Exploring Hipster Neighbourhoods in Hong Kong’s Southern District

The Southern District, which houses the ever-popular Ocean Park in the vicinity, is a former industrial neighbourhood, which has undergone outstanding renovations in the past few years, transforming it into a trendy enclave with an edgy vibe. It has become the darling destination of local and international foodies, and a hangout for the creative crowd. A thorough exploration slowly reveals what more and more people are coming here to discover: hidden galleries, private kitchens, artisan coffee, traditional shops, inconspicuous eateries, outlet shopping and more. 

Since the opening of the MTR’s South Island Line, an increasing number of people are heading towards the Southern District to stumble upon its hidden gems in many forms – art, food, nightlife and shopping.

Here are our five top tips that could soon put Hong Kong’s Southern District neighbourhoods on the hipster tourist map:

Uncover Street Art at Wong Chuk Hang DistrictStreet art and culture come alive in this ex-industrial zone that became the centre of attention during the HKWalls event earlier this year bringing throngs of tourists to this once-sleepy warehouse-and-factory neighbourhood. Blank spaces have been transformed into original works of art through live mural paintings by Hong Kong and international artists.

Thai tourists will be thrilled to see the fantastic works of two well-loved Thai street artists, MAUY and JECKS, who have large murals expressing their innermost feelings through colour, lines, shapes and more!

HKWalls2017 Map:  http://bit.ly/2svi4FM

Website:  hkwalls.org/ 

Get Caffeinated at Sensory Zero (SD 04 Sensory Zero)Sensory Zero is gaining a following for the special drinks created by its owner Alvin, a coffee Q Grader and a tea taster, and his partner Dixon. Try the popular Tea Champagne (Rose Oolong) with tasty dishes such as Beef Stew Super Bowl and Grilled Eel over Rice.

After a satisfying meal and some excellent coffee, just take a few steps from Sensory Zero and discover stunning street art creations, as mentioned above. You can’t miss the masterpieces of mural artists SPOK from Spain, JECKS from Bangkok and MAUY from Chiang Mai. 

Address:  G01 One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island

Opening hours:  8 am to 8 pm

Website:  www.facebook.com/sensoryzero

How to get there:  MTR Wong Chuk Hang Station Exit A2, walk for about two minutes

Lose yourself at Mirth (SD 09 Mirth)

Mirth is a fascinating store that will amaze visitors with its wide array of homeware, stationery and toys. Among the main attractions are children’s clothing designed by the shop owner, and accessories designed by her daughter. Cool, mesmerizing and unique gifts to give to friends who in search of such finds!

Address:  M/F, B T Centre, 23 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island

Opening hours:  10 am to 6 pm

Website:  www.mirthhome.com

How to get there:  MTR Wong Chuk Hang Station Exit B, walk for about nine minutes

Drop by for an eating adventure at Happy Dinings Place (SD 12 Happy Dinings Place)Happy Dinings Place is an inconspicuous eatery with innovative delicacies such as pineapple bun with pork chop, chocolate spread and condensed milk toast, and iced milk tea with red beans. A good destination for satisfying meals, mini-meals and light snacks in nondescript surroundings.

Address:  Shop 7, G/F, Siu Kwan Mansion, 120 Old Main Street Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island

Opening hours:  7 am to 7 pm

Website:  https://www.facebook.com/HappyDiningsPlace/

How to get there:  MTR Hong Kong Station Exit A, take bus No.91 at Exchange Square Bus Terminus to Ap Lei Chau Estate. Get off at Aberdeen Main Road and walk for about two minutes. 

Take a leisurely walk alongside Aberdeen Reservoir (SD 20 Aberdeen Reservoir)Enter the lush Aberdeen Country Park for a leisurely walk alongside Aberdeen Reservoir and you will feel miles away from the busy streets of Hong Kong. Stroll along the mostly flat and shady trail and check out the historical architecture, including dams, the stone bridge and the valve house. Don’t miss the Aberdeen Tree Centre that promotes tree conservation; open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Address:  Aberdeen Reservoir, Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island

Opening hours:  Aberdeen Counrty Park – open 24 hours

Aberdeen Tree Centre –open 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

Website:  http://bit.ly/2rTN3gD

How to get there:  MTR Wong Chuk Hang Station Exit B, walk for five minutes to Victory Factory Building and take minibus No. 4C. Get off at Hoy Au Lau Yue Kwong Chuen and walk for about eight minutes.

Chillax with the stunning view from Above (SD 03 Above)Above is an edgy rooftop bar perched on top of Ovolo Southside, the first warehouse conversion hotel in Hong Kong. Its indoor and outdoor seating deliver a 270-degree view of Hong Kong’s Southern District. There is no better place to enjoy the last light of each beautiful day. Once up there, do not miss the mysterious and intriguing artwork by Hong Kong-based artist “The Collective” – an illuminati-esque all-seeing eye casting its watch over Wong Chuk Hang.

Address:  23–24/F, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island

Opening hours:  5 pm to 1 am (Mon to Fri), 2 pm to 1 am (Sat & Sun)

Website:  www.ovolohotels.com.hk/ovolosouthside

How to get there:  MTR Wong Chuk Hang Station Exit A2, walk for about five minutes.

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