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Five awesome things five minutes from Sheung Wan MTR station

The skinny on Hong Kong’s hippest ’hood

Written by
Douglas Parkes

Ground zero for cool in Hong Kong, Sheung Wan is the city’s original hipster neighbourhood. As such, there’s an awful lot to see and do in the area. Much of it is further up the slopes of Aberdeen Street and around Hollywood Road, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the best the neighbourhood has to offer without trudging up to those lofty heights. Down nearer the harbour there are plenty of delights, as we’re about to demonstrate.

RECOMMENDED: Want to more of Sheung Wan? Try its best coffeeshops as well as bars and restaurants.

5 awesome things five minutes from Sheung Wan MTR station

  • Restaurants
  • Coffeeshops
  • Sheung Wan

Start your tour of Sheung Wan off on the right foot with a decent coffee. Local indie chain Coco Espresso recently left its tiny digs on Queen’s Road Central, moved around the corner and made 13-15 Jervois Street – near to Exit A2 – its new HQ. A gorgeous space with outdoor seating, large windows, plenty of room and the brand’s usual array of beans from around the world, it’s a worthy spot for Coco to call home.

Over The Influence
  • Art
  • Galleries
  • Sheung Wan

Five minutes from Exit A2 – though it might feel long as it’s all uphill – Over The Influence is an intimate gallery dedicated to showcasing the best international contemporary art. The gallery has a strong focus on works that are radical and influential, whether through form or message. A diverse range of contemporary art has been displayed here including Jerkface and Nobuyoshi Araki, with mediums ranging from street art and paintings to sculptures.

Bang Bang 70s
  • Shopping
  • Vintage shops
  • Sheung Wan

If you’re not down with the Zoomer kids and you reckon you were born in the wrong era, get yourself over to this funky vintage store on Aberdeen Street. There you can discover groovy clothing and memorabilia that will make you nostalgic for the days when disco was king. Forget about time-travelling DeLoreans and head to Bang Bang 70s, from Exit E2, instead.

  • Things to do
  • Central

Charmingly gritty and smoke-filled, despite the law, Game Centre is a great place to blow off some steam. There’s a fairly robust selection of games including both Super Street Fighter II and SFIV, Jubeat and Maimai – a rhythm game that looks like you’re playing with a washing machine – and, our personal group favourite, Bishi Bashi. Exchange your notes for coins and get button mashing. The basement digs here are a brisk walk from Exit E2.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Sheung Wan

Round things off near where you started, on Jervois Street close to Exit E2. FLM is just about the only gay nightclub in Hong Kong, sitting in that same pocket of Sheung Wan also home to other LGBT-friendly venues like Zoo and Wink. The venue is split into two floors. Start downstairs with the pumping tunes and dancefloor, then move upstairs to have a quiet(er) drink with anyone who may have caught your eye.

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