Hong Kong’s diverse Wan Chai district is quickly becoming one of the best areas to launch a pop-up shop or gallery. Here we advise on the best areas within the district.
From party district to prime pop-up area
Situated east of Admiralty and bordering Causeway Bay, Wan Chai is known as both Hong Kong’s red light district and one of the oldest districts,. It is a bustling business, shopping, and entertainment area that has changed dramatically in recent years. Many of the old buildings have been replaced with urban revival and it now invites a range of pedestrians with Hennessy Road, one of Hong Kong Island’s major transportation hubs, the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Center, a cluster of chic restaurants, bars, dainty boutiques and cafes, Bowrington Road Market, and one of our favorite pop-up shop areas, Starstreet Precinct.
Wan Chai is close to Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui.
The old and the new, the East and the West
Wan Chai is filled with interesting contrasts, flickering neon signs in the red light district meet the charming simplicity of old streets and buildings, like Spring Garden Lane and Tai Yuen Street, where stalls sell garments and toys, and the Blue House, a historic building. Queen’s Road East is filled with quirky art galleries and furniture shops; Starstreet Precinct, fine restaurants and unique lifestyle shops. The area is never short on foot traffic, and there is a demand for edgy and classic pop-ups alike. Anything and everything goes in Wan Chai!
Local tip: Starstreet Precinct
Located behind the skyscrapers and busy streets of Wan Chai, Star Street Precinct is a quiet block, considered a hip “secret garden” by insiders. For consumers, Star Street is a beacon of good taste and provides a “treasure seeking” kind of shopping experience opposite to that of big malls. For sellers and artists, it abounds with commercial potential and is a veritable wonderland for pop-up stores and galleries situated amidst local brands and chic, international brands like Le Labo, Monocle, and Club Monaco.
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