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SoHo, Hong Kong Overview

SoHo in Hong Kong, the ravishing district named in reference to South of Hollywood Road, is the uber swanky entertainment zone popular as the dine and nightlife side of Central Hong Kong. Bordering between Lan Kwai Fong and Sheung Wan, it is a must-visit for the artsy galleries, unique fashion boutiques to upscale dining options and tiny cafes serving scrumptious delicacies.

SoHo is one of the most happening areas of Hong Kong where you can witness the peppy pop culture that is all the rage among the current generation. The first full-time comedy club in Asia is also located here, so if you are looking for a good laugh too, you should head here. As a norm everywhere of naming the coolest neighborhood as SoHo, in Hong Kong too, it stays true to its nature because it is a district bustling with sources of lighthearted entertainment, a platform for eclectic and exotic wares.

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Things to Do in SoHo

Taking a ride at the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator
It is the world’s longest outdoor escalator system, and thus, a monumental thing to experience. The entire ride can last a good 20 minutes to go all the way up!

Jive at the Numerous Bars
Drinking away the stress of work and hanging out with friends is something that comes easy at all the cool bars in this area, SoHo is known for its nightlife especially. Some popular bars here are James Suckling Wine Central, Club 71, and Sense 99.

Shopping
Quench the thirst of your inner fashion monger by strolling through the exotic and super exclusive local designer boutiques because the pieces you find here will all be only one of their kinds.

Visit an Art Gallery
The art scene at SoHo is well reputed and recognized. The galleries are the brainchildren of creativity and expression, a pleasure for fine art lovers.

Visit Man Mo Temple
There is also a temple called the Man Mo Temple so have a look in there too to find some peace among the chaos.

The Pak Sing Ancestral Hall is not only an Instagram worthy location but also gives you some insight into the life of early settlers/dwellers. It serves as a public memorial too.

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Food & Restaurants

Make your way from tasting the classic street food, yummy delights at the laid back and casual yet chic cafes and bistros to the dishes of sophisticated, elite and upmarket lounges/restaurants in SoHo. It offers a whirlwind of global cuisines and multiple distinct eatery experiences. The posh nightclubs are great for wines and good music. They cater to a discerning clientele, people in the market for an opulent experience.

SoHo is a foodie’s sanctuary where you can lose yourself in the aroma of food from all around the world, the taste buds tingling with spices and flavors of classic food items. Some of the most well-known places to eat here are – Little Bao, Chom Chom, Habibi, Frites, Aberdeen Street Social, Chilli Fagara and so many more. Slurping on soupy noodles, rolling some spaghetti on the fork or diving in good meat, you name the food and it’ll be here somewhere.

Shopping in SoHo

Shopping is a salient feature of SoHo. It is the place to be if you are a trendy design person because this is not your typical commercial mass catering shopping area. The stores here range from vintage furniture to apparelled clothing boutiques. Most pieces in the showrooms are one of a kind and very unique, mainly by local designers and creators. It is a fashion house in itself! You can buy intellectual looking art, meaningful souvenirs, Traditional Chinese wear, lush jackets, contemporary workwear, stunning gowns, rare/precious items of niche clothing among many other things.

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Best Time to Visit

Since SoHo is known for its glamorous nightlife, the night time is one of the best times to visit it and experience it in all its glory. Other than that, the market streets are pretty busy in the day time. SoHo is open 24/7 because of the bars and restaurants so you can hit the stores or food places anytime you’d like to.

Tips

1. It is a slightly hilly region and in general required a good bit of walking if you want to explore and amble around.
2. Some restaurants and stores, in general, can be on the pricey side so look up the menus, rates and your budget accordingly.
3. Watch out for Happy Hours from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, it is when the bars drop their drinks prices and for ‘tea sets’ which are basically the meal deals usually offered after lunch form 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

How To Reach SoHo

Reach the MTR Central Station and take the exit D2, walk along the Queen’s Road Central towards The Center. From here, take the Mid-Levels Escalator to get off at Staunton, Shelley or Elgin streets. A cab/taxi can also be hailed from anywhere in the city to SoHo.

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