to four years done just that is Soho or “South of Hollywood Road”. More recently Noho, or “North of Hollywood Road”, has been undergoing a similar makeover The escalator from Central to Mid Levels runs right through Soho and may be said to be responsible for the area’s gentrification. 

 

Staunton, Elgin, Graham, Peel and Old Bailey Streets as well as Arbuthnot Road (south of Hollywood Road) and Wellington and Stanley Streets (north of Hollywood Road) offer the discerning diner an opportunity to sample some of Hong Kong’s more innovative restaurants, whilst shoppers will enjoy the numerous smaller boutiques and shops offering everything from the stylish to the ultra kitsch. 

 

New restaurants and shops appear often, infusing the area with vibrancy and dynamism. Whilst at the same time, Soho, being a mostly residential area, has retained some of its old Hong Kong characteristics, such as the open market stalls, traditional Chinese ancestral worship shops and more. These traditional features intermixed with chic boutiques and restaurants are what give Soho its unique feel.

 

We offer you a few of our suggestions below:

 

 

Bars, Restaurants and Cafés

 

Alibi

G/F, Winsome House
73 Wyndham Street
Central
Hong Kong
Tel: 2167 8989
Note: Alibi offers a chic bar on the ground floor and an excellent restaurant upstairs. A DJ spins tunes on Friday and Saturday nights. This is quite the place to be on a Wednesday evening, when it's Mighty Aphrodite night involving manicures and cocktails. HK$200 gets you a manicure and two drinks from an impressive cocktail list which includes such fancy concoctions as Viagara ‘O Martini, made with Godiva Chocolate (for the girls) and Viagara Martini, served with Red Bull and red pepper garnish (for the boys). Make it a date or gather the girls together, either way it guarantees a hot night out!   


Club Feather Boa

38 Staunton Street

Central
Hong Kong

Tel: 2857 2586

Cosy and laid back, this is a popular stop off on the nightly bar rounds circuit.


Habibi
Shop B & D, G/F

112-114 Wellington Street
Central
Hong Kong

Tel: 2544 6198

Note: Fine Eygptian cuisine.  Belly dancing on the weekends.  

 

Koshary Café
Shop A, G/F

112-114 Wellington Street

Central
Hong Kong

Tel: 2544 3886

Note: Sister restaurant to Habibi, the Koshary Café offers Egyptian snack foods that make an excellent lunch or light supper. The atmosphere is great fun, with old Egyptian movies on the televisions and Egyptian music on the sound system, the staff are pleasant and the food good. 

 

SoHo SoHo 

G/F, 9 Old Bailey Street

Central
Hong Kong
Tel: 2147 2618
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Note: SoHo SoHo offers modern British cuisine.  It is a small, intimate restaurant where the food is excellent and the desserts quite sinful!

 

Sông

L/G, 75 Hollywood Road

Central
Hong Kong

Tel: 2559 0997
Note: Sông is a stylish restaurant that serves up some of the healthiest and most aromatic meals around. The menu is modern Vietnamese and the use of fresh ingredients is a real emphasis. 

 

Staunton’s Bar and Café

10-12 Staunton Street
Soho
Central
Hong Kong
Tel: 2973 6611
Fax: 2973 6603

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Note: Staunton’s has become one of the city’s favoured places for a relaxed evening drink. Located in an ideal people-watching spot in the heart of trendy Soho, you can grab a table by the wide-open glass doors and relax with a coffee or glass of wine and watch the world go by. A menu consisting of good, continental cuisine is also available.

 

Uncle Willie’s Deli

G/F, 36 Wyndham Street

Central
Hong Kong

Tel: 2522 7524

Note: There is a great selection here for lunch and light refreshments. It is an extremely popular spot among the lunch crowd so it is advisable to make a reservation. If you want to get your shopping day off to a good start, the Deli does an excellent all-day breakfast, which should energise you no end in preparation for a spot of retail indulgence!

 

Wyndham Thai

G/F, 38 Wyndham Street
Central
Hong Kong
Tel: 2869 6216
Note: Wyndham Thai offers a delicate fusion of Thai flavours and Western ingredients. The menu is imaginative and with its new location, the décor is chic and the atmosphere delightful.  

 

Veda

8 Arbuthnot Road
Central
Hong Kong

Tel: 2868 5885
Fax: 2868 6717
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Note: Veda is the only restaurant in Hong Kong that serves upmarket, modern Indian cuisine in a very chic atmosphere. The Backroom, an equally chic bar on the ground floor, is frequented by beautiful people.

 

 

Shop In…

Senses

41 Staunton Street

Central
Hong Kong

Tel: 2530 1029

Fax: 2526 5114
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Note: 10:00 am-10:00 pm daily.

If it’s candles you’re after, this is the place for you. With a staggering array of colours, shapes and sizes, there is something for every occasion. Also available are essential oils, incense and oil burners.

 

Audrey's Jewel

21 Aberdeen Street

Central
Hong Kong

Tel: 2850 8906
Fax: 2982 2330
Website
Note: This tiny shop has some great finds if you are looking for unusual and interesting jewellery designs. The emphasis here is on necklaces and bracelets.

 

Lianca

Basement
27 Staunton Street
Central
Hong Kong

Tel: 2139 2989
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Note: 11:00 am-9:00 pm

Specialising in leather goods, it is worth making a trip to this shop just to breath in the heady aroma of genuine leather. Filofaxes and bags are on offer as well as belts, key rings and other accessories.

 

TAO

45B Hollywood Road
Central
Hong Kong

Tel: 2805 1112

Note: 10:00 am-7:00 pm Monday – Friday. 11:00 am-7:00 pm Saturday – Sunday.

Despite its diminutive size, TAO has an excellent selection of ceramics, glassware and handicrafts from Africa and Asia. From traditional Vietnamese teapots to African serving platters; it’s all here. There is also a small jewellery selection. Well worth a visit.

 

GOD

48 Hollywood Road

Central
Hong Kong

Tel: 2805 1876
Customer Hotline: 2541 1118
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Note: Other locations in Causeway Bay and Tsimshatsui. For details visit the GOD website. 

GOD is something of an institution on Hong Kong. The newly expanded Hollywood Road store is one of the smaller outlets but is not lacking for a good range of home products. Cushions, candles, kitchenware and ceramics are the order of the day. The larger stores in Causeway Bay, for example, is an enormous affair, offering everything from kitchenware to furniture to plants and other accessories. With its sleek, modern designs, GOD is a shopper’s paradise.

 

Siriporn

B1 & 1/F, Merlin Building
30-34 Cochrane Street

Central
Hong Kong

Tel: 2866 6668

Fax: 2559 7896

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Note: Choose from a wonderful array of Thai silks and Siriporn designs.  Great evening dresses. 

 

 

Last Updated: 19 November, 2003


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


  
  
 
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