Chic in Central

Chic in Central

Central, the city’s core financial district, has gathered many high-rises and international brands. However, when you make your way to the small streets and alleys behind the buildings, you will find a cosy space that is full of small boutiques, vintage stores and cafés, contrasting the hustle and bustle of the life outside.

Do-it-Yourself

Morning
  • Cat Street (Antiques)
    Cat Street (Antiques)
    If your home is missing that final finishing touch, how about a piece of rare Ming dynasty furniture, an ancient snuff bottle or a Cultural Revolution propaganda poster? Upper Lascar Row — known as Cat Street — is where you can find such treasures, within its fantastic congregation of antique dealers, curio merchants and art galleries. This is also the place to go for bargains in jade, silk products, embroideries and wooden handicraft items.
    Address:
    Hollywood Road and Upper Lascar Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
    How to Get There:
    MTR Central Station, Exit D2. Turn right onto Theatre Lane and walk along Queen's Road Central towards The Center. Then take the Central–Mid-Levels Escalator to Hollywood Road.
  • Gough Street (Designer Homeware)
    Gough Street (Designer Homeware)
    Right on the cusp of what used to be the home of Hong Kong Island’s European and Chinese communities, Gough Street’s sleepy pace, colonial-style chic, hip boutiques and fashionable restaurants have baited a good mix of designer homeware stores, with funky retailers contributing to one of Hong Kong’s most eclectic neighbourhoods.
    Address:
    Gough Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
    How to Get There:
    MTR Sheung Wan Station Exit A2. Walk along the Bonham Street to Wellington Street, turn to the Gough Street at Aberdeen Street.
  • PMQ
    PMQ
    The former Police Married Quarters is now a funky creative hub for young designers. Residential units have been converted into design studios and shops, offices for creative enterprises and lodging for visiting designers. The top floor of Block B is now a roof-top restaurant with a mezzanine floor.
    Address:
    35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
    Website:
    How to Get There:
    • MTR Sheung Wan Station, Exit E1. Turn right to Des Voeux Road Central, then turn right to Gilman’s Bazaar. Go straight towards Queen’s Road Central. Walk along Aberdeen Street for around 7 minutes to reach PMQ.
    • MTR Central Station Exit C. Walk along Des Voeux Road to the Hang Seng Bank Headquarters, which is linked to the Central–Mid-Levels Escalator. Take the escalator to Staunton Street and turn right. Walk for about three minutes to reach PMQ. The whole walk takes about 15 minutes.
Afternoon
  • Lin Heung Lau
    Lin Heung Lau
    For something more adventurous and that will immerse you in the Hong Kong of old, try the classic teahouse, Lin Heung Lau. Although this is an institution in the city, it’s very rarely frequented by foreigners and so you’ll really get a feel for how it’s done. The old-school dim sum hall serves up delectable dishes and a dose of nostalgia to boot.
    Address:
    160–164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
    Tel:
    +852 2544 4556
    How to Get There:
    MTR Central, Exit D2. Turn left onto Theatre Lane, cross over Queen’s Road Central and walk up D’Aguilar Street. Turn right onto Wellington Street continue for five minutes.
  • Pottinger Street
    Pottinger Street
    Dating from the 1850s, Pottinger Street is one of the district’s oldest streets and is named after Hong Kong’s first governor, Sir Henry Eldred Curwen Pottinger. A walk along the street now will take you through the area’s famed fancy dress market, where you can pick up quirky outfits beyond your imagination.
    Address:
    Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
    How to Get There:
    MTR Central Station, Exit D2 onto Theatre Lane. Turn right on Queen’s Road Central and walk for about five minutes. Turn left onto the pedestrianised portion of Pottinger Street.
  • Li Yuen Streets East and West (Fashion)
    Li Yuen Streets East and West (Fashion)
    Li Yuen Street East and Li Yuen Street West, sometimes simplified as ‘the lanes of Central’, are a jam-packed jumble of clothing and accessory items, many of which have distinctive Oriental flavours. From ready-to-wear to factory outlet, tailored garments, leather and silk; the world of the ancient bazaar somehow refuses to budge from the modern downtown.
    Address:
    Li Yuen Streets East and West, Central, Hong Kong Island
    How to Get There:
    MTR Central Station, Exit C. Walk along Des Voeux Road Central towards Sheung Wan.
Evening
  • Soho
    Soho
    Referring to the area south of Hollywood Road, SoHo is the multicultural wine, dine and swanky nightlife side of Central. The upmarket bars and exotic restaurants of SoHo’s historic and narrow streets are chic to the extreme. Come during the day to explore the neighbourhood’s attractive fashion boutiques, art galleries and antiques shops. Indulge in lunch and a glass of vino or hang around for sundown, when SoHo really comes into its own.
    Address:
    Central, Hong Kong Island
    How to Get There:
    MTR Central Station, Exit D2, walk along Queen's Road Central towards The Center. Then take the Central–Mid-Levels Escalator and get off at Staunton, Shelley or Elgin streets.

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