This post is about why you should stay in Soho, Hong Kong
Having been to Hong Kong twice now, I know a few reasons why you should stay in Soho. At least for your first trip.
Staying in Soho had to have been one of the best decisions we’ve made on our trip to Hong Kong. You know the movie Lost in Translation? When Scarlett is wandering around – lights, smells, noise, people – everything enticing her? Well this was the feeling I had.
The streets were slopped, there was little stairs hidden and tucked inside alleys that let to the most obscure shops and bars. The roads were clustered and it was up to you to look both ways across the road before jogging to this cool shop you say behind bamboo scaffolding. There was cafes and boutiques, fruit vendors and antique shops. Shops that were insanely expensive and shops that were little urban shops with flowers and vines on the windowsill.
Oddly one of my favourite things about this district is the Mark & Spencer’s we found on one of the streets. And it wasn’t the clothing store either.. It was the grocery store. Yes I count this as a favourite.. Ever since I’ve been to London I have been obsessed with Mark & Spencer because not only do they have great, amazing, healthy food – but it’s fairly cheap! Pre made salads, yogurt, snacks, everything you could want to eat they have! Plus there’s a wine section right in the store so really, when you’re looking to have a night in you can’t find a better stop.
Another reason why you should stay in Soho is the variety of shops. If you want to shop and spend all your money then this is the place to go. Goods Of Desire has to be one of the coolest shops I found with weird clothing, home made prints, kitchen and home decor, pillows, bedding. Everything was unique and well made. If I lived in Hong Kong I would fill my house with everything I found in this store.
And speaking of finding things to put in your home there is a place called Home Essentials right by Tai Cheong Bakery (read more about that amazing bakery HERE) and they have the most brilliant home supplies. I asked the manager about shipping things to Canada but sadly they could not.. which makes me want to just pack up my stuff and move to Hong Kong so I can buy everything in that store. Not to mention the beyond amazing customer service we gotten. It was beyond professional and personal and welcoming. As soon as we arrived he offered us espressos, lattes, maybe wine. I’m pretty sure he had small cookies he offered us as well. If I wasn’t so shy I would have said yes to an espresso! If I was a store owner I would aspire to have the customer service that was given here.
And then there’s the food.
Irish Pubs, Italian, Japanese, and American restaurants, Dim Sum, coffee, bakeries, and street vendors are just to name a few things you will find in this area. We tried a place called Mana which had amazing healthy options like smoothies and salad bars.
Also, soho is so central to everything. From Aberdeen to the International Commerce Centre across the harbour, Victoria Peak’s a train ride away and you can walk to the harbour and view the skyline. The harbour is a perfect place to hop on a Junk Ship as well! How amazing is it to ride something of a story book with red sails and wooden furnishings, glass of wine in hand, across the bay?If you’re staying anywhere in Hong Kong then I highly recommend soho 🙂
What’s your favourite area in Hong Kong? If you could see one thing in Hong Kong what would it be?
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