MADE IN HK
Grit meets pure expression in the streets of Hong Kong Island, where murals lend an edge to match the city’s energy. As one of Hong Kong’s creative districts, Sheung Wan comes out tops for these wall-bound additions to the urban landscape, attracting artists beyond the confines of fine art galleries.
Street art, scattered mainly between Gough St and Po Hing Fong, Hong Kong Island
Handmade goods are no longer synonymous with dark and dusty backrooms. Today, a new generation of artisans gives crafting a hip makeover. Even if you don’t have time for a workshop, you can still bring home a unique item made with quality materials. Get your introduction to Hong Kong’s craft scene at Fungus Workshop, where leather goods are individually made with passion and care.
Fungus Workshop, G/F, 4 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Formerly the Police Married Quarters, PMQ’s transformation into a mecca for design and boutiques has given it a new lease on life. Cafes and cutting-edge studios make good neighbours in these converted flats dedicated to burgeoning creative industries. Expect exhibitions and workshops in addition to the exciting selection of clothing, fashion accessories and houseware.
PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Street stalls known as dai pai dong were common in Hong Kong until the 70s, when many moved to indoor hawker centres. Only around two dozen are still in operation, but they can still pull in crowds with their stir-fried Cantonese dishes cooked in clanging woks. Dining in a dark alley may not be your usual modus operandi, but for tasty seafood and meat dishes, Sing Kee in Central is the institution you can’t miss.
Sing Kee, 9-10 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
STYLE, SWEETS AND SEAFOOD
Printing shops specialising in wedding invitations once stood side by side on this street. Today, Lee Tung Avenue is a colourful tree-lined pedestrian road decked in seasonal décor, flanked by patisseries, lifestyle purveyors and concept stores. It’s where East meets West—sophisticated, cultured and très chic.
Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island
Typhoon shelters were designated for thousands of boat-dwelling families escaping the brunt force of tropical storms. Only a few boat dwellers remain, but you can still feast on razor clams, bamboo clams, prawns, and chili crabs. Reservations essential.
Shun Kee Typhoon Shelter Seafood, G/F, 104 Hing Fat Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong Island.
Late night cravings for Hong Kong-style hot sweet soups and chilled puddings are easy to satisfy. Cong Sao Star Desserts’ deceptive presentation and unlikely combinations are sure to surprise you, as long as you’re ready to queue for a table.
Cong Sao Star Dessert, G/F, 11 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
THE STREET BEAT
The variety of electronics, toys, garments and fabrics in Sham Shui Po can be overwhelming, but this is where both locals and visitors shop. Keep your eyes peeled at Ki Lung Street, Tai Nan Street Street and Wong Chuk Street for street art. And when you’re done shopping, how about trying yummy bean curd to complete the experience?
Kung Wo Dou Bun Chong, G/F 118 Pei Ho Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
HONG KONG, UNPLUGGED
Stop over at Tai O, the last of Hong Kong’s fishing villages on stilts. A boat ride will give you the chance to spot rare pink dolphins. Come early in the day for homemade delicacies or late to watch the sunset.
Tai O Fishing Village, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands
BONUS: THE LUXE TREATMENT
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This article was produced in collaboration with the Hong Kong Tourism Board.