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Wong Chuk Hang, also referred to as Staunton Valley, used to be an industrial district with over 1,190 factories but has now evolved into one of Hong Kong’s trendiest neighbourhoods.

With a mix of ongoing developments, such as the opening of Justin Ma’s hotel, the Arca, the construction of the new Southside Mall and a new housing project underway, this south-side destination is in transformation — from an up-and-coming neighbourhood to a vibrant, cultural hub.

How to get there:

From Central, it takes roughly 10 minutes by taxi for a fee of HK$75, subject to traffic. However, Wong Chuk Hang is extremely accessible via public transportation; by MTR, it’s a mere two stops from Admiralty on the South Island line.

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WHERE TO STAY: the Arca

This newly opened hotel is designed with sophisticated travellers in mind. In addition to its unique aesthetic of glazed ceramic details, the Arca features a rooftop infinity pool with a striking mural by one of Hong Kong’s very own street artist, #creativehustlers.

 

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WHERE TO STAY: Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel

With its impressive 16-metre high aquarium and themed guest rooms at the doorstep of Hong Kong Ocean Park, this environmentally-friendly hotel is an excellent option for making an Ocean Park day-trip into a multi-day excursion.

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WHERE TO STAY: Ovolo Southside

Ovolo Southside is Hong Kong’s first-ever warehouse-turned-hotel, with interiors emblazoned with graffiti and art installations worthy of its creative Wong Chuk Hang location. The hotel has recently pledged a 365-day commitment to go vegetarian across all its branches in Hong Kong.

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WHERE TO EAT: Africa Coffee & Tea

Africa Coffee & Tea is nestled on the 15th floor of an office building in Wong Chuk Hang with stunning views of the water and, if you may infer from its name, excellent coffee. Treat yourself to The Rolex on the menu; not the watch, but a Ugandan wrap made of chapati filled with scrambled egg and vegetables.

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WHERE TO EAT: Komune

Note: Temporarily suspended due to Ovolo Southside’s status as a government-designated quarantine hotel.

Nested at Ovolo Southside with a menu that’s thirty-percent gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan, Komune offers fresh, unique South American-inspired dishes.

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WHERE TO EAT: The Loft

Pirata Group’s test kitchen and 4,000-square-foot event space also serves as a popular lunchtime haunt. The Loft brings you a taste of all of Pirata Group’s restaurants all under one roof, with highlights being the Kale Caesar Salad and Pici pasta offerings.

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WHERE TO DRINK: Pier Lounge & Pier Bar

Located at the Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, this contemporary bar has first-class inventive cocktails, fine wines, and both local and global craft beers.

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WHERE TO DRINK: Above by Komune

Note: Temporarily suspended due to Ovolo Southside’s status as a government-designated quarantine hotel.

Also located at Ovolo SouthSide, this cosy hotel bar showcases a breathtaking view of the southern coastline — best viewed on its terrace.

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WHAT TO DO: Rossi & Rossi

This art gallery comprises of antique Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art, attracting high clients such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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WHAT TO DO: Lump Studio

This pottery studio offers classes to those interested in ceramic making, covering a range of different techniques.

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WHAT TO DO: artjamming

With its 2,000 square-foot indoor studio and a 1,200 square-foot garden terrace, the artjamming workshop is perfect for hosting parties, birthdays or simply painting.

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WHAT TO DO: Young Master Brewery

Young Master Brewery’s Wong Chuk Hang location is the largest craft beer brewhouse in Hong Kong. Whilst temporarily closed due to the pandemic, the brewery also offers brewery tours on Saturdays.

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WHAT TO DO: Red Doors Studio

Need a rest? This studio offers time-tested ancient techniques to balance and destress through Gong baths, mindfulness programs and Kundalini yoga.

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WHAT TO DO: Flex Studio

Sculpt. Tone. Strengthen. Stretch. Flex Studio specialises in Yoga, Xtend Barre and Pilates — all classes designed to improve upon clients’ mental and physical wellbeing. Flex Studio also has a second location in Central.

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WHAT TO DO: Urban Chillez Nail Bar

A trendy, luxury nail bar hidden in an open loft-style space in Wong Chuk Hang, Urban Chillez promises cruelty free and eco-friendly manicures and pedicures using only biodegradable nail accessories and 17 free nail polishes that avoid the use of glitter. The salon also pledges to produce less waste and recycle.

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WHERE TO SHOP: Mirth Home

This homeware and lifestyle concept store sells everything from home decor, stationery and globally-sourced furnishings — all of which are hand-picked by the mirth team.

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WHERE TO SHOP: HULA

From the online marketplace from which it first started, Hula has now expanded into a retail warehouse in Wong Chuk Hang since 2019 where the roomy 3,500 square-foot space is filled with countless mint designer pieces from over 750 brands and counting.

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WHERE TO SHOP: Retykle

This designer baby and kids clothing store is a peer-to-peer system enabling parents to purchase clothes for their children at a fraction of the retail price.

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WHERE TO SHOP: Edit

This contemporary womenswear brand was founded by two lifelong Hong Kong friends and offers wearable drama. Minimal but romantic; sculptural but spirited.