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By Faye Bradley | June 10th, 2020

Hong Kong’s very own SoHo needs no introduction — alas, the area was hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re heartbroken to see the empty shopfronts facing the streets.  We’ve rounded up some of our favorite hotspots below for our readers to revisit and support!

More from our neighborhood guide series.

Crowd Favourites

The Pontiac

Image: The Pontiac

Step into the grungy, NYC-style bar, The Pontiac, for a laidback vibe unlike some of its (arguably) pretentious competitors. Bras hang from the ceiling and polaroids are plastered all over the walls here, yet it attracts its regular customers for much more than its unique décor. The drinks are affordable and the bartenders are sociable, giving its already upbeat atmosphere an open-armed welcoming to all its visitors.

Read our review on The Pontiac here

13 Old Bailey St, Central, 2521-3855.

Old Timer (Kinda…)

Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts

Image: Faye Bradley | Cha Siu Papers

Tai Kwun is Hong Kong’s biggest restoration project taken and its eight-year renovation (by Swiss architecture studio Herzog de Meuron) is nothing short of impressive. Its history is just as fascinating, the compound dating back to 1862 serving as the colonial-era Central Police station. There’s a lot to explore in this public space, from the fine dining restaurants and bars to the exquisite art scene.

Read our spotlight on Tai Kwun here

10 Hollywood Rd, Central, 3559-2600.

Eat here

Fukuro

Image: Fukuro

Night owls adjourn at the izakaya venue Fukuro on Elgin Street, reminiscent of late-night Tokyo. The quintessential dining space is tucked away in a dim-lit basement, but don’t be dismayed — culinary delights await and a hip, energetic crowd who come to dine (and indulge in sake) fill the restaurant.

Read our review on Fukuro here

Fukuro, 1-5 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2333-8841.

MEATS

Image: MEATS | Pirata

The highly acclaimed MEATS is a carnivore’s heaven. Deemed as a “meat bar”, the restaurant offers what you’d expect: a selection of quality beef, chicken, lamb and cold cuts. It can be difficult to get a guaranteed spot here, so be sure to book in advance.

Read more about MEATS here

G/F Soho, 28-30 Staunton St, Central, 2711-1812.

The Chinese Library

Image: Faye Bradley | Cha Siu Papers

Situated within the post-colonial compound Tai Kwun, The Chinese Library pays homage to an East-meets-West interior with decadent regional Chinese dishes. Try one of their Hong Kong-themed beverages (i.e. dan tart cocktail) with a table of signature dim sum.

Read more about The Chinese Library here

Block 01, Tai Kwun, Police Headquarters, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central, 2848-3088.

Drink here

The Old Man

Image: The Old Man

Making its way to the top of the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019, The Old Man serves some of the most inventive cocktails in a trendy setting dedicated to Ernest Hemingway. It’s no surprise that visitors travel from far and wide to sip some of the sophisticated drinks once loved by the author himself, who was a connoisseur and lover of fine spirits.

Read more about The Old Man here

Lower G/F, 37-39 Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central, 2703-1899.

Quinary

Image: Quinary

All taste buds are catered for at Quinary, a contemporary-meets-classy bar with a menu showcasing pages of expertly crafted cocktails. There’s usually a queue here, but it’s worth lining up for it, particularly if you’re an avid G&T enthusiast.

Read our review on Quinary here

56, 58 Hollywood Road, Central, 2851-3223.

COA

Image: COA

Techinically we’re in in NoHo, but if tequila is your calling, head to COA for a Mexican-inspired artisanal cocktail made with the agave spirit. Helmed by beverage bar veteran Jay Khan, this bar offers a genuine charm in an intimate setting focused on what it does best: craft cocktails.

Read more about COA here

Shop A, LG/F Wah Shin House, 6-10 Shin Hing Street, Central, 2813-5787.

Do This

Visit the arts scene

Image: Flickr | Tomosang

There’s plenty of artistic sights here, whether you’re one for contemporary art galleries or for the vast displays of wall art throughout the district (as pictured in Graham Street, above). Take time to appreciate the impressive artworks and hidden gems around SoHo, and maybe even channel your inner artist for inspiration.

Go shopping at PMQ

Image: Wikipedia Commons

Previously known as the Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters, the renovated PMQ is now an arts and creatives hub boasting independent restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and even a cooking studio. Explore this expansive complex — which houses over 100 retail space — and perhaps even take something home with you.

Read about the history of PMQ here

SoHo on the map

 

Around the Block…

Sheung Wan

Only a short walk from SoHo, the quaint and hipster Sheung Wan offers much to explore, particularly trendy coffee shops, the historic Man Mo temple and a breath of fresh air from the bustling Central.

