It goes without saying that Hongkongers are among the most discerning, well-travelled and quality-focused people on the face of this Earth. In ‘The Hit List’ — an original Lifestyle Asia interview series — we ask the city’s tastemakers and cultural arbiters to reveal their various ‘best-of’ lists: from where to reserve a table, book a spa day, bask in local culture and more…

Perhaps more widely known locally for co-founding Hong Kong streetwear label Clot with childhood celebrity friend Edison Chen, Kevin Poon is, without doubt, a trailblazing force behind the cultural, lifestyle, fashion and hospitality scene in Asia and beyond all in his own right.

From co-founding global retailer Juice and public relations agency Social Capital, to launching distributor District and design and art bookshop Woaw, Poon’s list of entrepreneurial projects is impressively extensive and diverse. Calling himself a ‘consummate networked creative figure’, he sees each of his business ventures as curated hubs — opportunities to showcase his unique take on art and creativity. In more recent years, he’s also extended his critical taste and humour into the F&B industry.

Over the past few years, he’s co-founded and established some of Hong Kong’s most popular bars and restaurants, including The Diplomat, Morty’s, La Rambla, Wagyumafia, (currently soft-opened) Yakinikumafia, Mashi no Mashi and, of course, Elephant Grounds, his most vastly spread coffee shop chain, which has branched out to Manila, Beijing and, most recently, Chengdu.

With such a wide influence and insight on everything to see, wear, eat, drink and more, we’ve caught up with Poon for his personal ‘hit list’ around town. From his go-to restaurant to his favourite barbershop, scroll down to learn more.

Name: Kevin Poon, KP
Age: Secret
Occupation: Lifestyle entrepreneur
Neighbourhood: Hong Kong Island

Around town…

My favourite place for breakfast is Elephant Grounds on Star Street, but I do love the one at the sky garden at K11 Musea, too.

I love having dim sum at Seventh Son.

When I need a power lunch, I head to Yakiniku Mafia.

For weeknight dinners, La Rambla at IFC is at the top of my list — I love the tapas and the fish!

The most splurge-worthy restaurant has to be Wagyumafia. I recently went there for their Caviar night, and they had some mind-blowing, over-the-top dishes that I enjoyed very much.

The one place I take all my out-of-town friends to? Diplomat Social Club, which is the hidden room inside The Diplomat (shhh).

For me, the place that always brings back fond childhood memories is Tai Ping Koon — you gotta get the soufflé and the chicken wings!

My favourite spot to buy wine & spirits is Sunday’s Distribution.

I do all my grocery shopping at City’super and online.

When I need a breath of fresh air, you’ll find me at Shek O.

To stay active, my favourite thing to do is wakesurfing.

I find the most aesthetically pleasing spot in Hong Kong to be the Peak.

When travelling…

I’ve racked up the most miles on Cathay Pacific. I hope I am still diamond member after this pandemic.

My pre-boarding ritual consists of packing my suitcase, hanging with my dogs, getting mentally prepared, going to the lounge and downloading movies on my iPad, and I’m out like a light.

A store that I always visit when I’m abroad is Juice Los Angeles.

If I had to pick my favourite overseas restaurant, it would be Jon & Vinnys, because they are just amazing.

To primp and prime…

My go-to spot to get a haircut is Goodman Barber Shop. Look for Sam, tell him I sent you!

For self-care, I usually get a massage, or shop at Byredo.

My skincare routine consists of lots of buying creams and never using them.

I buy my favourite bathroom necessities from Buly 1803.

My sleep routine usually looks like 10pm — trying to sleep; 12am — “I really need to sleep”; finally putting my iPad down at 1am; and waking up at 7am, super excited for life.

To decompress, I always book myself in for a training session via Zoom and/or a massage at home. Lately, I’ve been going to Oasis.

For a boost of health, I go to Matchali, and I’ve also been drinking this healthy tonic named Polly and Enzol.

On the note of style…

Recently, I’ve shopped from Juice Store for shoes and accessories, but I also like shopping on Vestiaire Collective.

My favourite watch piece is from Patek Philippe.

For my hard-earned money, I tend to splurge it on art at Woaw Gallery.

I’ve decked out my bedroom with art.

For that perfect piece of statement furniture/home decor, you should definitely visit Modernica in Los Angeles.

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.