Best things to do and eat in Central
This iconic and Instagrammable stone slab street heaves with stalls selling costumes and props, offering outrageous outfits and masks for any occasion. Hats, capes, wigs, feather boas – you name it, Pottinger Street has it. Pop in all the different shops before selecting the cheapest option. There are plenty of party supplies available as well.
One of the biggest conservation projects in recent Hong Kong history, the former Police Married Quarters has been revitalised as a centre for all things creative and design-based. More than 100 creative enterprises can be found at PMQ, where old residential units have been converted into small boutiques and design studios selling handmade products from jewellery to homeware goods.
Ranked among the top five of Asia’s Best Bars 2018, this Ernest Hemingway-themed cocktail joint is a convivial spot located just up the road (and down an alley) from PMQ. Interweaving Hemingway references throughout the establishment and menu, The Old Man offers only the highest of calibre drinks in its intimate yet lively setting.
Hong Kong’s newest cultural landmark and world-class art space, the former Central Police compound aims to be the city’s go-to destination for contemporary and performing arts. The 13,600sq m complex also houses contemporary art galleries and regularly plays host to gigs, cultural events and film screenings. The excellent range of restaurants there are added incentive to visit.
An outstanding sake bar and shop housed inside PMQ. Customers are welcomed by a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling sake collection from breweries both small and large, from Japan and elsewhere. Grab a seat at the ‘hidden’ 16-stool tasting bar, tucked away behind the thick curtain near the back, and savour some of Hong Kong’s best offerings of Japan’s favourite tipple.
When it comes to rooftop bars in Hong Kong, Sevva is one of the best. Its 360-degree balcony offers stunning views of the skyscrapers of Central and Admiralty, the harbour, the Kowloon skyline and the Court of Final Appeal. The elegant interior, complete with solid drinks and food, should impress any friends from out of town or prospective clients.
A foodie experience in Hong Kong isn’t complete without a visit to a dai pai dong. This iconic open-air venue on Mei Lun Street never fails to pull in customers thanks to its signature comfort food like tomato noodle soup and its crunchy buns drizzled with lemon and honey. Best of all, a large meal here never hurts the wallet.
For anyone seeking a little variation from the usual char siu bao and siu mai, Yum Cha offers dim sum that resembles adorable characters and animals – think pork buns in the shape of a pig or sausage rolls shaped like a dog. It’s a feast for the stomach and for your Instagram account.
This iconic slope-side eatery is famous for its classic Chinese desserts such as glutinous rice balls with peanuts, and coconut in syrup. A popular spot for some late-night snacks and for satisfying any sweet cravings you might have after dinner or drinks.
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