Read our neighborhood guide for Sheung Wan here

  • By Faye Bradley | June 10th, 2020

    Hong Kong’s very own SoHo needs no introduction — alas, the area was hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re heartbroken to see the empty shopfronts facing the streets.  We’ve rounded up some of our favorite hotspots below for our readers to revisit and support!

    More from our neighborhood guide series.

    Crowd Favourites

    The Pontiac

    Image: The Pontiac

    Step into the grungy, NYC-style bar, The Pontiac, for a laidback vibe unlike some of its (arguably) pretentious competitors. Bras hang from the ceiling and polaroids are plastered all over the walls here, yet it attracts its regular customers for much more than its unique décor. The drinks are affordable and the bartenders are sociable, giving its already upbeat atmosphere an open-armed welcoming to all its visitors.

    Read our review on The Pontiac here

    13 Old Bailey St, Central, 2521-3855.

    Old Timer (Kinda…)

    Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts

    Image: Faye Bradley | Cha Siu Papers

    Tai Kwun is Hong Kong’s biggest restoration project taken and its eight-year renovation (by Swiss architecture studio Herzog de Meuron) is nothing short of impressive. Its history is just as fascinating, the compound dating back to 1862 serving as the colonial-era Central Police station. There’s a lot to explore in this public space, from the fine dining restaurants and bars to the exquisite art scene.

    Read our spotlight on Tai Kwun here

    10 Hollywood Rd, Central, 3559-2600.

    Eat here

    Fukuro

    Image: Fukuro

    Night owls adjourn at the izakaya venue Fukuro on Elgin Street, reminiscent of late-night Tokyo. The quintessential dining space is tucked away in a dim-lit basement, but don’t be dismayed — culinary delights await and a hip, energetic crowd who come to dine (and indulge in sake) fill the restaurant.

    Read our review on Fukuro here

    Fukuro, 1-5 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2333-8841.

    MEATS

    Image: MEATS | Pirata

    The highly acclaimed MEATS is a carnivore’s heaven. Deemed as a “meat bar”, the restaurant offers what you’d expect: a selection of quality beef, chicken, lamb and cold cuts. It can be difficult to get a guaranteed spot here, so be sure to book in advance.

    Read more about MEATS here

    G/F Soho, 28-30 Staunton St, Central, 2711-1812.

    The Chinese Library

    Image: Faye Bradley | Cha Siu Papers

    Situated within the post-colonial compound Tai Kwun, The Chinese Library pays homage to an East-meets-West interior with decadent regional Chinese dishes. Try one of their Hong Kong-themed beverages (i.e. dan tart cocktail) with a table of signature dim sum.

    Read more about The Chinese Library here

    Block 01, Tai Kwun, Police Headquarters, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central, 2848-3088.

    Drink here

    The Old Man

    Image: The Old Man

    Making its way to the top of the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019, The Old Man serves some of the most inventive cocktails in a trendy setting dedicated to Ernest Hemingway. It’s no surprise that visitors travel from far and wide to sip some of the sophisticated drinks once loved by the author himself, who was a connoisseur and lover of fine spirits.

    Read more about The Old Man here

    Lower G/F, 37-39 Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central, 2703-1899.

    Quinary

    Image: Quinary

    All taste buds are catered for at Quinary, a contemporary-meets-classy bar with a menu showcasing pages of expertly crafted cocktails. There’s usually a queue here, but it’s worth lining up for it, particularly if you’re an avid G&T enthusiast.

    Read our review on Quinary here

    56, 58 Hollywood Road, Central, 2851-3223.

    COA

    Image: COA

    Techinically we’re in in NoHo, but if tequila is your calling, head to COA for a Mexican-inspired artisanal cocktail made with the agave spirit. Helmed by beverage bar veteran Jay Khan, this bar offers a genuine charm in an intimate setting focused on what it does best: craft cocktails.

    Read more about COA here

    Shop A, LG/F Wah Shin House, 6-10 Shin Hing Street, Central, 2813-5787.

    Do This

    Visit the arts scene

    Image: Flickr | Tomosang

    There’s plenty of artistic sights here, whether you’re one for contemporary art galleries or for the vast displays of wall art throughout the district (as pictured in Graham Street, above). Take time to appreciate the impressive artworks and hidden gems around SoHo, and maybe even channel your inner artist for inspiration.

    Go shopping at PMQ

    Image: Wikipedia Commons

    Previously known as the Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters, the renovated PMQ is now an arts and creatives hub boasting independent restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and even a cooking studio. Explore this expansive complex — which houses over 100 retail space — and perhaps even take something home with you.

    Read about the history of PMQ here

    SoHo on the map

     

    Around the Block…

    Sheung Wan

    Only a short walk from SoHo, the quaint and hipster Sheung Wan offers much to explore, particularly trendy coffee shops, the historic Man Mo temple and a breath of fresh air from the bustling Central.

    Read our neighborhood guide for Sheung Wan here